Data-bridge is a microservice specifically tailored to adhere to the UNS data model. It consumes topics from a message broker, translates them to the proper format and publishes them to the other message broker.
How it works
Data-bridge connects to the source broker, that can be either Kafka or MQTT, and subscribes to the topics specified in the configuration. It then processes the messages, and publishes them to the destination broker, that can be either Kafka or MQTT.
In the case where the destination broker is Kafka, messages from multiple topics
can be merged into a single topic, making use of the message key to identify
the source topic.
For example, subscribing to a topic using a wildcard, such as
umh.v1.acme.anytown..*, and a merge point of 4, will result in
messages from the topics
being merged into a single topic,
umh.v1.acme.anytown, with the message key
being the missing part of the topic name, in this case
Here is a diagram showing the flow of messages:
The value of the message is not changed, only the topic and key are modified.
Another important feature is that it is possible to configure multiple data bridges, each with its own source and destination brokers, and each with its own set of topics to subscribe to and merge point.
The brokers can be local or remote, and, in case of MQTT, they can be secured using TLS.
- Read the Data Bridge reference documentation to learn more about the technical details of the data-bridge microservice.