Get Started Guide

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  • 10/03/2022
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Step 7: Device Onboarding Control Plane Setup

These steps are used to configure ThingsBoard* for device onboarding. Do all steps on the
control plane

Install the MQTT Service

  1. Make sure that the common name is the hostname of
    control plane
  2. Install the Eclipse Mosquitto* broker and client for device onboarding and application over-the-air (AOTA) message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) messages:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mosquitto-dev/mosquitto-ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mosquitto sudo apt-get install mosquitto-clients sudo apt clean
  3. Generate the certificates for the Mosquitto secure sockets layer (SSL) and the
    for the Mosquitto SSL:
    cd /etc/mosquitto/certs openssl genrsa -des3 -out ca.key 2048 openssl req -new -x509 -days 1826 -key ca.key -out ca.crt openssl genrsa -out server.key 2048 openssl req -new -out server.csr -key server.key
    openssl x509 -req -in server.csr -CA ca.crt -CAkey ca.key -CAcreateserial -out server.crt -days 360 chmod 777 *
    Use the machine hostname of
    control plane
    as the common name.
  4. Update
    # Place your local configuration in /etc/mosquitto/conf.d/ # # A full description of the configuration file is at # /usr/share/doc/mosquitto/examples/mosquitto.conf.example persistence true persistence_location /var/lib/mosquitto/ log_dest file /var/log/mosquitto/mosquitto.log include_dir /etc/mosquitto/conf.d listener 18883 allow_anonymous true cafile /etc/mosquitto/certs/ca.crt certfile /etc/mosquitto/certs/server.crt keyfile /etc/mosquitto/certs/server.key
  5. Go to AMR_server_containers folder, and start the MQTT service:
    cd <edge_insights_for_amr_path>/Edge_Insights_for_Autonomous_Mobile_Robots_*/AMR_server_containers ansible-playbook 01_docker_sdk_env/docker_orchestration/ansible-playbooks/02_edge_server/smart_edge_open/fleetmanagement_interface.yaml ufw allow 18883
    For errors, go to Troubleshooting.
  6. Open a browser, use the controller IP, and open <IP Address>:32764. Use the following credentials:
    • account:
    • password:
  7. Go to the
    Rule Chain
    page, and select
  8. Assign the
    control plane
    IP to the variable
  9. Select the
    Enable SSL
  10. Assign
    to the variable
  11. Upload the
    certificate that was generated above, and apply the changes.

Prepare ThingsBoard* for OTA Updates

  1. Prepare for the Intel® RealSense™ camera firmware update.
    1. Place the
      file that contains the firmware in a
      archive. Make sure that you do not archive the entire directory, only the
    2. Set up a basic HTTP server, and upload the
      on it as a trusted repository server:
      1. Install the apache2:
        sudo apt update sudo apt install apache2
      2. Put the RealSense .bin file inside a .tar.gz, and place it on a http server:
        tar -czvf rs_12_15.tar.gz Signed_Image_UVC_5_12_15_50.bin sudo cp rs_12_15.tar.gz /var/www/html/
  2. On ThingsBoard*, open
    Rule Chain
  3. Open
    , and, on line 15, update the URL of HTTP host that has the new firmware.
  4. Open
    , and, on line 15, update the following.
    1. The entire HTTP URL with the .tar.gz file for the firmware file.
      The link should be similar to
    2. The Manufacturer, Vendor, and the Product name with the output of the following commands. Execute these commands on the robot.
      dmidecode -t system | grep Product dmidecode -t system | grep Manufacturer dmidecode -t bios | grep Vendor
    Updating the Manufacturer, Vendor, and Product name needs to be done every time you onboard a new type of robot. If these values do not match the ones from the robot trying to onboard, the flow fails.
  5. Save all changes.
If you encounter errors, see Troubleshooting.


If, even after reinstalling the playbook and verifying that the ports are not blocked by the firewall, ThingsBoard* does not work, contact Intel’s Support Forum.
  • Verify that the MQTT service is running:
    systemctl status mosquitto.service
    If the command above returns
    Active: failed
    chmod -R 755 /etc/mosquitto/ systemctl restart mosquitto.service systemctl status mosquitto.service systemctl restart mqtt_aota.service systemctl status mqtt_aota.service
    Expected result: The status of the mosquitto service is
    Active: active

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