As part of the Edge Xpert distribution, IOTech provides the open-source Node-RED development tool bundled as a microservice in the platform. Edge Xpert can deliver data to Node-RED, which provides a browser-based flow editor to connect flows using the nodes in the Node-RED palette. You can create your own rules and analytics to define how to handle, interpret and take action on the data using Javascript-based APIs. Node-RED can send commands back to Edge Xpert; this means that you can write rules to control the devices managed by the Edge Xpert Device Services, if required. Node-RED also provides a module that allows you to easily create live dashboards for the data.

The following subsection provides an example of setting up Node-RED with Edge Xpert: