To make tapio a woodworking ecosystem, we needed a generic way, to send data from woodworking machines to the tapio ecosystem. We therefore created a piece of software, called the tapio CloudConnector. It gets installed either on a machine itself or on a windows computer, that's connected to the machine via ethernet and sends data to an Azure IoT Hub. Once the CloudConnector is configured via
.xml configuration file, it's ready to send data.
An advanced documentation on the tapio CloudConnector can be found in the CloudConnector Documentation
Since not every machine has an active CloudConnector installed, we introduced multiple states for a machine's connection. There are currently four types of connection states a machine can have in tapio
|Active||The machine is able to connect to tapio through the CloudConnector.|
|In verification||tapio service needs to verify your machine and approve it.|
|Not possible||Your machine is not able to connect to tapio.|
|Limited||Your machine has limited tapio functionality enabled. That usually means the machine has no active cloud connection but a user can e.g. create a ticket within tapio ServiceBoard for that machine.|