The Arduino shield is a de-facto standard for extension boards not only for the Arduino but also for demoboards and SBC of different manufacturers. A good reason to create for the Arduino a RS422 / RS485 extension in the same style as our RS485 HAT for Raspberry Pi.
Some RS485 shields for the Arduino are already available on the market, but these extensions are not suitable for professional use, because they come without a galvanic isolation between the RS485 bus and the Arduino. Without such isolation a damaging of the Arduino or malfunction of the device is possible, because of the large distances of a RS485 bus. Furthermore a full-duplex mode (RS422) is also not integrated.
Our shield comes with a lot of additional features:
The RS485 is in use in many applications like industrial and home automation (for example MODBUS), lighting control (DMX), video surveillance (for example Pelco D) ...
If you like to know more about RS485 visit this website: http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/telecommunications_networks/rs485/rs-485-tutorial-basics.php
You may also like: RS422/RS485 HAT for Raspberry Pi
This kit is also available at ModMyPi.com