The 21st century can be characterized by the advent of wireless technology that allows the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) to be possible. Introducing AAEON’s DRM IoT gateway, a device designed as the centerpiece for building management systems in smart buildings.
Defining “smart” in an intelligent system can be tricky. For AAEON, it is the ability to perform large-scale or building-wide control and management of operationally critical tasks, such as lighting and power, both on-site and off, instantaneously and simultaneously, while not requiring substantial resources to do so. In that direction, the DRM gateway was conceived.
Powered by Intel®’s Quark X1000 SoC, the device sports a DIN rail mountable, modular design (hence the name “DRM”) and is lightly and compactly built to facilitate any requirements for customization. Inside its step-pyramid shape is the PC board, CPU board, and industrial I/O board, one stacked atop another from the top to bottom respectively with topmost level providing internet access and expansion capabilities, computation in the middle and analog to digital (or vice versa) signal conversion at the bottom.
With signal converters and ability to connect a multitude of analog devices, functions the gateway may perform include, among others, adjustment of window positions and air conditioners as well as venting of hot air based on temperature and humidity; around the clock monitoring of the building’s lighting condition, allowing autonomous activation/ deactivation of electrical lights for energy saving purposes; storing of power generated during off-peak periods for buildings capable of producing renewable energy, and selling it to power companies for revenue.
Also, the device will feed data for all its controlling parameters to a web-based app, which can be viewed on any Internet-enabled device, making remote management possible.
“The DRM is just part of the bigger picture” said Rita Liang, Product Manager of AAEON’s Design and Manufacturing Services, “The vastness of the entire IoT ecosystem creates a lot of opportunities for us to present the most innovative and comprehensive solutions to the market, so stay tuned for AAEON’s full range of upcoming IoT solutions”.
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