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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.

It’s Really Up To You, and It Might Be More Flexible Than You Think

Introduction

We here at Device Solutions are passionate about IoT – and equally as passionate about our oft stated Cellio design philosophy: “make it as easy as possible to connect almost any sensor or sensor instrument and controller to back-end data systems to make sensing and control as easy, affordable, and scalable as possible”. Cellio’s ability to be flexible – from sensor to dashboard – allows you to configure and control your end-to-end solution at multiple stops along the eco-system to best fit your needs.

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Caption: Flow of data from sensors mounted on real world assets to back end data storage and dashboard view, through user interaction and ultimately back to indicators and systems on real world assets – all under your control

 

So just what are Cellio’s “Control Indicators”, “Control Systems” and what is your ability to control the power of Cellio? Let’s explore the meaning of “Control” and place it firmly in your hands.

 

The Cellio Universal Protocol – CUP

To achieve our goal of providing an affordable, flexible, low power, controllable / programmable IOT device, the smart folks in R&D created the “Cellio Universal Protocol – CUP” specification to help minimize the need for custom SW / HW while still maintaining a high degree of flexibility in most Cellio applications. Servicing a plurality of interfaces between node (sensors, transceivers, gateways, local radio links, wireless links to the cloud, servers and dashboards, protocol standards, and hardwired I/Os to name a few) could be daunting and create multiple avenues for error introduction (and excessive current drain if not optimized). Minimizing this risk was achieved by establishing a proprietary thin layered message exchanging protocol that allows for easy programing and adaptability to make for easy installation and execution.

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Caption: Cellio Universal Protocol – CUP, enables control and configuration at virtually all points of the IoT eco-system allowing easy and efficient customization and deployment

Many factors have been considered to allow devices supporting different protocols to successfully communicate. CUP must be:

  • Generic enough to run over a number of different transport layers
  • Capable of sending multiple messages in a single server transaction
  • Both forward and backward compatible
  • Capable of receiving messages in a continuous stream
  • Able to recover from lost data
  • Able to connect to most any front-end and most any back-end

Different physical media are also supported by the Cellio architecture including (to name a few):

  • TCP Sockets
  • 900 MHz RF radios
  • Serial Links
  • Digital and analog connections
  • Control signal outputs
  • SMS Text / Email

 

It Starts With the Sensors

Cellio Wireless Transceivers are designed to support as many as 16 General Purpose Inputs and Outputs (GPIO) supporting most any of the various sensors, sensor instruments, indicators and/or controllers. The transceivers communicate with the sensors and controllers via a direct connection – either physical wires or physical cables. The importance of controlling sensor behavior is not lost with Cellio’s ease of use philosophy. The CUP will ensure the programmable control of the sensors are accurate while at the same time maintaining the goals of your Cellio deployment. Examples of Sensor control programming include:

  • Scheduling wake up / reading / polling times (between 2 seconds and 24 hours)
  • Sensor trigger points – interrupt driven sensor wake up conditions / ranges
  • Scheduling sensor data reporting / check in times
  • I/O pin configuration / voltage levels

A wide variety of off the shelf and custom sensors / transducers are supported by Cellio today. The flexible design of Cellio allows Device Solution to work together with our customers and eco-system partners to expand the interface protocols supported (ex:  Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP, BACnet) to ensure the Cellio solution meets sensor protocol requirements in a wide variety of applications.

 

Transceivers, Gateways, and Server Controls

Transceivers are also controllable via the CUP. They can be controlled to provide their data to Gateway(s) on a regular basis or based on specific events. In the case where an event triggers an immediate reporting of data to the Gateway, the Cellio Wireless Cellular Gateways can be programmed to transmit the data to a backend server (check in trigger, rate, or time) or transmit an immediate SMS message to get the alert out as quickly as possible. Transceivers transmit data to the Gateways, and receive information from the Gateways as well to control devices that in turn control equipment, machinery and other sensors. Gateways are designed with internal modules and antennas to support both the 900MHz LoRa transmissions to communicate with the Transceivers in the network, as well as options to communicate with cellular networks and Wi-Fi networks.

CUP provides a means for controlling the Gateway configuration, including: Server IP and port address, transmission reports, location data, modem capabilities, channel status, FW version, HW configuration, time of day requests, and SMS destination.

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From the Gateways, data can be sent over cellular networks and/or local Wi-Fi networks to local facility networks and data storage (as simple as updating an internal spreadsheet) or they can be sent over the internet using public and private (VPN) networks to third party cloud storage vendors, IoT platform vendors, or back-end enterprise corporate data systems (CRM, ERP, PIM, etc.).

From the data store, dashboards can be created and utilized to visualize the information, analytics can be performed on the data, external data can be augmented to inform a bigger picture, and inferences/insights/recommendations can be generated to either automate other processes or inform users on conditions and opportunities of interest. From here, control data can be send back to Transceivers via the CUP interface to turn on indicators for users or communicate with control equipment.

 

Summary

In summary, the Cellio eco-system is conceptually simple, yet highly flexible, configurable, and controllable. To achieve our goal of providing an affordable, flexible, low power, controllable / programmable IOT device, the Cellio Universal Protocol – CUP specification was created to help minimize the need for custom SW / HW while still maintaining a high degree of flexibility in most Cellio applications. Let Device Solutions help you meet you IoT/M2M/IIoT objectives in an efficient manner with the Cellio line of products.

 

Overview

Cellio is designed on a simple philosophy: make it as easy as possible to connect almost any sensor or sensor instrument to back-end data systems to make collecting data for monitoring as easy, affordable, and scalable as possible. Whether you have existing sensors, or you are implementing a whole new system, Cellio is sensor and sensor instrument (front-end) agnostic as well as back-end data system agnostic. Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets to back-end data storage, dashboard view, analytics and into corporate enterprise data/operations systems.

 

Direct Notifications

The simplest data notification approach for some applications might using the Transceivers and Cellular Gateways to generate a simple SMS/text message to provide an alert when specific conditions are met by the sensors or sensor instruments. With Cellio, the Transceivers can be configured to use input(s) to trigger an immediate notification via the Gateway over the Cellular network to a designated destination using SMS message(s). In cases where immediate attention might be needed, this could very well be the quickest and easiest use of the Cellio Wireless Network to get notifications to the people who need to be aware of changes associated with real-world assets.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway which sends SMS to users who need to be notified of specific situations.

 

Simplest Data Collection Option

Quite possibly the simplest data collection option would be to send data from the Transceiver(s) to the Gateway(s) and then to a local spreadsheet (or an online spreadsheet) that can log sensor and sensor instrument data with little to no cost for the data storage. These options will require more self-service for users to map, create dashboards, and perform analytics, but they also provide users the option of keeping data in the local network and accessible only to local corporate data systems. This is also likely the easiest approach for users that want quick and simple access to all of the data collected by all of the sensors and sensor instruments. In these cases, Cellio Wireless Network can be used to send data to data logging resources as simple as spreadsheets and even text files for later usage.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to simple logging via text files or spreadsheets.

 

Corporate/Enterprise Data Systems

Many organizations want their sensor data to be logged and then integrated into corporate IT data systems (for storage, archive, and sharing purposes) as well as possibly into larger enterprise systems. These larger enterprise systems can include ERP, CRM, PIM, Logistics, and other systems that help with supply chain, sales force, and inventory management to help optimize the flow of materials and resources both within and across various operational sites. Many companies may require time to validate the datastream to assure that data is collected, audited, and formatted correctly before it can be brought into the corporate data systems. Thus, this option may be the most efficient long-term, but may take more time to set up and integrate into the operations from end-to-end. In these cases, Cellio Wireless Networks can send data to back-end corporate data systems and ultimately to larger enterprise systems that can be leveraged to optimize enterprise operations.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to corporate data systems and enterprise operational systems.

 

Cloud Data/Third Party Data Storage

One of the most discussed options in the press and throughout IoT trends and forecasts is using third party (cloud) data hosting, dashboarding, and analytics platforms that will store data from all devices and make the data available for back-end analysis and visualization. In some cases, the data is stored in one platform and then a dashboard can be generated on another platform, analytics can be performed on yet another platform, and resulting inferences can be forwarded onto yet another platform. In these cases, Cellio Transceivers send sensor data to the Gateways and the Gateways send the data to the designated third party data storage systems.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to third party/cloud data storage and then on to dashboarding, analytics, inferencing, etc.

 

Summary

Whether the objectives are to receive simple alerts and updates based on specific conditions, or to integrate the data into large corporate enterprise operational systems, Cellio Wireless Networks of Transceivers and Gateways can be configured to get the data from the front-end sensors to the back-end data systems quickly and easily. In addition, adding more sensors to existing Transceivers can provide more useful data almost immediately. With Cellio Wireless Networks you will likely find yourself worrying less about the connectivity and collection of the data and focus more on imagining all the different efficiencies, savings, and operational objectives you will be able to use the data to achieve.

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Caption: Data flow from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to a variety of preferred destinations.

Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.

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Caption: Cellio Wireless Gateway

Introduction

Cellio is designed on a simple philosophy: make it as easy as possible to connect almost any sensor or sensor instrument and controller to back-end data systems to make sensing and control as easy, affordable, and scalable as possible. The engineering choices that have been made to provide sufficient long-range operation (LoRa, about 1 mile), with minimal battery maintenance (5 years on a single 9V battery), and minimize the data traffic to keep cellular or Wi-Fi connection costs to a minimum. Whether you have existing sensors and controllers, or implementing a whole new system, Cellio is both sensor/controller (front-end) agnostic as well as back-end data system agnostic. Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.

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Caption: Flow of data from sensors mounted on real world assets to back end data storage and dashboard view, through user interaction and ultimately back to control indicators and control systems on real world assets – closing the loop.

Sensors/Controllers connected to Transceiver(s)

Cellio Wireless Transceivers are designed to support as many as 16 General Purpose Inputs and Outputs (GPIO) supporting most any of the various sensors, sensor instruments, indicators and/or controllers. The transceivers communicate with the sensors and controllers via a direct connection – either physical wires or physical cables (in the case of RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, Modbus, BACnet, etc.). The primary input/output configuration options include:
• Analog Input
• Digital Input/Output
• Current Loop In/Out
• I/O can be configured for various protocols as well
This configuration capability allows Cellio Wireless Transceivers to be as optimally customized as possible for installations where consistent, repeatable, and reliable performance is a top priority.

Transceivers connecting Gateway(s)

Transceivers and Gateways have been designed with an internal antenna to transmit via 900MHz and distances up to 1 mile. Transceivers operate up to five years on a single 9V battery. Using Long Range (LoRa) technology, a single Gateway can support 100’s and even 1000’s of Transceivers. Transceivers can provide their data to Gateway(s) on a regular basis and/or based on specific events. In the case where an event triggers an immediate reporting of data to the Gateway, the Cellio Wireless Cellular Gateways can transmit an immediate SMS message to get the alert out as quickly as possible. Transceivers both transmit data to the Gateways, as well as they receive information from the Gateways that can be used to signal indicators and controllers to provider user feedback as well as to control devices that control equipment, machinery and various other types of controls. Transceiver boxes and Gateway boxes are roughly 3”x4”x5” (about the size of 12oz can of soda). The boxes are IP68 (NEMA 6) rated to be both water-tight and dust-tight.

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Caption: Transceiver compared to size of 12oz soda can.

Gateway(s) connecting to Network(s)

Gateways are designed with internal modules and antennas to support both the 900MHz LoRa transmissions to communicate with the Transceivers in the network, as well as options to communicate with cellular networks and Wi-Fi networks. The options for connections to external wireless networks include:
• Cellular CDMA (with and without GPS capability) and SMS capable
• Cellular GSM (with and without GPS capability) and SMS capable
• Wi-Fi (802.11bgn)
From the Gateways, data can be sent over cellular networks and/or local Wi-Fi networks to local facility networks and data storage (as simple as updating an internal spreadsheet) or they can be sent over the internet using public and private (VPN) networks to third party cloud storage vendors, IoT platform vendors, or back-end enterprise corporate data systems (CRM, ERP, PIM, etc.) From the data store, dashboards can be created and utilized to visualize the information, analytics can be performed on the data, external data can be augmented to inform a bigger picture, and inferences/insights/recommendations can be generated to either automate other processes or inform users on conditions and opportunities of interest. From here, control data can be send back to Transceivers to turn on indicators for users or communicate with control equipment.

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Caption: Transceiver and Gateway side-by-side.

Implications

Based on the architectures and use-cases for a wide-range of applications, Cellio was designed to optimize the use of much less expensive Transceivers (supporting many sensors/controllers) communicating with a much smaller number of Gateways that may be communicating over Cellular connections (the small data packets assure that the minimal cellular data charges are possible). Although this may be the optimal architecture for the minimum expense, options where Gateways are installed on all assets is always an option, as is an All-in-One device that will host both the Transceiver 16 GPIO capability and the Gateway wireless connectivity capability (and GPS and SMS) all in one box that would be the same size as the one used for the current Transceiver and Gateway box. As a quick recap, sensors are connected to Transceivers via wires/cables, Transceivers communicate via 900MHz LoRa to Gateways, Gateways communicate with corporate/internet networks via Cellular (CDMA/GSM) or Wi-Fi to data storage systems, dashboards communicate with Gateways to send control information to Transceivers that then output the control information to indicators and control equipment. Whatever your priorities, Cellio can be organized to balance your IoT/M2M/IIoT communication objectives, capital expenditures, monthly data connections, and implementation timelines.

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Connecting to the Real World: Sensors, Instruments, Controllers and more…

All Cellio devices have the ability to receive and send information. To receive information, Cellio Transceivers are used to directly connect to almost any sensor or sensor instrument whether by direct analog, digital, or industry standard cable and protocol (ie RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, BACnet, Modbus, etc.). The Transceivers sample the values from sensors or sensor instrument equipment and send that collected data wirelessly to Gateway devices. Up to sixteen (16) sensors can be monitored by each Transceiver making Cellio a very economical approach to monitoring as many things as desired. From the Gateway devices, the collected data can be sent to a local network computer, company data storage, internet cloud storage, or a third party data hosting and analytics provider.

Caption:  Cellio devices connected to sensors and controllers on real world assets.  Information flow from sensors to Transceivers to Gateway(s) to data storage and analytics/dashboards back through Gateway(s) to Transceivers to controllers also connected to real world assets.

Caption: Cellio devices connected to sensors and controllers on real world assets. Information flow from sensors to Transceivers to Gateway(s) to data storage and analytics/dashboards back through Gateway(s) to Transceivers to controllers also connected to real world assets.

Once the data is aggregated locally or remotely in a data storage location, it can be used to assemble graphs, charts, reports, dynamic gauges, dashboards, analytics, and ultimately into insights and recommendations. Whether automated or requiring human intervention, the collected information can be used to send information and control instructions back to installed equipment. For example, assuming that the temperature has exceeded a certain threshold, the back-end systems can send a control signal to turn on some HVAC equipment to correct the situation. More complex examples of this scenario could include having the back-end check whether or not the weather forecast suggests that the outside temperature will correct the situation on its own (thus saving energy and money), data on power company kW pricing could determine when the equipment should be turned on to leverage lower prices, and in even more sophisticated cases, the system could use historical data, information from other locations, and even input from other equipment in the facility to determine the urgency and options to correct the temperature condition.

Caption: Information/Data flow from sensor through Cellio to back-end with dashboard, semi-automated with human intervention/oversight, and control information to pump valve and warning light.

Caption: Information/Data flow from sensor through Cellio to back-end with dashboard, semi-automated with human intervention/oversight, and control information to pump valve and warning light.

In certain special cases, it is important for asset managers or owners to be notified immediately if a sensor detects a condition that is “of interest”. For example, if a tank is too empty, too full, a pump stops working, a valve won’t open or close, or equipment is moved outside of an acceptable area of use, someone needs to immediately get involved and take action. In these cases, the Transceivers and Gateways can be configured so that a text message is sent directly somewhere or to someone. Alternatively, these conditions can be used by the back-end data systems as a “trigger” that can set things in motion to send out notifications, check additional information, and even remotely and automatically control devices that can intervene to correct and minimize the impact or damage that the error condition might create.

Caption: Transceiver with integrated ultrasonic transducer, Transceiver mounted with sensors to large metal bin, Transceiver with light sensor and float switch (prototype unit assembled by students at North Carolina IoT Hackathon 2015)

Caption: Transceiver with integrated ultrasonic transducer, Transceiver mounted with sensors to large metal bin, Transceiver with light sensor and float switch (prototype unit assembled by students at North Carolina IoT Hackathon 2015)

As noted above, the other major capability of the Transceivers is the ability to output analog, digital, or industry standard protocols to indicators and/or control instrumentation (RTU’s, PLC’s, SCADA’s, PAC’s, and others). This means that the Transceivers can be used to turn on something simple like an LED or buzzer. Transceivers can also be used to communicate with more complex devices via industry standard protocols and cables (ie RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, BACnet, Modbus, etc.) to provide information that can be used to optimize operations.

The Transceivers have been optimized to balance transmission power and distance – this allows for transmissions up to a mile away and they can run for as long as 5 years on a standard 9Volt battery. The Transceiver (and Gateway) enclosures are approximately 3”x4”x5” and are rated IP-68 (dust and water tight). Thus, the Transceivers and Gateways can be mounted where they will be exposed to weather and other harsh environments. For more intensive and/or remote applications, external antennas, solar cell power supplies, and larger batteries can be utilized to meet system design objectives. In cases where a real world asset needs both dedicated sense/control as well as transmit capability to the network, an All-in-One unit may be the optimal option – for example, remote generators, substations, tractor trailers, heavy equipment may require their own dedicated tracking and monitoring capabilities.

Caption: Cellio Devices with both single tier and multi-tier architectures of All-in-One and Gateway/Transceivers, respectively.

Caption: Cellio Devices with both single tier and multi-tier architectures of All-in-One and Gateway/Transceivers, respectively.

The Cellio system of devices has been designed with the philosophy to provide an agnostic front-end to connect almost any sensor or sensor instrument. This approach also provides an agnostic front-end to connect almost any indicator or control instrument. Additionally, on the back-end, Cellio agnostically will exchange information with most any system – from something as simple as a spreadsheet and text messaging to systems as complex and sophisticated as ERP, PIM, CRM and other Enterprise Business Intelligence systems. For a first time user, this means that Cellio can connect into almost any existing equipment and make collecting and visualizing data as quick and easy and affordable as possible. For more experienced users and system integrators, this means that highly complex systems of sense and control can be put in place, connected across vast geographies and facilities to make as much of the operation visible and controllable as needed. With Cellio and its balance of configurability, affordability, and universality, enterprise wide systems can be deployed and scaled in real time. The sky is the limit.

In IoT/M2M/IIoT we have found that no one organization can deliver a best-in-breed complete solution on their own. There are organizations with best-in-breed sensors, best-in-breed controllers, best-in-breed wireless networks, best-in-breed IoT Platforms, and other best-in-breed equipment/integration/back-end enterprise systems. Device Solutions and Bright Wolf recognized each other’s respective best-in-breed offerings and decided to link them to provide a best-in-breed system to seamlessly connect sensors and controllers to back-end systems.

Bright Wolf is a software company that has built and deployed an industrial strength IoT Platform. The Bright Wolf IOT Platform has proven itself. They count CAT Marine, Phononic, and Haemonetics among their 50+ clients. Bright Wolf is designed for change and longevity. Their dashboards are constructed for low friction, short learning curve, and intuitive adoption. With facile interfacing to the enterprise, it is a future resistant platform that allows a company to plan for the long term

Device Solutions Inc and Bright Wolf LLC combined the Cellio Wireless Network and Bright Wolf’s IoT Platform to assemble a system that makes it virtually plug-and-play to design, implement and integrate large enterprises quickly and at-scale. The combined solution allows most any sensor and most any controller to be connected to a cloud-based backend data store and analytics platform making the information readily available to dashboards that can remotely monitor and control any device in the field. This ability can move an IoT/M2M/IIoT application discussion from the possible to deployed system solution in a matter of days or weeks.

Device Solutions partners with Bright Wolf on a number of projects for clients. Bob Witter, CEO of Device Solutions Inc says, “It is amazing that the platform Bright Wolf integrated with our Cellio System is so extensible. Scaling the system is almost as easy as simply adding more transceivers and gateway devices to monitor and control as many remote assets as you want to track and analyze – the sky is the limit.”

Cellio supplies the signals and Bright Wolf coordinates the data. Sensors that measure things like level, pressure, tilt, flow, and temperature are connected to Cellio devices which in turn are connected wirelessly to the Bright Wolf IoT platform to visualize the data, analyze inter-related variables, and provide results that are insightful and actionable. This end-to-end system can replace pen and paper logs, collating handwritten journal entries, manual auditing, and other historically manual processes that may have real costs in terms of labor hours, logistics, efficiencies, safety, and other significant opportunity costs. In fact, the combined systems provide the ability to audit data values as they are collected, provide regular data updates, and generate alerts and notices for events that are “out-of-bounds” in real time.

You could consider the combined Device Solutions/Bright Wolf offering an “incremental upgrade” for industrial, agricultural, and transportation/logistics organizations that can have a profound effect. Simply the visualization and status of assets in the field in real time can make decision making more visible and more intuitive. Analytics of real time data can give operators the ability to act more quickly, adjust to changing constraints, and even enhance the ability to forecast needs to address future issues before they become real problems. The ROI of cost efficiencies cannot be ignored. Foresight is monetized.

David Houghton, Director, Business Development, puts it this way, “Given Bright Wolf is focused on software, we often find ourselves working with clients to connect their next generation products which can take, in some cases, years to make it to market. Our relationship with Device Solutions and the integration with Cellio has allowed us to work with clients around end-to-end solutions with well-defined problems. The model changes our dialogue from big picture strategy to targeted business cases and production rollout – literally applying IoT to solve real world problems, now, today.”

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Much of our economy is based on the use of gases. In addition to the obvious gases like gasoline and diesel, there is also a very big market for supplying and managing the distribution of noble gases throughout globe.

According to Transparency Market Research, in 2012, the noble gas market was estimated at 179 billion litres globally is projected to be approximately 202 billion litres by 2019. [1]

Keep in mind that there is are multiple tiers of distribution from the points of production to the points of consumption – with inventories of gas in tanks in increasingly smaller sizes all the way out to businesses and consumers. Managing that flow efficiently has been challenging. Companies have been unable to accurately visualize the locations of inventory, different sizes of tanks, and differing rates of consumption. This lack of visibility translates into loss of opportunities.

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Press Release for Device Solutions Inc Introduces Cellio LoRa

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11/13/15: IoT Journal – DEVICE SOLUTIONS INC. LAUNCHES CELLIO LORA SYSTEM FOR END-TO-END AUTOMATION

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11/12/15: Water Measurement – Device Solutions Inc. Introduces Cellio LoRa, an Internet of Things Wireless System for Remote Monitoring and Remote Control

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11/11/15: IoT Today – Device Solutions Inc Introduces Cellio LoRa

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11/11/15: Electronic Engineering Journal – Device Solutions Inc Introduces Cellio LoRa, an Internet of Things Wireless System for Remote Monitoring and Remote Control

11/11/15: Wireless Design Magazine – Long-Range, Low-Power Wireless Network System Provides End-to-End Automation

11/11/15: Automation.com – Device Solutions Inc Introduces Cellio LoRa Wireless System

11/11/15: Measurement Devices – Device Solutions Inc Introduces Cellio LoRa Wireless System

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Cellio LoRa makes it simple and cost effective to wirelessly connect industry equipment to the network and report data from the field to you 24×365

Includes connectivity, hardware, software, and cloud intelligence for asset mapping, supply chain, sales force and inventory management and ROI optimization

November 10, 2015 – Morrisville, North Carolina, USA

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Device Solutions Inc today announced the availability of their new Cellio LoRa long-range low-power wireless network system for end-to-end automation and instrumentation in Factories, Farms, Warehouses, Transportation, Agriculture, and many other industries.

Cellio wireless gateways and transceivers use LoRa (Long Range radio, approximately 1 mile) to connect sensors and controllers wirelessly to the network. Gateway devices connect to internal and external networks, the internet, and cloud data systems via CDMA-Cellular, GSM-Cellular, or Wi-Fi 802.11bgn. This low cost and easy to install system enables companies to gain visibility into their operations and assets (sensors, instruments, equipment, location, usage, status, decision making, supply chain, operator indicators, etc.).

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Cellio gateways can be used stand-alone or configured with transceivers to optimize architecture, data transmission, and connections. Cellio is suited for single locations as well extensive enterprise configurations where there may be upwards of millions of sensors and controls connected to equipment across the continent. Partnered with cellular carriers, back-end cloud platforms, sensor instrumentation companies, and technology core companies – full enterprise-level-solution installations can be quick, easily scaled, and very affordable.

“As an industrial grade IoT software platform provider, we often find ourselves working with clients to connect their next generation products which can take, in some cases, years to make it to market. The Cellio LoRa System integrates the basic building blocks to an end-to-end IoT solution, dramatically reducing the many technical risks and yet enabling unlimited customization for well-defined problems. Partnering with Device Solutions has changed our dialogue with clients from big picture strategy and technology evaluations to targeted business cases and production rollout – literally applying IoT to solve real world problems, now,” said David Houghton, Director, Bright Wolf, LCC.

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The Cellio LoRa family of wireless devices includes three distinct and configurable product options:
1. Gateways – CDMA-Cellular, GSM-Celluar, or Wi-Fi connections to the network utilize a 900MHz LoRa radio to connect a network of transceivers for data capture and control. Each gateway can cover over 3 square miles containing hundreds of widely dispersed transceivers.
2. Transceivers – up to 16 general-purpose inputs/outputs (GPIO) support connecting up to 16 sensors or controls per transceiver. The transceivers use a 900MHz LoRa radio to connect through gateways to the network. Transceivers make the system incredibly flexible and cost competitive.
3. All-in-One Devices – these devices include CDMA-Cellular, GSM-Cellular and/or Wi-Fi radios, the 900MHz LoRa radio, and 16 GPIO’s. These are perfect for maximizing tracking, sensing, controlling, and communicating with assets throughout the enterprise.

“Cellio LoRa is essentially a black box to connect most anything to the network and the network to most anything,” explains Bob Witter, CEO and Founder of Device Solutions. “Driven by customer requests, Cellio is sensor and controller agnostic as well as back-end data hosting/cloud agnostic. This allows maximum flexibility on costing and configuration for enterprises of all shapes and sizes.”

How Much: Depending on the installation configuration, pricing can be based on an all-inclusive monthly service, an all upfront hardware cost, or combination of the two. Typically the hardware is in the low $100’s for the devices, sensors, and installations while the monthly amounts can be sub $10 for each device that is monitored or controlled. If a facility already has sensors and controllers in place, Cellio can be used to wirelessly connect them to the network and make the data quickly and easily accessible for dashboard views and back-end data systems for supply chain, sales force and inventory management optimization.

Cellio LoRa cellular gateways include GPS capabilities that can be used to track the location of both stationary and mobile assets (vehicles, equipment, generators, etc.). The Cellio enclosures are designed for environmentally demanding applications (industrial, agricultural, farming, transportation, mining, and many others).

About Device Solutions and Cellio

Device Solutions is led by Bob Witter, Chris Lamb and Keith Anderson and committed to providing wireless and mobile device consulting, design, and development for embedded products. In its 12-year history, Device Solutions has successfully created many products that impact daily life. Examples of products on the market include: a mechanism to control a car’s ignition through breathalyzer, wireless utility monitoring, an implanted heart device that serves those awaiting transplant, wearable electronics, and a non-interventional wristband to aid children with autism and ADHD. In 2012, the partners decided to invest in Cellio, an IoT/M2M/IIoT product, which simplifies connecting most any sensor or controller to the network. Cellio is designed to address the unique requirements identified across the variety of industries needing to monitor and control remote assets.

Public Relations Contact:

Mark Shapiro
SRS Tech Public Relations
+1 619 249 7742
mshapiro@srs-techpr.com

For more information on Device Solutions, Cellio, Partners, contact:

Brent Ward
VP Business Development, Cellio
www.cellio.io
www.device-solutions.com
cell: 919-345-2336
skype: brentward
bward@device-solutions.com