- 21 Mar 2019
You're welcome. Garden railway control is certainly on our radar.Thank you LocoFi for joining in on the discussion. I look forward to seeing any move that you make into Garden Railway systems with interest.
Now, that's a possibility (and we have thought of that too). How about a branchline of the garden railway run through your kitchen where the IoT coffeemaker tells you that coffee is ready and the train proceeds to pick it up? Everyone knows about IFTTT automation. It's real. Another possibility is sharing control of your layout remotely over the internet via onboard cam and letting your friends run your trains from across the world. The possibilities are virtually limitless.... plus remote control of live steam.
Just a little note about standards. DCC is a standard, essentially a protocol so that all DCC compliant devices can talk to each other. It was invented as a means to provide power and control signals through tracks. A custom protocol for talking between custom devices requires laying down custom infrastructure that comes with its associated costs. Today we have WiFi that lets us separate the power from control, leaving us to power the loco electronics in multitude of ways (DC, DCC, battery, AC) while still controllable (over WiFi). Further, WiFi is an established standard protocol. All devices that are WiFi compliant follow those standards and rules to talk to each other. The best example is the powerful computer in everyone's pocket these days aka smartphone that is WiFi compliant. Now using something ubiquitous, robust, reliable, worldwide accepted and most likely in everyone's house or club layouts makes for an ideal candidate to develop systems with. The systems can now be software based leaving room for customization possibilities on the fly (without waiting for release of new hardware and all the associated rework installing that). The WiFi along with this room for possibilities without having to invest in custom systems and using existing infrastructure certainly brings the cost down as well.
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