Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company supports IoT applications based on Wi-Fi (e.g. Wi-Fi tracking), BLE (e.g. asset tracking and sensor monitoring), ZigBee and 3rd party protocols via USB-extension by providing the connection layer using Aruba access points as protocol translation gateways.
More information about this functionality and its specification can be found here:
Aruba IoT Configuration Guide
Aruba Support Portal
The IoT-Utilities app is a generic tool to get to know and demonstrate the “Aruba IoT Interface” functionality provided by an Aruba access point infrastructure to integrate with IoT applications. The app provides a basic server functionality Aruba access points and controllers can connect to using the Aruba IoT interface. Data received via the Aruba IoT Interface, e.g. BLE telemetry, is decoded and shown in the app.
The app’s IoT Server function accepts connections from Aruba controllers and Aruba Instant access points via the Aruba IoT interface using the secure WebSocket protocol and Google Protocol Buffer 2.0 for data encoding (telemetry-websocket). The IoT Server only allows encrypted connections (TLS/SSL). The required SSL server certificate can be imported into the app or a self-signed certificate can be generated.
Different messages (topics) are used to send and receive data via the Aruba IoT Interface. The app decodes and views received data for supported messages types, e.g. BLE Telemetry, BLE Data, … more to come.
The app provides a web dashboard to show basic status information and to provide access to configuration templates from a web browser. Access to the dashboard is secured using HTTPS and username/password.
CLI configuration templates are provided within the app and via the web dashboard to setup an Aruba controller or Aruba Instant infrastructure to communicate with the app.
The BLE testing tool allows to check the Aruba infrastructure setup/configuration by verifying if BLE test messages send via the smartphone’s BLE radio are received back by the app via the Aruba IoT interface.
The BLE connect tool allows to connect and control BLE-Devices using the Aruba-IoT-Interface.
The app allows scanning for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices in range of the smartphone. Detailed information about the recorded BLE devices is shown in the app.
The app allows the configuration and sending of supported BLE advertisements, e.g. iBeacon or Eddystone, via the smartphone’s BLE radio.
- Smartphone with Wi-Fi & BLE radio
- Android 8.0 or higher
- Aruba 3xx or 5xx series access points with integrated BLE or BLE/ZigBee radio
- AOS/Aruba Instant version 188.8.131.52 or higher
This app has been started as part of a student internship and is developed, published and supported as a leisure activity in collaboration with an Aruba employee. This app is not an official product of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company.