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Overview

 

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

 

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Affordable IIoT Remote Monitoring of Temperature with Cellio

 

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

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Conclusion – KISS

 

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views.  Sharing dashboard views is quick and easy.  All of this is available and in place today.  There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.    We understand the need to make the business case for full and complete deployments, this is at the heart of the Cellio platform and remains our commitment to keep it simple for our partners and our customers – simple to install, simple to operate, simple to integrate, and simple to get immediate actionable outputs/alerts/notifications.

 

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Overview

 

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

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Simple IIoT Temperature Monitoring with Cellio

 

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

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Conclusion – Perhaps we should call it Simplio!

 

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality. Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).  The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views. Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy. All of this is available and in place today. There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.  Increasingly, people in charge of day-to-day operations only want to know if there is an issue that they need to attend to – and even then they only want the data that helps them decide if immediate attention is required. Cellio is uniquely designed to keep data to a minimum while maximizing utility in terms of serving the needs of the users. Cellio can be so simple we should probably consider renaming it to Simplio!

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Overview

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

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Using IIoT for Temperature Monitoring

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

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Conclusion

The Cellio Wireless Network has been designed to be quick, affordable, and high quality.  Cellio Wireless Transceivers allow the Cellio system and customers to quickly and easily expand existing systems with as many sensors and controllers as they like (with minimal incremental expense).   The data collected in the back-end data system can be easily and rapidly mapped and provided for view on PC’s, tablets, smartphones, etc. both via browser views as well as automatically generated native mobile app views.  Sharing and modifying the dashboard views is quick and easy.  All of this is available and in place today.  There is a saying that you should “Inspect what you expect”.    They say that a sure sign of genius is reducing the complex to the simple – when you measure and monitor temperature you want it as simple as possible right?!?

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Overview

As organizations experience success with the reporting/monitoring from their initial IIoT implementation objectives, their thoughts and questions naturally turn to how many devices and how many different things they can put on the same platform to inform them of other aspects of their operations. In fact, the relatively low cost to track additional nodes on the installed platform makes them wonder what they “can’t” remotely monitor and control. These are some of the initial questions.

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How Many Things can be Monitored at Once?

Without consideration for distances (but assuming the Transceiver nodes can talk to at least one Gateway device), hundreds and thousands could conceivably be connected to a single Gateway in a given installation. Factors that would play into the maximum number of nodes would have to consider the configuration parameters of the devices, but could be configured to support a significant number of devices. Additionally, since the Transceivers can connect to up to 16 points, the actual number of “things” that can be monitored is an order of magnitude greater.

 

How Many Different Kinds of Things can be Monitored?

Again, without consideration for distances (but assuming the Transceiver nodes can talk to at least one Gateway device), any manner of device that produces (or could be made to produce) an electric signal can conceivably be sensed and the measurement recorded and reported/monitored. If something doesn’t currently produce an electrical signal, some means of measuring the state of the device would need to be put in place so that the Transceiver could gather the information and transmit it electronically. For example, some devices may already be installed that produce a signal (a light switch can be monitored to see if the light is on/off since it is already electric). An alternative example would be measuring the light intensity of the sun – in this case a photocell could be put in place and could measure the light level and the Transceiver would measure the signal from the photocell and report it.

 

How Many and How Different of Things can be Controlled?

Similar to the monitoring noted above, different approaches can be employed to control something from the range of a simple single digital signal (ON/OFF) to the more complex RS-485 communication with a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). Thus, there is support for a large number of devices across a significant range of device types.

 

 

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”.  If, like many organizations, your organization is diving into remote monitoring across a facility, a process, or the entire enterprise, having an extensible platform that is easy, quick, and inexpensive to deploy that supports the broad range of existing and future devices that need to be monitored and controlled, test Cellio on your tougher challenges to make sure you have the best platform in place for today and into the future.

Overview

We have heard a number of customers say the following phrase, “because we don’t have someone there watching it all the time.” And for equipment and supplies that are critical to the operation of the business, certain failures need to be identified as soon as they happen (if not before). With inexpensive devices that can be placed in and around the assets in an operation, the ability to monitor devices in real time can provide insights that could be used for advance notification as well as notifying anyone/everyone involved so that critical issues can be resolved as quickly as possible. In some ways, not only can the Cellio IIoT devices help to make and save money, they can also be considered as inexpensive insurance.

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IIoT Devices to Identify Issues Before, During, After Failure

The very nature of IIoT devices deployed in a distributed manner in and around the assets in the operation translates into constant monitoring. What is monitored, and how, is critical to generating the information that can be used to determine if things are within, if they are trending out, or if they have exceeded acceptable operating parameters.   Armed with this information, critical elements in the operation can be remotely monitored, reported, and produce notifications to equipment and process owners for preventative maintenance and issue resolution. Most importantly, if the issue is located in a place that is not typically monitored in some other way, the IIoT device can assure that if something goes awry that someone gets notified – immediately. The IIoT device, via the sensor, detects the “out of bounds” condition, generates an alert that is relayed via the Gateway device to the back-end. The back-end evaluates the state and based on the priorities and settings of the organization, notifies those people and resources appropriate for the response. If used for collecting data regularly about the state of the equipment (or inventory level), the information could notify relevant stakeholders about potential issues that could lead to a failure before the failure occurs. Depending on the impact of a failure, detecting it in advance might be more valuable then simply fixing things after they fail.

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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”.  If someone isn’t able to watch critical resources 24×365 having affordable devices that are watching the critical resources may very well be the best option for assuring and insuring that issues are detect and resolved as early as possible – ideally averted all together. When you consider that these humble devices can be deployed and provide alerts to situations that could cost Million$, you might start to wonder if a case could be made to an insurance company for reduced premiums.