Introduction

The purpose of this tutorial is to guide the Industrial IoT community to simply connect any type of equipment to the Fogwing IIoT Platform using the Bivocom TD210 IoT modem. You should go through the article fully to understand the steps involved and prepare to connect with the Fogwing IIoT Platform. If you have any issues, you can reach Fogwing support team by email at the support team. Hope you can enjoy this learning.

What is Fogwing?

Fogwing is the No-code Industrial IoT Platform available as a cloud service for small and medium businesses. Fogwing provides comprehensive features to deploy IoT devices and manage the devices remotely. Fogwing also provides data storage, data-driven alerts and analytics features as part of the product functions. To learn more about Fogwing, visit here.

What is Bivocom TD210?

Bivocom is a leading wireless device provider for IoT and M2M offering high-quality 3G/4G/5G cellular modems, routers, gateways, RTU for the Fogwing IIoT platform. Bivocom TD210 is an industrial cellular modem that provides reliable and secure connectivity for serial port (RS232, RS485) based industrial IoT, meter reading, PLC, IPC and automation application. It has a built-in independent MCU chipset and multi-layer software detection and hardware protection mechanism to ensure reliability and stability.

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Pre-requisite:

Hardware Requirements:

  • Bivocom TD210

  • RS485 sensor (any)

Software Requirements:

  • Fogwing IIoT Platform Account

  • Bivocom TD210 config tool

Step 1: Create Fogwing Account

Create a Fogwing IIoT Platform account from here. You can also watch video instructions to understand the various features and functions of the platform here. Fill in the registration details requested and complete the registration. It should send you email instructions and confirmation of account creation within few seconds.

Fogwing Registration Page

Step 2: Download the Bivocom config tool

The TD210 config tool is integrated with configuration, debug and firmware upgrade functions. You can go to the Bivocom website to download the config tool, like below.

http://www.bivocom.com/support/download

Note: The config tool only supports Windows OS, IOS is not supported yet.

Step 3: Configuration of Bivocom TD210

To configure the device access and connectivity, follow the steps provided below.

1. Connect TD210 to your laptop or computer through RS232, then open the Bivocom configuration tool, Click DTU Config on the left side, and click to Open Port to open the serial port, and choose your COM port of laptop or computer.

2. Click Reload, a window will be open tell you to restart the device, unplug the power adapter and power on TD 210 again then wait for entering into configuration status. It should show as loading DTU parameters successfully.

bivocom TD210 connection step1

3. You can go to next step to configure the modem, including Basic Setting, Network Setting, MODBUS setting and Mqtt setting.

bivocom TD210 connection step2
  • In Basic settings enter the Device ID to identify the TD210 and for device management, if you have many TD210 connected to the server, please make sure all the ID are different and enter the number of SIM inserted in the device. Set the work mode as DTU and debug level 0. As you can see in the Fig.4.

bivocom setup step 3

4. In Network settings, set Network work mode as FTCP because we are going to use MQTT, Datacenter number as 1 and Main Centre DNS Server as 8.8.8.8 . Refer below.

bivocom setup step 4

5. Now in MODBUS settings configure your MODBUS and RS485 sensor. Set MODBUS work mode as MODBUS disable and MODBUS Device address as 1. In ADC set all the parameters as default, please refer to the below image. In the sensors, section enter all the details related to your RS485 sensor which you will find in your sensor data sheet provided by the sensor manufacturer. For reference, I have used the RS485 XY-MD02 temperature & humidity sensor.

bivocom setup step 5

Note: The communication baud rate of the Basic setting and baud rate of the MODBUS setting should be the same.

6. Final step towards completing the MQTT configuration. Enter MQTT credentials in Bivocom Mqtt setting from your Fogwing Account's edge configuration page: Fogwing - > Edge Network -> IoThub Access -> MQTT.

Fogwing IoThub MQTT Config page

7. You can set the data interval time by configuring Topic up time(sec). Please refer to Fig.6. After configuring all the parameters click the Save button to save the settings.

bivocom setup step 6

Note: Fogwing accepts data only in JSON format so please select the data format as JSON and currently Bivocom device does not support secure connection, so use 1883 unsecured port.

Step 4: Data received over Fogwing.

Once after completion of the above steps provided everything goes in line with the above-mentioned instructions, you will be able to see the data sent over to the Fogwing platform.

Now you are ready to analyze your RS485 sensor data at Fogwing IIoT Platform portal, you can check all the data within the data storage in the portal.

Fogwing Data Storage View

Hope you are able to complete the above steps are per the instructions provided. If you have any challenges or issues, you can reach out to the Bivocom team or the Fogwing team with your questions.

Conclusion:

All Bivocom devices are tested and certified to connect with the Fogwing IIoT Platform. If the TD210 does not address your requirements, you can try with other Bivocom devices. To learn more about the list of Bivocom devices tested and certified, you may visit here: https://www.www.fogwing.io/iot-devices/bivocom/

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