Aport-212PG: Programmable platform for device networks
Current developments under the keywords M2M, ZigBee or Industry 4.0 focus on network communication between devices. The so-called IoT (Internet of Things) incorporates a whole host of specialised end devices such as sensors, actors and controllers which are used equally in modern building management as in industrial plants, large-scale living environments and outdoor installations. End devices for light controls, thermostats, motion detectors, security sensors, switches, locks, pumps, meters and a lot more form a network within which the individual components should intercommunicate trouble-free and safely. The initial step is the transfer and concentration of serial data from the sensor via the TCP/IP protocol. Serial Ethernet converters such as the new Aport-212PG act as device servers here.
The Aport-212 has a Cortex-M3 processor with 100 MHz and is equipped with 64KB SRAM, 512KB flash, an 10/100 Mbps Ethernet interface as well as two RS-232/485 connections. The new converter supports lightweight IP (lwIP) and flexible and comfortable programming with the BSD Socket Library. A compact Web server for the customer’s own Web-based applications is integrated. Sample programs for data communication, Web configuration and EEPROM routines are incorporated in the development kit, making starting-up fast easier. A special Windows Management utility for the functional overview, the configuration of the Aport-212PG and the transfer of firmware developed by the customer is also included in the scope of delivery.
Its development options alongside the energy-saving and low-service hardware make the Aport-212PG an ideal platform for the Internet of Devices and the communication of serial data in TCP/IP networks.