Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, JavaScript runtime environment (Framework) that executes JavaScript code outside a web browser. Node.js lets developers use JavaScript to write command line tools and for server-side scripting—running scripts server-side to produce dynamic web page content before the page is sent to the user’s web browser.

As an asynchronous event-driven JavaScript runtime, Node.js is designed to build scalable network applications. It is maintained by the Open JS Foundation.

More information on Node-JS can be found in the following external links.


Node.js can be installed on your PC or MAC via the download links here


Node-RED is an open-source programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways.

Node-RED runs on Node-JS. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click.

Figure: Example flow built in Node-RED

Further Information

Node-RED will be new to many Basis Technologies customers and ActiveControl users. The following 3rd party resources provide some useful background information and tutorials to the toolset.

Node-RED homepage
Getting started with Node-RED Node-RED link
Node-RED tutorial playlist YouTube video link
Node-RED Advanced Nodes YouTube video link
Top 5 Node-RED Core Nodes YouTube video link


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