Orion Context Broker is an open source component belonging to the wide archipelago of FIWARE components available on this site.
In particular, if you are developing a Data/Context scenario, the Orion Context Broker plays the role of a component in the architecture able to mediate between consumer producers (e.g. sensors) and the context consumer applications (e.g. an smartphone applications taking advantage of the context information provided by the sensors). It runs as a deamon process providing NGSI9 and NGSI10 interfaces. Full documentation here.
When I started to work with Orion Context Broker for my SAT project, I looked around to find a quick & stylish solution to display data stored in the DB used by Orion CB (btw mongoDB); soon I found Freeboard, a nice open source dashboard for the Internet of Things and a "ready to work" plugin for Freeboard that is able to connect it to an Orion instance: Freeboard-Orion-Plugin.
What to do then ? Recently W3C came out with the Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) specification, a mechanism that works by adding HTTP headers to cross-domain HTTP requests and responses. The headers indicate the origin of the request and the server has to inform via headers in the response whether it will serve resources to this origin. This exchange of headers is what makes CORS a secure mechanism totaly transparent to the user since the headers are built by the browser and the server.
So, why it did not worked in my case?
Just because Orion context Broker server does not support CORS at the moment:
there is more than a solution to get rid of the problem. You may create for instance a proxy in PHP:
I followed a different way; I installed Apache httpd on the same machine of the Orion instance and I used it as a proxy.
To do so just follow the steps below:
1) Edit httpd.conf file in /etc/httpd/conf and instruct Apache to load proxy module add the following lines at the end:
LoadModule proxy_module modules/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/mod_proxy_http.so
LoadModule headers_module modules/mod_headers.so
LoadModule deflate_module modules/mod_deflate.so
2) Add proxy permissions as your choice:
Allow from all
3) Add some rules to instruct Apache to intercept NGSI calls to Orion:
ProxyPass /v1/queryContext http://127.0.0.1:1026/v1/queryContext
ProxyPassReverse /v1/querycontext http://127.0.0.1:1026/v1/queryContext
ProxyPass /v1/registerContext http://127.0.0.1:1026/v1/registerContext
ProxyPassReverse /v1/registerContext http://127.0.0.1:1026/v1/registerContext
ProxyPass /v1/updateContext http://127.0.0.1:1026/v1/updateContext
ProxyPassReverse /v1/updateContext http://127.0.0.1:1026/v1/updateContext
4) Save conf file and restart your httpd server