Barix intros low-cost IP controller4 February 2010
Barionet 50 – a low-cost IP automation controller, monitoring device and visualisation system for professional and home applications – is the latest launch from Barix.
A fully programmable network controller, the Barionet 50 is said to be ideal for interfacing devices and real world I/O via IP with open, standards-based monitoring and control platforms.
The Barionet 50 is a modular component that can operate stand-alone or in concert with other units, web servers and control systems. Professional applications include access control, machine data collection and environmental monitoring of everything from temperature to water pressure. Barionet devices use very low power (typically 1.2W with inactive relays) and are well-positioned for ‘green’ applications such as energy metering, smart grid control and intelligent building management.
In many applications, the devices are used ‘as is’ – reliable, low cost I/O and device servers. However, the fully programmable Barionet 50 can implement serial protocols, serve as the ‘intelligent’ component in a data collection system, or take actions based on the provided data on the interfaces.
The Barionet 50 offers four logical inputs and four relays for interfacing to contact closures as well as RS-232 and RS-485 serial ports. Modbus/TCP, SNMP, ASCII and cgi protocols offer a choice for interfacing with the device, and its serial ports can be used as remote COM ports. Its ‘bigger brother’, the original Barionet, includes analogue inputs and line voltage switching relays.