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Frank MortensenBy Frank Mortensen
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Frank MortensenBy Frank Mortensen
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About

Ever wanted to achieve unlimited freedom to control your home or business indoor lightning, outdoor lightning as well as indoor environment controlling applications?

With the Intelligent Dimmer Controller 4  (InDiCo4) you will be able to customize your home- or business environment according to your, or your customer’s specific needs.

The InDiCo4 will give you unlimited freedom to control the environment of your choice - home- or business. The InDiCo4 will control up to 4 0-10 volt dimmers - the dimmers can then control light, pool light, ceiling fans, ventilation or other dimmable devices. 

I have previously worked on number of hardware/software projects - one of them a volume-controlling unit (Controls the line signal) that works with the LK-IHC system - now my audio volume is controlled via my IHC remote control. 

IHC Volumne controller
IHC Volumne controller

So at a Halloween get-together with some friends, an electrician asked me if it was also possible to make the same controller for light dimming, and how much it should cost - from there on the idea for the “Intelligent Dimmer Controller 4” arose - and now I want to see if it can fly… 

When the InDiCo4 is used in an IHC environment, the 4 dimmer ports can be used in scenario programming or ordinary IHC programming. All this will give you the option to control the specific requirements of the environment of your choice. 

As a standalone device, the easy configuration options for the InDiCo4 provides unlimited possibilities to turn one or more dimmable source (Light, Fans, ventilation) to the best possible level. The versatile 24 volt input will give you the option to activate the inputs via an almost unlimited number of devices. The build-in timer will let you control on/off times and levels for each dimmer output. 

The diversity of the Port Dimmer Controller 4 provides a wide range of user scenarios: 

  • Indoor light scene set for your customized comfort and home environment lighting preferences, set according to time of day 
  • Outdoor light scene with on/off controlled by a sun sensor and 50/100% controlled by a motion sensor 
  • Stair control system, with low light as standby, full light on button press, or motion detection. When lights turn on, the timer starts – when the defined timer time is exceeded, light goes off/down to low.
  • Fan control according to work hours and requirements, e.g. set to turn off outside office hours, turn to low in office hours and to full when the specific room is in use, controlled by motion detector 

Benefits 

If able to control lighting and regulate lighting and/or ventilation in accordance with your specified time and/or movements, you will be able to gain several benefits: 

  •  As a private person, you can make your home environment safer and more energy efficient if able to customise lighting to your everyday routines. 
  • As an electrician, you can provide residents or businesses with full control of their lightning environment and consequently huge savings. 
  • Assist in controlling your indoor environmental control system - turn fan speed up/down, turn on/off - all based on a number of measuring devices (Humidity, light, sun, temperature, motion etc.) 

Key features for the Intelligent Dimmer Controller 4: 

  • Self contained unit 
  • Easy programming 
  • No external configuration units or software/pc needed 
  • Internal clock 
  • Almost unlimited input methods 
  • A wide range of options for dimmers/lamps to control 
  • DIN rail mounting 
  • Programming is performed via buttons and LCD on the unit – hence no external device is needed to program or change configurations. 

Tested dimmers (But not limited to these):

  • Servodan universal dimmer (partnumber 330-00701) 
  • LED Dimmer controller - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/0-10V-Dimmer-Controller/453536683.html

Power supply: 

  • IHC 24 volt and data connection 
  • External 24 volt power supply 

Possible input controllers: 

  • IHC 24 volt output module 
  • As an IHC output module connected directly to the controller 
  • Motions detectors (24 volt systems) 
  • Sun sensor (Light sensor) 
  • Variety of buttons 
  • Internal timer 

The best day in this project was when i got this picture from my hardware vendor:

Prototype first view
Prototype first view

The components for the prototype was mounted on the board, ready to veld...

Next big event was when I got power on the board and started to get things working, in the below picture I have mounted the InDiCo4 (middle center), top print with LCD and buttons (Bottom right) power supply (middle right), test buttons (center bottom) and IHC Input module (middle left). Top left is my Jtag interface to the 4 port dimmer controller, and the corner of my development laptop. Top right is a 12/24 volt dimmer from china and a no-dimmable 210mA LED from the local store. 

Working board with all parts
Working board with all parts

Why use the IHC Input module? because it communicates like the IHC controller. This makes me mobile instead of using my live IHC house system for testing (and I avoid a nagging family when the light goes out)

The Software Development Kit (SDK)

This kit will give you access to 

- One Intelligent Dimmer Controller 4 (InDiCo4) - with standard software loaded

- Copy of my source code - as-is

- Community support

With this SDK, you can write your own code for the InDiCo4 (or use a subset of mine, and extend it).

If you make such a good program and want to sell this, buy some InDiCo4 (The hardware perk), program it and resell it as your own. 

When the unit is reprogrammed, all software warranties are void.

Production plan...

The hardware producer can spew out 300 InDiCo4 a week. When the goal is reached, the production plan are set in motion:

  • Order the required numbers of InDiCo4 from the hardware producer
  • Order cardboard boxes to hold InDiCo4(s) and datasheet/user-guide (+USB for SDK kits)
  • Write and duplicate the datasheet and user-guide
  • Load each InDiCo4 with test firmware and run it thorough the test board (Test each output from 0 to 10v, all inputs and display)
  • Load the InDiCo4 with production firmware, test the InDiCo4 starts, and and QC mark it
  • Package and label the box and shipped for all you wonderful backers in September 2016

Risks and challenges

Hardware compliance: The engineer have a flawless track record. If problems arise he can team up with some co-workers to the problem is solved. We had one problem with the prototype, we debugged the software and then the hardware, found an error, figured out a work around and the prototype was corrected the same day.

Feature creep: The feature list is as above. If this cannot be done, the shipping date of the standard edition may be delayed, until a complete working version is ready.

CE approval fails: The engineer has designed the hardware to comply with ce standards, if the unit does not comply, he'd have to redesign it within the project scope.

0-10 volt output wont drive a dimmer - this has been tested and validated! - at last.

A video to show how it works - will produce one soon.

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