CEL has released of its Cortet Connectivity Suite, extending the company’s portfolio of wireless hardware and embedded software offerings. Cortet is a turnkey wireless solution that bridges the gap between ‘things’ and the cloud; more specifically, it enables product manufacturers to quickly and easily link their physical ‘thing’ to the digital world.
As the name suggests, Cortet is an ensemble of four well-orchestrated connectivity layers – Radio, Software, App, and Cloud – all built around a strong embedded core. This complete offering spans the entire spectrum of the connectivity space, with all of the critical components guaranteed to work seamlessly together.
“Cortet simplifies the most difficult part of IoT connectivity – the part we felt compelled to develop after watching our customers struggle for years,” said Tom Benson, CEL vice president and general manager, Embedded Systems. “We know firsthand that working with wireless hardware, embedded software, apps and the cloud can be a daunting task, and many of our customers simply don’t have the expertise or even the desire to become system integration experts.”
Cortet provides truly latency-free local control and monitoring. Competing cloud-based IoT systems that rely on cloud decision making and control suffer from two major compromises. The first is slow response times and the second is a dependency on an often precarious, ‘always-on’ Internet connection.
Solutions that depend upon an ‘always on’ Internet connection are also problematic for critical applications like water damage prevention. A number of events can disable the Internet or Wi-Fi connection, preventing the critical control actions to be triggered when most desperately needed.
Cortet solves these problems by offering an intelligent App that combines ubiquitous cloud access with latency-free local control. When in the vicinity of the local network, the Cortet App automatically prioritizes local connectivity and local intelligence over cloud connectivity. All control functions – including the execution of multi-device rules and scenes execution – reside within the local bridge. Since the execution of the App commands are contained within the localized network, all local control and monitoring functions occur instantaneously. As the App leaves the proximity of the network, it seamlessly switches to remote, cloud-based control via the Cortet Cloud.
With the full Cortet suite at their disposal, device manufacturers can now easily create their own autonomous ‘point solutions’, or they can utilize just the radio and embedded software pieces to become part of an established ecosystem. The ‘point solution’ option offers device manufacturers the added flexibility of being able to connect to other ecosystems via cloud APIs. This latter feature makes Cortet attractive for those customers seeking to employ a hybrid “Go to Market” strategy that concurrently supports both in-house and 3rd party ecosystem integration.
As the first connectivity layer, the Cortet Radio serves as the physical, wireless link between an end product and the Internet of Things. This key component represents an expansion of CEL’s well established MeshConnect line of wireless modules and IP bridges.
To connect a ‘thing’ securely and reliably to other ‘things’ -as well as to the greater collective of the IoT – the wireless radio must employ exceptionally robust and proven embedded software. CEL has been helping customers with code development since the introduction of its earliest wireless modules. Bringing to bear CEL’s software capabilities with last year’s acquisition of Eagle Mountain Technology, CEL is now able to offer full turnkey application libraries with automated testing and ready-made applications for a variety of ecosystems.
The Cortet App connects directly to a local network of devices using a gateway or a Cortet Radio IP bridge. In this way, the Cortet App allows for users to interact directly with ‘things’ locally without latency and without requiring an Internet connection. However, when the Cortet App is removed from the presence of the local network, it seamlessly connects through the Cortet Cloud to all the devices on the local network.
The Cortet App is available as a standard, off the shelf offering. Alternatively, customers have the option of re-branding & re-skinning the Cortet App to make it their own, or to leverage the underlying Cortet App SDK to build a new app altogether.
The Cortet Cloud connects Cortet Radios (modules, SiPs, IP bridges, etc.) and the Cortet App to the Internet. CEL has built a secure and reliable protocol to communicate between Cortet Radios and the Cortet Cloud, and this protocol is driven by the custom requirements of the specific devices. In addition to basic cloud connectivity, the Cortet Cloud allows users to push over-the-internet (OTI) firmware updates to Cortet Radios, to monitor all connected Cortet Radios, and to connect remotely-connected Cortet Apps.
The Cortet Cloud includes a standards-based, extensible API that customers can use to establish reliable 2-way communications between their devices and any other cloud. This flexibility is key since it allows customers to easily connect their systems to virtually any 3rd party ecosystem.