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“What seems like a crazy idea today eventually grows. It’s a ‘with hindsight’ thing. One day, someone will turn around and say, ‘That was genius’.– Natalie Massenet

Overview

Although many people will say “we have had devices connected in the field for years”, the IIoT/IoT growth predicted by industry analysts wasn’t really about them.  In many ways, these people/companies were visionaries and ahead of their time – and they could  justify the cost of the equipment at the costs of the last decade.  The newest trends are more a result in of the convergence in the reduction of component costs, data communication costs and coverage, and easier access to enterprise systems that are likely to lead to paradigm shifts in whole industries – up and down the supply chain.  Because the investments and expenses have to be justified, there are still hurdles to be overcome, but the hurdles are lower and the extent of the impact is so widespread it is yet to be fully appreciated.

Key InsIIoTs

A couple big things stood out in 2016:

An increasing number of companies have explored wireless technology options for IIoT and those that have found their way to LoRa appear to have done some of the most extensive research, testing, and evaluation.  LoRa appears to be leading the pack for distributed devices in industrial settings.

Affordable sensors, that are also robust, are making the ability to detect, monitor, and report on field operations parameters accessible to an increasing number of applications that could not previously justified the expense.  As these solutions fall into the sub $100 range, managers and directors (and field staff) are starting to imagine all the things that would fundamentally change how they get “the job” done.

Scalable flexibility in a plug-n-play end-to-end solution that can use existing resources from an enterprise, or leverage a “one stop shop” installation, are increasingly being demanded by organizations looking to get something in place quickly, inexpensively, and with high reliability (low risk).

Conclusion

With the number of corporations customizing new connected products for 2017, the rate of new enterprise-wide initiatives for remote monitoring, and the growing appreciation for “complete solutions”, expect 2017 to be a period of great acceleration in the IIoT market.

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Overview

The mightiest of forces in the world are the result of massive numbers of some of the tiniest forces.  For example, colonies of ants can move mountains of dirt, 75,000 people can build an epic canal, untold quantities of sand can create land where it did not exist before.  All of these, at scale, are game changers when the forces are coordinated and leveraged in an organized way.  The result is a paradigm shift in what is perceived as possible.  So to is the impact that remote monitoring and control of seemingly the smallest of events can provide when considered in aggregate over time.

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Game Changing

Consider the simple case of placing devices across 10,000’s of locations to detect rare and unlikely events, that should they happen (if left unresolved) could be catastrophic to persons, animals, property, and/or earnings.  The effort required to get humans mobilized and disciplined enough to tirelessly, continuously, and consistently observe and report on the status of all these locations would not only be cost prohibitive, but also result in spotty and unreliable reporting.

Employing inexpensive and distributed technology like Cellio, on the other hand, is an affordable and reliable approach that at scale can be counted on to report events ranging from rare to regular no matter the environment.  For example, consider light posts or streetlights across a city or state.   Knowing that all the lights have power can provide confirmation that everything is GREEN – for those rare cases where power is lost it is important to dispatch resources as quickly as possible to address the outage and provide alternative traffic control to avoid unnecessary accidents.  When power is restored, the system updates the status to GREEN and attention can confidently be focused on items other than wondering if power to traffic control is at risk.

Bonus 1 – Control:  With a technology like Cellio deployed, the additional element of control is also accessible using the same installed hardware.  Remote control can be used to turn on emergency lights, sound an alarm, or activate other equipment like a back-up generator.

Bonus 2 – Advanced Analytics:  Although some simple math can be performed on the data in real-time, advanced analytics can be leveraged to show various trends, areas for improvements, opportunities for increased efficiencies, and optimizing investments/savings.

Bonus 3 – Tier -1 Support:  Built into the system is the ability to anticipate some failure modes before they occur.  Reported data from the equipment and deployed sensors can be leveraged in advance of  a reported event to anticipate and alert service personnel to resolve before they turn into situations that could impact operations.

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Conclusion

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 and in place today.  There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.    The best way to inspect all of the important data points in the enterprise is to deploy Cellio to monitor and report on them regularly as well as to alert you when there is a change in status.  These insights into your enterprise provide a peace of mind that is worth its weight in gold.  Cellio puts the MIIoT of IIoT in your hands!

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Overview

Freedom of Choice. The choice to go with an integrated/optimized solution with little to no risk of delays and almost guaranteed successful deployment in days or weeks. The choice to customize your own solution to your heart’s content. Freedom to chose those elements you want to manage yourself vs. allowing Cellio to manage them all “out of the box.” Whether it is a turn-key end-to-end application specific solution where you drop it in and it works, or you need something as customized as a modified Transceiver device to fit your specific application, Cellio puts the power in your hands.

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Power to the People

Although Cellio Transceivers, connected to sensors and controllers, are primarily gathering data that report status, levels, alarms, and other important information to the back-end, the real power is when the most important information is provided timely and directly to the people that need the information – in the manner in which they need it for it to be useful. From the selection of sensors, to the organization of the Transceivers, to the communication to the back-end, to the data hosting, dashboarding, analytics, and alerts/notifications – most anything a user would need to increase their efficiency can be automated through the Cellio system. For example, some users have expressed their dissatisfaction with systems that send out too much information and therefor create MORE work for them to sift through oceans of data. Cellio, whether through immediate alerts, dashboarding, texts, emails, notifications, or communications with other enterprise systems can great simply focusing on the data and information that matters for better and more timely decision making. Ideally, you can leverage Cellio to help with automation and optimizing the flow of processes to make operations smoother, more predictable, and more visible. Cellio is also there 24/7 to keep a watchful eye on situations that may go out-of-bounds and need more immediate attention. Again, there are out of the box settings that can be initially leveraged by users, or they can be specifically configured for the unique environments in which Cellio is utilized. Additionally, Cellio can be used for retrofit installations and applications with many sensors and equipment already in the field, or Cellio can be paired with brand new devices to assure consistency of support and maintenance across large enterprises. All of these attributes make Cellio one of the most affordable options for an end-to-end IIoT platform for organizations of all sizes and types.

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Conclusion

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 and in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.  If you are looking to control your own destiny in the near or long term with an IIoT platform, you need to take a hard look at Cellio. You could have your IIoT solution up and running tomorrow and then customize it as your needs and technology evolve. Don’t you prefer having a choice?

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Overview

From Agriculture to Manufacturing to Industrial Processing, there is at least one common challenge for remote monitoring – substantial distances. In addition to the distances, obstacles that block line of site between points of interest compound the challenge for transmissions and communications. Also, most of these points don’t have electrical outlets conveniently accessible. Cellio provides a solution to these challenges with its 9VDC powered 900MHz LoRa Transceiver devices that can collect information from remote sensors and transmit them over great distances through a great number of objects and materials – to the pleasant surprise of many process and facility owners/operators.

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IIoT Remote Distances

In industrial, agricultural, and other environments that have process elements that require going outside of a single facility, distances are typically measured in thousands of feet and hundreds of yards/meters. These environments are typically not well suited for pulling and maintaining long lengths of conduits, cables, and power – especially when costs are considered. In these cases a wireless solution that can inexpensively, quickly and reliably transmit information from a remote point B to a central point A without having to provide a power outlet is most desirable. Cellio Transceivers accomplish this using 900MHz LoRa (Long Range) wireless technology to cover great distances and transmitting through a great number of obstacles that would traditionally block communications for other approaches.

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IIoT Remote Power

Further challenging the requirements for an acceptable/feasible solution, not having access to a power plug means that the sensors and the transmission have to provide their own power source – and ideally that the power source will last longer than a year before having to be maintained/replaced. Cellio Transceivers accomplish this using a 9VDC battery that can be used to power connected sensors and in typical use can provide remote data for up to 5 years on a single battery before having to be replaced.

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IIoT Remote Network Access

The typical geographical locations of many agricultural, manufacturing and industrial operations are in more rural/remote locations. To access the internet and other remote networks, wireless is required to transmit all of the collected data to the “back-end” where the data can be aggregated, computed and distributed to users and systems that can make use of the remote monitoring information. Cellio Transceivers and Gateways accomplish this using Cellular CDMA/GSM network infrastructure to move data from the site to back-end data storage and processing. From the back-end, a host of operations, alerts, and computations can be generated to inform users and processes of the status of equipment, inventories, and process parameters.

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Conclusion

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”.  The distances typically involved in Agriculture, Manufacturing and other Industrial operations require technology designed and well suited for these environments. Cellio provides all this capability and more out of the box.

Overview

Most people don’t realize just how many sensors are already installed to monitor things around us every day and in every aspect of our lives. For example, smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide detectors) are in most every house and apartment. Temperature sensors (thermostats) are installed in every house that has an air conditioning/heating unit. Hot water heaters have a temperature sensor built in to detect/manage/maintain the temperature of the hot water. Float switches are in our toilet tanks to keep them from overfilling and flooding our homes. In cars, sensors for fuel level, engine temperature, oil level, and emissions are monitoring the performance of the vehicle. And in Industrial settings, even more sensors are present to keep equipment and processes in range – and alert us when they go out of bounds. The primary drawback for most of these sensors is that the information from the sensors is integrated into and limited to the device – not accessible remotely by users or other devices. Remote access to the data from these sensors could improve efficiency and safety. Consider the example of a mission critical pump motor that keeps an area from flooding and works on a float switch. If no one is there to manually monitor the water level, the switch, the motor/pump, and the flow of water being discharged, blind faith is relied upon that the system is working. Wouldn’t it be smarter and safer to know when the water level is too high and have confirmation that the motor is switched on and running?

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Simple Electro-Mechanical Sensors

Sensors are typically digital or analog. This simply means they indicate if something is ON/OFF, or provide some level of measure between ON and OFF. For example, the digital signal of a fill level in a tank might be that it is EMPTY or FULL or that the acceptable set level has been exceeded. Alternatively, an analog sensor used in the same tank might generate a signal that indicates a measurement of the level of the liquid in the tank to an accuracy of within an inch. Both of these sensor types are useful and acceptable for monitoring tank level – it depends on the application. In either case, the mechanism may be mechanical and the output of these sensors is electrical.  This electrical “signal” provides the information that is then used to determine the level and whether there is a need to turn something ON or OFF.

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Simple Connections to Inputs

Most of these simple sensors have one output that provides the electrical information (the signal) to devices like Cellio through a direct wired connection. Once the sensor is wired to the Cellio Transceiver device, Cellio monitors the electrical signal for the measurements from the sensor and then transmits them wirelessly to Cellio Gateway devices. From the Cellio Gateway devices the information is sent to back-end data storage where it can be used for alerts, notifications, computations, analytics, display, and decision making. The collected data can be graphed, compared, calculated, stored, deleted, shared, re-transmitted, and much more.

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Turning Simple Sensor Inputs into Complex Decision Making

Data from one sensor monitoring one aspect of one item can be used to produce powerful results, especially if monitoring something that had previously gone without monitoring. More impressive, and complex, results can be achieved by remote monitoring aspects of many items in a process, a facility, an enterprise, up and down a supply-chain, and especially across a geography. For example, monitoring the water levels of a widely spread set of monitoring wells/reservoirs could give citizens, businesses, and public officials advanced notification for conditions that could turn into flooding, mudslides, traffic accidents, and other emergency situations. How the collected data from the sensors is aggregated, analyzed, and distributed is critical to how the data can be used for decision making. Decision making with Cellio and connected devices could be as simple as sending out and alert/notification over SMS or email. Or it could be as complex as sending a signal to a device (like a PLC) or to another process system that starts to pump the water in a coordinated way to alleviate current conditions and avoid compounding the problem by swamping out a pump further downstream. The impact can be profound.

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Bonus: Turning Inputs into Outputs

Seeing consistently, accurately, and timely what is “in the field” not only improves visibility and situational awareness to make more informed decisions, but it also provides a platform from which to use the informed decisions to remotely control devices in the field. As noted above, as the picture (on a map, in a table, through graphs, in a process diagram, or other relevant visual representation) forms from reports of devices in the field, short term, mid term, and long term options can be assessed while immediate action can be taken to alleviate conditions that could lead to equipment failure (unless allowing the equipment to fail would lead to a better overall outcome). Cellio devices also provide the capability to output electrical signals that can be used to signal/control devices in the field. For example, an output could turn on a red light that is used to signal workers of an error condition (or a green light that is used to signal an all clear condition). These output signals, coupled with simple or complex logic and help process and equipment owners close the loop.

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be as 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 and easy to put in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”. From simple sensors generating simple data link tank empty/full, to vast networks of tanks that warn of impending flood conditions, Cellio can be counted on to monitor and wirelessly report the data so that it can be used to make very simple or very complex decisions – and then send information back to the devices to respond in as efficient and effective a manner possible.

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Overview

When considering the most cost effective way to monitor/control the greatest number of sensors/controllers while spending the least on CAPEX and OPEX, a couple of approaches can be considered.

On one end of the spectrum, you might consider installing stand-alone devices on every asset to be monitored or controlled. Every device will likely need to have similar capabilities to all the other devices and they will all either report through each other (a bandwidth, latency, and battery killer), or to a single point (typically requiring a sizable transmission range), or completely on their own (usually the more expensive CAPEX and OPEX option).

On the other end of the spectrum is a more distributed approach where a few hardware devices are connected to all of the sensors and controllers. The sensors and controllers share these “edge” hardware resources to then report back into a single point that has the more expensive communication components required for connecting to an external network (cellular, Wi-Fi, etc.). This distributed approach with its hierarchy of specialized devices can minimize the per sensor/controller connection costs while maximizing battery life, range, and scalable deployment.

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Caption: Cellio Transceivers and Gateways help to minimize TCO in IIoT.

 

 

Single Gateway Serves 10’s, 100’s, 1000’s of Transceivers

A central point of savings across a deployed network of sensors and controllers is having them communicate to a single (or a very small number) of more capable devices. This minimizes the more expensive CAPEX elements (cellular and wi-fi components) and OPEX elements (cellular and wi-fi access and data charges). Cellio Transceivers up to a mile away can share a single Gateway and the Gateway can take care of the cellular connection (meaning one cellular activation and as little data transmitted as necessary). With a radius of one mile, one Gateway could serve up to 3 square miles (enough to cover most campus, facilities, etc.).

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Caption: A single Cellio Gateway serving many Transceivers – serving all the sensors and controllers.

 

 

Single Transceiver Serves up to 16 Direct IO

In some applications there are assets that have multiple sensors from which to collect data as well as resources that can be used for signaling or control (an example might be a refrigeration unit that can tell multiple zones of temperature and humidity, current and voltage usage, and perhaps an overflow detector while also allowing for control of temperature setting, remote on/off, lighting, and other parameters).

In other applications there are many assets in and around each other and they may all need to be monitored or controlled (an example might be gas cylinders and pressure monitoring of each).

The Cellio Transceivers support connecting sensors, indicators, controllers by making 16 IO points available to connect analog and digital input signals and digital output signals.

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Caption: A single Transceiver can be connected to up to 16 inputs/outputs making the CAPEX for connecting to many sensors/controllers very inexpensive.

 

 

Minimal Overhead Minimizes Data Charges While Maximizing Throughput

By leveraging the design of the Transceivers to transmit and receive as little data as necessary to and from the Gateway, the Gateway is able to transmit and receive as little data as necessary through the cellular or wi-fi network(s). With IIoT and M2M plans typically charging on a per kB/MB basis, minimizing the data and the overhead for transmitting the data through the various sessions made by Gateway devices throughout the day can reduce overall data transmissions on a monthly basis to 10’s of kilobytes. This translates into significant savings in OPEX – especially when 100,000’s or millions of deployed remote sensors and controllers are contemplated. The additional benefit is reduced requirements in back-end (or cloud based) data storage, data hosting, data analytics, and data dashboarding resources required to make the most of the data collected and monitored.

 

 

Bonus: Installing and Scaling additional Transceivers and Gateways

As noted above, a single Gateway device can support many Transceiver devices supporting many sensors/controllers. Once a Gateway is installed, it is very easy and inexpensive to add additional Transceivers (and additional Gateways as desired).   Thus, as additional environmental parameters need to be monitored or additional devices need to be controlled they can be connected to existing Transceiver devices or additional Transceiver devices can be added quickly and easily – leveraging the installed Gateways.

 

 

Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be as 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 and easy to put in place today. We know that getting IIoT/M2M/IoT solutions successfully designed/implemented/running from scratch can be tough if you try to do it alone – that is why we have assembled all the pieces you need with Cellio. If your priority is minimizing total cost of ownership (TCO – installation, configuration, capital expenses, operational expenses, and ongoing support and maintenance) – make sure you include Cellio in your evaluations, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Overview

Having trouble locating all your valuable equipment when you need to find it? Cellio Cellular Gateways with GPS can be used on equipment to track the location and movement of the equipment – tied to datahosting and dashboarding this can generate a map or table to give you instant access to the location of any mobile, stationary, or fixed asset you want tracked.

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Caption: Cellio Gateway attached to asset provides location information to back-end datahosting and dashboarding to provide location and alerts.

 

Cellular (CDMA, GSM) with GPS

Cellio Gateways are provided with either CDMA or GSM capabilities. Through the Gateway, GPS locations can be identified and then transmitted via the cellular networks to the back-end or cloud data hosting platform of choice. Depending on the frequency of updates from the Gateway the location and status of all assets can be determined at any time. Gateways can be configured, reconfigured, and even updated from the back-end without having to go to the field.

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Caption: Cellio Gateway fixed to asset provides GPS information over cellular to back-end datahosting.

 

Tracking Location and Movement

Data collected from the Gateway devices can be accessed from the data storage and used for mapping in a traditional map form, mapped into a table or spreadsheet form, or even mapped into various tiers of alert conditions to generate notifications (SMS, Email, Data Posting, etc.). The collected data can also be used to inform workflows, exchange data with other back-end or enterprise systems, as well as shared via dashboard views with employees and customers/clients via their own customized view.

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Caption: Collected GPS data can be used for mapping location, movement, status and generating notifications and alerts.

 

Bonus: LoRa Connection to Transceivers

With Gateways installed on assets/equipment that are either stationary or mobile, other devices that be used for signaling (inputs signals like a pushbutton or output signals like an LED display or alarm) can also be connected to the back-end via the LoRa wireless capability built into the Gateway devices. This additional capability can inexpensively extend the value of the system and the uses throughout your operation and the operation at client facilities or job sites.

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Caption: Cellio Gateway connected to asset also provides an infrastructure element for Transceiver devices to communicate with the back-end (via LoRa).

 

Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be as 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, tables, 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 and easy to put in place today. We know that getting IIoT/M2M/IoT solutions successfully designed/implemented/running from scratch can be tough if you try to do it alone – that is why we have assembled all the pieces you need with Cellio. If your priority is knowing where your assets are currently located and detecting when they move, Cellio Gateways will do this for you – and more.

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Caption: Cellio enables assets to be tracked, monitored, and notified.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BinMaster & Device Solutions Announce Strategic Alliance and Launch of Cloud-Based Remote Monitoring IIoT Solutions

automates sensor data collection, dissemination and reporting for delivery, agriculture and other industries

 

bincom(Lincoln, Nebraska—March 17, 2016) BinMaster of Lincoln, Nebraska and Device Solutions Inc of Morrisville, North Carolina have announced their strategic alliance that will revolutionize remote monitoring with end-to-end solutions for sensor-based networks. The companies have teamed up and designed systems that automate data collection, dissemination, and reporting. Customers across any industry will be able to monitor and manage data from all types of sensors for properties such as level, temperature, moisture, humidity or flow and be alerted when pre-determined thresholds have been met. Other system features include the ability to track assets and automatically optimize routes for delivery vehicles.

The backbone of the system is a wireless communication device based upon the Cellio® IIoT platform developed by Device Solutions that BinMaster will market as BinCom™. Transceivers and gateways send data from sensors to cloud-based application software. The BinMaster BinCom device roadmap will offer a variety of models compatible with Cellular CDMA, Cellular GSM, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet communication platforms. Remote data monitoring can be done via a PC, tablet, or SmartPhone and can be set up to send automated alerts via email or SMS text. Device Solutions has developed flexible dashboards that can be customized by each company, each user within a company, and by the type of sensor data they wish to monitor. BinCom is compatible with a variety of BinMaster sensors or currently installed sensors supplied by BinMaster or another manufacturer. The standard BinCom interfaces include both Analog and Digital and support 0-5VDC, 4-20 mA, dry contacts, Modbus, and RS-485 outputs.

The BinCom data monitoring and asset tracking solutions will be offered by BinMaster as complete systems including sensors, BinCom transceivers, gateways and asset trackers, cloud-based services and other options such as local monitoring consoles. “Customers today just don’t want to buy a sensor, they want a complete turnkey solution that is easy to implement and is extremely affordable,” stated Scott McLain, CEO of BinMaster. “Device Solutions is the perfect partner to round out BinMaster’s robust solutions. BinMaster is entrenched in industries such as agriculture, mining, plastics, food processing, cement, biofuels, chemicals, oil & gas that have complex and demanding supply chains. Teaming up with Device Solutions makes serving their diverse needs possible.”

“We are extremely excited about the opportunities that a BinMaster and Device Solutions partnership brings to reality,” stated Bob Witter, Co-Founder and CEO of Device Solutions. “Pairing BinMaster’s decades of experience and proven portfolio of sensor indicators and control systems with the Device Solutions Cellio Industrial IoT ecosystem, completes an affordable, scalable and reliable end-to-end data collection, analytics, and control solution that is ready for deployment in an amazing number of applications.”

About BinMaster

BinMaster is a division of Garner Industries – an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in 1953 and headquartered in a 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. BinMaster is strategically focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing reliable, proven sensoring devices for the measurement of bulk solid and liquid materials for the feed and grain, food, plastics, pulp and paper, power, mining, and concrete industries. The BinMaster product line is sold worldwide and features many diverse technologies for bin level indication and measurement, being well known for its SmartBob2 and 3DLevelScanner advanced inventory management solutions. For more information about BinMaster, visit www.binmaster.com.

 

Media Contact: Jenny Christensen, Vice President of Marketing

Phone: 402-434-9102 / 800-278-4241

Email: jchristensen@binmaster.com

 

About Device Solutions Inc

Device Solutions is committed to providing wireless and mobile devices for embedded applications. 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 other innovative embedded and wireless product designs. Device Solutions created 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. For more information about Device Solutions, visit www.device-solutions.com

Overview

Quite likely, the simplest and most useful device we can control is the ubiquitous Light Emitting Diode (LED). When it comes to simplicity, low cost, and effective ways to communicate information, the humble LED can always be counted on to convert a simple digital output into light. If some clever methods are used, the LED can be used to blink various codes and instructions that can then be used by human operators or to communicate with sophisticated equipment and programs. When an LED is combined with a Cellio Transceiver and a Cellio Gateway, you have the makings for a highly efficient, effective, and distributed IIoT system that can be used reliably to get information from the back-end and into the physical world.cellio_control_LED1

Caption: Cellio plus a simple LED provides a rapid means of communicating with users to signal conditions and control devices from the back-end.

 

Integrating the LED

In a very simple example, an LED is connected to one of the digital outputs of the Transceiver. The back-end datahosting/Dashboarding communicates with the Gateway over CDMA, GSM, or Wi-Fi. The Gateway then communicates with the Transceiver using LoRa (up to a mile away).

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Caption: Cellio and an LED makes for a powerful combination that can be used in a vast array of applications.

This simple set of connections can enable the following applications and many more:

  • Notifying a user which container is full/empty
  • Signaling for assistance/service
  • Isolated signal to communicate optically with other equipment
  • Confirming information that some action had been performed
  • Notifying users that resource is on/off duty
  • Functioning as an Industrial Light or Flashlight
  • And many more

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Caption: Information coming from back-end data analytics is used to generate location based error conditions to signal users in the field.

 

Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be as 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, tables, 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 and easy to put in place today. We know that getting IIoT/M2M/IoT solutions successfully designed/implemented/running from scratch can be tough if you try to do it alone – that is why we have assembled all the pieces you need with Cellio. When in doubt, you can always start with a simple LED. We want to make sure you are successful the first time.

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Caption: The flow from the back-end through the Gateway, Transceiver, to the LED, and ultimately to the end User.

 

 

Overview

With 16 Points for Inputs and Outputs on each Wireless LoRa Transceiver, Cellio Transceivers are designed as agnostic as possible to support controls you may want to provide wirelessly to send an SMS or email alert, provide a digital signal, turn an item on or off, or provide user interface information to assets in the field and throughout your operations.   Companies with existing controllers, actuators, and/or indicators already in place can quickly and affordably move from no (or low) automated remote control and remote signaling to a more real-time environment – and all the advantages and benefits that come from signaling information to the field more regularly, more accurately, and digitally. Initially, simple SMS or emails can be sent to relevant stakeholders for exception based reporting to signal conditions in which parameters are higher, lower, or at some pre-defined condition of interest. Optimally, data from various inputs, analysis in the back-end, and user input can be used to provide automatic signals back to the field operations to improve efficiency and communication to equipment and workers throughout the operations. Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.

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Caption: Cellio Transceiver can be connected to up to 16 Inputs and Outputs allowing for very flexible and affordable configurations of indicators, actuators and controllers.

 

Cellio Transceiver Output Options

In order to support the broadest array of applications and industries, Cellio Transceivers have been designed to support the following output types:

  • Digital Outputs Connected To
    • Indicators
    • Actuators
    • Controllers
  • Digital Output Organization
    • Single Digital Signals
    • Scaled Voltage/Current Output
    • Digital Bus (RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, I2C, SPI)
  • SMS Messaging
  • Email Messaging

With this variety of configuration options, the Cellio Wireless Transceivers can be easily and readily adapted to interface with most any controller or signaling devices that you may already have, or may be contemplating installing, in your field operations.

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Caption: Cellio Transceivers support digital outputs allowing for integration with most all electronics and electronic that need to be signaled or controlled remotely.

 

Connecting Indicators and Actuators to Cellio Wireless Transceivers

The most direct control from a Cellio Wireless Transceiver is through a digital output pin to an indicator or actuator.  Using this approach simple indicators like LEDs, buzzers, alarms, flashers, vibration devices, and others can be signaled with a change in digital state and turned ON/OFF based on local conditions or remotely from information contained or computed in back-end data systems and data analytics (and/or through manual overrides from a remote dashboard). Actuators used for opening and closing flows, opening or closing relays, raising or lowering a level, starting or stopping a pump, and a host of other automations of manual switches can be integrated and tied into the Cellio Wireless Network. Put simply, devices that require manual control can technically be automated and controlled remotely. In this way, a very low cost set of indicators (up to 16) could be connected to any Transceiver and the combined set used as a user interface to inform users in the area of conditions requiring their attention or intervention.

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Caption: Digital outputs connected directly from Cellio Wireless Transceivers to indicators and actuators.

 

Connecting Controllers to Cellio Wireless Transceivers

A more sophisticated scenario leverages the outputs from the Cellio Transceiver to communicate with a controller or control system (i.e. programmable logic controller [PLC], remote terminal unit [RTU], supervisory control and data acquisition [SCADA], human-machine interface [HMI], programmable automation controller [PAC]). Cellio Wireless Transceivers can be used to send a simple signal to a controller or control system to signal a specific condition or event to then initiate the controller or control system to proceed with its programmed steps. Alternatively, the digital outputs can be configured in a bus format to communicate over a standard bus like RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, I2C, or SPI to output data and communicate with instrumentation, controllers, and control systems. In these cases, the value of Cellio would be to provide initiating information and for the controllers and control systems to do what they are designed to do best. In the case of a local loop, the Transceiver can be programmed and configured to do some basic calculations and generate outputs as needed to inform other local devices or to transmit the data through the Cellio Wireless Network to back-end data stores, analytics, and dashboarding.

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Caption: Controller and Controls System inputs are connected to Cellio Transceiver Outputs (either single signals or via buses) and data from the back-end is transmitted for use in signaling new actions to take or actions that should cease.

 

Bonus: Using SMS and Email as Alerts and Notifications

A valuable feature of Cellio for immediate notifications/alerts is the use of a Gateway to send SMS and email messages to designated stakeholders. In the simplest of installations, requiring not back-end data storage or analytics, Cellio can be used to simply send an SMS or email when certain thresholds are met or exceeded. When the threshold settings are satisfied, the Transceivers send their information to the Gateway and the Gateway can send specific messages to users. In more integrated systems, SMS and email messages can be sent to stakeholders (or other processes) AND the information about the threshold status can be transmitted to the back-end data storage for archival, analytics, dashboarding, and populating information in enterprise systems (ERP, PIM, CRM, etc.) to inform other parts of the business and optimize performance in areas such as supply chain management.

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Caption: Cellio Wireless Transceivers configured to message locally and non-locally based on threshold conditions that may be of interest to different stakeholders and possibly used for tying in back-end data and processes.

 

Conclusion

Cellio Wireless Transceivers provide a wireless link from indicators, actuators, controllers and control systems Cellio Wireless Gateways via 900MHz LoRa with a transmission distance of a approximately 1 mile (3 square miles). The Transceivers can effectively wirelessly enable existing controllers and control systems that are already in place in field operations – thus providing the least expensive and quickest path from manual control to automated remote digital notifications and control. So whether you are installing new controllers or control systems, or trying to retrofit an existing installation, Cellio Wireless Transceivers can be configured to fit your needs.