Often overlooked, the simplest and smartest sensor that we have access to that generates the fewest false positives and the fewest false negatives is … the unassuming pushbutton. In our attempts to automate most everything, the humble pushbutton is typically ignored as a proven elegant, inexpensive, reliable, and practical answer to signaling when something needs attention. Combine the simple pushbutton with a Cellio Transceiver and a Cellio Gateway (that has GPS in it), and you have the makings for a highly efficient, effective, and distributed IIoT system that can be used reliably to get information to the back-end and into dashboards for use with visualization, planning, notifications, and alerts.Caption: A simple pushbutton plus Cellio provides a rapid means of empowering users to signal conditions to the back-end.
Integrating the Pushbutton Sensor
In this simple example, the pushbutton is connected one of the digital inputs of the Transceiver. The Transceiver communicates with the Gateway using LoRa (up to a mile away). The Gateway communicates with the network over CDMA, GSM, or Wi-Fi.
Caption: A pushbutton, Cellio, and GPS/Location information makes for a powerful combination that can be used in a vast array of applications.
This simple set of connections can enable the following applications and many more:
- Notifying that a container is full/empty
- Turning on/off a remote light
- Signaling for assistance/service
- Starting/stopping a process
- Acknowledging that some action had been performed
- Confirming physical inspection of an asset
- Locating a specific asset on a map
- Notifying a central system that an resource is on/off duty
- Counting specific events of interest
- Functioning as an Industrial doorbell
- And many more
Caption: Information coming in from pushbutton presses and associated location information can generate powerful and useful dashboards.
With the Gateway providing its location either in the transmission or as part of the back-end data mapping, any and all pushbutton presses can be used to highlight assets on a map, making the following possible:
- Optimized Routing
- Service Planning
- Supply Chain Management
- Resource Allocation
- Adaptive Equipment Configuration
- And many more
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. When in doubt, you can always start with the simple pushbutton or switch. We want to make sure you are successful the first time.