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Integrating a third-party network server

As a system integrator, a distributor, or a operation engineer, you can integrate ThingPark Location with non-Actility third-party network servers to test the unique features of Abeeway trackers.

There are two ways to integrate with third-party network servers:

  1. Use pre-deployed Actility Network Interface Translator (This only works with TTN/Helium Network Server)
  2. Deploy your own Node-RED Network Interface Translator (This supports third party Network servers such as Helium, TTN, Loriot, Kerlink and many more)

Setup environment

The setup environment requires the following components:

  • BLE beacons / WiFi routers : These components are required only in case you want to test the BLE/WiFi scan feature of the trackers.

  • Abeeway trackers : Micro trackers, smart badges, industrial trackers, compact trackers.

  • A LoRaWAN® network : A network is built from LoRaWAN® gateways and a LoRaWAN® network server. In this tutorial, we assume that the network is already present and offers reliable connectivity at the test area.

  • An interface converter application : It is a proxy application that translates messages between the LoRaWAN® network server and the location solver. We will explain how you can develop your own interface proxy utilizing our Node-RED examples.


The Node-RED component is not needed if you are using Actility’s ThingPark Wireless or ThingPark Enterprise in the cloud.

  • ThingPark X Location Engine (TPXLE) : TPXLE is a SaaS geolocation service solution.
  • Application servers : The application servers will visualize the location data reported by the trackers. In our demo environment, we will use Abeeway Device Manager.

These components are presented below with a color code showing their origin and availability. Components from Actility/Abeeway are represented in blue, components that we plan to develop ourselves are in orange, components from third-parties are in white. img