Project History

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The original project was instigated in May 2011 when a request for help to develop some software for Atmel micro-processors was responded to. The idea of the project was to utilise an existing hardware design, and utilise the Zigbee protocol to provide a mechanism to communicate with each module and provide input / output and energy usage reporting.

In October 2011 the basic principles were demonstrated. A Zigbee network co-ordinator provided a mechanism for modules to join a network, one device (modified from the original idea) was used to control an output module to turn power on / off.

A number of changes from the original idea had to be made, and when the instigator of the project decided to move in a different direction, IPR was recognised as being with the Rayzig project.

The project took a major step in July 2013 when Atmel’s Lighweight Mesh stack was used to replace the Bitcloud Pro stack. This provided a more appropriate basis for development of the control software, and resolved a number of issues that had arisen.

The  early parts of 2014 saw small scale production achieved, with boards being manufactured in the UK and China. The result is that demonstration systems can be made available to potential customers who may wish to trial the system.

There are currently different types of output module, with 4 x 12v 10A Relays (total load control is currently 10A), a 0 – 10v dimmer module, and a DALI master module.

The Relay module provides 4 separately controlled relays with a module (This was initially developed in 2011, with a commercially produced version in 2012). . The Relays can be configured to have independent schedules, on/off defaults, and home/away functions. Version 2 of this board (produced in 2016) has moved to encapsulated power supplies, and pluggable connectors to ease wiring requirements.

2015 saw the development of the 0-10v output module to control luminaries with a 0 – 10v ballast. Where there is a need to instigate a power off with 1 – 10v ballasts, a Rayzig Output Relay module is used in conjunction with the dimmer module. The control aspects of dealing with this have resulted in additional functionality to the Raymon / Rayzig commands, giving level controls. The 0-10v module can be used for other types of control, being used to provide ‘set point’ control to other devices and controllers.

Again in 2015, a DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) Master Module was developed, thereby providing a mechanism to work with this luminaire technology. Up to 64 luminaires can be configured and controlled from each Rayzig Dali Master module. These are assigned to 4 channels, and each channel can be setup with themes to produce assigned moods.

The Raymon PC software allows a system encompassing multi-site control for large companies.The software has been developed with many features to allow easy User configuration and control. A simple control App, for Android has also been developed.

2016 has seen a diagnostic display to help troubleshoot issues being made commercially. 2016 also has seen a wired bridge to allow extension of the network being developed.

An energy module with associated reporting is planned for 2017, along with Network wide usage reporting to show administrators where potential savings can be made. It is planned to integrate this with a PIR occupancy sensor to make greater savings possible.