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 / 8 digital inputs
  • For 5V, 10V and 24V signals
  • 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 / 8 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 0-20mA
  • 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 for Pt100 / Pt1000 with 8 Channels

USB RTD Input Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • 4/8 Pt1000/Pt100 RTD inputs
  • Temperature range: -180 ~ 180 °C or 0 ~ 360°C
  • 0.1 °C resolution
  • Heat control applications
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  • Logging of temperatures

Plug & Play USB IO

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

Data Acquisition & Control

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

Remote Access Device

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

RPi & Beagle Bone

LucidControl is compatible with the Raspberry Pi® and Beagle Bone Black which maximizes the number of possible applications.

Highlights Modular IO data acquisition and 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

Features of LucidControl USB IO Modules

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

The devices can capture and generate analog and digital signals like logic states, temperatures, voltages, currents, resistances. Furthermore, they can control consumers like fans, pumps or lamps by PWM (pulse-width-modulation).

USB is available on nearly all computers and it allows easy connection to a device 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 automatio applications, LucidControl USB IO modules are also designed in order to meet many criteria that are important 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 compatible with many different computer systems. A standardized device driver improves the interoperability. Most operating systems, e.g. Microsoft Windows® and Linux, have this driver already installed. Because of this, the USB IO modules work out of the box and installation can be done very easily within minutes.

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

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

Utilizing LucidIoCtrl command line tool makes working with the USB IO Modules straight forward and multiple IO modules connected to a single computer can be accessed easily. APIs are available for most programming environments e.g. Java® and Python and .NET.

Controlling, Logging and Data Acquisition System

Diagram Logging Hot Water

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.

Flexible interfaces with USB Analog IO & USB Digital IO

The main goal of LucidControl is to equip the USB IO modules with many different interfaces.

LucidControl USB Digital Input Modules read logic input signals. it is compatible with 5V, 10V and 24V voltage levels, common in automation industry. The inputs can interact with other control system components or e.g. read the state of a push button.

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 24V 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 0-10 and 0-24V are often used in the automation industry.

LucidControl USB Analog Output Modules can create voltages in the ranges 5V, 10V or ±12V. Analog voltage interfaces of 0-10V are very common in the automation industry.
LucidControl USB analog output modules are also available with current outputs sourcing 4-20mA. Current outputs can be used to build current loop interfaces which are used in the automation industry for reliable and lossless analog signal transmission over long distances.

LucidControl USB RTD P100 / Pt1000 Input Modules acquire the resistance of Pt100 or Pt1000 sensors. They calculate the temperature of a RTD sensor element. The modules fit best for energy management and can be used in order to control other modules of the LucidControl series.

Raspberry Pi® and Beagle Bone Black

Raspberry Pi

LucidControl is compatible with most computers running Microsoft Windows or Linux. Small computer boards like the Raspberry Pi® and the Beagle Bone Black became very popular. These boards provide USB and network interfaces and allow the connection of keyboard and display. Furthermore, they are nowadays very reliable and can be used in automation projects.

These computers run often a Linux operating system, and hence they 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.

Software & Documentation

A large and still growing software package makes the setup of LucidControl IO systems very simple. Additionally, we documented all functions 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.

Concept & Support

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

We try to to make the first steps into the LucidControl system as easy as possible. 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. So, feel free to contact us.

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.