One of the significant expense items associated with installing IIoT comes from the costs associated with installing the equipment. In particular, pulling cables and power cords (and conduit) can be on the order of half of the expense of the total installation. In the case of Cellio, the Transceivers run off a 9VDC battery that can also be used to power sensors – thus removing the need for power, cables, and conduit in many applications. Even in those cases where power may be needed for the sensing device, the Transceiver does not need a separate power supply to be provided (making retrofit installations very cost effective and quick). The Cellio Gateway can run from directly from a small solar panel or it can be plugged into an existing power plug within range of the Cellio Transceivers. These wireless aspects of Cellio (resulting from lower installation, operation, and maintenance costs) further reduce the overall cost of ownership for Cellio based IIoT installations.
Look Ma, No Power Cables
In one example installation, there are over 1,000 stationary objects that need to be monitored and measured. These objects are out in fields where pulling power, conduits, and cables would be on the order of $1,500 per object. The quick math for this scenario is $1,500 * 1,000 => $1,500,000 or $1.5M! Obviously this calculation does not account for the project management, logistics, associated back-end costs, monthly bills for electricity, or any other costs for maintenance, etc. But at first order, it is useful to demonstrate the benefit of a truly wireless system like Cellio. In the case of Cellio, the Transceiver has a 9VDC battery (Lithium Ion preferably), that can provide power and report readings from an external sensor for up to a 5 years. Thus, the installation costs (and associated annual maintenance, etc.) is reduced almost to $0. Additionally, in those cases where a sensor is already in place (whether it is unpowered or powered), the Transceiver can simply be placed on or nearby, connected to the sensor, and immediately start reporting the sensor readings wirelessly and remotely – no power supply or wires required.
The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense). The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”. When minimal installation costs, operational costs, and remote regular reporting and monitoring are important to the business, Cellio should be one of the first considerations. Be surprised when you see for yourself!