Control & Automation
Magnum Energy launches cBox: the Amazon Web Services IoT gateway
December 9, 2016 - Magnum Energy Solutions, a wireless energy management solution provider, is introducing its newest product for commercial building automation: the cBox or “CloudBox”, a gateway that enables self-powered, wireless devices to communicate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT.
By Renée Francoeur
The cBox enables smart building control and the remote monitoring of devices—including Magnum’s Opus lighting nodes—to connect, authenticate and exchange critical data with AWS IoT using the M2M IoT protocol MQTT.
The real-time “rules engine” in the cBox transforms messages based on expressions that the user defines and routes to AWS endpoints. For example, routine readings from a temperature sensor can be tracked in a table and an abnormal reading that exceeds a value stored in the device shadow can trigger a function.
The device shadows make it easier to build applications that interact with Magnum’s embedded data collecting hardware, the company claims. The device shadows deliver the last reported state and desired future state of the device even when the device is offline.
“We believe that software shouldn’t be proprietary, costly or confusing,” states Cory Vanderpool, director of business development for Magnum Energy. “With the introduction of the cBox building managers will now have a less expensive way to incorporate smart technology with a true landed cost.”