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Cloud sol'n aimed at automation, installation markets

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Techbase? Raspberry Pi? automation? module? industrial computer?

Techbase, a Polish startup, has released a solution aimed at the automation and installation markets, providing multi-levelled user access cloud management. The ModBerry device is a full-fledged industrial computer built around the Raspberry Pi Compute Module.

The unit is equipped with a 700MHz Broadcom processor, along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB NAND flash storage. It has numerous interfaces, most notably RS 485/232 serial ports, CAN and very economical 1-Wire buses, noted the company.

ModBerry also has Ethernet, USB and HDMI ports along with analogue audio output. It also provides support for wireless communication such as WiFi, LTE/3G/GPRS cellular modems or Bluetooth technology. The device's capabilities can also be expanded by having up to two internal extension cards installed, added Techbase.


Designed for tough industrial conditions, the module comes in 91 x 106 x 61mm aluminium case and operates in the -25°C to 80°C temperature range.

While Raspberry Pi has been around for a few years, ModBerry is backwards compatible with original board and reaps the benefits of organisation, community and producer support and millions of documentation pages.

Raspberry supports Raspbian, a free operating system, based on Debian GNU/Linux, which is the most stable Linux distribution available. Nonetheless, Techbase developed software specifically aimed at the automation and installation markets, under its iMod Platform, combining ready to use solutions with no programming knowledge.

A configuration file can be created with a few clicks in the company's iModWizard tool. Then, remote software updates and configuration can be carried out through iModCloud, a cloud-based environment that provides multi-levelled access to both designers and end users.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times Europe

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