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I/O and Networking at the Bottom of the Sea

James Cameron and the Deepsea Challenger - Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

When filmmaker and explorer James Cameron dove to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, an Opto 22 SNAP PAC System controlled more than 180 systems on his submersible, the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER.

What is that SNAP PAC System like?

Opto 22 engineer Ben Orchard worked onsite with Cameron and his crew to help program the PAC Control strategy and make sure the pilot's interface provided the data and interaction needed.

Says Ben, "Everything on the outside of the sub had to be specially built for the extreme pressures and temperatures of the dive. But everything inside is just good, reliable COTS equipment—commercial off-the-shelf stuff—like Opto."

The SNAP PAC System in the pilot sphere includes:

The SNAP-PAC-S2 controller was chosen for its four built-in serial ports, which can be individually configured for RS-232 or RS-485/422, 2-wire or 4-wire. A number of systems on the submersible use serial connections, so this controller was ideal.

Since both the PAC-S and the PAC-R have two independent Ethernet network interfaces, Ben was able to set up a high-speed network just for communication between the controller and I/O. The second network handles communication with PAC Display for the pilot's HMI as well as communications with life support and other systems on the sub.

SNAP I/O on the rack includes:

More about the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible
More about the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition

Aprenda Como Usar PAC Control—3 Nuevos Videos

Início Rápido 1: Hello World!

Si apenas empieza a usar el software de PAC Control, tenemos tres nuevos videos para ayudarle.

Ing. Norma Rodriguez de Opto 22 ofrece la voz en off en español para enseñarle los pasos básicos con el software gratuito de PAC Project Basic. Muchas gracias a nuestro distribuidor Opto 22 México por su ayuda con las traducciones.

Tech Tip: Open a Video Window in PAC Display

wastewater pumping station

This week's tech tip comes straight from the OptoForums. The question is: In PAC Display Pro, can you have a video feed window pop up on an alarm event?

A video feed could be an essential tool for the technician responding to the alarm. How does that valve look? Is there smoke in that room? Is someone already there? Video can answer a lot of questions.

And the answer is: Yes, PAC Display can show a video feed, assuming two things:

  • 1. You are using PAC Display Professional.
  • 2. Your video is either from an IP camera that has a URL for its video feed, or your camera is hooked to a video server that provides a URL for a video feed.

How do you do it? Opto 22 engineer Ben Orchard shows you how in this OptoForum post.

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