MegaIO-IND Brings Industrial and Building Automation with Pi

Sequent Microsystems is set to release Version 2 of their MegaIO-IND platform designed to work with the Raspberry Pi, allowing you to use the stackable expansion card to automate nearly any industrial function or building application.

Sequent Microsystems’ new MegalO-IND industrial and building automation card is loaded with inputs, outputs, relays, and powered by the Raspberry Pi. (📷: Sequent)

Labeled as “the Swiss Army knife of industrial automation for the Raspberry Pi,” Sequent developed the board using feedback from the original backers. New changes include a user-configurable I/O, the addition of status LEDs (for digital inputs/outputs) and pulse width modulation (for four digital outputs), as well as a software-configurable push button.

Beyond that, Sequent enables you to add more options to the MegalO-IND, like replacing the 4–20mA inputs with four 10K temperature sensors wired directly to the board, or four optically isolated 4–20mA inputs with extra 0–10V outputs.

MegaIO-IND’s layout displaying digital ins and outs, along with the Pi GPIO header. (📷: Sequent)

As for the rest of the hardware specs, the MegaIO-IND features an onboard 32-bit Cortex-M0+ microcontroller, 24DC power supply (5V for the Pi), RTC with battery backup, 4X 10A/250V relays, and configurable interrupts from any input and push button. Communication is done through RS485, CAN, and 1-Wire, and you can stack up to four board — however any number of them can be controlled using a single Raspberry Pi.

You can stack up to four of the MegaIO-IND boards together, and control any number of them using the Pi. (📷: Sequent)

Sequent Microsystems is currently crowdfunding their MegaIO-IND board on Kickstarter and can be upgraded with a variety of different input options, including additional digital I/O, relays, or the “works.” Pledges start at $28 for a single “a la Carte” board and up to $60 for the works.

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