Neptune Systems has just launched the 2nd edition of its famous Apex aquarium monitoring and control system. In a press release this week, the company outlined the new version’s advancements, which build on the “success of the current Apex System and its cloud-based apex Fusion”; it also features the first Internet of Things (IoT) platform for Aquariums.
Ease of Use: With integrated 802.11g/n wireless technology and a new mobile app, this Apex will easily connect to Wi-Fi, and can be set up and running in under 15 minutes.
New Energy Bar Controls More Devices: The new apex System has an entirely redesigned power distribution device called the Energy Bar 832. The Energy Bar 832 has eight 120V, 7A outlets to power and control equipment, and three 1LINK ports with a built-in 100W 24VDC power supply as well. The 1LINK ports can be used to connect neptune Systems D_S dosing system, WAV powerheads, and future products as well. The 1LINK interface provides both the power and communication for these devices, so a power supply brick and power cord are unnecessary. In addition to the eight AC outlets and three 1LINK ports, there are also two switched 24VDC ports, for use with fans, small pumps, solenoid valves, DIY, and future accessories from neptune Systems.
Power monitoring: Each outlet on the Energy Bar 832 has its own power monitoring, historical tracking, and alert system, and apex will send you a text alert when a device is using too much or too little power when compared to its normal operation. It’s a tool designed to save energy, reduce unnecessary costs, and help the environment.
Additional monitoring and control capabilities: In addition to monitoring all the same water parameters as the current apex, this new apex System also includes the connections and probes to monitor ORP and Salinity as well. The included pH and ORP probes are also now double-junction so they have a longer life expectancy and require less frequent calibration.
The Internet of Things, aquariums (IoTa): Building on Neptune Systems’ successful apex Ready program, and its commitment to supporting an open system that encourages integration of 3rd-party aquarium devices, this apex provides a new integration platform called IoTa™ (Internet of Things, aquariums) that keeps the future in mind – specifically, control and integration of these 3rd party pumps, lights, and other devices that use a Wi-Fi interface. With IoTa™, customers can bring all their aquarium devices under the control of one interface, Apex Fusion, and integrate their operation. In the coming months, Neptune Systems will release an open-standard IoTa API whereby other manufacturers can make their products controllable by the apex over Wi-Fi.
This apex uses the same AquaBus interconnect system so current Apex owners can move to this new Apex without sacrificing the investment they have already made in modules and accessories.
This next generation apex System will have a retail price of 9.95 and begins shipping to Neptune Systems North American dealers on June 6, 2016.