Barix to Show Low-Cost IP Controller at ISE
Barix AG, which makes IP-based audio, intercom, control, and monitoring, launched the Barionet 50, a low-cost IP automation controller, monitoring device, and visualization system now professional and home applications.
Barix AG, which makes IP-based audio, intercom, control, and monitoring, launched the Barionet 50, a low-cost IP automation controller, monitoring device, and visualization system now professional and home applications. Barix will take the wraps off the device at Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam February 4-6, 2010.
Company officials say the Barionet 50 is a fully programmable network controller that's ideal for interfacing devices and real-world I/O via IP with open, standards-based monitoring and control platforms. It is a modular device that can operate standalone or 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. According to Barix, Barionet devices use very low power (typically 1.2W with inactive relays) and are suited to "green" applications such as energy metering, smart grid control, and intelligent building management.
"At $179 retail, the Barionet 50 is one of the least expensive and most intelligent, fully programmable control devices with serial and I/O capability on the market today," said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix AG, in a statement."The device works as a generic I/O interface and device server for higher end systems out of the box."
Rietschel said Barix also provides a free programming environment and example applications for integrators who want to customize the device and implement protocols and control algorithms. A built-in web server can serve user-specific pages, which can contain data generated by the control program or the various units.
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.