Raspberry Pi industrial server targets IIoT

September 22, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
Raspberry Pi industrial server targets IIoT
An industrial-grade server based on the Raspberry Pi, open source software and optimized hardware in a DIN-rail form factor is aimed at the IIoT

Sfera Labs in Italy has developed an industrial, DIN-rail server based around the Raspberry Pi single board computer for the Indsutrial Internet of Thnings (IIoT). 

The Iono Pi Max industrial-grade server with integrated PLC functionality and advanced power management. The integration of a server and programmable controller makes the Iono Pi Max the all-in-one solution for industrial control.

The Iono Pi Max joins Sfera Labs' existing range of industrial controllers and servers based on open source platforms, bringing together many of the features available separately in its existing portfolio, into a single, optimized design.

Additional hardware arond the Raspberry Pi provides a complete solution based on open source technology. This puts the Iono Pi Max in a disruptive and competitive position, offering all of the features of a proprietary and more expensive industrial PLC but at a much lower price point. This allows any software or program that can run on a Raspberry Pi will run on the Iono Pi Max. An additional integrated microcontroller allows further application code to run alongside the Raspberry Pi, offering true real-time response and control. With extensive analog and digital interfaces, the Iono Pi Max can connect to and control multiple external sensors and actuators, to create complex control systems.

As the platform is completely open, users can implement any software their application needs, and run it on any operating system that supports the Raspberry Pi. The Iono Pi Max’s microcontroller is also in-field programmable, through the Raspberry Pi, with custom firmware.

The Iono Pi Max is supplied in a DIN-Rail mountable enclosure with the option of a UPS for use in applications where protection from the disruption caused by a power outage is critical.

The hardware features of the Iono Pi Max include: relays; digital I/O (bidirectional TTL, digital inputs and open collector outputs); Wiegand, 1-Wire, Ethernet, CAN, RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces; high resolution voltage and current inputs and outputs; dedicated temperature sensors inputs; a hardware watchdog

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