LARKSPUR, CO--New company BitWise Controls introduced the BC4, a standards-based control system network interface, which allows IP-based software and control systems to control and monitor virtually any hardware device available today. The BC4 system's modular design gives the integrator the flexibility to match base units and expansion modules to fit any application. It is the only PoE (Power-over-Ethernet)-capable product of its type on the market, eliminating the need to install a power supply at each BC4 location.
The BC4 system is made up of a base unit and various expansion I/O modules available from BitWise Controls. The base unit is housed in a rugged steel enclosure (4.5" x 5" x 1") which contains the built-in network adaptor and temperature sensor. It can be powered by 802.3af PoE or a standard 12VDC wall supply. Field-upgradeable firmware allows the BC4 to take advantage of future enhancements, and the on-board temperature sensor allows the host control system to monitor the ambient environment. It automatically recognizes and adapts to various I/O plug-in expansion modules, which become an internal part of the base unit. The base unit can be wall or shelf-mounted, or up to 16 BC4 units may be rack mounted in a 3U space.
Lance Beck, CEO of BitWise Controls said "The BC4 will appeal to integrators with its extensive command set, flexibility of field configuration and choice of power supplies. Integration professionals can configure the BC4 to suit a specific need with a variety of expansion module configurations, all sharing a common command set. The BC4 can be configured via a web interface. The modular concept also allows better inventory control. Integrators can buy base units in volume and purchase modules to fit the job criteria."
The next product slated for release by BitWise Controls is the BC1 Control Processor. Details on the BC1 system will be released sometime this quarter.