Barix to Unveil New Family of Linux-Based Barionet Control, Automation and IoT Devices with Lua Support at ISE 2019

Barix will introduct a new series of Linux-based I/O, IoT sensor and interface controllers in its Barionet product line. Debuting in stand 8-G275 at ISE 2019 (February 5-8 in Amsterdam), the new devices combine the universal, programmable Barionet platform with the simplicity of Lua programming and a cloud-based code deployment solution.

Barix’s latest models support the lightweight, embeddable Lua scripting language, making customization of the devices’ behaviour easier than ever before. While earlier Barionet models featured the proprietary Barix Command Language (BCL) to simplify development, the incorporation of Lua support in the newest generation allows customers to use an industry standard programming language that is extremely easy to learn and implement.

Barix is also introducing a new, cloud-based FLEXA service, which simplifies the deployment of custom Lua scripts to multiple Barionet units. Eliminating the need to manually load firmware onto each individual device, FLEXA distributes the code to specified units over the internet. Developers first use the FLEXA portal to define which devices should receive the new scripts by a device-specific registration key. When one of those devices is subsequently connected to the internet, it will be directed to the portal and the corresponding scripts will be automatically downloaded and installed onto it.

Barix will offer a complete range of Lua-capable and FLEXA-compatible Barionet models, enabling developers to choose exactly the right device for their application based on their required interfaces and advanced features. Lua and FLEXA support will be available on the new Barionet 200, Barionet 400 and Barionet 1100 — all premiering at ISE — and will be added to the existing Barionet 1000 model. The quartet of products provides a flexible choice of interfaces including analog and digital I/Os, relays, USB, WiFi, LoRa, CAN, Dallas 1-Wire and more, along with integration features such as Power over Ethernet (PoE). The new Barionet models support both IPv4 and IPv6 and meet all modern security requirements.

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While Lua support provides an easy entry point for customization, experienced programmers can still program the Linux-based devices using the Open WRT framework in their language of choice. Barix also offers professional services for developing applications on the Barionet devices, enabling customers to take advantage of the platform’s benefits without tasking their own development resources if they prefer.

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