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Open-source cloud IoT in a box

Technews Industry Guide: Industrial Internet of Things & Industry 4.0 IT in Manufacturing

biTid has galvanised the IoT software sector by bringing to market a scalable, open-source IoT cloud platform, developed in South Africa. The platform source code is freely available for download from github and the company strives to keep up with the latest technologies, currently using node.js, angular, mongoDB and Kubernetes, all running on Linux.

Equipped with this platform, biTid offers its services as an out-sourced model based on customised service level agreements, as it becomes your trusted IoT advisor.

Cloud platform features

The architecture allows every aspect to be accessible via well documented Restful APIs, allowing for seamless integration. Data, reports, mimics and alert profiles are shared between users and apps via the OAUTH2 standard. All aspects of the platform make use of this sharing model and APIs are granted access. Firewalling and end to end encryption are also implemented.

The open-source platform provides dashboarding, web-based and traditional scada, Mapping (including geo-fencing), and Android and iOS Apps. Data is presented live on the web via webSockets, eliminating the need for continuous page refreshing. It integrates seamlessly into Google Big Query and Google Sheets, which have AI and machine learning capabilities. A reporting app allows users to easily wrap these data sources into your own branded interface.

Alerts and device management

Alerts are received via push notification to a smartphone app. The alerting module integrates with allowing for easy management of alerting groups.

Being hardware agnostic, a variety of functionality has been implemented using Sigfox, LoRa, RF and GSM technologies. The Device Management app monitors hardware health, and manages scaling and naming of I/O, while the Genus app manages IoT installations using GPS coordinates and date stamp to locate devices.

Other features include:

• No licensing fees.

• White label platform and apps to promote your brand.

• Host on any cloud provider such as AWS, Google or on premise.

• One programming language – javascript.

• biTid undertakes to integrate legacy hardware/sensors into the platform at no cost.

For more information contact Shane Bowyer, biTid, +27 82 886 3782,,


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