Find out below why new layouts are choosing and existing DC layouts are switching to LocoFi™ over others.
On the cover of
September 2020 Model Railroader Magazine
LocoFi™ provides simple yet powerful multi-train multi-engineer model train control system with onboard sound without any extra equipment like command stations, boosters or even computers. There's minimum to no wiring at all. All you need is a LocoFi™ module, your smartphone and optionally a WiFi router. The module gets installed in the loco and can be DC or DCC track powered or even battery powered. Since the communication is DIRECT over ubiquitous WiFi protocol, there's no commands that go on the track. This means reduced overhead, less maintenance, less hidden costs that come with setting up a system. It's cutting edge technology utilizing existing hardware in everyone's hands, simple intuitive interface and even customizable sounds. Because of its simplicity and ability to be powered by a variety of power sources from as low as 7V to as high as 24V, your can take your locos (even consisted) around to different clubs without changing a thing. Being primarily a software and WiFi based system, it is updateable over the air so you don't have to miss out on the new features as they roll out. Your hardware remains the same but the functionality keeps increasing. This, no programming based system with haptic controls and pressure sensitive features can easily co-exist independently with other systems on the same layout without interfering at all. It promises to be a system of the future using the in-built IoT to connect to other devices on the network, create a distributed system with embedded powerful processors and high bandwidth to support video streaming, decision making as in artificial intelligence and automation. The bi-directional nature of communication provides real-time feedback, is prototypical in nature and yet even kids can operate it!
"... Good-running locomotives are a primary requirement for enjoying operations ..."
LocoFi™ is based on the paradigm shift where how you control your locomotive is separate from how you power it.
With separation of power and control comes:
Simplification: The interdependence of power and control signal makes the system complex. Moreover, a direct connection means less number of intermediary components, leading to further simplification.
Performance: Dual powerful micro-controllers, high communication bandwidth and the powerful computer in your hand can deliver unparalleled performance. Imagine real-time cab view streaming of an ops session or giving control to operate your railroad from across the world!
Ease of Use: Everyone loves interactive rich user interface. Graphical interface of smartphone makes management, operation and configuration of your loco a piece of cake leaving you to focus and enjoy true operations like load simulation, grade simulation, braking, etc. and literally puts you in the engineer's seat.
Security & Reliability: The underlying security, robustness and reliability of WiFi need no mention.
Scalability: Software managed approach with powerful hardware and innovative ground up approach design leads to scalability.
Real Time Feedback: Bi-directional communication provides real time monitoring and usage statistics about your loco. This feedback mechanism can be exploited to being more prototypical operation.
The onboard sound is user configurable and stored on a removable microSD card. The sounds are in non proprietary format and easy to edit giving users the option to either use their own recordings or third party provided sounds without binding you into manufacturer provided proprietary sound formats. Just like scenery, trackwork or electronics, this just opened up yet another aspect for modelers to explore!
LocoFi™ hardware virtually never gets outdated
Keeps evolving with Over The Air firmware updates!
With regular FREE updates, you just get new features delivered to you!
No more taking out the decoder and sending it in for upgrade.