Testing #VSCP #Accra #IoT #m2m

Time to test Accra and to finish the code in this new module.  The manual and the MDF is done (probably not final though) but if you are curious they are  possible to check out now.

Kilafors will be a companion module to Accra for meter interfacing such as an electric meter that have an IR-led.  With this module it is possible to get KWh measurement VSCP events just with some simple configuration of the Accra. No other coding needed.


Hardware work take much longer than one expect.  We did know that when we started. Support and software takes time also.  So at the moment  we are quite a bit behind schedule.  Some more modules are ready and designed and is just waiting  to be tested and get code.  Listed here for reference so you know what is coming this fall.

Vilnius is a general A/D module. Hopefully we see this in August together with Accra.

Kelvin 1-Wire is a temperature module that can use the popular DS18B20 sensor instead of a NTC sensor but otherwise have the same functionality as the Kelvin NTC module.

San Fransisco is a Barometer module.

Frankfurt Bluetooth is a BLE 4.0 interface that can be used to connect a cell phone or other Bluetooth device to a CAN4VSCP bus.  This can be useful for diagnostics and configuration of a setup that is otherwise self contained, possibly for security reasons.

Roma 802.15.4 is a  module that have 802.15.4 and can connect CAN4VSCP segments with each other and connect some upcoming modules.

Roma 433 is a 433 MHz received/transmitter  and can interface low cost 433 MHz equipment such as popular wall switches and temperature sensors.

Blitz which is a wifi interface to CAN4VSCP. This module also have a 433 transmitter and some more goodies.

That is what we have in the pipe. What we currently have components and boards for. But expect a lot of other things this fall from the Paradise of the Frog.

Other planed modules.

A gprs module that can be used for alarm and status and control sms is already available in our lab. This module can also be used to send and receive emails to get status from and control VSCP modules.  Hopefully we will see this module in the Frogshop this fall.

A module we have had on the bench for several years now is Zeus.  This is a module same as Odessa and with the same expansion interface but with Ethernet instead of a CAN4VSCP bus.

A simple low cost CAN4VSCP <-> wifi module is also in the pipe.

When we have the infrastructure in place with CAN4VSCP based, wifi-based i/f , ethernet i/f we will put all our efforts on our VSCP based Bumblebeez modules which are wireless low cost modules with a lot of exciting functionality. This means that we have VSCP connectivity over the most common transport mediums available and that they are possible to connect in a plug and play way.




Accra counter module in the works #VSCP #IoT #m2m


We have  today  started work on our next module, the Accra counter module. The hardware is already done. This unit will be able to count pulses on four channels and also measure frequency on each channel.  It can have alarms set for going over a  counter level or when counting down to zero and for a frequency that is outside of a specified frequency range.

It has a built-in linear calculation algorithm that can translate pulse to real world measurement units. This can for example be used for utility meter measurements and gives the correct measurement value sent out on the VSCP bus.

Kilafors will be supplied later as an add on modules to detect S0  (IR) pulses so that Accra can be hooked on to an electrical meter and output power usage data.

This will be the seventh module in the CAN4VSCP series and will be followed by Vilnius for 12-bit A/D measurements.



Beijing I/O #VSCP control module #IoT #m2m


The Beijing I/O VSCP control module is now available in the FrogShop.

The module has ten 5V channels that individually can be set to either an input or an output.

Each output can have a pulse automatically  generated.

Each channel can have a protection timer associated with it which turns it off after a specified time. This can be used as a security feature so that a critical controlled resource is not kept on when a communication line has been lost but can be used to keep an output on for a specific time for other uses.

TurnOn/TurnOff or On/Off events can be generated when  signals go high/low.  This is valid both for inputs and outputs. Perfect for monitoring systems or for autonomous control of other VSCP modules.

Alarm events can be generated when a pin change state. Perfect for alarm setups.

State of inputs/outputs can be streamed with configurable time interval.

Inputs can be used as button inputs with repeat.

The Beijing module have a decision matrix with eight entries that can set a pin high or low,  toggle a pin, send status for a pin or all pins, or turn on/off  pulse on a pin. This makes it easy to construct autonomous systems.

The module can be wall mounted or attached to a DIN rail as all modules in the CAN4VSCP series from Paradise of the Frog.


Almost Done. #VSCP #IoT #m2m


Almost done. It’s always the hardest part. I have never really understood why.  So now for the Beijing I/O module I only have to verify that the input and debounce events work then I can stamp “ready” on the project or at least dub it “ready” as in firmware release 1.0.0.  Yes and after that start coding on the next project. Going in to virgin land with a free mind. I like that. More than most other things in the world. But now, so close to the finish, I resist and slow down as always. Just as a runner that is close to the finish line usually does.

Yes I am tired. I have been working hard this year. Sixteen hour days for most of the days of the week.  Month after month. Just as I did last year and the year before that and so on.  Getting very little in return for my work. But not for a minute hesitated that this is something good. Yes I still believe in this.

So I have to pick up some strength from somewhere in myself and finish this.  I really need to put “ready” on two other modules also before I go on vacation with a mind in rest. Is that even possible?  Well I don’t know, I just know I better get on the job again right away.


Beijing is getting there #VSCP #IoT #m2m


Configuration view in VSCP Works.


Verifying Beijing #VSCP #IoT #m2m


Verifying the Beijing module.  All is well up to now I can tell you. But a lot of functionality to test so things takes time as always.  The Accra and the Vilnius modules are standing impatiently here in queue  to be tested also including some other modules. Soon we move up to Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wifi.

No that ugly LED array is not part of the board. 😉


The #Beijing module #vscp #IoT #m2m #can4vscp

The Beijing module is on the way now to the Frogshop at last. MDF is done. Coding is in progress. Manual is in progress.  Soon ten more intelligent  I/O channels for the world.