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Device Cloud & API Integrations

A common situation is hardware is already connected to a 3rd party Device Cloud or has a published API and you wish to connect them to your Exosite Application (Eg. ExoSense or ExoHome).

For that purpose, the Exosite Murano platform supports a standard Cloud-To-Cloud integration. This integration is compatible with Exosite applications as an IoT Connector. These cloud integrated IoT Connectors can be managed and connected to applications the same ways as standard IoT Connectors.

Device Cloud Integrated IoT Connector
Custom Device API Integrated IoT Connector

Off the Shelf Integrations

Exosite and third-party Device Cloud integrations can be found in Exchange under the IoT Connector Template section. These templates were created to provide a zero-development integration experience.

Configuration of Integrations

Each Device Cloud integration in Exchange may have specific setup steps that include setting credentials, etc. The documentation for each integration should provide further details, whether supported by Exosite or a third-party.

Data Schema Transformation

Your hardware model might have some unique data structure not compatible with the ExoSense data model.

For this purpose, Cloud-To-Cloud templates provided a set of customizable scripting modules allowing you to apply the data transformation to & from the 3rd Party API.

You can directly update those modules' logic through Murano scripting Editor under your Cloud-Connector Modules->vendor.c2c.transform. While not mandatory, you probably want to have a look at the Advacned Murano platform scripting information to give you more context on the scripting.

Murano Scripting reference

Note: The vendor name-space is 'safe' and will not be updated if the Cloud-Connector is updated to a newer version of the template. However any modification made outside of the vendor name-space will be lost.

Create your own (Advanced)

If you cannot find your 3rd party API listed on the Exchange Marketplace, you might need to do the integration using the advanced Murano platform scripting & integration capabilities.

You will need to become familiar with Murano platform custom application development and solution publishing.

Info

An advanced Exosite account may be required, please contact support to discuss the integration.

Using the Example Template

Thankfully you can re-use the same base template, used by all standard Cloud-Connectors, to make your integration easier and ensure compatibility with Exosite applications. This template can be found in the Exchange IoT Marketplace.

Cloud 2 Cloud IoT Connector Template

The Cloud2Cloud IoT Connector base template is a public Github repository published by Exosite. You will find all the necessary information there. To use this as a starting point for your own Device Cloud integration:

  1. Fork & customize the Cloud-Connector base template to fit your integration need
  2. Publish your new template to Exchange
  3. If you want to share your integration make both the service and the template Public

Bidirectional Support

To create a bi-directional C2C Connector, you need to additionally define the remote API using OpenAPI v2 swagger and publish it as a Murano-Service on the Exchange Marketplace.


Last update: April 7, 2021