New fieldbus controller offers solution to remote monitoring

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

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(2004), "New fieldbus controller offers solution to remote monitoring", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/sr.2004.08724bad.004

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


New fieldbus controller offers solution to remote monitoring

New fieldbus controller offers solution to remote monitoring

Keywords: Fieldbus, Controller

A new fieldbus controller for remote monitoring, which features a built-in GSM modem and increased I/O capacity has been introduced by Carlo Gavazzi (Plate 4). Aimed at applications in the water, traffic, HVAC control and energy management industries, the versatile controller offers new options for monitoring and control of remote stations.

Plate 4 Dupline fieldbus controller with integrated GSM modem from Carlo Gavazzi

Dupline's new fieldbus controller from Carlo Gavazzi enables users to link multiple controllers in an upper level network via RS485 or Ethernet to build a network with thousands of possible I/O points. Automatic data exchange between devices allows any I/O point in the entire network to be accessed by individual controllers. I/O points can be read and controlled from a PLC or PC via the two COM-ports on each device using the Modbus protocol.

The built-in GSM modem further opens up new opportunities for monitoring and control of remote stations. The unit can be configured to send out event-based SMS messages to one or several mobile phones and digital and analogue Dupline data can be read and controlled in the same way. The GSM modem also allows data exchange with a central PC enabling remote control and monitoring via the internet.

In applications, where no cable is available for connecting remote stations the built-in driver can be used as an external radio modem connected to the COM2 port of the controller, enabling one central controller to poll and link together multiple remote Dupline networks for over several kilometres.

For more information, visit the Web site: http://www.carlogavazzi.com