The base unit of the RUBICON system is the modular node unit controlling and managing a single device or multiple devices depending on the actual system deployed. Each component runs on an open-source operating system (Linux) to ensure maximum programmability.
Multiple nodes may be managed from a designated central unit for more coordinated operation. Nodes can exchange information through this unit and the centre can ensure coordinated operation of the nodes. The devices use standard TCP/IP communication (SNMP or XML). The user interfaces connect to the units via wired or wireless communication channels.
The devices can store and transmit variables and measured data to the centre or remote admin to ensure monitoring of the network parameters controlled by the system.
The central unit has its own built-in web server through which the user or the properly authorised supervising or installing personnel can view current status and take any control actions as needed. What it means is that there is no need for a client software.
The node has its own intelligence that ensures coordinated control of the managed devices based on the sensors connected to the node. Signals from sensors connected to other nodes are also available via TCP/IP connection between the nodes. Node intelligence may be modified with appropriate authorisation and the control logic is fully customizable. Nodes can operate as part of a connected system or as standalone units; the operation of the system does not necessary require central management.
The node unit can use standard interfaces to communicate with properly prepared devices but can also control power consumer units directly. The unit has a module capable of measuring the amount of electric power consumed, which allows for continuous control over consumption. Additional units may be added to the node via the high-speed USB bus to satisfy any needs.
Temperature, solar radiation and power consumption are measured and security signals (status of doors and windows, motion detection, fire alarm) are also managed. The device provides users with the option to intervene through a smart device (e.g. mobile phone, computer) either locally or remotely but traditional switches may be also used. Due to its built-in, customizable logic, the device can perform control actions triggered by interventions and context conditions.
Node units can communicate with sensors and other node units via Ethernet, wireless (IEEE 802.15.4 Zigbee, IEEE 802.11 WiFi) and the 230 V power network (HomePlug 1.0, max. 14 Mbit/s), which allows for installation and use of the devices in situations when additional cabling is not an option.
Our company is committed to the development and distribution of technologies and procedures supporting sustainable growth. By developing the RUBICON system, we would like to contribute to sensible energy use, promote the “Green house” concept and implement more comfortable and environment friendly operation.