What is OpenLCB?
OpenLCB refers to a set of protocol standards developed as a non-proprietary Layout Control Bus, but also to the people, ideas, and technology behind them.
What is the Purpose of OpenLCB?
OpenLCB is designed as a separate, generic non-proprietary control bus which is positioned next to and designed to take the load off your throttle bus. It is a bi-directional data bus that can send and receive data. It can be used to control layout signalling, lighting, sound, and animation. It can interface to traction control systems in a unified manner.
OpenLCB is transport agnostic - which means it is designed to communicate across multiple different transports, such as Ethernet, CAN, RS485, RF and WiFi.
OpenLCB is traction agnostic - that means it is designed to work with multiple track control systems, including DC, DCC, Marklin, etc. It has a Traction Protocol which is unified so that throttles can use any traction system.
OpenLCB can connect to legacy control systems, and therefore it protects your investment.