As organizations experience success with the reporting/monitoring from their initial IIoT implementation objectives, their thoughts and questions naturally turn to how many devices and how many different things they can put on the same platform to inform them of other aspects of their operations. In fact, the relatively low cost to track additional nodes on the installed platform makes them wonder what they “can’t” remotely monitor and control. These are some of the initial questions.
How Many Things can be Monitored at Once?
Without consideration for distances (but assuming the Transceiver nodes can talk to at least one Gateway device), hundreds and thousands could conceivably be connected to a single Gateway in a given installation. Factors that would play into the maximum number of nodes would have to consider the configuration parameters of the devices, but could be configured to support a significant number of devices. Additionally, since the Transceivers can connect to up to 16 points, the actual number of “things” that can be monitored is an order of magnitude greater.
How Many Different Kinds of Things can be Monitored?
Again, without consideration for distances (but assuming the Transceiver nodes can talk to at least one Gateway device), any manner of device that produces (or could be made to produce) an electric signal can conceivably be sensed and the measurement recorded and reported/monitored. If something doesn’t currently produce an electrical signal, some means of measuring the state of the device would need to be put in place so that the Transceiver could gather the information and transmit it electronically. For example, some devices may already be installed that produce a signal (a light switch can be monitored to see if the light is on/off since it is already electric). An alternative example would be measuring the light intensity of the sun – in this case a photocell could be put in place and could measure the light level and the Transceiver would measure the signal from the photocell and report it.
How Many and How Different of Things can be Controlled?
Similar to the monitoring noted above, different approaches can be employed to control something from the range of a simple single digital signal (ON/OFF) to the more complex RS-485 communication with a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). Thus, there is support for a large number of devices across a significant range of device types.
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”. If, like many organizations, your organization is diving into remote monitoring across a facility, a process, or the entire enterprise, having an extensible platform that is easy, quick, and inexpensive to deploy that supports the broad range of existing and future devices that need to be monitored and controlled, test Cellio on your tougher challenges to make sure you have the best platform in place for today and into the future.