Atamate hardware

Atamate is designed to be hardware agnostic and use off the shelf hardware wherever possible.

Although Atamate is a software company, there is a limited amount of hardware that is essential for a wired Atamate system to function. This hardware Atamate can provide to resellers for clients. 

MIB Vertical logo stacked - Bottom - South West Atamate hardware is designed and manufactured in Great Britain. 

The Hub

The control centre of the Atamate system – smart, small and reliable and easily located in a discreet place.

What it does

The Hub is the brains of the Atamate system. It runs the Atamate apps that control the way services in the house respond to changing conditions as time passes. The Hub receives data from Atamate Gateways and converts this into a real-time model of the state of the house: temperatures, light levels, humidity and occupation. It publishes every change to the apps so that they can initiate control instructions in response.


All the incoming data is also logged for later use by Atamate Monitoring & Building Performance.


The Hub provides the physical interface by taking human input from the operation of light switches, Hazes and other input devices (which it receives as messages from Zone Gateways) and converting this into instructions. In the same way it takes input from controls on the web-based user interface and converts it similarly.


The user interface provided by the Hub is also the place where the house is configured to run the way the owners want.

The actual Hub installed will depend on the size of the installation.  It needs no screen, mouse or keyboard and connects to the Atamate network (HAN) and the local area network (LAN) via CAT5 cabling. It is typically tucked away in an ‘equipment hub’: the cupboard where the internet router and other network equipment are installed.

Sensors

Sensors form the backbone of a smart building. Atamate incorporates any sensor into a building. This can include simple temperature sensors to bed wetting sensors.

Atamate ceiling sensor units

Collect real-time environmental information in each room of a house. Our sensors are located on the ceilings, and can monitor temperature, humidity, ambient light and occupancy as well as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds. 

IMG_9475 sensor printAlmost any sensor can be connected to a Atamate installation. To simplify installation, the most common sensors needed in every room have been grouped together into a single sensor unit.

The sensor unit is typically fitted to the ceiling in each room. It has an RJ45 connector to allow simple connection to the CAT5 cabling leading back to a Zone Gateway. The sensor unit houses the following sensors:

  • Passive infra-red (PIR) – triggered by movement and works with occupancy to decide whether there is anyone active in a room

  • Temperature – there are two temperature sensors, so Hausmate can monitor ambient temperature and surface temperature. Having both types gives readings with greater accuracy

  • Ambient light – indicates the light level in the room

  • Humidity – indicates absolute humidity; used with the temperature reading to calculate the relative humidity in a room and activate ventilation

Other sensors can be fitted to the sensor unit such as:

  • Carbon dioxide – indicates indoor air quality

  • Door and window sensors – detect if doors and windows are open or closed.

Some of these additional sensors are fitted outside the sensor unit. They are cabled with CAT5 and a second RJ45 connection in the sensor unit allows simple connection.

Recessed sensor unit

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For finishes that have to be as clean as possible we also have the recessed sensor unit. It contains all the sensors that the ceiling sensor unit has, but is installed so as only the PIR is visible. This gives a minimalist look while still providing all the data the Atamate system requires.

Gateways

In everyday use, Atamate has to handle information presented in several different ways. It must provide power to sensors and accept digital and analogue signals calibrated at various voltages from the sensors. It must capture digital inputs from switches and rotary encoders. Atamate must also directly operate signal lights, valves and actuators, and send control messages over third-party protocols.

Gateways are simple, low-power devices that provide the ‘translation’ between these differing inputs and outputs and the Hub. Gateways are usually located out of the way in cupboards, utility rooms, or the basement.

On the Hub side, each gateway communicates with a single CAT5 format Ethernet link. This link is also used to power the gateway’s own CPU and outputs. Each Gateway is connected to a network dedicated to Atamate traffic through a switch providing it with power over Ethernet.

On the device side, the connections are also made using CAT5 cabling but the format of the information passing through each socket depends on the device at the far end.

Zone Gateway
The Atamate Zone Gateway allows signals and data to pass between rooms and the Hub. There are usually 2 or 3 zone gateways located on each floor, and can be placed discreetly in a cupboard. The Atamate Gateway collects raw digital and analogue inputs from sensors and switches. They can also provide digital and analogue outputs to control relays and drive LEDs to provide visual signals. In a typical installation there will usually be one or two Zone Gateways per floor, and they can usually be located on the same floor as the devices they are connected to. On the device side, a Zone Gateway has ten RJ45 sockets. Each socket is configured by the Hub when the Zone Gateway boots up. The Hub holds details of the connections of every pin in every socket and sends the appropriate configuration to the Zone Gateway. As soon as it is configured, the Zone Gateway starts sending data messages to the Hub whenever there is a signal on any input pin. In turn, the Hub sends an instruction message to the Zone Gateway whenever an app decides to change the setting of hardware attached to it. Each Zone Gateway in an installation has a unique configuration. This reflects the inputs it monitors and the outputs that it controls. Atamate Zone Gateways are designed and manufactured in the UK.
DMX Gateway
Atamate’s ethernet gateways between DMX lighting units and the Atamate Hub. The DMX Gateway connects Atamate to DMX power control units around the house. DMX is a digital electronics communication standard originally designed to control theatre lighting. Its applications are now broader; for example we use domestic control units to control heating valves as well as lighting circuits. The DMX Gateway has a single connection on the device side. The gateway software converts messages from the Hub into valid messages and sends these to the DMX units in the property. We use lighting units that have RJ45 cable connectors to simplify termination. Each DMX unit contains a set of controlled power outputs. These are referred to a ‘channels’. A single lighting circuit (for example, all the ceiling lights in a room) requires a single channel, and all are controlled independently to provide power up to the maximum available to the unit. Common DMX units contain eight or 16 channels, so powering the same number of lighting circuits. Atamate DMX Gateways are designed and manufactured in the UK.

The HAZE

Simple control for everyone

The HAZE is unique to Atamate. While it looks and feels like a standard lighting dimmer switch, it is much more. A wall-mounted multi-function interface, it can be used to open and close, position, or adjust volume, as well as fading lights up and down as a normal dimmer.

Haze-hand-blue2The HAZE has an illuminated collar which changes colour to show which service it is controlling. Press and hold the HAZE button, wait until the collar is blue (for audio), release the button, and you can pause and play a track with a further short press or adjust the volume with a twist.

You can set up a HAZE to give real-time visual signals. The collar of a HAZE can be configured to flash or glow in different colours. For example, if windows are left open it could flash red, if the children’s lights are still on after 10pm it could flash green.

A HAZE looks exactly the same as any normal dimmer switch so there are no difficulties when visitors, babysitters or technophobes come over. A HAZE in normal mode has exactly the same effect as a normal lighting dimmer switch, so anyone can use one to operate the lights even if they are totally unfamiliar with the Atamate system.

For more information about the HAZE, click here.

Physical properties

A HAZE consists of a combined rotary digital encoder and switch, a diffuser, and a small circuit board. As standard it is supplied mounted on a white plastic faceplate to the British standard for single gang light switches.

Each HAZE is connected to a Zone Gateway using a single CAT-5 cable terminated at both ends with an RJ45 plug. It can be mounted on standard blank lighting faceplates of plastic or metal finishes such as brushed steel, brass or aluminium.

Atamate HAZE lightswitches are designed and manufactured in the UK.

The Atamate Relay Unit
The Relay unit is designed to control 6 outputs from the Atamate system. Each output has an independent relay which allows for the switching ‘on’ or ‘off’ of the output, but not the dimming of the output. The outputs can be linked together so that they all use the same power source e.g. for outside lights, or they can all have different power sources e,g, one at 12V for the outside doorbell, three at 24V for the garden LED lights, one at 230V for the pond pump. Each output has an ‘on’ indicator and a manual ‘on’ switch and are rated for 3A at 230Vac or 30Vdc. Atamate Relay Units are designed and manufactured in the UK.