An Adapter is an instance of the associated Adapter Type definition. The Adapter Types page provides information about the third party system properties, incoming events, and outgoing commands defined in the Adapter. Each Adapter Type can be instantiated multiple times with a unique Adapter name.
The Adapter Types and Adapters pages are used to allow workflows to communicate with external subsystems for services such as email, facial recognition, and messaging.
See the Adapter Type Documentation for a detailed description of each Adapter Type.
Adapter Types contain the information and software code that define how to communicate with an external system (e.g., Twitter) and they are managed using the Adapter Types page.
The system provides access to a variety of useful adapter types from an external Adapter Type Store. In the initial state the system does not contain any pre-defined adapter types. There are two categories of adapter types that can be added to the system:
- adapter types from the Adapter Type Store
- custom adapter types that can be imported from a file
More information on the available adapter types in the Adapter Store can be found here.
Use the Administration > About > Configure Registries page to manage registry connection information for custom adapters which use images stored in a private registry that requires authentication. If UIP and/or an adapter hub is behind and HTTP|HTTPS proxy it may be necessary to add custom registry locations to the proxy's allow list.
Adapter types that are not in-use by any adapters can be deleted from the Adapter Types page.
All of a system's adapter types can be imported and exported in bulk using the Import Configuration or Export Configuration pages.
Deleting an adapter type that is referenced by one of the adapters may result in non functional adapter(s) and/or workflows.
Adapters are instances of an Adapter Type and define how to connect to a specific instance of a system (e.g., @TwitterUsername1, @TwitterUsername2) and they are managed using the Adapters page. Multiple Adapters can be created using a single Adapter Type as long as a unique Adapter name is used.
If the system contains adapters imported or restored without a corresponding adapter type, the Adapters page will display a warning message containing instruction to add the necessary adapter types from the Adapter Type Store.
External adapters can be supported in 2 ways:
- Adapter Hubs
- Managed using the Adapter Hubs page in UIP
- Easy to deploy and configure
- Supported on NEC provided hardware, a VM or customer provided server hardware
- Supports listening on custom ports and mapping on custom mounts for adapters
- Adapter Proxies
- Only supported by engaging with NEC Professional Services team
Deleting an adapter that is referenced in one of the workflows may result in a non functional workflow.
Unless otherwise documented, when an adapter command result returns an array, it is implied that there is a count property available.
For example, the Amazon Rekognition adapter detectObjects command will return the below detectedObjects array.
There are 2 objects detected and the detectedObjects.count property contains the count (detectedObjects.count).
detectedObjects.count is not listed in the adapter commands result section of the document but it is implied and can be used in workflows. The count property is implied because detectedObjects is defined as an "array" in the Adapter Types file.
example detectedObjects result object:
[detectedObjects.name]: [Human] [detectedObjects.confidence]: [99.1072] [detectedObjects.name]: [People] [detectedObjects.confidence]: [99.1071854] [detectedObjects.count]:  [status]: [success]