Bridgetek Reveals Hardware Behind Its PanL Hub

December 26, 2019 Perry Cohen

Bridgetek has announced one of the pieces of hardware behind its PanL Smart Living and PanL Room Manager solutions. Fully FCC and CE approved, the PanL Hub enables installers to incorporate various communication technologies into their system deployments

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), ZigBee and RF433 protocols are included in addition to specialist OEM-specific protocols like Hue, DALI and DMX512. Consequently, the PanL Hub is able to interact with the broadest possible variety of wireless smart devices, both sensors and actuators, within environments like homes, offices, hotels, retail outlets, and more. There are no limitations imposed by the communication technology of the device, thereby allowing control of heating, lighting, air conditioning, and room/building access.  

The PanL Hub is able to hook up to a building's existing Ethernet (10/100 Base-T) infrastructure through standard CAT 5/6 cabling, with PoE capabilities meaning that power can be drawn via this route, as well as using it for data transfer. There are 2 different configurations available: The PanL Hub 44 features 4 serial ports for display unit connection and the PanL Hub 80 expanding that to a total of 8 serial ports for this purpose. The PanL Hub 44 can connect directly to 8 PanL70/PanL70Plus display units through the serial ports, while the PanL Hub 80 can connect to 16 of these. There is scope for multiple hubs to be hooked up to the network and cascaded. Any size of office facility or residential complex can be addressed.

The foundation of the PanL Hub is its high-performance semiconductor technology with a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A53 microcontroller unit, capable of running at 1.2GHz. 1GB of low-power DDR2 RAM memory resource and 4GB of embedded flash available

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