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Unipi 1.1 starter set

UniPi 1

Note: Production discontinued. You can purchase the product separately or as part of a complete set.

Unipi 1.1 starter set contains all necessary component to start the Unipi 1.1 controller. Aside from Unipi 1.1 the kit also contains Raspberry Pi computer and a memory card.



Product description

Unipi 1.1 is an extension board for the Raspberry Pi computer which allows it to function as a programmable logic controller for monitoring, control and regulation of automation systems. The board features a universal I/O architecture with digital inputs, a set of relays, analogue I/Os and broad connectivity thanks to 1-Wire bus, I2C and UART ports 

Unipi 1.1 starter set is a practical kit containing everything necessary for installation and powerup of Unipi 1.1. Aside from the board itself the set also contains a Raspberry Pi computer and a microSD card.

Note: The set does not contain DIN rail holder, Mervis software license or protective cover. These components can be purchased separately or as part of the Unipi 1.1 complete set. 

Starter set contents

  • Unipi 1.1 board
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • cable for connecting Raspberry Pi to Unipi 1.1
  • 3× 2M5 screw
  • 3× 2M5 metal spacer (20mm)
  • user manual
  • 16GB microSD memory card
  • power supply with E-type socket (230V AC / 5V DC@5A)

Basic Unipi 1.1 features

  • 8× changeover relay (250V AC/10A; 30V DC/10A)
  • 12+2× galvanically isolated digital input (5-24V DC, min. pulse length 5 ms)
  • 2× analog input (0 - 10 V)
  • 1× analog output (0 - 10V)
  • 1× 1-Wire bus
  • 1× I2C port 
  • 1× UART port
  • RTC module (battery not included)

Inputs & outputs

Digital inputs (DI) are designed to read binary logic states represented by direct voltage levels. That makes them suitable for reading data from various binary sensors and devices such as switches (on/off), motion sensors (movement detected/not detected), liquid level sensors (full tank/empty tank) etc.

Note: By default the digital inputs 13 and 14 are inaccessible. For their use please visit this tutorial.

Relay outputs (RO) are primarily used for switching two-state devices with higher current draw such as lightbulbs, thermoelectric valve drives, water heaters, pumps etc.

Analog inputs (AI) serve for measuring 0-10V DC voltage from various analog sensors such as thermometers, pressure meters, tensometers etc.

Analog output (AO) is designed for control of various external devices by direct voltage and is suitable for incremental control of devices such as three-way valves, heat exchangers, electric motors, lighting dimmers etc.

Computing module

Unipi 1.1 is powered by the Raspberry Pi computer. The board is compatible with the following Raspberry Pi models: 

  • Raspberry Pi Model B+
  • Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (all RAM variants)

Note: Unipi 1.1 cannot function without Raspberry Pi

Communication interfaces

Unipi 1.1 features UART port and I2C bus. The UART port can be used for serial communication with various external devices, while the I2C serves mainly for connection of the EMO-R8 relay extension module

The product also features a single 1-Wire bus for reading data from various 1-Wire sensors (thermometers, humidity meters, light intensity meters etc.). The bus usually utilizes 2-3 conductors and its maximum length is up to 200 m. Up to 15 sensors can be connected to a single bus. 

Software options

Due to the software openness of Unipi controllers the customer has a wide array of software solutions to choose from and is not limited to a single software.

The main supported platform for programming of Unipi controllers is the Mervis system. Mervis is developed according to the IEC 61131-3 standard for PLC programming and consists of SCADA interface for remote control and monitoring, comprehensible development interface, integrated HMI editor and online/on-premise database for storing data and historical analysis of the controlled technology's operation.

Aside from Mervis, Unipi controllers are also compatible with a wide variety of both commercial and open-source platforms. It is also possible to choose from a large number of open-source platforms, use EVOK API or implement your own code in any programming language. For an overview of more compatible commercial solutions please visit Other software overview

Further info


User guide and technical documentation
Instruction leaflet
Technical and safety information

Digital inputs 14
Relay outputs 8
1-Wire bus Yes
Power 5 V DC / 2.4 A
Mounting DIN rail mount (35 mm DIN rail)
RTC battery socket Yes
Dimensions 20 × 86 × 198 mm
Weigth 210 g
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