Control and Data Acquisition USB IO Module Overview

USB Analog and Digital IO Modules

LucidControl USB IO Modules

  • Data acquisition and control

  • Cost effective and flexible

  • Platform independent

  • Windows® and Linux

  • Compatible with RPi and Beagle Bone

  • Clippable on DIN-Rail

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  • Industrial & home automation

USB Digital Input Module

USB Digital Input Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • 4 digital inputs

  • 3 voltage level options

  • Opto insulated contacts

  • Counters and edge detectors

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USB Digital Output Module

USB Digital Output Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • Opto insulated option

  • 4 digital outputs

  • Relay module option

  • Pulse width modulation and timers

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  • Switching and power control applications

USB Analog Input Module

USB Analog Input Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • Measurement range options

  • 4 analog inputs

  • e.g. 0 ~ 10 V or -10 ~ 10 V

  • 14 bit resolution

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  • Acquisition of sensor signals

USB Analog Output Module

USB Analog Output Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • 4 analog outputs

  • Output range options

  • e.g. 0 - 10 V or 4 - 20 mA

  • 12 bit resolution

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  • 4 - 20 mA current interfaces

USB RTD Input Module

USB RTD Input Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • 4 Pt1000 / Pt100 RTD inputs

  • Temperature range: -180 ~ 180 °C

  • 0.1 °C resolution

  • Heat control applications

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  • Logging of temperatures

Plug & Play USB IO

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Turn your computer with LucidControl Plug & Play IO Modules within minutes to a powerful data acquisition, monitoring and control system.

Data Acquisition & Control

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Ready for many automation applications. Measure temperatures, control your home, garden or caravan with the outstanding LucidControl IO devices.

Remote Access Device

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Access LucidControl remotely over the Internet and get full access over your applications – secure and wherever you are.

RPi & Beagle Bone

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LucidControl is compatible with the Raspberry Pi® and Beagle Bone Black which maximizes the number of possible applications.
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Changing your Computer to a modular Control System

Highlights Modular IO data acquisition and control system
Compatible with various digital io and analog io signals
No power supply needed
Most simple installation
Consistent and easy usage for the whole series
Applications Building services
Control engineering
Energy management
Logging and Monitoring
Camping and hobby
Portability Platform independent
Works with Windows® and Linux
Compatible with popular Raspberry Pi® and Beaglebone Black
API for Java® and Python
Services Web applications
Internet remote access
Smartphone access
Industrial
Design
DIN-rail mountable
Switchboard assembly
Reliable Connectors

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Advantages of LucidControl USB IO Modules

Whenever a system for automation tasks is needed LucidControl product family should be considered as a good choice. The USB IO Modules provide outstanding technical features at a reasonable price and fit best for data acquisition, monitoring and control applications.

By capturing and generating analog and digital signals like logic states, temperatures, voltages, currents, resistances and clocks the flexible IO Modules are ready to control consumers like fans, pumps or even lamps via USB.

Offering a Universal Serial Bus interface, which is nowadays by standard available on nearly all computers, allows easy connection to a computer at lowest costs. Since LucidControl USB IO Modules are power supplied via USB, extra components like adapters or even power supplies are not needed.

Beside of being best prepared for home applications, LucidControl USB IO modules are also designed in order to fulfill many relevant criteria for industrial applications. Only to mention the possibility to mount them on standard DIN-Rails. This feature allows the integration of LucidControl USB IO modules into switch boxes of an automation project.

LucidControl USB IO modules are designed in order to be connected to various different computer systems. Thanks to the standardized device driver, which is available in operating systems like Microsoft Windows® and Linux, out of the box installation can be performed very easily within minutes.

Additionally, the USB IO devices are compatible with the famous Raspberry Pi® and Texas Instruments Beagle Bone Black computers. Employing these computer boards makes the creation of web services and mobile applications very easy.

In order to increase the usability and to improve the learning curve, LucidControl IO Modules are all compatible to the same control application. As soon as a module is available on a computer it starts working immediately.

Utilizing the available LucidIoCtrl command line tool makes working with the IO Modules straight forward and multiple IO modules connected to a single computer can be accessed properly. Application programming interfaces available for Java® and Python API complete the software package.

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Controlling, Logging and Data Acquisition System

USB IO Module Temperature Monitoring

USB IO Module Temperature Monitoring


LucidControl USB IO modules are useful for many automation projects. When signals have to be acquired or generated e.g. in the factory floor automation section, the modules can be employed in order to control fans, lawn sprinklers or other power loads. This makes it easy to build e.g. time switches or much more complicated systems which for example measures and logs temperature and humidity.

Additionally, the USB IO Modules are able to measure temperatures which makes them perfect for energy management applications. Clocked outputs and standardized analog 0 to 10 V interfaces can generate signals for controlling valves, mixers or pumps of a central heating systems controlled by calculations depending on measured temperatures.

In the hobby field the low-priced modules are ready to control LED lightning creating different lightning scenarios.

Not to mention that all applications can be controlled remotely over the Internet even by using smartphones. As soon as a LucidControl USB IO module is connected to a computer which itself is connected to the internet there are nearly no limits of possibilities and applications.

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Flexible interfaces with USB Analog IO & USB Digital IO

Our goal is it to equip LucidControl USB IO modules with many different interfaces.

LucidControl USB digital input modules reads logic input signals and is compatible with 5V, 10V and 24V threshold levels which are common in automation industry. These inputs can communicate with other control system components or e.g. read the state of a push button or switch.

LucidControl USB digital output modules are prepared to control power loads like pumps or valves or to create different digital output signals. The outputs are carried out in three different types: Mechanical relays can be used in order to switch signals like temperature sensors without distortion of the signal. Solid state relays are the first choice when power loads should be controlled. They provide the best overall performance for most use cases. Finally, outputs are realized as open collector transistors which are the best choice for fast signal transitions as they are e.g. used for dimming LEDs.

LucidControl USB analog input modules are available for voltage input ranges of 5V, 10V and 24V. Especially analog voltage interfaces of 0 to 10 and 0 to 24V are often used in the automation industry.

LucidControl USB analog output modules are able to create voltages in the ranges 5V, 10V and 24V. Analog voltages interfaces of 0 to 10V and 0 to 24V are very common in the automation industry.
LucidControl USB analog output modules are also available with current outputs sourcing 0 to 22mA. These current loop interfaces are most often used in the automation industry for reliable and lossless analog signal transmission over long distances.

Finally, the LucidControl USB RTD input modules acquire the resistance and calculate the temperature of a standard Pt1000 sensor element. They are dedicated to energy management and can be used to control other modules of the LucidControl series.

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Raspberry Pi® and Beagle Bone Black

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

Beagle Bone Black

Beagle Bone Black

LucidControl is compatible with most computers running Microsoft Windows or Linux. Recently, small computer boards like the Raspberry Pi® and the Beagle Bone Black became more popular. These boards provide USB and network interfaces and allow the connection of keyboard and display.

Thanks to the Linux operating system these computer boards can solve lots of tasks instantly. Tested and often free available software e.g. Internet servers and databases can make life much easier. After an Internet server has been installed, LucidControl can be accessed with all its functionality remotely simply by web browsers, secure and all over the world.

Professional databases like MySQL are very helpful when it comes to reliable logging of acquired process data with minimal effort.

Many available example applications demonstrate the use of LucidControl.

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Software & Documentation

A large and still growing software package makes the setup of LucidControl IO systems very simple. Additionally, all functions are documented very well and tutorials give valuable information and ideas for manifold applications.

A first start could be the LucidIoCtrl command line tool which works with all LucidControl modules. It is ready for all major operating systems and runs without any necessary installation on most computers. It it the best choice to control the modules without a single line of programming.

Popular programming languages like Python and Java are supported by application programming interfaces. Due to the comprehensive documentation the modules can be integrated into other programming languages without hassle.

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Concept & Support

Our company – deciphe it GmbH – is the developer and manufacturer of LucidControl products and we use the devices for our own projects and purposes.

We try to to make the first steps into the LucidControl system as easy as possible but if you have some problem which you can not solve on your own, we will help you as good as we can to find a solution.

The hardware as well as the software follow a consistent and modular concept which is clear and expandable.

On customers request we are able to realize add-on modules providing additionally functionality without changing the basic functionality of a LucidControl USB IO module.

Because of the adaptable and upgrade able firmware, functions can be implemented and updated on the field easily.