THE NSGI-LD CONTEXT BROKER
What is it?
What do we offer?
First and foremost, you can install the NGSI-LD Context Broker on your Azure environment for free* from the Azure Marketplace. But we also offer expert consultancy to do this for you.
*downloading the NGSI-LD Context Broker is free, but the required Azure resources do have their price tag (have a look at the costs further down this page).
How does it work?
All organizations who want to make data available to other parties. A city gathering data about air quality or parking spots can use the Context Broker to make this data available to other organizations in the city. They can even choose to put subscriptions on the use of this data. Other organizations can then use this available data via their API to build user-friendly applications. Every time new data is available or data is adapted, these organizations get the update. Furthermore, historical data (e.g. from a week ago) can be consulted.
Public and private companies and local governments looking for a way of making data available to other parties and offer this data in the standard NSG-LD language, will find it very easy to use the context broker for this purpose.
Example of how to use the data made available by the Context Broker
Okay, so the Context Broker combines different data streams and makes data – in the NGSI-LD format – easily accessible. But what can organizations then do with this data? The Context Broker is no visual tool, it does not contain a dashboard for you to visualize this date, it just provides you with the data you need, in one standardized format. Organizations can then build applications to visualize this data.
An example of a tool that visualizes the data from the Context Broker is Slim Naar Antwerpen.
This tool displays the data from the Context Broker in a user-friendly and visually clear application. The traffic information of the shared mobility in the city is easily accessible on the platform. Since the different sensors in the city gain new data each day, hour and minute, this data is automatically updated in the application via the Context Broker. This way, you always have an up-to-date overview of the traffic in Antwerp City.
Downloading the Context Broker is completely free of charge. The PostgreSQL server, App Service and Event Hub however, do come with their own pricing. The App Service uses the Basic service plan (Linux, B1), the Event Hub uses the Standard tier and the Azure Database for PostgreSQL is a single server Basic, 1 vCore(s), 5 GB. This will keep initial costs low, the resources can be scaled up by the user. The application will simulate a picture of the costs associated with the these aspects.
Another consideration to keep in mind is that the app service is publicly available. Everyone with the link can read and post data, this can be solved by changing the app service configuration to restrict access.. In the following versions, we will add more flexibility and security and there will be extra features like authentication and an expanded architecture with API functions. Keep an eye on our social media accounts (LinkedIn & Instagram) and this webpage for updated versions of this Context Broker. If you do want a secure and scalable version of the Context Broker already, you can rely on our consultancy service.
The application does not use any personal data, unless you send data with personal information in it yourself. In that case, the privacy of this data will be your responsibility.
How to begin?
If you want to set up the Context Broker yourself, you can follow this guide.
If you need help or if you are looking for a tailor-made service to set up the Context Broker for your company, you can always have a look at our consultancy service.
Keep in mind that you need an Azure environment and the necessary rights to be able to use this Context Broker.
Context Broker Consultancy Service
Custom built reference implementation of the Scorpio Context Broker, tailor made to your requirements and Azure data platform environment.
Within this Consultancy Service, we will:
This will create a running, scalable and secure Scorpio Context Broker connected to your Azure data platform environment.
Or contact us for tailor-made consultancy where we can add additional requirements personalized to your company’s needs.