Cellio – Embeddable Transceivers and Gateways Convert Sensors, Instruments, and Controllers to Remote Wireless Devices for IIoT/M2M

Overview

Core to the Device Solutions Embedded Devices Design Philosophy is that Cellio be embeddable in existing products that need to move from manual/wired operation to automated/wireless operation. Companies with existing offerings can quickly help their clients get into the IIoT/M2M of things by simply and easily connecting (or embedding into their devices) a Cellio Transceiver or Gateway. With inputs, outputs, and bi-directional communications to the network, clients can be connected end-to-end with automated data updates and remote asset control in less than a weekend. Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.

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Caption: Cellio embedded with existing devices can convert them from manual to automated and wireless in very little time and very little expense.

Embedding Cellio Onto Existing Device Enclosures

The quickest and easiest (and possibly the least expensive) approach to integrating Cellio with an existing sensor, instrument, controller is to simply mount the Cellio Transceiver or Gateway directly to the outside of the device where it is already installed. Transceivers can be configured to RS-422, RS-485, or multiple RS-232 communication connections (ie. BACnet, Modbus). The upside of this approach is that the existing installation is leveraged, existing processes are not interrupted, and the Cellio devices can be tested and validated before switching over the data collection/reporting from what may be very manual and time/labor intensive to more regular and automated wireless updates. If the sensor/instrument/control device needs to be reset, set, or controlled, the Cellio device can serve that function as well. The Cellio enclosure is already IP68 (NEMA 6), thus environments that require dust and water tight operation is already addressed.

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Caption: Cellio Transceiver/Gateway attached simply to the outside of the sensor, instrument, controller enclosure making it possible to quickly, easily, and affordably convert from manual to automated.

Embedding Cellio Into Existing Device Enclosures

Another simple approach to quickly get existing equipment and assets moved from manual/wired operation into more automated/wireless operation is to place the Cellio Transceiver/Gateway into the enclosure of the existing device. In many cases, the enclosures that house sensor, instrument, or control equipment may have sufficient space to place the Cellio device inside the enclosure. Externally, the functionally will look the same, but practically now has wireless remote data access for reporting and controlling the instrument and other connected equipment. Depending on the environment, placing the Cellio unit inside the enclosure of the existing instrumentation may provide the Cellio device more protection than if mounted outside the enclosure.

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Caption: Cellio Transceiver/Gateway included inside the enclosure of the sensor, instrument, controller as an alternative to quickly, easily, and affordably converting from manual to automated.

Embedding Cellio as Integrated in Existing and Future Products

Due to space constraints, operational parameters, or other design criteria, it may be more advantageous to place the embedded electronics from Cellio devices (without the Cellio enclosure) into existing/future sensors, instruments, controllers. This is also a reasonable approach to moving offerings from manual to more automated and wireless portfolio offerings. Additional mounting and possible certification requirements may be involved, however, the resulting device will likely maintain the most cohesive look to other product offerings – with the added advantage of remote monitoring and remote control.

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Caption: Cellio Transceiver/Gateway integrated into the sensor, instrument, controller as an approach to provide a wireless networked option for enhancing product portfolio offerings.

Bonus: Integrating Sensors into Cellio Transceivers/Gateways

An important alternative to consider for some applications is to integrate sensor(s) into or onto the Cellio device enclosure – especially where a single sensor/Transceiver would make installation, maintenance, and operations more effective and efficient. Using the provided inputs, outputs, and remote data access of the Transceiver devices, multiple sensors, indicators, and control signals can be supported (up to 16 GPIO).

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Caption: Example of ultrasound sensor integrated into Transceiver enclosure for use in container level detection and measurement. With the 5 year battery life, the affordable sensor, and relatively simple installation, this makes the integrated solution compelling.

Conclusion

Cellio Wireless Transceivers provide a wireless link sensor and controller devices to Cellio Wireless Gateways via 900MHz LoRa with a transmission distance of a approximately 1 mile (3 square miles). The enclosures can be mounted with screws, adhesives, or industrial strength double stick mounting tape. Cellio Wireless Gateways (Cellular GSM/CDMA or Wi-Fi) are used as the link from the Transceivers to the local corporate network, internet/cloud data storage, and/or back-end enterprise data systems. The Cellular Gateways can operate on their own to send GPS location and can send SMS messages directly through the wireless network to designated users. So whether you are installing new sensors and controllers, or trying to retrofit an existing installation, Cellio Wireless Transceivers and Gateways can be embedded to fit your needs.