Accessing the Edge IO Portal

Once the Edge IO is online, you can access the Edge IO portal by navigating to its IP address. To obtain the assigned IP address, navigate to Shop Floor > Gateways.

How will you use your Edge Device?

The Edge IO is an extremely capable device. Once you've installed and registered your device it will be available for you to access within your Tulip environment under the "Shop Floor" tab.

You can use your edge device in many different ways


Important Note: When you enable Node-RED, you will not be able to access your GPIO pins from the app editor, as described below. They must be accessed using Node-RED.


Build flows with Node-RED and interact with Tulip via the API

Tulip edge devices also run Node-RED natively. Node-RED allows you to connect any device that is supported by Node-RED to your Tulip Application. For example, you may want to connect some off-the-shelf consumer electronics, like Amazon Alexa, to your Tulip application or perform some data processing on Node-RED. In either case, Node-RED allows you to send information back to Tulip using APIs, OPC UA, connector functions or to interact directly with ports of the edge device.

We have documentation that can guide you through this process, but at a high-level, Node-RED can be running and listening to your devices constantly and sending signals into Tulip's ecosystem.


Interact with your devices through the App editor and the included drivers

Your edge device can be accessed from the Tulip app editor without Node RED by either responding to events that it sees, by sending events to your device, or a combination of both. You will find that "machines & devices" are events that you can build triggers off of:

When you build a trigger based on a machine or device you will see a number of options available to you, the options available are based on the drivers that come built in with the edge device.

These options let you respond to signals that your device receives. In addition, when building a trigger you have the option to send a command to your device. For example, you may choose to send a signal to turn a light on.

Whether you are responding to events your device receives or sending signals to your device, you will need to select which device you want to interact with. You can either select the device explicitly or design your application to interact with whichever device is assigned to the station running the Tulip application. You can manage these station-edge device assignments in the stations tab.

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