The system provided used industrial Ethernet hardware which was already available at some sites, and favoured for new installations.
At each terminal, a Moxa ioLogik E2210 was used to read all digital inputs and the 'customer counter', and to drive the digital outputs controlling the traffic light column. An Ethernet port allowed easy connection to the Local Area Network (LAN).
The Moxa NPort 5000 serial to Ethernet converters provided an LAN interface for the barcode scanner and till connector.
The Moxa EDS-405 Ethernet switch was offered for each terminal, so that a redundant ring was provided for Ethernet communication. This meant that if the network was broken at one point, the LAN would still function. The Moxa EDS switch has an onboard relay output wired to a local alarm system, which could flag an issue and an email could be sent to the support department to fix it.
The customer wanted their own bespoke software and asked Amplicon to provide an Industrial PC to ensure 24/7 reliability and long length of service. The Amplicon Impact-R 150 have several key advantages over standard desktops.
Industrial Motherboard design means long life
Revision control of key components such as processors ensures longevity of life and readily available spares
High MTBF figures on movable parts. For example all Amplicon systems use RAID Edition Western Digital hard drives designed for non-stop operation
1 Year onsite warranty (next business day - UK ) - Years 2 and 3, return-to-base.
All the equipment at each terminal fitted together using DIN Rail and easy RJ45 and screw terminals. The rest of the system was set up from the server over the network.