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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BinMaster & Device Solutions Announce Strategic Alliance and Launch of Cloud-Based Remote Monitoring IIoT Solutions

automates sensor data collection, dissemination and reporting for delivery, agriculture and other industries

 

bincom(Lincoln, Nebraska—March 17, 2016) BinMaster of Lincoln, Nebraska and Device Solutions Inc of Morrisville, North Carolina have announced their strategic alliance that will revolutionize remote monitoring with end-to-end solutions for sensor-based networks. The companies have teamed up and designed systems that automate data collection, dissemination, and reporting. Customers across any industry will be able to monitor and manage data from all types of sensors for properties such as level, temperature, moisture, humidity or flow and be alerted when pre-determined thresholds have been met. Other system features include the ability to track assets and automatically optimize routes for delivery vehicles.

The backbone of the system is a wireless communication device based upon the Cellio® IIoT platform developed by Device Solutions that BinMaster will market as BinCom™. Transceivers and gateways send data from sensors to cloud-based application software. The BinMaster BinCom device roadmap will offer a variety of models compatible with Cellular CDMA, Cellular GSM, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet communication platforms. Remote data monitoring can be done via a PC, tablet, or SmartPhone and can be set up to send automated alerts via email or SMS text. Device Solutions has developed flexible dashboards that can be customized by each company, each user within a company, and by the type of sensor data they wish to monitor. BinCom is compatible with a variety of BinMaster sensors or currently installed sensors supplied by BinMaster or another manufacturer. The standard BinCom interfaces include both Analog and Digital and support 0-5VDC, 4-20 mA, dry contacts, Modbus, and RS-485 outputs.

The BinCom data monitoring and asset tracking solutions will be offered by BinMaster as complete systems including sensors, BinCom transceivers, gateways and asset trackers, cloud-based services and other options such as local monitoring consoles. “Customers today just don’t want to buy a sensor, they want a complete turnkey solution that is easy to implement and is extremely affordable,” stated Scott McLain, CEO of BinMaster. “Device Solutions is the perfect partner to round out BinMaster’s robust solutions. BinMaster is entrenched in industries such as agriculture, mining, plastics, food processing, cement, biofuels, chemicals, oil & gas that have complex and demanding supply chains. Teaming up with Device Solutions makes serving their diverse needs possible.”

“We are extremely excited about the opportunities that a BinMaster and Device Solutions partnership brings to reality,” stated Bob Witter, Co-Founder and CEO of Device Solutions. “Pairing BinMaster’s decades of experience and proven portfolio of sensor indicators and control systems with the Device Solutions Cellio Industrial IoT ecosystem, completes an affordable, scalable and reliable end-to-end data collection, analytics, and control solution that is ready for deployment in an amazing number of applications.”

About BinMaster

BinMaster is a division of Garner Industries – an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in 1953 and headquartered in a 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. BinMaster is strategically focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing reliable, proven sensoring devices for the measurement of bulk solid and liquid materials for the feed and grain, food, plastics, pulp and paper, power, mining, and concrete industries. The BinMaster product line is sold worldwide and features many diverse technologies for bin level indication and measurement, being well known for its SmartBob2 and 3DLevelScanner advanced inventory management solutions. For more information about BinMaster, visit www.binmaster.com.

 

Media Contact: Jenny Christensen, Vice President of Marketing

Phone: 402-434-9102 / 800-278-4241

Email: jchristensen@binmaster.com

 

About Device Solutions Inc

Device Solutions is committed to providing wireless and mobile devices for embedded applications. 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 other innovative embedded and wireless product designs. Device Solutions created Cellio, an IoT/M2M/IIoT product, which simplifies connecting most any sensor or controller to the network. Cellio is designed to address the unique requirements identified across the variety of industries needing to monitor and control remote assets. For more information about Device Solutions, visit www.device-solutions.com

Overview

Cellio is designed on a simple philosophy: make it as easy as possible to connect almost any sensor or sensor instrument to back-end data systems to make collecting data for monitoring as easy, affordable, and scalable as possible. Whether you have existing sensors, or you are implementing a whole new system, Cellio is sensor and sensor instrument (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.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets to back-end data storage, dashboard view, analytics and into corporate enterprise data/operations systems.

 

Direct Notifications

The simplest data notification approach for some applications might using the Transceivers and Cellular Gateways to generate a simple SMS/text message to provide an alert when specific conditions are met by the sensors or sensor instruments. With Cellio, the Transceivers can be configured to use input(s) to trigger an immediate notification via the Gateway over the Cellular network to a designated destination using SMS message(s). In cases where immediate attention might be needed, this could very well be the quickest and easiest use of the Cellio Wireless Network to get notifications to the people who need to be aware of changes associated with real-world assets.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway which sends SMS to users who need to be notified of specific situations.

 

Simplest Data Collection Option

Quite possibly the simplest data collection option would be to send data from the Transceiver(s) to the Gateway(s) and then to a local spreadsheet (or an online spreadsheet) that can log sensor and sensor instrument data with little to no cost for the data storage. These options will require more self-service for users to map, create dashboards, and perform analytics, but they also provide users the option of keeping data in the local network and accessible only to local corporate data systems. This is also likely the easiest approach for users that want quick and simple access to all of the data collected by all of the sensors and sensor instruments. In these cases, Cellio Wireless Network can be used to send data to data logging resources as simple as spreadsheets and even text files for later usage.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to simple logging via text files or spreadsheets.

 

Corporate/Enterprise Data Systems

Many organizations want their sensor data to be logged and then integrated into corporate IT data systems (for storage, archive, and sharing purposes) as well as possibly into larger enterprise systems. These larger enterprise systems can include ERP, CRM, PIM, Logistics, and other systems that help with supply chain, sales force, and inventory management to help optimize the flow of materials and resources both within and across various operational sites. Many companies may require time to validate the datastream to assure that data is collected, audited, and formatted correctly before it can be brought into the corporate data systems. Thus, this option may be the most efficient long-term, but may take more time to set up and integrate into the operations from end-to-end. In these cases, Cellio Wireless Networks can send data to back-end corporate data systems and ultimately to larger enterprise systems that can be leveraged to optimize enterprise operations.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to corporate data systems and enterprise operational systems.

 

Cloud Data/Third Party Data Storage

One of the most discussed options in the press and throughout IoT trends and forecasts is using third party (cloud) data hosting, dashboarding, and analytics platforms that will store data from all devices and make the data available for back-end analysis and visualization. In some cases, the data is stored in one platform and then a dashboard can be generated on another platform, analytics can be performed on yet another platform, and resulting inferences can be forwarded onto yet another platform. In these cases, Cellio Transceivers send sensor data to the Gateways and the Gateways send the data to the designated third party data storage systems.

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Caption: Data flows from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to third party/cloud data storage and then on to dashboarding, analytics, inferencing, etc.

 

Summary

Whether the objectives are to receive simple alerts and updates based on specific conditions, or to integrate the data into large corporate enterprise operational systems, Cellio Wireless Networks of Transceivers and Gateways can be configured to get the data from the front-end sensors to the back-end data systems quickly and easily. In addition, adding more sensors to existing Transceivers can provide more useful data almost immediately. With Cellio Wireless Networks you will likely find yourself worrying less about the connectivity and collection of the data and focus more on imagining all the different efficiencies, savings, and operational objectives you will be able to use the data to achieve.

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Caption: Data flow from sensors mounted on real world assets through Gateway to a variety of preferred destinations.

Cellio is designed to get data from where it is to where you need it be.

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Caption: Cellio Wireless Gateway

Introduction

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.

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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.

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Caption: Transceiver compared to size of 12oz soda can.

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.

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Caption: Transceiver and Gateway side-by-side.

Implications

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.

In IoT/M2M/IIoT we have found that no one organization can deliver a best-in-breed complete solution on their own. There are organizations with best-in-breed sensors, best-in-breed controllers, best-in-breed wireless networks, best-in-breed IoT Platforms, and other best-in-breed equipment/integration/back-end enterprise systems. Device Solutions and Bright Wolf recognized each other’s respective best-in-breed offerings and decided to link them to provide a best-in-breed system to seamlessly connect sensors and controllers to back-end systems.

Bright Wolf is a software company that has built and deployed an industrial strength IoT Platform. The Bright Wolf IOT Platform has proven itself. They count CAT Marine, Phononic, and Haemonetics among their 50+ clients. Bright Wolf is designed for change and longevity. Their dashboards are constructed for low friction, short learning curve, and intuitive adoption. With facile interfacing to the enterprise, it is a future resistant platform that allows a company to plan for the long term

Device Solutions Inc and Bright Wolf LLC combined the Cellio Wireless Network and Bright Wolf’s IoT Platform to assemble a system that makes it virtually plug-and-play to design, implement and integrate large enterprises quickly and at-scale. The combined solution allows most any sensor and most any controller to be connected to a cloud-based backend data store and analytics platform making the information readily available to dashboards that can remotely monitor and control any device in the field. This ability can move an IoT/M2M/IIoT application discussion from the possible to deployed system solution in a matter of days or weeks.

Device Solutions partners with Bright Wolf on a number of projects for clients. Bob Witter, CEO of Device Solutions Inc says, “It is amazing that the platform Bright Wolf integrated with our Cellio System is so extensible. Scaling the system is almost as easy as simply adding more transceivers and gateway devices to monitor and control as many remote assets as you want to track and analyze – the sky is the limit.”

Cellio supplies the signals and Bright Wolf coordinates the data. Sensors that measure things like level, pressure, tilt, flow, and temperature are connected to Cellio devices which in turn are connected wirelessly to the Bright Wolf IoT platform to visualize the data, analyze inter-related variables, and provide results that are insightful and actionable. This end-to-end system can replace pen and paper logs, collating handwritten journal entries, manual auditing, and other historically manual processes that may have real costs in terms of labor hours, logistics, efficiencies, safety, and other significant opportunity costs. In fact, the combined systems provide the ability to audit data values as they are collected, provide regular data updates, and generate alerts and notices for events that are “out-of-bounds” in real time.

You could consider the combined Device Solutions/Bright Wolf offering an “incremental upgrade” for industrial, agricultural, and transportation/logistics organizations that can have a profound effect. Simply the visualization and status of assets in the field in real time can make decision making more visible and more intuitive. Analytics of real time data can give operators the ability to act more quickly, adjust to changing constraints, and even enhance the ability to forecast needs to address future issues before they become real problems. The ROI of cost efficiencies cannot be ignored. Foresight is monetized.

David Houghton, Director, Business Development, puts it this way, “Given Bright Wolf is focused on software, we often find ourselves working with clients to connect their next generation products which can take, in some cases, years to make it to market. Our relationship with Device Solutions and the integration with Cellio has allowed us to work with clients around end-to-end solutions with well-defined problems. The model changes our dialogue from big picture strategy to targeted business cases and production rollout – literally applying IoT to solve real world problems, now, today.”