Pataky Software GmbH

Pataky Software GmbH

Pataky Software GmbH

Ready for IoT

Ready for IOT

In almost all software projects, once the initial basic software has been successfully developed, it is time to look for the right hardware platform. This was also the case for a customer of Paso Solutions from Hohenzell in Upper Austria. The question was: off-the-shelf hardware or a customized solution? The decision was made in favor of the modular, scalable hardware platform from Ginzinger electronic systems, including its own Linux software distribution.

PASO was to connect existing charging stations for lead batteries installed in forklifts with the Internet of Things (IoT) for its customer. A CAN gateway was jointly developed for this purpose. This collects the charging data from the forklifts, processes it and sends it to the cloud via Ethernet or WLAN.

PASO developed the application software for the gateway's IoT capability, as well as the software structure required for this. At the same time, its customer commissioned Ginzinger electronic systems to develop the hardware system platform, driver adaptations and operating system.

"It was important for us to be able to manage a quick and simple 'plug & play' for our customer," explains DI Martina Reisenberger, project manager at PASO Solutions. "After first checking various readily available hardware solutions, we finally decided on the customized system solution, in which hardware and software come from Ginzinger electronic systems. This has already been tried and tested on the market for many years, and is robust and secure. These are all important factors when it comes to a secure connection to the cloud," says DI Martina Reisenberger.

For the evaluation of the required interfaces, joint workshops were held, where first impressions could be gathered with the "Ginzinger Embedded Linux Development Kits". Parallel to the workshops, PASO and the customer already had these "Dev Kits" for first tests directly in the field. For the integration of the IoT device into the cloud, there were several joint analysis steps on the topic of security in advance.

"The i.MX6 UL DevKits used are evaluation platforms based on ARM Cortex-A7 processors. They are particularly well suited for cost-effective embedded Linux solutions such as simple GUIs or IoT applications," explains Mario Salhofer, customer consultant at Ginzinger electronic systems, enthusiastically. "With the dev kits, customers can test and evaluate their application software in the initial phase, even if the device hardware is not yet available," says Mario Salhofer.

Porting PASO's IoT software application to the Ginzinger hardware platform went off without any notable complications, even though Ginzinger relies on Linux as the operating system in its embedded systems, while PASO used Microsoft's .NET Core for the "Connected Charger" project. This was made possible by the Ginzinger Linux software distribution and development environment "GELin", which has been tried and tested for over ten years.

Since the "CAN Gateway" product is a connected device (connection to the Internet and the cloud), a strong focus was placed on security right from the start of the project. Together with partners from Ginzinger electronic systems, a comprehensive security concept and a maintenance strategy were developed. Here, too, GELin enables a stable and secure platform over many years with secure update solutions and long-term support.

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Ginzinger electronic systems Dev-Kits
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"We rely on Ginzinger as an Austrian high-tech company with international references that gives customers a real competitive advantage with a modular state-of-the-art solution to optimize their business models with digitization and open up new horizons."

DI (FH) Herbert Pataky, MA | CEO | Paso Solutions GmbH

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