i4designer Knowledgebase

i4connected Platform

Abstract

Check out this article in order to learn more details about the particularities provided to you by the i4connected platform available on i4designer.

The i4connected platform enables possibility to design and visualize projects, by easily connecting to an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) i4connected platform.

The following particularities can be used to describe the differences between an i4connected platform project and the other platforms:

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i4designer project for the i4connected platform

i4connected Project settings

Besides the general information and the screen size settings, projects created on the i4connected platform, feature a set of project settings enabling the connection to an i4connected database:

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The i4connected Project settings panel

  • URL - sets the url pointing to the i4connected server built on basis of the following syntax:i4designer base URL + / +i4designer API path ;

  • Username - sets a valid and active i4connected user;

  • Password - sets a valid password of an active i4connected user;

  • Signal page size - sets the size of the signal page;

i4connected Signals management

By opening an i4connected platform project the Signals management functionalities are adjusted, to allow the user to synchronise signals from the configured i4connected database.

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Get i4connected signals

By clicking the Get i4connected signals button the Signal Configuration page is populated with all the Signals available on the preconfigured i4connected database.

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i4connected Signals

i4connected Components

The i4connected specific components are listed in the Toolbox panel of the Designer contextual actions area, under the Charts and Tiles categories.

Even though the i4connected platform does not feature as many specific components, the user can utilize all the i4designer components.

Warning

Components that are not compatible with the i4connected platform projects are disabled from the Toolbox.

More details about the i4connected components can be found in the dedicated article.

i4connected standard replacement parameters

When designing i4connected platform projects, a set of standard replacement parameters can be used to automatically inject various information about i4connected hierarchical entities, to the linked application mappings.

When using any of the standard parameters listed in below, the i4connected application mapping detects them and automatically resolves them in the visualization.

  • I4C_SITE_ID - Contains the ID of the site to which the application is attached. Injected via query parameters.

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • A site

    • An area

    • A device connected to a site

  • I4C_SITE_NAME - Resolved at startup, it contains the name of the site (untranslated).

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • A site

    • An area

    • A device connected to a site

  • I4C_AREA_ID - Contains the ID of the area to which the application is attached. Injected via query parameters.

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • An area

    • A device connected to an area

  • I4C_AREA_NAME - Resolved at startup, it contains the name of the area (untranslated).

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • An area

    • A device connected to an area

  • I4C_ORG_ID - Contains the ID of the organizational unit to which the application is attached. Injected via query parameters.

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • An organizational unit

    • A device connected to an organizational unit

  • I4C_ORG_NAME - Resolved at startup, it contains the name of the organizational unit (untranslated).

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • An organizational unit

    • A device connected to an organizational unit

  • I4C_DEVICE_ID - Contains the ID of the device to which the application is attached. Injected via query parameters.

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • A device

  • I4C_DEVICE_NAME - Resolved at startup, it contains the name of the device.

    Note

    Available if the application is attached to:

    • A device

Tip

Check out this tutorial and learn how to set up standard parameters at design-time.

i4connected Automatic publish

The user can publish i4designer projects using the already mentioned methods: Download and FTP deployment. The i4designer projects created on the i4connected platform provide the user with a third deployment method, called Automatic publish.

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Automatic publish button

The Automatic publish enables a direct connection between the i4designer environment and the i4connected database, hence, allowing the direct publishing of a project.

Tip

More details concerning the Automatic publish method can be found in the dedicated article.