nRF Connect for Cloud is designed to have an intuitive workflow and provide much of the functionality of the company’s ‘nRF Connect for Desktop’ and ‘nRF Connect for Mobile’. nRF Connect for Cloud additionally supports an extensive range of standard Bluetooth services together with proprietary services such as nRF UART.
The service operates with popular browsers, and uses Web Bluetooth APIs to push and extract data to and from the Cloud, which enables the testing and modification of the behaviour and performance of prototypes. The front-end and visualization features of nRF Connect for Cloud allows historical data to be extracted from databases and analyzed in a browser. The service also enables the monitoring of and interaction with remote wireless IoT designs.
nRF Connect for Cloud is supported by the nRF Gateway App available for iOS and Android-powered mobile devices. The App enables Nordic Bluetooth LE devices to use a smartphone-enabled Internet gateway to convert Bluetooth LE messages to ReST/MQTT/IP protocols for Cloud interoperability.
The Gateway App communicates with the nRF Connect for Cloud back-end hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is based on Software as a Service (SaaS) components. By leveraging AWS components, the app implements end-to-end data and device connectivity, guarantees reliability, and scales from a few to hundreds of Bluetooth LE devices.
nRF Connect for Cloud works out-of-the-box with the Nordic Thingy:52 IoT Sensor Kit, Nordic nRF5 development kit (DK), and software development kit (SDK) examples.