Raspberry Pi devices are now managed remotely; the beginning of a new era?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel Aviv, Isreal, February 16, 2021 – Upswift just announced that they are the first platform ever to completely support the Raspberry Pi family of computers and any other embedded Linux-based device; right out of the box.
As they claim, in less than 60 seconds, it is now possible to completely connect and start managing Linux based products remotely throughout a single, integrated cloud platform that includes all the necessary tools and features for remote management:
- Device management – Comprehensive device management features to assure high visibility and arrangement of the product fleet.
- OTA update tools – An agile, easy-to-use, Over-the-Air (OTA) software update solution for connected IoT and edge Linux devices mixed with high-end deployment capabilities.
- Remote access – Remote SSH and remote desktop tools that can help the user to access the device remotely and debug issues.
- Monitoring, Logs and Security tools.
Their solution is already being used by companies over 42 countries in many different industries – agriculture, manufacturing, smart city, industrial solutions.
Lightweight. Powerful. Built-to-Perform.
Upswift’s agent that runs on the Linux edge devices takes up only a mere 2MB of space, all while using just a few megabytes of RAM. All this has been possible due to the efficient and optimized design approach Upswift Engineers has taken to develop this framework. This allows Upswift customers to enroll devices that are not only Raspberry Pis (3B, 4B+, Compute Modules), but also any linux based device such as Orange Pis, Nvidia Jetson SBCs and many more. Therefore, it’s entirely possible to enroll devices that run any Linux distribution, including Raspberry OS (formerly Raspbian), Debian, Ubuntu, Yocto based OS, and even Arch Linux.
A feature for every need.
The IoT industry is evolving every day and the demand for smart devices increases with it steadily. So does the need to efficiently, quickly manage the devices an entity releases. Therefore, it can be quite challenging to manage hundreds of thousands of devices at once if done manually.
Upswift eases this process and introduces the above mentioned features, broken down to sub-features that provide you the complete control and monitoring of your remote edge devices. From viewing the device online/offline status to remote execution of commands, remote control and updating, they have created an easily accessible set of tools to make the edge device management a ‘swift’ process.
Example use cases:
- In case one of your product applications deployed in one or more of your edge devices [i.e. a Kiosk application or an Advertisement display], there are alerts that you can set up on Upswift to notify you about the scenario through an email.
- After deployment, monitoring the edge device performance can be crucial to take future development decisions such as bug fixes for memory leaks and CPU hogs. Upswift also enables you to set up the said alerts for resource usage monitoring as well. This is backed up by a sophisticated machine learning algorithm, which can identify any resource usage abnormality and notify you automatically.
- Upswift also has some features related to enforcing and maintaining security on the Linux edges, by providing firewall configuration access and performing CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) analysis on the packages installed on them. This can greatly reduce the exploitation risks and make sure that all the holes and backdoors are patched and up-to-date
- For edge devices behind NAT networks, Upswift offers secure port tunnelling options to expose local ports, without having to worry about the port scanning bots.
Since the beginning of the past decade, almost every electronic device we come across in our day-to-day life are becoming connected devices. The latest addition to the connected devices are the embedded Linux devices, which can now replace microcontroller-based designs and add more power and control over those. Therefore, with greater complexities in developing, deploying and managing those devices, platforms like Upswift are going to be more useful for tomorrow than they are today, and undoubtedly, the industry will start evolving around them and it’ll be interesting to see and imagine where the IoT industry will head towards in the years to come.
Yigal Alon St 94, Tel Aviv, Israel