Modern IIoT for Industrial Automation and Remote Control with the ACORN IoT-SmartNode Platform

 

Daytech's range of modular all-in-one hardware and software technology products offer robust, precise, sophisticated real-time monitoring and automatic wireless mesh network control. These innovative Industrial IoT solutions are suitable for a wide range of process and environmental applications, including mission critical applications.

The ACORN IoT-SmartNode is a modular, plug and play, wireless mesh network platform for flexible, long range and fast sensing and control, with Gateways that backhaul via 4G, WiFi and Ethernet.  Gain highly inter-operable site-wide and inter-site process unification. Save up to 95% in cabling costs. Perform reliable, Real-Time monitoring and process control wirelessly!  

Daytech can manufacture standardised, configurable hardware/software, that you can install, configure and maintain in house, or a custom engineered solution, with your companies branding on the apps, dashboards and GUIs, involving rapid prototyping through to high volume manufacture. Feel free to reach out and talk to one of our engineers to discuss your requirements. 

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Industrial IoT just got a whole lot faster!

  • All-in-One and Easy to Program Platform for Real-Time Wireless Monitoring, Remote Control and Automation.   

  • Intelligent Edge Processing - with a Drag and Drop Flow Programming Editor.

  • Easy and fast application development, inter-operability and cloud integration.

  • Develop your own GUI's, notifications and automation functions. Securely access, update and support your IIoT system from anywhere in the world!

Digital Clones, interactive Real-Time GUI Dashboards and integrated "Flow Programming" tools for rapid IIoT development and secure, reliable monitoring and control.

"THE MUSCLE" - HARDENED REAL TIME OPERATING SYSTEM (RTOS) MCU

The ACORN IoT SmartNode range of wireless sensor network, edge computing and gateway nodes, forms a highly inter-operable and modular platform, powered by an advanced ARM Cortex M4 IoT-Core MCU, with hardened RTOS for industrial control, with plugin modules for LoRa, LoRaWAN, Zigbee 2.4GHz, Zigbee 900MHz, 3G/4G, WiFi, Bluetooth and soon onto the market - NBIoT. The ACORN comes with 6 industrial IO onboard (2 x DI, 2 x DO, AI with 0-5V / 0-10V / 4-20mA, high speed pulse input) and has expansion modules, covering almost any type of IO, allowing up to 36 IO in one unit and 1000s of distributed wireless IO nodes, meaning you can replace an RTU or DCS/PLC systems with state of the art IoT hardware.

"THE BRAIN" - POWERFUL & INTEGRATED SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER / GATEWAY

The ACORN IoT SmartNode has a plug-in slot for a single board computer, that fits within the weatherproof housing, allowing you to program sophisticated control applications, gateway to cloud and remote servers, run sophisticated AI/ML and Neural Network algorithms for control or edge processing and many more features. You can run DAYTECH's drag and drop "flow programming" tool for GUI, dashboard and automation app development! This also allows you to access, program, configure and control your applications locally via WiFi/Bluetooth with the GUI from your PC/Smartphone/Tablet, or remotely via WiFi, or 3G/4G (plug-in required) with VPN or cloud integrated solutions.

"THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS" - RS232/485, CAN BUS, MODBUS, UART, I2C, SPI

The ACORN IoT SmartNode can not only walk the walk, it can talk the talk! For fully inter-operable IIoT solutions, you need the flexibility to communicate with a myriad of devices and other platforms. We've packed the ACORN full of communications ability, not only wireless protocols such as WiFi/Bluetooth/Zigbee/LoRa, Cellular 3G/4G but also comes standard with RS232/485, CAN Bus, UART, I2C and SPI. We can factory configure GPS, SDI-12, MODBUS-RTU, MODBUS-TCP or a plethora of other protocols, set us a challenge!

"THE POWER" - MAINS 230VAC, 12VDC, 24VDC, EXPANDABLE BATTERIES, SOLAR

The ACORN IoT SmartNode can be powered from 230VAC with a plugpack, or directly to DC with a wide range 12-28VDC input range. It has an onboard solar battery charging IC for sophisticated and safe solar power charging or up to 2 x Lithium Ion 3Ah battery packs per node, for seriously long life remote operation. The node features 12VDC outputs and 24VDC optional output to power, control and monitor sensors and actuators, wireless and from battery/solar power. Intelligent sleep modes allow you to expand battery life and shut down individual modular units of the node and externally powered sensors/actuators as required.

ACORN SmartNode - "Modular Building Blocks for Easy Industrial IoT"

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Modular Wireless Mesh / Star Networks and Gateways

Daytech's ACORN IoT-SmartNode range of wireless sensor network, edge computing and gateway nodes, is a modular mesh network solution allowing you to remotely monitor, control and integrate thousands of devices. Being highly modular, we can factory fit various communication and sensing modules to the ACORN IoT SmartNode. 

 

Choose from 3G/4G/WiFi gateways, LoRa Star network nodes with up to 15km range and Zigbee 900 PRO mesh solutions, which have an estimated outdoor range of up to 14.5km LOS range. LoRa, Zigbee and WiFi each have their own unique advantages and suit different applications. Contact us to discuss your application, for a technical consultation with one of our engineers to determine the best option for your application.

Highly Scale-able & Expandable with Plenty of IO

The ACORN IoT-SmartNode comes with 6 industrial IO onboard (2 x DI, 2 x DO, AI with 0-5V / 0-10V / 4-20mA, high speed pulse input) and has hardware connectable plug-in expansion modules, covering almost any type of IO, allowing up to 36 IO in one local unit and 1000s of distributed wireless IO nodes, meaning you can replace an RTU or DCS/PLC systems with state of the art IoT hardware.

The ACORN IoT-SmartNode is housed in a rugged IP65 enclosure, with external earthing point, 2 gland entries and spring loaded DIN rail mount - for weatherproof outside applications or installation inside other enclosures. The nodes have an outdoor range, from 2km-15km LOS (Line of Sight) and with Zigbee Self Healing Mesh Modules, each node can be configured to be a router or end node, allowing limitless extension of the network range, via multihop, when using wireless mesh protocols. The Gateway Node will co-ordinate the system and be your access from the internet to the PAN (Personal Area Network).

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Optional Comms Modules - WiFi, 3G/4G, Zigbee

The ACORN IIoT Edge Intelligence Platform

Access Dashboards via Cloud, Web-Server or local WiFi Hotspot on your Smartphone, Tablet or PC - Perform Control and Monitoring!

The ACORN IoT-SmartNode empowers you with a world class, real-time, reliable and secure Industrial IoT platform, what will you create?

  • Perform sophisticated control and monitoring via a drag and drop app building platform.

  • Access your apps and GUI for configuration and process control via cloud, web server or locally via WiFi hotspot. Remote access your ACORN IoT-SmartNode anywhere, anytime!

  • Web based, light weight and cross platform UI and Dashboards, view your dashboards locally or remotely from anywhere in the world, on any tablet, PC or Smartphone with no special software required. 

  • Secured and safe with encryption, firewalls and password protection.

  • Integrate with many other systems using the "ControlMesh API" or protocols such as MQTT, COAP, HTTP, JSON or direct to SQL, CSV, XML and many other integrations. 

  • Get notifications via email, SMS, or even Twitter for sensor and equipment data or system diagnostics such as battery life, signal strength, communication timeouts and more.

  • Digital Clone or 'digital twin' capability - digital representation of the physical sensor and equipment.

  • Interoperability to most types of control systems, sensors, motors, actuators, process equipment, or even vehicles.

  • With the Single Board Computer "The Brain", the ACORN can perform sophisticated edge computing with Artificial Intelligence at the edge, in the cloud or both. 

  • Further to point to point, star or mesh network monitoring and control, you can back-haul your data through WiFi, 3G/4G for a remote monitoring and control solution.

  • Integrate your sensor data and automatically control your devices via Touchscreens/HMI/PLC/SCADA or Cloud and app solutions - the only limit is your imagination!

 

The ACORN Modular IoT Platform is not your typical IoT system. With the MCU "The Muscle" running a rugged RTOS for communications and IO control it has the ability to integrate with or replace, tired old control systems, such as PLCs and RTUs. 

 

With Rugged wireless SmartNodes for fully self contained edge intelligent monitoring and control, combined with the UI flexibility of cloud and web server based IoT databases, digital twins and Dashboards - the only limit is your imagination!

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Too Hard Basket? Our Engineering Team is Here to Help!

Whether you need technology for a process that requires automation and remote monitoring, or you have ideas for product development with IoT or wireless sensor networks, we can develop customised embedded solutions for your requirements that are robust and standards compliant. We can white label with your companies logo, allowing you to get on with building your business.

Our deep experience with wireless sensor networks, automation and embedded electronics and software development, combined with the ACORN modular platform allows us to rapidly customise unique solutions for you to tackle many different applications, that are sophisticated, integrated and state of the art.

We have several key products for building integrated and powerful IoT Automation systems with wireless mesh/star networks, our cornerstone product being the "ACORN IoT-SmartNode". Please contact us to discuss your application, we are here to help you.