Neuron Edge Industrial Controller - 8 DIO + RS232/422/485 Serial + BT WiFi NFC + 2 Ethernet BB-400
- Industrial Edge Controller, powered by an industrialised Raspberry Pi and Arduino
- 8 Digital IO, RS232/422/485 Serial Port, Bluetooth, WIFI, NFC, RTC and 2 independent Wired Ethernet
- Connect to factory floor processes, sensors actuators, machines and PLCs
- Process data locally and send to the cloud. Use our built in software or write your own with open source tools
- Built in UPS power supply for safe shutdown of processor in event of power loss
- -25°C to +70°C op temp range, 5-30VDC dual power input, DIN rail mountable
- BB-400-datasheet (2.95 MB)
Brainboxes Neuron Edge Controller is an edge processing device. It can be connected to many different types of factory floor equipment sensors and actuators, analyse data/control outputs and present the data locally, or send it to the cloud.
The Brainboxes Neuron Edge Controller, runs on open source software, and the hardware is powered by Raspberry Pi and Arduino. This means your developers can quickly port existing solutions to a robust industrialised platform. It has the familiarity of the most popular software platforms, but is robust and can withstand industrial environments.
The hardware includes a built in Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). The UPS means that if the power is taken away from the device suddenly, then the backup power supply takes over, and allows the operating system to keep running; if the power lowers sufficiently the device will cleanly shutdown without loosing any data.
The power supply allows between 5 Volt and 30 Volt input supply. So it can run in industrial environments where 12 or 24 volts are available, or it can run on a desktop off USB power. It also allows for dual redundant power, 2 power supplies can be connected at once, if one supply fails the other will take over instantly.
The device includes a built in Real Time Clock (RTC) for maintaining the time accurately between reboots and during network outages.
From a connectivity standpoint the device has Bluetooth and WiFi for wireless connections, NFC for close proximity comms and 8x Digital I/O lines and an RS232/422/485 serial port.
The 8 Digital I/O lines are controlled from an integrated Arduino and can be reprogrammed if necessary to perform other functionality (e.g. PWM, 1-wire connections). This allows connectivity to sensors and acutators such as buttons, proximity sensors, motors etc.
The 2 independent Ethernet ports allow the device to firewall off its own subnet while simultaneously connecting to the wider network.
The RS-232/422/485 serial port, can connect at up to 921,600 baud and for RS232 communication includes RTS and CTS lines for handshaking. In addition there is a BUS based DIN rail connector which will allow hardware expansion.
The software on the device is based on the philosophy of sensible defaults. Pre-installed is a web based administration interface which is secured over an encrypted channel. From the web interface a user can easily install pre-configured docker containers which allow customisation of the development environment. Brainboxes will continue to add freely available resources for you to build your application. Coming soon to the admin interface will be cloud connectors which allow the data from the IO lines to be automatically sent up to a cloud platform such as IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.
If a user taps their NFC equipped mobile phone against the front of a device in the field the relevant information for connectivity will be sent to the phone automatically.
|Main Processor||Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, 1.2GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM2837 processor|
|RAM||1 Gbyte LPDDR2 RAM|
|Storage||4 Gbytes eMMC Flash|
|Integrated Connectivity||Wifi, Bluetooth, 2 Independent Ethernet, 8 Digital IO, RS232/422/485 Serial, NFC, Expansion BUS|
|Cloud Connectivity||Yes, out of the box cloud connectors, or program your own|
|Software||Secure Web Administration, Docker, Sample Applications, Fully open and customisable platform|
|Real Time Clock||Yes; with battery backup|
|IO processor||Arduino microcontroller processing real time signals (reprogrammable)|
|IO Protocols||Modbus TCP or DCON ASCII (over TCP or Virtual COM port)|
|Description||8 Digital Inputs and 8 Digital Outputs|
|Power On Values||Outputs can be set to predetermined values on power on|
|Input Logic Level 0||-30.0V to +1.0V|
|Input Logic Level 1||+2.0V to +30V|
|Inputs NPN/PNP||Jumper Selectable|
|Input Latches||Triggered by user programmable positive or negative edges, stays true until acknowledged|
|Input Counter||User progammable- counts positive or negative transitions up to 200Hz|
|Digital Output Type||Open drain transistor, protected MosFET. Short circuit protection up to 36V. Over temperature shutdown -175°C typical 150°C min|
|Maximum Output Load Voltage||30 VDC|
|Maximum Output Current Sink||5.0A per channel|
|Ports||1 Multi Drop to 8|
|Connector||Removable Screw terminal block connector - 3.5 mm pitch|
|Tx FIFO Size||128|
|Rx FIFO Size||128|
|Operating Distance||EIA - RS232 Standard|
|Serial Port Settings|
|Max Baud Rate||1,000,000 (1 MegaBaud)|
|Data Bits||5,6,7 or 8|
|Parity||Works at all data word lengths, parity option and stop bits combinations|
|Stop Bits||1, 1.5 or 2|
|Flow Control||TXD, RXD, RTS, CTS|
|Tx/Rx Modes||Point to Point|
|Number of Ports||1|
|Wi-Fi Standard||802.11 b/g/n|
|Network Port Type||RJ45 Jack 10/100 MHz Autosensing, Cross Over Autosensing (MDIX)|
|Protection||1500V Magnetic Isolation between ports and network|
|Bluetooth Qualification||1.1 Qualified|
|Bluetooth Class||Class 2|
|Radio Frequency||2.45 GHz|
|Supported Bluetooth Profiles||SPP (Serial Port Profile)|
|Default Config||By Default sends Network Settings to connecting device|
|Operating System||Raspbian Lite - based on Debian|
|Security||Latest SSH and TLS security protocols|
|Administration||Secure Web administration with user definable roles|
|Docker Support||Preinstalled with web admin interface, Customised Containers available for NodeRed|
|Configurability||Full access to secure linux command line, open system, fully configurable, custom OS can be flashed into memory if required|
|Power Input||5V input via USB Cable/Power Adapter/Pin 9|
|Max Input||35 Volts|
|Uninterrupted Power Supply||Yes; Integrated UPS|
|UPS Typical shutdown window||40 seconds mean time til shutdown under typical workload|
|Operating Temperature Range||-30 °C to +80 °C / -22 °F to +176 °F|
|Storage Temperature||-40 °C to +85 °C / -40 °F to +185 °F|
|Power Consumption||4 Watts Typical, 15W Max|
|Product Weight||0.248 kg, 8.75 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||120x99x45 mm, 4.7x3.9x1.8 inches|
|Packaged Weight||0.334 kg, 11.78 ounces|
|Packaged Dimensions||160x135x49 mm, 6.3x5.3x1.9 inches|
|Operating System Compatibility|
|Ethernet||Ethernet Interface takes advantage of a companies pre-existing infrastructure, allowing you to connect to your Brainboxes device over the local network, or from across the world.|