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Device Solutions Inc Launches Next Generation Cellio Wide Area Wireless Network Gateway

 4G LTE CAT1/LoRa Cellio Gateway for Agriculture, Warehousing, Government, Industrial and Educational Facilities

Cellio is a total solution – providing cellular connectivity, hardware, software, and cloud storage, analytics, dashboarding, mobile apps, and alerts

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December 5, 2017 – Morrisville, North Carolina, USA

Device Solutions Inc today announced the availability of the next generation 4G LTE CAT1 enabled Cellio LoRa Gateway for wide area, long range, end-to-end monitoring of agriculture, cold chain, gas distribution, transportation, and many other industrial (IIoT/M2M) applications. The Cellio solution is a TOTAL solution – encompassing the hardware, software, wireless connectivity, cloud storage, and monitoring apps for smartphones.

As of mid-2018, Verizon has announced it will no longer activate 3G devices on its network and by end of 2019 will cease to support 3G devices (2G technology was sunset in 2016). Industrial customers looking for technology that will be supported for more than a decade will need 4G LTE products like the new Cellio Gateway. Until technologies like 5G are fielded, trialed, and scheduled for scaled deployment sometime after 2020, 4G LTE technology will be the primary technology supported by the major carriers. 4G LTE will be standard for at least the next 10-20 years for fielded applications and installations.

Cellio’s distributed architecture (star topology), with dozens of sensors attached to a Cellio transceiver, connects to the Cellio gateway. The Cellio Gateway makes the connection to the cloud through the cellular network. A single Cellio Gateway can support hundreds of transceivers on a campus, facility, etc. Leveraging a single cellular connection per site represents substantial cellular savings and overall lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for enterprise-wide installations. For example:

Connecting multiple sensors to each transceiver, and possibly 100’s of transceivers to each Gateway, means that each sensor could be monitored for less than $1USD/mo inclusive of cellular fees, data hosting, dashboarding, analytics, mobile apps, etc. In contrast, alternative architecture approaches require a cellular connection for every asset (or every sensor) and can range upwards of $35/month – making many alternative approaches cost prohibitive for most clients.

In addition, Cellio Gateways are scalable and simple to deploy. Once deployed at a site, Cellio provides a platform onto which additional transceiver devices and sensors can be added very quickly, easily, and inexpensively. Cellio’s gateways provide a unique capability whereby the transceivers can simply be turned on and put into place and then automatically connect and start sending information to the Gateway which in turn relays the information to the Cloud. In practice, installations can be done in minutes with data showing up on the cloud dashboard almost instantly.

“With the pace of change in wireless standards and cellular network technology we value our partnership with a technology innovator such as Device Solutions,” said Lambert Matias, President and CEO, GovMobile, LLC. “We have been pleased with how rapidly we can deploy industrial-grade IoT solutions for our government clients using their Cellio Enterprise IIoT solution.”

The newest generation of Cellio 4G LTE CAT1 (with LoRa) Gateways provide:

  • Internal cellular antenna
  • Internal 900 MHz LoRa antenna – greater than 1 mile Line of Sight
  • Internal LiIon back-up battery
  • GPS Capable
  • Single Gateway can support hundreds of Transceivers; each transceiver can support dozens of sensors.
  • AC Power Supply (alternative power options available including solar)
  • Waterproof and dustproof enclosure (IP68)
  • 4G LTE CAT1 for both Verizon and AT&T (AT&T model includes 3G fallback)

“Our newest Cellio 4G LTE Gateway represents our commitment to support evolving cellular networks worldwide while supporting our customers for the foreseeable technology horizon,” explains Bob Witter, CEO of Device Solutions. “We believe the timing is perfect to provide 4G LTE CAT1 enabled devices for our customers who are investing in large enterprise (multi-site) installations and don’t want to risk having to replace or upgrade equipment for the foreseeable future.”

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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 14-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 many types of sensors to the network. Cellio is designed to address the unique requirements identified across the variety of industries needing to monitor remote assets.

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Overview

 

Temperature measurements are useful for many different purposes and for an even greater number of applications.  Temperature can be used as a proxy for, and infer, other measurements without having to have sensors dedicated to them.  Temperature, intuitively, is something we can all appreciate given our intimate knowledge of hot, cold, and “just right”.  Thus, it is no surprise that so many organizations are interested in monitoring the temperature in/around their operations, facilities, and processes to assure that optimum performance is achieved – and where needed compliance requirements are met, logged, and reported.  Imagine the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the temperature (and related environmental conditions) are within established bounds across an entire enterprise.

 

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Affordable IIoT Remote Monitoring of Temperature with Cellio

 

Where most organizations want to measure temperature, a range of -55C (-67F) to 125V (257F) and accuracy to +/- 0.5C will cover almost all of their needs.  With the advent of semi-conductor based temperature sensors the cost of temperature sensors has dropped considerably.  Looking on DigiKey’s website, semiconductor temperature sensors range in the small single dollars for industrial grade sensor components.  This means that single sensor installations are extremely feasible.  Also feasible are large arrays of temperature sensing configurations (say along the entire length of a container, up the full height of a tower, or in some unique pattern allowing for 3D X/Y/Z mapping of an arbitrary shaped space).   This type of sensor connected to a Cellio Transceiver and the rest of the loosely coupled ecosystem provide one of the lowest cost end-to-end out-of-the-box temperature solutions.  The solution is easy to install and enables an enterprise to be up and running in days or weeks (instead of months or years).  From a total cost of ownership perspective, it is no surprise that companies are wanting to leverage as much existing integration as possible to keep up-front costs (risks) as low as possible while generating as much value immediately.  We know time is money, and the fact that Cellio can simply send an alert when a temperature is out of range is possibly the greatest savings of all!

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Conclusion – KISS

 

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. 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 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”.    We understand the need to make the business case for full and complete deployments, this is at the heart of the Cellio platform and remains our commitment to keep it simple for our partners and our customers – simple to install, simple to operate, simple to integrate, and simple to get immediate actionable outputs/alerts/notifications.

 

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Overview

 

What if you had the ability to see all the temperatures, all in one place, of all the things that mattered to you? What if the information was updated every hour – reliably? And what if, when the temperature got too cold and/or too hot, you got an email or text alert that it had gone out of range? Can you imagine the time it would save you from having to visit all the thermometers and inspect them visually, or the value of the accurate electronic logs to generate reports that you might need for compliance, or the peace of mind that you could have when you went home at night that something was looking out for everything that relied on temperature to remain viable? Cellio is just the simple solution if you answered “YES” to the above scenario and if you deal with these types of issues on a daily basis.

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Simple IIoT Temperature Monitoring with Cellio

 

The most basic configuration of the Cellio Transceivers is connecting one temperature sensor to one Transceiver and using this configuration everywhere there is a point that needs to be measured/monitored/reported. Whether the need is to monitor things that are stationary or mobile, the combination of sensor, Transceiver, and Gateway allow you to configure almost any enterprise you want – and provide maximum flexibility if you ever need to reconfigure or relocate the sensors. With the extended distance provided by the 900MHz Transceivers using LoRa (1mile Line of Sight), a single Gateway can many times cover a complete facility, site, or campus.   From an installation perspective, the Gateway can be placed wherever is most convenient (or most central) to the Transceiver(s). The Transceivers can be mounted with industrial tape, screws, rivets, wire, cable ties, magnetic feet, etc. If the Gateway and Transceiver are intended to be kept mobile, they could be placed in a bag or box that could be placed wherever and whenever needed. Because the Transceiver operates on a 9VDC LiIon battery it is inherently and completely wireless (except of the connection to the sensor(s)). When the units are turned on, they are immediately on the same network and will begin transmitting without having to do any special configurations, settings, setup, etc. The data also shows up in the back-end immediately and starts to populate the dashboards and visible from desktop, tablet, smartphone, etc. If you are looking for simple, quick, and highly successful to get your enterprise up and running and monitoring temperatures, it is hard to image a system that is simpler, lower cost, or more powerful.

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Conclusion – Perhaps we should call it Simplio!

 

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”.  Increasingly, people in charge of day-to-day operations only want to know if there is an issue that they need to attend to – and even then they only want the data that helps them decide if immediate attention is required. Cellio is uniquely designed to keep data to a minimum while maximizing utility in terms of serving the needs of the users. Cellio can be so simple we should probably consider renaming it to Simplio!

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Overview

Surprisingly, some of the seemingly simplest solutions can deliver the greatest value.  Take, for instance, the case of monitoring the temperature of a refrigerator, freezer, cooler, or other container in which perishable items are stored.  In most cases, the cost of monitoring is much less expensive than the cost of replacing the items in the container.  If you also add the need to log the temperature (for compliance purposes) then a system that is consistently and regularly collecting and recording temperature data is critical.   If the right system is used, then early warnings can be provided so that disaster can be averted.

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Using IIoT for Temperature Monitoring

Whether the need is to monitor stationary containers or mobile container (like on the back of a truck), the Cellio system has ideally built to provide a turnkey offering to minimize the time and effort of getting things in place.  As noted in the diagram above, the temperature is not only recorded on a regular basis, but can be reported and displayed as an ongoing dashboard of all containers, graphs of the trending temperatures, monthly reports for compliance reporting, and/or alerts and notifications via text and email based on specified set points.  This affords organizations of all sizes and configurations to scale with their needs as cost effectively as possible.  In those cases where optimizing cooling is a priority, the information over days/months/seasons/years can be analyzed and used for predicting the expected values in comparison to the actual operation(s) of the containers.  In this way, the simple consistent regular collection of data reliably provides the basis for protecting the investments made in the items being kept at temperature – whether hot or cold.

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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”.    They say that a sure sign of genius is reducing the complex to the simple – when you measure and monitor temperature you want it as simple as possible right?!?

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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

Enterprise Industrial Internet of Things => Enterprise IIoT => EIIoT is the natural expectation of organizations that want to create a paradigm shift by setting the tempo in their market for themselves and their competitors. While so many organizations in IoT have focused on pieces and parts of the elusive EIIoT, Cellio has invested in bringing together the necessary elements in an integrated end-to-end turnkey offering that provides for everything an Enterprise should expect in an IIoT solution;

  • continent-wide installation and deployment expertise and resources
  • best in class sensor manufacturer and integration partners
  • world class wireless communications and connectivity (including security)
  • unified datahosting, analytics, dashboarding, mobile apps, and notifications
  • open connectivity to market leading corporate enterprise systems
  • post deployment support and service

And quite possibly the most pivotal aspect of the Cellio integrated offering is the ability to offer it at the most competitive combination of CAPEX and OPEX anywhere in the market – end-to-end. Considering that successful EIIoT project deployment is effectively guaranteed with Cellio, why would there be a need to look any further?

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Why Enterprise?

At its core, Cellio has focused on maximizing value to organizations by minimizing costs in almost every aspect of the design and ecosystem required to successfully deploy, operate, maintain, support, and extract value for stakeholders throughout an organization and across the supply chain.

Ways that Cellio minimizes ownership costs:

  • Distributed architecture of Sensors and Transceivers
  • Distributed architecture of Transceivers and Gateways
  • Streamlined design of Transceivers and Gateways
  • Over the air and remote upgrading
  • LoRa protocol between Transceivers, Gateways, and Datahost
  • Minimized wireless data and cellular session usage
  • Cloud based datahosting, analytics, and dashboarding
  • Unified dashboards from disparate datasources
  • Unlimited users and unlimited dashboards, including native mobile apps
  • Post deployment support and resolution escalation

When considering the enterprise environment, a large portion of installations require a flexible/agnostic platform that can make use of equipment and resources already in place (helping to reduce the cost of upfront CAPEX) while also providing a path to connecting to the newest of technologies where completely new installations are needed. By working with best in class partners, leveraging existing resources, and providing a completely functional end-to-end out of the box system, Enterprises can count to Cellio to provide value in all phases of deployment – from the first pilot installation to the full rollout across business units, supply, and global geographies.

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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 for an affordable, extensible and scalable platform for your Enterprise-wide IIoT applications, look no further. Cellio is leading a paradigm shift – bringing all the necessary ecosystem elements to put the power of IIoT into the hands of Enterprise users.

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Overview

“What gets measured gets done,” and so it follows that “what gets sensed gets measured!” Whether the devices and equipment used for sensing real world physical values are already in place, or need to be newly installed, Cellio is designed to support most sensors that produce an electrical signal as an output. The electrical signal output is connected to the Cellio Transceiver input and then the values are transmitted via the Cellio Gateway to the back-end where the data can be computed and displayed on dashboards or used for alerts and alarms when conditions exceed acceptable levels. Cellio, designed by an wireless embedded design company, was conceived with the philosophy to be as configurable, agnostic, and adaptable to most any sensor, and as many sensors, as might be reasonable to connect for a given application. Cellio provides digital, analog, and bus inputs/outputs. And for those applications where a sensor is proprietary, Cellio can be modified to adapt uniquely and specifically to that exact application. With Cellio, we really have made it possible for you to bring your own sensor (BYOS).

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Cellio For Industry Sensing

Solutions for which Cellio is well adapted range from one sensor to many sensors and from very low cost sensors (sub-$1 to over $10,000). The flexibility to support the range of capabilities represented by these sensors attests to the fact that Cellio is uniquely configured for use in most any industrial environment and with most any industrial sensor. The added benefits that Cellio can power many sensors from the internal 9VDC and use the internal antenna to transmit collected measurements up to a mile away, further demonstrates the commitment to applications where the cost, maintenance, and potential risks of wiring are prohibitive or explicitly prohibited. For example, in the case of monitoring generator operation at a remote substation, Cellio can use something as simple as a dry contact to detect the status of the generator or something as informative as an RS-485 communication with the equipment to collect and communicate the information for users to access and base decisions. For industries evolving from more manual data collection, Cellio can make immediate impacts in the visibility of the status of equipment, inventory levels, and other indications important to the daily operation, compliance, and reporting needs that have historically cost significant labor and frustration for all involved. Cellio can leverage existing equipment already in place, allow for the use of inexpensive sensor equipment, or customize the interfaces to adapt to the highest end equipment a person might ever want to read remotely.

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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 for an extensible and scalable platform for your IIoT applications, and you want to bring your own sensors and see them all in one unified view, look no further. Cellio is leading a paradigm shift – putting the power of IIoT into the hands of the users.

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Overview

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is an approach used to look at not only the initial cost of purchasing equipment, but also the total costs involved in installation, operation, replacement and potentially decommissioning equipment at the end of its life – both direct and indirect costs. What is included in the TCO estimate depends on the organization (or individual’s) perspective of what should be brought in and what is kept out. On the other side of the TCO equation is all the benefits that are expected to result from the acquisition, implementation, and operation of the investment – up and down the logistics and supply chains. The executive bottom line is – “Are we getting the most bang for our buck?!” Platforms like Cellio have been designed from the bottom up, philosophically, with delivering the biggest bang for the buck in both the initial deployment and the subsequent incremental leveraging of the platform.

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Why is Cellio Changing the Balance of the IIoT Formula?

For many vendors and operators, the ideal deployment would be a 1:1 ratio of deployed devices for every asset that needs to be monitored. Unfortunately, this comes with the highest CAPEX and OPEX investments and expenses. Ideally, what is more optimal is a configurable and distributed approach where the fixed costs are minimized upfront and minimal incremental costs are required for scaling and extending the number of applications that can leverage the installed infrastructure. For example, a single Gateway device (connected via Cellular or Wi-Fi to the back-end) can support hundreds of Transceiver devices. Each Transceiver has 16 I/O points that can be used to connect to sensors and controllers. Thus, the effective cost to support each sensor is reduced as more sensors are added. Additionally, the single cellular gateway costs are increasingly shared as more sensors and controllers are added. Ultimately, the investment costs are driven largely by the costs of the sensors with minimal impact on infrastructure expenses – both direct and indirect.

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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 for an extensible and scalable platform for your IIoT applications, look no further than Cellio where you can select from turnkey end-to-end solutions to configuring and mixing and matching to your heart’s content. Cellio is leading the paradigm shift – shifting the balance of benefits in your favour.

Overview

“So now I can see the level of feed left in the bins around the farm, what’s the big deal?” The answer would likely depend on the size of the farm, if the farm is part of a network of farms, how fast the bins could be replenished, the rate at which the feed was being consumed, and the value assigned to the animals being fed by the bins around the farm (just to name a few factors). But, from a technology perspective, having all of that work from end-to-end reliably every day, is a REALLY BIG DEAL! The stories of enterprise-wide industrial implementations that are both affordable, scalable, and successful are few and far between. Usually the individual elements are not the confounding factors – it’s the connections between them. Cellio has built a recipe that guarantees success every time!

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Begin at the Very Beginning

In the ecosystem that is an IIoT implemented end-to-end system, the most important part is good data being collected in the field. There are many choices of sensors that can be used to collect data – typically the more accurate and more industrially designed devices are the more expensive choices. Thus, it is important to strike a balance between what is a “must have” versus a “nice to have”. For example, a sensor that could provide a level measurement down to the millimeter might be nice (and likely in the $1,000’s), while knowing every foot or two of the level is what is actually useful and actionable (and likely in the $100’s). In combination with the sensor selection, whether the sensor requires a powerline to be pulled to it or not will also impact the cost and should be included the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculation.   The data needs to be collected from the sensors by a device (Transceiver) that can then transmit that data a great distance (say up to a mile) to a central location (Gateway) where it can be packaged up before sending to the internet (some say cloud). Cellio has this built in.

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From Earth to Cloud (Internet)

Once the data from the sensors is collected, it is then ready to be sent to through the network to the “cloud” (another name for the internet) where it can be stored with the data from all the other sensors.   In the case of Cellio, the devices that collect the data from the remote sensors is called a Gateway. The Gateway can communicate over cellular (CDMA/Verizon and GSM) as well as over Wi-Fi (which could connect to a landline, ADSL, Cable, Satellite, etc.).   From there, whether over a VPN or the public networks, the data can be sent to a cloud storage location. Making all these connections, transitions from real world levels to electronic signals to local wireless transmissions and ultimately cellular transmissions to the cloud storage can take quite a bit of planning if done from scratch.   Cellio has this built in.

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And Now for the Show

As the data is collected in the back-end (cloud storage) it can be used for many purposes:

  • Displayed as part of a dashboard (including mobile workers)
  • Shared with other corporate/enterprise systems (quality and optimization)
  • Shared with partner organizations (supply chain)
  • Analyzed for specific trends and triggers (alerts for managers/workers)
  • Automate inter-related processes (ie re-ordering)
  • Archived for future use (deep trends and forecasting)
  • To control other parts/steps of processes and equipment (automation)
  • And many more…

The initial value for many owners is the immediate gratification of seeing the data they used to have to collect manually (or hope was collected manually in a timely manner) in a consistent, accurate, reliable format. Having this data reported in a timely consistent manner helps them with better visibility of their operations, inventories, and status of equipment that is critical to running their business. For organizations that are beginning a modernization phase, this is a relatively quick, low cost, low risk step into the earliest stages of automation. For the most sophisticated organizations, this can be the way to get in all the “extra” data that has been needed to validate current analytics that have some “blindspots” due to a lack of granularity of the geospatial data available. Cellio has this built in.

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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”.  With Cellio, you have recipe you need for a full end-to-end successful IIoT deployment. You can count on Cellio. That’s the big deal!

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Overview

If a device fails in the field, and no one was there to see it – it still failed. When will it be fixed? Could it have been fixed before it failed? Technologies like IIoT can provide data, information, and insights about equipment that is failed or failing so that it can be addressed reactively, or proactively, depending on the priorities of the maintenance and repair policies of an organization.

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IIoT Insights – Simple

The very simplest insights that an IIoT system can provide are those that report a change in “normal status”. These can be immediate triggers that provide alerts about something failing, something going beyond a set limit, or something returning to a known good state. No matter the application, the information is a “snapshot” view of the state at a moment in time. The upside to this kind of information is that it is immediate, and it is reporting a real thing in the real world that needs to be addressed NOW. However, if the item being monitored is critical to the operation of the facility, it would be more useful if the information could be used to warn of an impending failure so that the failure can be avoided altogether.

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IIoT Insights – Complex

The more complex insights that an IIoT system can generate are those that consider more than a single data point comparison – usually including some advanced calculations or analytics. In these cases, a trigger or alarm can also be generated, but the condition can alert the appropriate users to conditions that may be leading to a failure. For example, for some refrigeration units, the parameters (current draw, cycle times, etc.) of a good working unit is known. Thus, if the refrigerator is drawing more current or cycling more frequently than it should, this information can be used to alert the users that there is an issue with the refrigerator that needs attending to so that the refrigerator does not fail catastrophically.

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IIoT Insights – Visualizing

In both simple and complex scenarios, all the data collected and transmitted to the back-end can be visualized in any number of ways. For many users, a real world mapping of the items with various color codes and labels is sufficient for their needs. Others need very high level summary table views, while still others need detail views of all the variables. Because the information from the remote devices is centralized in the back-end, all this information can be graphed, mapped, calculated, coded, and displayed however the users like to match their specific needs. They say a picture is a worth a thousand words – a visualization of data may be worth much more than that!

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Bonus: IIoT Insights – Remote Control and Remote Signaling

Of course, once the users have the insights, most times they will want to do something about the situation. In the IIoT system Cellio supports, there is also the option to send control data back to the field to control indicators, equipment, etc. For example, imagine that a refrigerator was detected as failed or failing, not only could an email or SMS be sent to a distribution list of people that worked with that refrigerator, but an alarm could be turned on near the refrigerator to alert people in the area that it needed attention immediately. This ability to manually or automatically send and control information to the alarm (light, buzzer, or otherwise) allows the IIoT users to “complete the loop”.

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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”.  With insights from the IIoT system, users can inspect all of the monitored items at all times. Additionally they can be alerted when items fail or when conditions may indicate and impending failure. And to close the loop, the system can generate a response to the situation that could be gated by a human or send automatically. Cellio provides all these capabilities and more out of the box.