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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.

Overview

When evaluating ways to connect real world devices to the back-end there are a number of options to consider. Cellio provides two primary means of connecting – Cellular CDMA and Cellular GSM. The question arises, “What if I don’t get good cellular signal from any carriers at my location?” This is why Cellio also provides Wi-Fi as an option. Real world assets combined with a Cellio Transceiver and a Cellio Gateway, is 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.

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Caption: Cellio connecting real world assets via wireless options to the back-end and dashboard views.

 

Wi-Fi + Satellite

If being connected from anywhere in the world at any time is the most important requirement in the application, the satellite option may be the only approach. Satellite comes with other issues and costs, but in rural or remote settings it may very well be the only option. In this configuration, the Cellio system would connect to a Wi-Fi access point connected to the Satellite system which would then connect to the back-end.

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Caption: Cellio Wi-Fi option paired with Satellite gives connectivity globally.

 

 

Wi-Fi + Corporate Ethernet

Depending on the corporation and the philosophy of the IT Department, connecting to the Corporate Network may or may not be an option. In this configuration, the Cellio system would connect to a Wi-Fi access point connected to the Corporate Network (using appropriate credentials) and then connect to the back-end through the Corporate Network connection(s) to the cloud or the corporate data stores.

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Caption: Cellio Wi-Fi option paired with Corporate Ethernet gives local connectivity with existing infrastructure.

 

 

Wi-Fi + Landline Options

With various offices, offsite locations, divisions, sites, subsidiaries, etc. there may be existing connections to the internet or corporate network using business grade or even residential grade landline connections (DSL, Cable, T1, etc.). In these configurations, the Cellio system is simply connected in those locations to a Wi-Fi access point and then over the landline to the cloud and ultimately to data hosting or the corporate network data stores.

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Caption: Cellio Wi-Fi option paired with Landline gives local connectivity to a variety of carriers and can re-use existing connections.

 

 

Wi-Fi + Other Wireless and Wireline Options

The examples given above are by no means exhaustive. With the flexibility of Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi access points (they almost always have an Ethernet port) whatever a Wi-Fi access point can connect to should be able to connect the Cellio system to the back-end. Some examples of these other options would be connections like Microwave, Laser, Mobile Radio, etc. In these configurations, the Cellio system is simply connected to a Wi-Fi access point and then over connection technology to the cloud and ultimately to data hosting or the corporate network data stores.

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Caption: Cellio Wi-Fi option paired with other wireless and wireline options gives vast array of possibilities of connections to the back-end.

 

 

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 cellular signals are not going to work for your application, you always have the Wi-Fi option to connect to an access point and then to whatever connection technology will work for you wherever you are.