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Device Solutions Inc Launches Next Generation Cellio LoRa Transceivers for Affordable, Reliable and Scalable Wireless Remote Monitoring

The Cellio ecosystem provides end-to-end turnkey out-of-the-box cellular connectivity, hardware, software, and cloud storage, analytics, dashboarding, mobile apps, and alerts

November 2, 2017 – Morrisville, North Carolina, USA

Device Solutions Inc today announced the availability of the next generation Cellio LoRa long-range low-power wireless transceivers for wide area, long range, end-to-end monitoring and control for agriculture, cold chain, gas distribution, transportation, and many other industrial applications.

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

Easy to install, the Cellio ecosystem enables companies to gain unprecedented visibility into their operations and assets on a continuous basis. For many companies this means moving from clipboards, paper and pencil to near real-time information of inventories, process parameters, and alert conditions across the enterprise all day every day.

“We have worked with many enterprise solution companies in the past but we have rarely had the privilege to represent a company that truly provides everything needed for a successful enterprise deployment out of the box while also allowing the full spectrum of customization options,” said Jim Friedrich, President and CEO, EnVision Enterprise Solutions. “It’s hard to wrap your head around how extensible the Cellio platform truly is until you see it for yourself.”

Cellio transceivers use LoRa wireless technology (Long Range 915 MHz) to connect sensors and controllers wirelessly to the cloud. The newest generation of Cellio LoRa Transceivers provide:

1. Internal wireless antenna – greater than 1 mile Line of Sight
2. 4-5 years of operation on single 9VDC lithium battery
3. Support for 4-20mA sensors
4. Real time alert/fault detection and notifications
5. Waterproof and dustproof enclosure (IP68)
6. 1-wire sensor support

“Our newest Cellio LoRa Transceiver integrates features and capabilities that our customers have been seeking,” explains Bob Witter, CEO of Device Solutions. “The Cellio ecosystem has expanded to meet the needs of a broadening array of verticals while maintaining a ‘loosely coupled’ architecture to allow for maximum flexibility. We are quite pleased with the feedback we are receiving from the range of companies using Cellio. We feel like we are in the right place in the market at the right time.”

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

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

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

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

The convergence of technologies and trends can result in indelible changes that ripple throughout an industry. As noted in a recent NPR piece, “What Is A Paradigm Shift, Anyway?”, paradigm shifts are denoted by replacing the usual way of thinking with a different way. One example trend is replacing manual field data gathering with distributed automated devices that consistently, regularly, and accurately collect and transmit data from sensors to the back-end where it can be aggregated, analyzed, displayed, and automated. Cellio is the technology platform upon which these subtle systemic shifts can occur as business owners, business pressures, or changes in process and supply chain demand them.

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Select Systemic Shifts

There may be a number of shifts going on in parallel when an organization has a platform like Cellio. These shifts taken independently or in combination may lead to a new standard that all competitors will have to follow just to keep from losing their position. These source of these shifts can be based on many different elements:

  • Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) that is not only low cost, but even less expensive than the traditional equipment installed
  • Very low equipment/CAPEX costs allowing for more flexibility in cash flow and cash reserves
  • Rapid and relatively low installation effort
  • Consistent and dependable reporting of data from the field
  • Remote control from the same dashboard to the same devices
  • Fully integrated end-to-end (E2E) offering out of the box
  • Full system deployments possible in the span of hours or days

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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”.  Looking at a paradigm shift, before it has shifted, is a bit like betting on the lead candidate, who happens to be the underdog, before the race has completely been run. The best bet is to get behind that candidate and help make sure they get across the finish line first.

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Overview

As with so many things in life, first impressions can often be deceiving. Only after careful examination, investigation, and inquiry can a thing really be known and understood. The deceptively small and simple exteriors of Cellio disguise the amazingly powerful and capable set of devices that can completely transform an organization and fast track operational improvements not witnessed before in edge-to-cloud industrial automation.

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Feature Packed Packages

Top 5 Cellio Transceiver Features:

  • 16 Points for sensors (Analog, Digital) and controls (Digital)
  • Support for RS-485, 1-wire, dry contact sensors, and more
  • LoRa (Long Range) communications protocol
  • Internal antenna supports transmission distances up to 1 mile
  • Powered by 9VDC battery

Top 5 Cellio Gateway Features:

  • Cellular (CDMA or GSM) or Wi-Fi (802.11) wireless connections
  • GPS capable for asset mapping and mobile installations
  • Internal backup battery supports Gateway if external power is removed
  • IP68 dust-tight and water-tight enclosure
  • Can be powered by wall power or solar power

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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”.  When you get under the hood with the Cellio product you will come to appreciate the elegance of the simplicity and the power that serve both fit and function. Come take a look at our mighty IIoT end-to-end solution.

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Overview

One of the most powerful features of a well-implemented IIoT solution is the ability to get reports and alerts/notifications of just those conditions that are cause for concern – exceptions. The reason “exceptions” are so powerful is that in their apparent simplicity there is a considerable amount of complex thinking and decision making to know the most important things to monitor and the frequency to monitor them. In general, it is important to align the reporting time with the rate of change (or potential failure rate of a thing monitored) as well as considering the response resources, timing, and remediation process. For example, monitoring and reporting on something every minute that doesn’t require attention or concern but on a weekly basis is overkill, while monitoring something once a week that could have immediate ramifications within an hour is not aligned either.

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Exceptions in Monitoring Gas Fill Levels

Consider the scenario where your organization needs to monitor the level of gas in a tank.  Depending on the size of the tank, the refill frequency, and the usage rate, a small personal tank might require a more frequent rate of monitoring than say a large industrial tank that is filled once a week and has a capacity to last for two weeks of operation. In the case of the small personal tank, hourly checks might be warranted with an immediate exception reported when the tank gets to a level where the user has enough time to get a refill or replace the tank before it runs out. In the case of a large industrial tank, once a day checks could accommodate verifying the level, identifying any potential leaks, and also in rare cases alerting the “owner” of the tank that it needs to be refilled if it goes below the “safety” level. In the industrial tank scenario, it is important that the “safety” level be set such that the daily reporting and the time to get the tank refilled are considered and factored in. In both cases, the owners of the tanks would only expect to see an alert/notification when the tanks reach their thresholds – this consistency will lead to owners paying attention to and responding to the alerts/notifications in a timely manner. If the exceptions are set incorrectly (where they are not that meaningful) the owners may increasingly ignore the alerts/notifications since they get too many or too late.

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Exceptions in Monitoring Mobile Assets

For many mobile assets, it is important to know both the location and also the current “state” of the asset. A good example is a container that the owners would like to know exactly where they are located and also if the container is empty or full (and possibly if the container is upright or upside down). With this information, owners can determine which assets are utilized and which ones can be scheduled for use. In addition, users can set exceptions to send alerts/notifications to let them know when one of their containers “goes off the grid”.   Whether the container has gone into a “dead zone” for signals, across a border or boundary, or is headed in a direction that it shouldn’t be going, these timely exceptions can help avert costly mistakes and losses. Imagine the case of a container that is worth $10k’s of dollars (USD) and is expected to stay within one state (say Texas), assuming the container is checking in four times a day with its status (location, signal strength, battery level, empty/full) if at some point the container starts to head “off course” or ceases to check in, an alert could be triggered at the first missed “roll call” or after the second or third missed check-in to alert the owner that there may be an issue to be investigated further. If all the containers are checking in regularly and within their set boundaries, then no notifications or exceptions are generated and the owner can be confident that things are within the required parameters. An additional benefit is that the owner can look at a map of all the assets at any given time and see, with confidence, where everything is and what the status is of each asset. This convenient “report” can save significant time and money when considering the manual effort that goes into tracking mobile assets today.

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Exceptions in Monitoring Farming

In agricultural settings, there really isn’t the concept of “a day off”. Plants and animals have to be fed, watered, and monitored 24×365 to assure optimal growth and health. The inputs to these processes typically include large “bins” that hold fertilizers, feed, raw ingredients, finished goods, liquids, gases, and many others. Batch, distribution, and delivery logistics are critical to make sure that the right items are delivered to the right location on the farms in the right quantity, at the right time, and in the correct order. If deliveries are delayed (or missed altogether) the crops and livestock will be put at risk. In most cases, accurate advance warning of low-level conditions can make the difference of buying the optimal quantities in time to optimize purchase price and delivery. Thus, alerts and notifications generated from exceptions that are aligned with the low level condition (or fill condition) and inform all of the owners along the process of issues and opportunities to address and leverage, respectively, in order to squeeze as much efficiency out of the resources as possible – all while prioritizing the welfare of the crops and livestock in their care.

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Bonus: Mapping Exceptions

Of all the potential reporting “views”, few are as profound and concise as a map. Whether the map is a classic geographical format, or is arranged as a process view, or even configured as an organizational hierarchy, the map provides a considerable amount of information in a small area. Maps are made even more useful by color-coding those items that are in an exception condition with colors (like RED = bad) so that users and owners can quickly see those items needing attention and then focusing in on them. Similarly, and sometimes preferred by users/owners is a map that is displayed as a table with color-coded cells. The advantage for users who have a table view is that the data can quickly be exported from the view and imported into other tables, emails, or documents for use in managerial reporting. Depending on the factors most important to users/owners, colors, data, and alerts can be configured to display the exceptions that are most relevant and timely so that they can be addressed accordingly.

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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”. When determining alerts, notifications, and reports various users and levels of organizations, it is important to consider how, why, how often, when and what the result will be when an alert or notification is generated. The alignment of the condition monitored with the timing of the response can assure that when a user/owner receives and alarm that they will pay particular attention to the exception and take whatever steps necessary to address the condition before it becomes critical. So, it’s also important to “Inspect what you except.”

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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.

 

Overview

Whether you are retrofitting existing manual operations to make them more automated or you have decided to install a completely new system, you are likely considering the total cost of the equipment, the installation, and also any monthly fees.  Cellio Transceivers help to minimize the equipment costs, the installation costs, and the monthly costs by leveraging less expensive wireless devices at the edge of the network. Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.

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Caption: Cellio Transceivers help to minimize equipment, installation, and monthly fees for IIoT/M2M/IoT system implementations.

 

Cellio Transceivers Minimize Equipment Costs

Cellio Wireless Transceivers have been designed to allow many sensors inputs and many control outputs to be connected to a single device. This approach moves the typical Device:Equipment ratio requirement from 1:1 to 1:Many.  Thus, a much smaller number of devices is needed to monitor a large number of sensors and equipment. Net net, the total equipment costs for a system is reduced compared to traditional implementations.

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Caption: Cellio Transceivers help to minimize costs by using less expensive equipment at the edge to aggregate sensor data and control capability.

 

Cellio Transceivers Minimize Installation Costs

Cellio Wireless Transceivers have the immediate advantage of being wirelessly installed on or near equipment to be monitored and/or controlled – this removes the need for costly cabling/wiring installations across long distances. Additionally, Cellio Transceivers can be configured to connect with existing sensors and instruments to make use of what is currently in place – removing the need for costly new equipment while allowing all the equipment to connected on the same network. Finally, Cellio Transceivers can be used to connect directly with raw sensor and control elements – allowing for a broader range and more highly customized elements while minimizing the costs of traditional instrumentation. On a case-by-case basis, these savings can be substantial.

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Caption: Cellio Transceivers help to minimize installation costs by using a single device to monitor and control multiple sensors, instruments and equipment.

 

Cellio Transceivers Minimize Annual and/or Monthly Fees

Cellio Wireless Transceivers transmit the data from sensor readings to Gateways, and the Gateways transmit the data via Cellular or Wi-Fi to back-end data systems. Similarly, Gateways transmit data back to the Transceivers that can then be used as outputs to signal or control instruments and indicators. This configuration assures that as few wireless connections via Cellular or Wi-Fi are required to be maintained. One Gateway can support hundreds of Transceivers. In the case of Cellular, annual or monthly fees can be minimized by setting up the network to use as many Transceivers as possible with as few Gateways as possible to assure optimal coverage for the environment in which the devices need to communicate. In the case of Wi-Fi, balancing the installation of access points and the relatively low cost of internet access in some locations, as many Gateways as desired could be installed to optimize or maximize coverage without affecting the total annual or monthly fees.

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Caption: Cellio Transceivers help to minimize monthly fees by sending data to the network through a smaller number of gateway devices.

 

Bonus: Cellio Transceivers Can Be Used with Multiple Gateways

Cellio Wireless Transceivers provide a distinct advantage when installing across an enterprise whether in many small sites, tracking large numbers of mobile assets, or in large campus environments. Leveraging Cellular, Wi-Fi, or a hybrid combination of Cellular and Wi-Fi can further reduce the costs of equipment, installation and monthly operation of the network of sensors and controllers. Multiple Cellular Gateways can be installed to provide increased coverage and reliability while minimally increasing the overall costs of the system. A combination of Cellular and Wi-Fi Gateways can be installed to shift usage from Wi-Fi to Cellular when Wi-Fi is not available.

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Caption: Multiple Gateways can be configured to provide increased areas of coverage and better network access for large numbers of Transceivers.

 

Conclusion

Cellio Wireless Transceivers provide an optimized wireless link from indicators, actuators, controllers and control systems to Cellio Wireless Gateways via 900MHz LoRa with transmission distances of a approximately 1 mile (3 square miles). The Transceivers can wirelessly enable existing sensors, instruments, and controllers that are already in place in field operations – thus providing the least expensive and quickest path from manual control to automated remote sensing and signaling. So whether you are installing new equipment, or trying to retrofit existing equipment, Cellio Wireless Transceivers are designed to help minimize the costs of equipment, installation, and monthly fees.