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    While we first showed you the Cerebra aquarium management system we never thought the operating system would be something called Android. Vertex Aquaristik, announced today that Cerebra would be running Android 2.2 (Froyo) . Aside from the new software we have learned that the Cerebra will be powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU with 512Mb RAM and a 3.5″ screen which is down from the 7″ originally reported. Aside from the equipment, this new device will control* temperature, PH, ORP, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, humidity, and dissolved and ambient CO2 which makes it attractive to the freshwater plant heads too.* The Cerebra has an embedded web server to monitor, configure and or control over Internet or Intranet along with wireless connectvity via wireless, bluetooth, or even GSM! We are guessing that you’ll natively be able to control other Vertex branded products like the Libra dosers, Illumina and Illumilux LED lighting and a newly teased V-Cam camera system.* Vertex has promised the world but you’ll have to wait to get your hands on one of these devices. Beta testing is started and limited to twenty users with a product launch set for June 2011 and a full release at Interzoo 2012. We have the full press release below the break.



    Vertex Aquaristik™ announces the launch of beta test phase of Cerebra

    Cologne, Germany—February 17th, 2011—Vertex™ revolutionary Cerebra will be released to beta testers before the end of March. Twenty testers have been carefully chosen to assist with field trials after extensive in-house evaluations and debugging of the firmware.

    “This process has been set in place to further collect input from users working with the production model Cerebra. We have had many aquarists involved with this project in the past 2 years however it was important to us to go through this last step prior to release.” Said Andreas Schneider, CSO of Vertex™ Technologies of Austria.

    Vertex Aquaristik™ has decided to once again shift perspective from the industry-norms and boldly pursue their vision of an “Aquarium Controller”. In which simple commands of switch on/switch off and timer cycles are entirely replaced with a new concept and mentality of “Collect, process and act”. A complete simulated cyber environment interlinked with your system, operated by task specific dedicated apps, possibly created by the very user.

    Welcome to V-CYBER SPACE.
    Aquarist will no longer be bound by a few simple bench marks such as photoperiod and or acceptable PH range. Introduction of complete autochthonous ecological simulation will enable the creator to duplicate the conditions of specimen’s true habitat in real life.

    Another distinct aspect of Cerebra is to create a virtual network of aquarist that allows free flow of information, techniques and or methods. For years the best source of information on aquatic knowledge has been a handful of Internet forums. As valuable as they have been the evolution is here.

    Imagine designing a species specific breeding station for fish, inverts or any other specimen to be as easy as downloading an app to mimic the environment at which the said animal breeds and thrives. Would it be periodic thermal deviations, photoperiod, flow, concentration of food and nourishments…
    Imagine trouble shooting your favorite brand of skimmer by watching a video on how to accomplish this task only a few centimeters away from the said device.

    Imagine…, or simply experience all that though Cerebra.
    We invite all users to further enrich the Vertex™ virtual community with new insights by sharing thoughts, know-hows and knowledge, or in short; by writing apps. One can say; the aquarium hobby has finally claimed its place in the cyber space.

    Hardware

    ARM Cortex-A8 CPU by Freescale
    32bit processor
    800MHz
    512Mb RAM
    24bit color display capable of 16,777,216 colors.
    32KB instruction and data cache
    Unified 256KB L2 cache
    Neon SIMD media accelerator
    Vector Floating point co-processor
    Battery buffered RTC
    Power management modes
    Other Material, design and construction:
    Anodized Aluminum outer body combined with ABS/PC end caps
    USB and other connectors hidden in our half-hexagon conduit compartment
    3.5” Wide Screen Touch display
    8 layer board construction more than 850 components
    Back wall connection plate to mount on the wall or in cabinet.
    Swiveling bracket
    V-Grid network module
    Multimedia:
    OpenGL ES 2.0 and open VG 1.1hardware accelerator
    24-BIT display supports up to WXGA resolution
    High quality hardware Video de-interlacing
    Image and video resize, inversion and rotation hardware
    Alpha blending and color space conversion

    Security

    All network connections firewalled
    Operation software:
    Android 2.2
    Fast and responsive
    Enables user to illustrate apps.
    Vertex™ App-Store:
    Buy Apps
    Sell Vertex™ approved apps
    Share knowledge, Ideas, create, expand and grow

    Wireless Communication

    W-LAN
    Bluetooth
    Zig-Bee (802.15.4 PHY)
    GSM

    Features

    First app based aquarium controller
    Modules connected over USB 2.0
    SD card
    Supports external tablets
    Graphical menus
    Embedded web server to monitor, configure and or control over Internet or Intranet.
    Auto detection of new hardware
    Ethernet connection onboard
    NTP time control
    Automatic firmware update capable
    Multiple fail safe and error detection features
    Galvanic isolation of modules via optocouplers and DC-DC convertors/ 2KV isolation
    Supports “Smart Digital” sensors, capable of error detection, 2 way communication
    Supports industry standard sensors
    Battery powered wireless remote sensors
    Monitor and report power consumption of each connected device
    Programmable logic
    Email Alerts
    SMS alerts
    Data logging, history, graphing
    Remote monitoring and control via Internet and GSM
    I-Phone App
    Capable of being linked to Zig-Bee universal remote controllers
    Printer compatible to print reports, logs and or graphs
    Browse Internet
    Watch high resolution videos
    V-light composer for simulating sunrise, sunset, weather simulations…
    LED diming and control
    Variable speed pump control
    Modify, create and or write apps to fully customize control of your system

    Parameters

    Monitor and control PH
    Monitor and control Redox
    Monitor and control conductivity (Both salt and fresh water)
    Monitor and control dissolved oxygen
    Monitor and control temperature
    Monitor and control ambient humidity
    Monitor and control dissolved Co2
    Monitor and control ambient Co2 Levels
    Monitor and control many other parameters via V-Chrome such as Calcium, magnesium…

    Additional modules

    PWM
    Variable AC outlets
    1-10V
    Dali
    Air-flow meter and regulators
    Fluid-flow meter and regulators
    V-Cam wireless Camera for remote real time viewing
    Par/Lux
    Remote low power wireless sensors
    Leak detector
    Fluid level sensor mechanical and or optical
    UPS Module; enables the life support system in case of power interruption
    Variable speed power-heads such as Tunze

    Construction of Modules

    Each module consists of 2 parts, primary and secondary.
    Primary module is universal for most devices and will connect to cerebra via USB.
    The secondary modules are function specific which will connect to a primary module
    Devices are interchangeable through different USB connections and different modules
    Modules casing; anodized Aluminum with ABS/PC end caps
    Supporting devices via USB and or many other applicable connectors
    Power blocks:
    Anodized Aluminum construction
    Quality relays with In-rush surge protection
    Will be available in 6 and 8 socket blocks
    Quality components
    Additional USB ports on power blocks, one uplink and 3 downlinks
    Hall sensors on board to measure current draw/ consumption of each connected device
    Native support of:
    Libra dosing systems
    V-Chrome colorimeter
    V-Cam wireless camera module
    Illumina luminaires

    Illumilux luminaires

    Cerebra introduces an entirely new user interface based on an elegant wide screen touch display and revolutionary software that allows users to monitor, configure and or control every aspect of their system’s operations with just a tap of their finger. It allows the aquarist to share thoughts, ideas, acquire methods, information and or illustrate an app to set his or her own foot-print on aquatic cyber space through Vertex™ Cerebra.

    See you out there in V-SPACE.

    Vertex Aquaristik™ GmbH

    *Most if not all mentioned features and or devices above are targeted to be released by or before Interzoo 2012.(This time line does not include any specific apps.)

    **Initial product Launch date is set for June 2011.

    © 2011 Vertex Aquaristik™

    Vertex Aquaristik™ announces the launch of beta test phase of Cerebra
    Cologne, Germany—February 17th, 2011—Vertex™ revolutionary Cerebra will be released to beta testers before the end of March. Twenty testers have been carefully chosen to assist with field trials after extensive in-house evaluations and debugging of the firmware.
    “This process has been set in place to further collect input from users working with the production model Cerebra. We have had many aquarists involved with this project in the past 2 years however it was important to us to go through this last step prior to release.” Said Andreas Schneider, CSO of Vertex™ Technologies of Austria.
    Vertex Aquaristik™ has decided to once again shift perspective from the industry-norms and boldly pursue their vision of an “Aquarium Controller”. In which simple commands of switch on/switch off and timer cycles are entirely replaced with a new concept and mentality of “Collect, process and act”. A complete simulated cyber environment interlinked with your system, operated by task specific dedicated apps, possibly created by the very user.
    Welcome to V-CYBER SPACE.
    Aquarist will no longer be bound by a few simple bench marks such as photoperiod and or acceptable PH range. Introduction of complete autochthonous ecological simulation will enable the creator to duplicate the conditions of specimen’s true habitat in real life.
    Another distinct aspect of Cerebra is to create a virtual network of aquarist that allows free flow of information, techniques and or methods. For years the best source of information on aquatic knowledge has been a handful of Internet forums. As valuable as they have been the evolution is here.
    Imagine designing a species specific breeding station for fish, inverts or any other specimen to be as easy as downloading an app to mimic the environment at which the said animal breeds and thrives. Would it be periodic thermal deviations, photoperiod, flow, concentration of food and nourishments…
    Imagine trouble shooting your favorite brand of skimmer by watching a video on how to accomplish this task only a few centimeters away from the said device.
    Imagine…, or simply experience all that though Cerebra.
    We invite all users to further enrich the Vertex™ virtual community with new insights by sharing thoughts, know-hows and knowledge, or in short; by writing apps. One can say; the aquarium hobby has finally claimed its place in the cyber space.
    Hardware:
    ? ARM Cortex-A8 CPU by Freescale
    ? 32bit processor
    ? 800MHz
    ? 512Mb RAM
    ? 24bit color display capable of 16,777,216 colors.
    ? 32KB instruction and data cache
    ? Unified 256KB L2 cache
    ? Neon SIMD media accelerator
    ? Vector Floating point co-processor
    ? Battery buffered RTC
    ? Power management modes
    Other Material, design and construction:
    ? Anodized Aluminum outer body combined with ABS/PC end caps
    ? USB and other connectors hidden in our half-hexagon conduit compartment
    ? 3.5” Wide Screen Touch display
    ? 8 layer board construction more than 850 components
    ? Back wall connection plate to mount on the wall or in cabinet.
    ? Swiveling bracket
    ? V-Grid network module
    Multimedia:
    ? OpenGL ES 2.0 and open VG 1.1hardware accelerator
    ? 24-BIT display supports up to WXGA resolution
    ? High quality hardware Video de-interlacing
    ? Image and video resize, inversion and rotation hardware
    ? Alpha blending and color space conversion
    Security:
    ? All network connections firewalled
    Operation software:
    ? Android 2.2
    ? Fast and responsive
    ? Enables user to illustrate apps.
    Vertex™ App-Store:
    ? Buy Apps
    ? Sell Vertex™ approved apps
    ? Share knowledge, Ideas, create, expand and grow
    Wireless Communication:
    ? W-LAN
    ? Bluetooth
    ? Zig-Bee (802.15.4 PHY)
    ? GSM
    Features:
    ? First app based aquarium controller
    ? Modules connected over USB 2.0
    ? SD card
    ? Supports external tablets
    ? Graphical menus
    ? Embedded web server to monitor, configure and or control over Internet or Intranet.
    ? Auto detection of new hardware
    ? Ethernet connection onboard
    ? NTP time control
    ? Automatic firmware update capable
    ? Multiple fail safe and error detection features
    ? Galvanic isolation of modules via optocouplers and DC-DC convertors/ 2KV isolation
    ? Supports “Smart Digital” sensors, capable of error detection, 2 way communication
    ? Supports industry standard sensors
    ? Battery powered wireless remote sensors
    ? Monitor and report power consumption of each connected device
    ? Programmable logic
    ? Email Alerts
    ? SMS alerts
    ? Data logging, history, graphing
    ? Remote monitoring and control via Internet and GSM
    ? I-Phone App
    ? Capable of being linked to Zig-Bee universal remote controllers
    ? Printer compatible to print reports, logs and or graphs
    ? Browse Internet
    ? Watch high resolution videos
    ? V-light composer for simulating sunrise, sunset, weather simulations…
    ? LED diming and control
    ? Variable speed pump control
    ? Modify, create and or write apps to fully customize control of your system
    Parameters:
    ? Monitor and control PH
    ? Monitor and control Redox
    ? Monitor and control conductivity (Both salt and fresh water)
    ? Monitor and control dissolved oxygen
    ? Monitor and control temperature
    ? Monitor and control ambient humidity
    ? Monitor and control dissolved Co2
    ? Monitor and control ambient Co2 Levels
    ? Monitor and control many other parameters via V-Chrome such as Calcium, magnesium…
    Additional modules:
    ? PWM
    ? Variable AC outlets
    ? 1-10V
    ? Dali
    ? Air-flow meter and regulators
    ? Fluid-flow meter and regulators
    ? V-Cam wireless Camera for remote real time viewing
    ? Par/Lux
    ? Remote low power wireless sensors
    ? Leak detector
    ? Fluid level sensor mechanical and or optical
    ? UPS Module; enables the life support system in case of power interruption
    ? Variable speed power-heads such as Tunze
    Construction of Modules:
    ? Each module consists of 2 parts, primary and secondary.
    ? Primary module is universal for most devices and will connect to cerebra via USB.
    ? The secondary modules are function specific which will connect to a primary module
    ? Devices are interchangeable through different USB connections and different modules
    ? Modules casing; anodized Aluminum with ABS/PC end caps
    ? Supporting devices via USB and or many other applicable connectors
    Power blocks:
    ? Anodized Aluminum construction
    ? Quality relays with In-rush surge protection
    ? Will be available in 6 and 8 socket blocks
    ? Quality components
    ? Additional USB ports on power blocks, one uplink and 3 downlinks
    ? Hall sensors on board to measure current draw/ consumption of each connected device
    Native support of:
    ? Libra dosing systems
    ? V-Chrome colorimeter
    ? V-Cam wireless camera module
    ? Illumina luminaires
    ? Illumilux luminaires
    Cerebra introduces an entirely new user interface based on an elegant wide screen touch display and revolutionary software that allows users to monitor, configure and or control every aspect of their system’s operations with just a tap of their finger. It allows the aquarist to share thoughts, ideas, acquire methods, information and or illustrate an app to set his or her own foot-print on aquatic cyber space through Vertex™ Cerebra.
    See you out there in V-SPACE.
    Vertex Aquaristik™ GmbH
    *Most if not all mentioned features and or devices above are targeted to be released by or before Interzoo 2012.(This time line does not include any specific apps.)
    **Initial product Launch date is set for June 2011.
    © 2011 Vertex Aquaristik™
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