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BLK20 BBALLRED The System controls equipment:
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Motors (15hp, 10hp, and smaller)
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Transformers  (28,000 volts and smaller)
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Diesel engines
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Rotors (camera positioner)
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB RF Coax transfer switches (3+1/8in tri-ports)
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB AC Utility transfer switches (480v, and 208v)
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Pumps, heat exchangers, and related equipment.
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Video equipment
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Commercial switchers
BSTARRED.GIF, 0 kB Much more...
BBALLGRN The System monitors:
BSTARGRN External voltages
BSTARGRN External contract closures
BSTARGRN System (proprietary) sensors.
BSTARGRN Equipment sensors.
BSTARGRN Communication Traffic.


The system can control and monitor anything conceivable - large or small. The major departure is that the system is AUTONOMOUS; all devices communicate freely; and can operate independently.
Every aspect of control is covered.
This software, firmware, and hardware is profoundly encompassing, and is a complete work!

The technical concepts mature into...
BBALLYEL.GIF Equipment Control, BBALLYEL.GIF Security, BBALLYEL.GIF Communications, BBALLYEL.GIF Speech.

BBALLPUR I created the first talking TV broadcast transmitter.
BBALLPUR I have created an entire community of independent intelligent devices.
BBALLPUR I created, for the first time, distributed processors for the broadcaster.
BBALLPUR I have created innovative features for FCC logging.


It is not practical to use internal cards in a computer; the wiring congestion is too great, and the number of sensors is too great. This is the standard approach, taken by everybody - You have a computer with a bunch of wires coming out the back!
SHAKEBAD.gif You are limited by the resources of the computer.
SHAKEBAD.gif You are limited by the number of wires that can be connected.
SHAKEBAD.gif You are limited by not utilizing division of labor; one thing does everything.

RACKGRNS.GIF rackuart.jpg Shown here is one alternative...
Racks of external remote PANELS.
All wiring goes to the racks. This was the first system that I developed; and was better than other remote control layouts - but still not the best system.

The first system:
The system requires a PC computer. The computer poles UARTS. The UARTS perform analog measurements and digital control. The system is limited to few thousand sensors. Communication is restricted to polled community members chosen by a computer. Although a great system, I am phasing it out; I am embarrased by all the wires, and all the experimental wire-wraps. (Which have turned to be permanent.) First built, in part in 1986, and then, in full, in 1992; The system still runs fine. The first system was a learning experience, and a step toward my second system.

...To quote a friend: "Computers suck!"

Shown here is another alternative...

The second system:
BOX BBALLGRN.GIF Small stand alone remote MODULES.
Most modules are in school children's pencil boxes; and may not look so revolutionary. But these humble little boxes communicate one to another, and represent a new breed of control.

15 There is no known upper limit to the number of sensors.
And a computer is NOT required - devices are intelligent and communicate at will. Communication between devices is both spontaneous, and also elicited.

15 Communication is similar to human speech: Devices use nouns and pronouns; devices use modifiers such as adverbs and adjectives. A company called Scientific Atlanta was the first with this concept in 1980's. But SA only applied the concept to interfacing the human and computers; That is to say between people and computers.

I was the first to apply the concept between individual Electronic Devices (Modules). This scheme is not possible with the CAN system (a competing system) as it has only 8 bytes of data in a packet. My system can use many dozens of bytes, just as in a human sentence.

15 The communication hardware scheme:
The system uses highly modified RS485 lines to communicate between members; including my own invention of collision detection.
In my opinion this network communication scheme is superior to the CAN system. I considered the CAN system in 1994; and thought that I could develop a better system in regards to reliability and simplicity; and with NO complicated synchronous operations. Not only do I believe that I have achieved this in principle - but I have demonstrated this: in over 10 years of actual reliable, and consistent operation!
15 Racks of equipment are NOT required, as with the first system. Now, all equipment is controlled by modules - placed at the equipment.
Most modules incorporate the Microchip PIC16C73B microprocessor.

"Ive been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle that doesn't require my presence.".
-Garry Trudeau

RULERMAR.GIF, 1 kB Advanced theoretical issues may develop...

"If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in."
-Bradley's Bromide
Will there be problems of logic storms, or some kind of logic seizure? Communication is so vital to the new system. The human interface and the computer interface are no longer important. When people are out of the equation, free independent equipment control is increased in all aspects - but a strange door to unknown issues is opened.


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