is a "visual tool for connecting things in the Internet of Things (IoT)". It is implemented on the Node.js platform, originally developed by IBM. It is a completely simple development environment for creating applications that enable the connection of devices from the world of IoT, API and online services. Node RED can be easily run as a server on a regular PC, on a single-board computer with an ARM processor, or in the cloud. The editor then starts directly in the Internet browser.
Node-RED brings one of the other options for connecting the Tecomat Foxtrot system with technologies and devices that would be difficult to implement using standard PLC programming tools. Thanks to its absolute simplicity and intuitiveness, Node RED is also suitable for beginners who are just getting to know the new world of IoT.
This integration is a clear demonstration that the Foxtrot system does not stagnate on proven PLC standards, but is systematically maintained, upgraded and integrated to compatibility with new trends coming from the world of IT, IoT and telecommunications technologies.
Fig. Demonstration of the use of Node-RED function blocks for connecting Foxtrot-controlled lights to Apple's HomeKit platform.
Fig. Input and output blocks are offered, among others, in the Node RED palette
Fig. Integrated Node RED palette with ready-made function blocks.