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Cross Domain Development Kit from Bosch


This document contains instructions on how to onboard your Cross Domain Development Kit from Bosch and compile its firmware. Onboarding is the proccess by which the XDK is able to send data to cloud. It begins with a list of prerequisities and guidelines on how to get the code, compile and onboard the XDK, and start sending data to the cloud.


List of components

Installing Windows on a virtual machine

If you don’t have a Windows computer, you must set up a virtual machine and install Windows on it. In this example, we’ll be using Windows 10 Home Edition.

  1. Download and install VirtualBox — If you have a Mac, choose: “VirtualBox 5.0.20 for OS X hosts” → amd64 —
  2. Download the ISO image of Windows 10. Choose the 64-bit version, and select your preferred language.
  3. When the download is finished, open VirtualBox and click on “New”:
    New virtual machine
  4. Name your new Virtual Machine as “Windows 10”, and VirtualBox will automatically select the settings for Windows 10. Then, click on continue.
    Virtual machine name
  5. Continue with all of the default options. When asked for a Hard Disk, select “Create a virtual hard disk now,” and then click “Create.”
  6. On the next step, select VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) and click Continue.
  7. Now, select Fixed size and continue.
  8. Name your virtual hard disk and allocate a space of no less than 16GB.
  9. Click “Create” and continue with all the default options if asked.
  10. On the main window, on VirtualBox, click on your brand new virtual machine, and scroll down to Storage. Now click on “Optical Drive” (see picture below, marked in blue).
    Disk mount
  11. Select the iso image of Windows 10 that you downloaded before, in the first steps of the tutorial.
  12. Now click on “Start” to run the virtual machine; shortly you will see the Windows 10 boot screen.
    Start virtual machine
  13. Now install Windows normally, using the default options; when prompted for a “product key,” select “I don’t have a product key” (you can continue using Windows indefinitely without activation).
  14. Once you’re set, you can start and shut down the virtual machine.

Setting up the XDK Workbench

These instructions are to be performed on a Windows computer or on your brand new Virtual Machine created in Section 3.

  1. Go to XDK Workbench download page.
  2. If you don’t have an account, please follow the steps provided by the application to create one. The serial number of your XDK is required to download the workbench.
  3. Log in with your Bosch account and download the XDK Workbench (release 1.6.0).
  4. Install it with the default options (i.e. don’t modify the default folder or anything).
  5. Download the latest version of the repository with the relayr XDK project, or here, and uncompress it in “C:/” (in the root folder of the hard drive).
  6. Install it with the default options in the folder chosen by the installer.
  7. You should now have two new folders on your hard drive as shown below:

Importing the project into XDK Workbench

Now let’s import the project into the XDK Workbench so that we cna flash the XDK:

  1. Open the XDK Workbench.
    XDK workbench
  2. The first time you open it, it will ask you to set a password. Ignore this (click “No”) and continue.
  3. Close the Welcome tab that displays upon opening the program.
  4. Next, click on “File” → “New” → “Project”.
  5. Inside the category “C/C++”, select “Makefile Project with Existing Code.”
    Import project
  6. In the following window, enter a name for your project, select the location of the relayr XDK project, and select the BCDS XDK Toolchain.
    Import project2
  7. Click on “Finish,” and you’ll see the brand new project added in the Project Explorer column on the left.

Introducing the WiFi and MQTT credentials

Let’s hardcode the WiFi and the MQTT credentials of your device. First, you’ll need to connect the device. If you’re using a virtual machine, you will need to make XDK available in VirtualBox.

Make XDK available in VirtualBox

IMPORTANT: If you’re not using a virtual machine, you can skip this first set of steps and skip to the WiFi and MQTT credential sections below. Just connect your XDK to the USB and turn it on by flipping the small switch on the side of the device.

  1. On the top navigation bar of VirtualBox, click on “Devices” → “USB” → “USB settings…”
  2. Now connect the XDK to a USB port, and turn it on (switch on the side of the device).
  3. Click on the small green icon on the right, and select the Bosch XDK.
  4. With this, you just created a filter that will give the virtual machine access to the USB device (i.e. your XDK). Now, disconnect the cable of the XDK and close the window.
  5. Now, once back in the Workbench, connect the cable of the XDK again. You should hear a sound indicating that a USB device has been connected, and on the top left side of the workbench, your XDK should be shown in green.

WiFi credentials

Follow these steps to configure the XDK with the credentials of the WiFi network:

  1. On the folder of the project (left vertical window), expand the “config” folder and double click on the file named credentials.h.
  2. Find the fields labeled WLAN_CONNECT_WPA_SSID and WLAN_CONNECT_WPA_PASS and enter the SSID and password for the WiFi in these two fields. Also, change the value of MQTT_SERVER to the IP address where the Edge Agent is running. See step 2 of the setup section in the Edge Agent guide for instructions on how to find this IP.
  3. Once you’ve entered the credentials, click “File” → “Save All.”

MQTT credentials

In order to retrieve the XDK’s MQTT credentials, we’ll have to create the device on the relayr Developer Dashboard, for which you’ll need a relayr developer account. Click here for instructions on how to make an account.

When you’ve created your account, follow these instructions on how to add your device to the cloud. When selecting a model, go to the “By the community” section and, in the search box, type “XDK.” Select the one highlighted in the screenshot below:

Import project2

Once the device has been successfully added, click on the Edit button, and a window with all the device’s settings will pop up, including the MQTT credentials.

    "user": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "password": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "clientId": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "topic": "/v1/xxxxxxxxxxxxxx/"

Now, on the XDK Workbench, on the directory tree (left side of the window), go to the folder “config” and double click on the file credentials.h.

Modify the existing data according to the conversion table below. Also, ensure that MQTT_SERVER is set to the IP address where the Edge Agent is running.

JSON file credentials.h

Now click on “File” → “Save All”.

Compile and flash the device

To compile and flash the firmware to your XDK, connect the XDK to your computer and click on “Flash” at the top left of the window.

Import project2

If your device has not yet been detected (because you’re using a virtual machine), please repeat the first part of the section labeled “Introducing the WiFi and MQTT Credentials,” which you will find above. In some cases, you may need to repeat these steps a few times until it works! In VirtualBox, you can add and remove USB devices easily, so feel free to remove the XDK from the list and add it again after disconnecting and reconnecting it!

Once the device is flashed, simply disconnect and reset it (with the switch on the side). After rebooting, it should start publishing data to the cloud.

Check XDK onboarding

Connect to relayr Developer Dashboard and go to “Devices” → “your device name”. There you should see data from the XDK. See picture below:

Relayr cloud

Associate XDK with the Edge Agent

The last step is to associate the XDK with the Edge Agent. This ensures that the Edge Agent captures all the data from your XDK so that it can work with the other devices on the Edge Agent.

See the Edge Agent guide for information on how to associate the device with the Edge Agent.

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