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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.

Public Relations Contact:

Mark Shapiro
SRS Tech Public Relations
+1 619 249 7742
mshapiro@srs-techpr.com

 

For more information on Device Solutions, Cellio, Partners, contact:

Brent Ward
VP Business Development, Cellio
www.device-solutions.com
cell: 919-345-2336
skype: brentward
bward@device-solutions.com

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.

Public Relations Contact:
Mark Shapiro
SRS Tech Public Relations
+1 619 249 7742
mshapiro@srs-techpr.com

For more information on Device Solutions, Cellio, Partners, contact:
Brent Ward
VP Business Development, Cellio
www.device-solutions.com
cell: 919-345-2336
skype: brentward
bward@device-solutions.com

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

Overview

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

Key InsIIoTs

A couple big things stood out in 2016:

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

– Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Overview

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

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Game Changing

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

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

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

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

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

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality.  Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).   The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views.  Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy.  All of this is available and in place today.  There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.    The best way to inspect all of the important data points in the enterprise is to deploy Cellio to monitor and report on them regularly as well as to alert you when there is a change in status.  These insights into your enterprise provide a peace of mind that is worth its weight in gold.  Cellio puts the MIIoT of IIoT in your hands!

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