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Accurate Astronomical Clock for Crestron

This Free module will connect to our website and pull a single PHP page that will use the clients public IP address to get the GEO location of the client and return accurate sunrise and sunset times that are useable by the crestron scheduler module. We made this module due to issues we ran into with the standard Crestron astronomical clock module causing inconsistent scheduler times no mater how we set the many configuration options it has.  Quick note, if you are needing the ability to use nautical time and offsets then this module is not for you, however if you just need to get the sunrise and sunset times so that the scheduling works within expectations of the vast majority of customers, then this is the module you need. The Accurate Astronomical Clock for Crestron also adds the addition simple yet surprisingly useful InDaytime and InNighttime signals. We have used these over and over for simple day/night based logic like controlling lighting scenes or nightlights and opening or closing shades to further customize systems to meet customer requests.

We have also included the PHP page that serves the time and a hosting.txt file on details for use, just incase you want to host it yourself for your customers however our server is free to use. You can see what it returns yourself by clicking here: https://crestron.hadasystems.com/astroClock.php
We do not store or track data of any kind on this page.

This module is completely free to use in any of your SIMPL windows programs. Just drop in a standard clock symbol and link the $tod signals and done. You can now link the time outputs directly to the crestron scheduler. Now all times based on sunrise and sunset times, such as setting the scheduler to turn on the porch and driveway lights 20 min before sunset, will actually work year round. The Accurate Astronomical Clock for Crestron will then update the sunrise and sunset times at every boot and again every morning at 12:01am. We use this module in all of our own projects and have verified it's accuracy with many happy customers. Note: Dont forget to set the proper time zone within the processor itself so that the $tod clock signal is the correct time.

Module Signals List

NameTypeDescription and Usage
INPUTS
tod$ STRING Time Of Day, Connect to standard clock driver symbol.
OUTPUTS
Morning_h ANALOG raw number value for sunrise hour in 24 hour time
Morning_m ANALOG raw number vaue for sunrise minute
Night_h ANALOG raw munber value for sunset houe in 24 hour time
Night_m ANALOG raw number vaue for sunset minute
InDaytime DIGITAL Goes HIGH while in daytime (current hour/minute > morning_h/morning_min & current hour/minute < night_h/night_m) 
InNighttime DIGITAL Goes HIGH while in nighttime (current hour/minute < morning_h/morning_min & current hour/minute > night_h/night_m)
Current-hour ANALOG raw number value for current hour in 24 hour time
Current-minute ANALOG raw number value for current minute
PARAMETERS
ServerAddress STRING web site address of actroClock.php file that servers the time (Default: crestron.hadasystems.com)
You are free to use our server or host your own, the php file and setup directions are included in the archive.
*Please Note: do not add the http:// to the server address, enter just the name like shown in the default value, this will be fixed in the next release.
Version Change Log:
  •   Version Number: 1.1
  •   Download File Archive: AccurateAstroClockDemo.zip
  •   Notes:

    Added ability and files for integrators to host there own server if desired.

    Added demo program with VTPro project for easier importing into SIMPL windows

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