Open Source Equipment Management & Operation is a project to develop an open source hardware and open source software solution to controlling, managing, and operating equipment from cars to fork lifts to home automation. This first project is concentrating on the primary goal of operating a vehicle.The core concept is a Main Module and one or more Device Modules. The Main Module is responsible for interacting with humans for direct changes to the system and its settings and programming, for controlling power and communication to and between the Device Modules, and operating key internal units such as a GPS module or Data Logger, etc.The Device Modules are what directly interact with components and the various systems of the vehicle. Thus lights, switches, motors, sensors, etc. are connected directly to the Device Modules.The beauty of this system is:1) Modular--easily add, replace, scale system2) Universal application--all equipment from cars to planes to washing machines need certain key parts and all components come down to several simple types (switches, lights, motors, etc.) OSEMO can do all of those.3) System-wide interaction--any switch or button or event can trigger any component system wide. Extreme example: you can easily use the switch normally used for the the windshield wipers to pop the trunk! Macros will also be easily done. Example: when the windshield wipers are turned on, the headlights are automatically turned on.4) Multiple interaction--Bluetooth, Wifi, USB, cell-tower, Ethernet, touch screen are all ways that the system can be interacted with. Human interaction can thus be via Smartphone, internet, touch screen, switches, voice, etc.5) Open source--others can continuously help improve the system.6) CAN Bus--this has become a standard not only in vehicles but also in other industrial applications. By using this as the communication standard between Main & Device Modules, OSEMO will not only have an efficient and powerful communication standard, it will be able to communicate with other OEM products that use the CAN Bus including ECU and OBDII devices!7) Affordable--Main Modules will probably be from $90 to $150 and Device Modules will probably be from $25 to $100. 8) Debugging--OSEMO knows if the reason a light isn't turning on is because the bulb burned out, the switch isn't working, or a Module has died!I will be adding more of the research that I have done so far, but am excited about how the community will be able to expand this further.
Created: Nov 9, 2012 | Updated: Nov 13, 2013