Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.
Cellio is designed on a simple philosophy: make it as easy as possible to connect almost any sensor or sensor instrument and controller to back-end data systems to make sensing and control as easy, affordable, and scalable as possible. The engineering choices that have been made to provide sufficient long-range operation (LoRa, about 1 mile), with minimal battery maintenance (5 years on a single 9V battery), and minimize the data traffic to keep cellular or Wi-Fi connection costs to a minimum. Whether you have existing sensors and controllers, or implementing a whole new system, Cellio is both sensor/controller (front-end) agnostic as well as back-end data system agnostic. Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.
Caption: Flow of data from sensors mounted on real world assets to back end data storage and dashboard view, through user interaction and ultimately back to control indicators and control systems on real world assets – closing the loop.
Sensors/Controllers connected to Transceiver(s)
Cellio Wireless Transceivers are designed to support as many as 16 General Purpose Inputs and Outputs (GPIO) supporting most any of the various sensors, sensor instruments, indicators and/or controllers. The transceivers communicate with the sensors and controllers via a direct connection – either physical wires or physical cables (in the case of RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, Modbus, BACnet, etc.). The primary input/output configuration options include:
• Analog Input
• Digital Input/Output
• Current Loop In/Out
• I/O can be configured for various protocols as well
This configuration capability allows Cellio Wireless Transceivers to be as optimally customized as possible for installations where consistent, repeatable, and reliable performance is a top priority.
Transceivers connecting Gateway(s)
Transceivers and Gateways have been designed with an internal antenna to transmit via 900MHz and distances up to 1 mile. Transceivers operate up to five years on a single 9V battery. Using Long Range (LoRa) technology, a single Gateway can support 100’s and even 1000’s of Transceivers. Transceivers can provide their data to Gateway(s) on a regular basis and/or based on specific events. In the case where an event triggers an immediate reporting of data to the Gateway, the Cellio Wireless Cellular Gateways can transmit an immediate SMS message to get the alert out as quickly as possible. Transceivers both transmit data to the Gateways, as well as they receive information from the Gateways that can be used to signal indicators and controllers to provider user feedback as well as to control devices that control equipment, machinery and various other types of controls. Transceiver boxes and Gateway boxes are roughly 3”x4”x5” (about the size of 12oz can of soda). The boxes are IP68 (NEMA 6) rated to be both water-tight and dust-tight.
Gateway(s) connecting to Network(s)
Gateways are designed with internal modules and antennas to support both the 900MHz LoRa transmissions to communicate with the Transceivers in the network, as well as options to communicate with cellular networks and Wi-Fi networks. The options for connections to external wireless networks include:
• Cellular CDMA (with and without GPS capability) and SMS capable
• Cellular GSM (with and without GPS capability) and SMS capable
• Wi-Fi (802.11bgn)
From the Gateways, data can be sent over cellular networks and/or local Wi-Fi networks to local facility networks and data storage (as simple as updating an internal spreadsheet) or they can be sent over the internet using public and private (VPN) networks to third party cloud storage vendors, IoT platform vendors, or back-end enterprise corporate data systems (CRM, ERP, PIM, etc.) From the data store, dashboards can be created and utilized to visualize the information, analytics can be performed on the data, external data can be augmented to inform a bigger picture, and inferences/insights/recommendations can be generated to either automate other processes or inform users on conditions and opportunities of interest. From here, control data can be send back to Transceivers to turn on indicators for users or communicate with control equipment.
Based on the architectures and use-cases for a wide-range of applications, Cellio was designed to optimize the use of much less expensive Transceivers (supporting many sensors/controllers) communicating with a much smaller number of Gateways that may be communicating over Cellular connections (the small data packets assure that the minimal cellular data charges are possible). Although this may be the optimal architecture for the minimum expense, options where Gateways are installed on all assets is always an option, as is an All-in-One device that will host both the Transceiver 16 GPIO capability and the Gateway wireless connectivity capability (and GPS and SMS) all in one box that would be the same size as the one used for the current Transceiver and Gateway box. As a quick recap, sensors are connected to Transceivers via wires/cables, Transceivers communicate via 900MHz LoRa to Gateways, Gateways communicate with corporate/internet networks via Cellular (CDMA/GSM) or Wi-Fi to data storage systems, dashboards communicate with Gateways to send control information to Transceivers that then output the control information to indicators and control equipment. Whatever your priorities, Cellio can be organized to balance your IoT/M2M/IIoT communication objectives, capital expenditures, monthly data connections, and implementation timelines.