Bedrock Automation Introduces First Universal I/O Module with Embedded Cyber Security

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Bedrock Automation has introduced a 10-channel Secure Universal I/O Module for its revolutionary Bedrock control system.

Universal I/O with embedded cyber security

The new SIOU.10 Universal I/O from Bedrock Automation plugs into the company’s pinless Bedrock™ Electromagnetic Backplane Module Interconnect (BMI).

Keeping with a commitment to deliver Simple, Scalable and Secure™ industrial automation, Bedrock Automation introduces its 10-channel Secure Universal I/O Module, SIOU.10, for its revolutionary Bedrock™ control system. Every cyber secure channel of the Bedrock SIOU.10 is software programmable to receive field input or output signals for analog, discrete or pulse sensors and field actuators.

Virtual marshalling via universal I/O is the new standard for control system engineering and optimal life cycle ownership. With deeply embedded cyber security, scalable redundancy and unprecedented technical specifications, our SIOU.10 module is ready to deliver on a new era of automation,” said Bedrock Automation CTO and Engineering VP, Albert Rooyakkers.

Where Simplified Engineering, Lower TCO and Cyber Security Come Together

The Bedrock™ SIOU.10 combines the equivalent functionality of multiple I/O module types into a single, software programmable module; all while delivering embedded digital and physical cyber security.

The SIOU.10 plugs into the pinless Bedrock™ Electromagnetic Backplane Module Interconnect (BMI) along with the Secure Control and Communications (SCC) Module and Secure Power Modules (SPM). The unique pinless BMI forms a galvanic isolation barrier for each of the ten SIOU.10 channels and takes advantage of the Bedrock Black Fabric™ cyber security architecture. Unlike all other I/O modules available today, which are void of digital and physical cyber hardening, the SIOU.10 delivers deeply embedded cyber encryption and authentication from within. The benefits to the user include the highest levels of reliability, integrity and safety of any other available I/O module.

A New Tier of Software Configurability

Each channel on the SIOU.10 module is software programmable to receive field input or output signals from analog, discrete or pulse sensors and actuators. SIOU.10 channels are software configured in the Bedrock Integrated Development Environment (IDE,) where the process engineer can build distributed control system (DCS), SCADA remote transfer unit (RTU) or programmable logic controller (PLC) functionality.

The Power of Ten

The Bedrock SIOU.10 Secure Universal I/O module includes the following unrivaled specifications:

  • Ten channels of I/O per module
  • Ten channels of software selectable 4-20mA analog input (AI) or analog output (AO)
  • Ten independent HART 7 modems
  • Ten additional integrated AIs to enable AO read back
  • Ten galvanically isolated and regulated 24VDC field power supplies
  • Ten software selectable discrete inputs (DIs) or discrete outputs (DOs)
  • Ten additional integrated DIs to enable discrete output DO read back
  • Ten 10 to 100kHz pulse inputs for pulse meters with software selectable filter and debounce time, frequency period and pulse accumulation
  • Galvanic isolation of over 1000 volts channel-to-channel (CTC) and channel-to-ground (CTG) on all ten channels
  • Single, Dual or Triple redundancy
  • +/- 0.015% of span accuracy for all analog input AI channels
  • Up to 48VDC DO switching 1 amp per channel, 10 amps per module
  • Embedded electronic fusing for every DO channel with software selectable backoff and retry
  • Software selectable NAMUR DI support
  • Voltage Monitor or Contact Sense DI with software selectable filter and debounce time per channel

Pricing and Availability

The Bedrock SIOU.10 module is designed for users seeking maximum engineering and operational flexibility and cyber security in their industrial control systems. The SIOU.10 will be sales released October 1, 2015 at a list price of $3000 USD through Bedrock’s growing network of system integrators and automation solution providers. Volume shipments will begin December 11, 2015.

About Bedrock Automation

Bedrock Automation, based in San Jose, California, is the maker of Bedrock™, the world’s most powerful cyber secure automation platform. From Silicon Valley, Bedrock Automation has assembled the latest technologies and talents in both the automation and semiconductor industries to build an unprecedented automation solution for industrial control based on three prime directives: Simplicity, Scalability and Security™. The result is a system with a revolutionary electromagnetic backplane architecture and deeply embedded cyber security, which delivers the highest levels of system performance, industrial cyber security and reliability at the lowest cost of ownership.

For more information about the Bedrock revolution, download the first two whitepapers in our series: Revolution – Chapter One: The Backplane, and Revolution – Chapter Two: Empowering Power. For more information about Bedrock Automation, visit

For more information about becoming a Bedrock systems integrator or high technology distributor contact Paul Tornabee, Sales Channel Manager at 408-712-8124 or paul(dot)tornabene(at)bedrockautomation(dot)com.

Media Contacts:
John Nero - Tiziani Whitmyre, jnero(at)tizinc(dot)com; 781-793-9380.
Rob Bergman - Bedrock Automation, robert(dot)bergman(at)bedrockautomation(dot)com; 626-824-0404.

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