Monitoring Vacant Properties for Temperature, Water Intrusion and Access.

Whether you are a real estate agent, or vacation home property manager, it is important to monitor your properties if you can’t be there in person. Damage from severe temperature changes, water intrusion and trespassing can be costly. Get real-time notifications about your properties.

SensorSuite provides low-cost wireless sensors that can keep track of homes when you can’t be there. Know immediately about any unauthorized access by using wireless open/closed sensors and wireless motion sensors. Use wireless temperature sensors to monitor for temperature changes and wireless water sensors in basements or around water heaters, toilets and faucets to monitor for water leaks. You can also conserve electricity by using wireless light sensors and wireless voltage sensors to be notified if lights or appliances are left on.

SensorSuite’s new Cellular Gateway ensures that you receive all of your sensor data without the need for an active internet connection in the home. If the home has an active internet connection, you can use SensorSuite’s Ethernet Gateway, without needing a computer on the premises.

Enjoy peace of mind while remotely managing your properties.

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Wireless Machine to Machine (M2M) Applications

Wireless networks have made it far easier for M2M communication to take place and have lessened the amount of power and time necessary for information to be communicated between machines. Sensorsuite wireless solutions allow for an array of new business opportunities and connections between machines and people.live streaming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017

Sensorsuite provides low-cost wireless sensors that can improve production and efficiency in various areas. For example, adding SensorSuite wireless sensors to a production machine, makes it smart enough to let maintenance know when it needs maintenance and what needs to be repaired. This type of information helps streamline production and keeps machines working at highest efficiency. Using SensorSuite wireless sensors to monitor facility systems can provide cost savings in areas like heating and ventilation, area access, light and power management.

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850 Million IEEE 802.15.4 chipsets to ship in 2016

The IEEE 802.15.4 IC market, often referred to as wireless sensor networks (WSN), will expand to over 850 million units per annum by 2016, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of over 60% from 2010 to 2016.

While growth is led by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) equipment, significant uptake is expected in home automation, home entertainment, medical, and others, says ABI Research.

ZigBee is the most widely-used IEEE 802.15.4 technology, accounting for 40% of total shipments in 2012 and growing to over 50% by 2015. Current deployments and growth are being driven by the ZigBee Alliance, the industry body now comprising over 400 members including IC suppliers such as Freescale, Intel, Marvell, NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments.

“Many IC suppliers have seen the potential of ZigBee and other 802.15.4 technologies and are helping drive new application solutions including the latest ZigBee Light Link standard,” says Peter Cooney. “No doubt these vendors see the potential of adding ZigBee to their arsenal of wireless connectivity technologies alongside Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, and others.”

As ZigBee grows in its key markets and expands into new areas it will see increasing competition as other technologies also continue to develop. One technology that will compete with ZigBee, particularly in the home environment, is Bluetooth. “ZigBee offers many advantages for smart home applications including large network sizes, low power consumption, and low cost solutions, however the ubiquity of Bluetooth in the smartphone and consumer desire to use this device as the home hub/controller will drive use of Bluetooth Smart and Smart Ready devices in the smart home environment, making it a strong competitor to ZigBee in this space,” comments Cooney.

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Wireless Sensor Applications

Check out all the cool ways people are already using the SensorSuite sensors!

Wireless Temperature Sensors

  • Boiler temperature monitoring to detect boiler failures.
  • Warehouse temperature monitoring to avoid frozen fire suppression systems.
  • Monitor vacant commercial property temperatures to avoid frozen pipes.
  • Summer/winter (vacation) property monitoring for frozen pipes or excessive heat.
  • HVAC system monitoring to detect failures or heating / cooling issues.
  • Monitor temperature of K9 units (dog collar’s and kennel).
  • Art gallery temperature monitoring.
  • Heat remediation of bed bugs (extermination).
  • Freezer and cooler temperature monitoring to detect failure and prevent food spoilage.
  • Server room temperature monitoring.
  • Cadaver storage cooler temperature monitoring.
  • Greenhouse temperature monitoring.

Wireless Water Sensors

  • Hotel, motel and resort water heater leak detection.
  • Residential and commercial water heater leak detection.
  • Sink and toilet leak detetion.
  • Frozen or burst water pipe monitoring.
  • Reservoir level monitoring.
  • Sump and well monitoring.
  • Basement water monitoring.

Wireless Light Sensor

  • Art gallery light metering.
  • Commercial property electricity management.
  • Residential property electricity management.
  • Greenhouse solar and light level tracking.

Wireless Open/Closed Sensor

  • Commercial property door and window access.
  • Residential property door and window access.
  • Bank owned forclosure properties access monitoring.
  • Restricted area monitoring.
  • Shipping cargo bay door monitoring.
  • Garage door monitoring.

Wireless ID Sensor

  • Asset tracking and monitoring.
  • Location tracking of school buses.
  • Fleet vehicle management and tracking.

Wireless Magnetic Sensor

  • Machinery and motor RPM tracking.
  • Production line position tracking.

Wireless Dry Contact Sensor

  • Barn door access monitoring.
  • Freezer / cooler door access.
  • Freezer / cooler doors (to determine if they are not closed all the way).
  • Convenience store cooler doors (to determine if they are not closed all the way).
  • Forklift seat switches.

Wireless Activity Sensor

  • Motor and machinery monitoring to determine how often a machine is in use.
  • Detection of sudden movement to monitor access to restricted areas.

Wireless Accelerometer

  • Machine monitoring.
  • Well pump monitoring.

Wireless Humidity Sensor

  • Greenhouse temperature and humidity monitoring.
  • Environmental monitoring.
  • Art humidity monitoring.
  • Humidor monitoring.

Wireless Button Sensor

  • Customer service request button.
  • Hotel / motel front desk call button.
  • Bathroom needs cleaning (service call button).
  • Access call button.

Wireless Placement Sensor

  • Wireless sensors placement around larger facilities.
  • Reused as a button sensor.
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Parking Garage Monitoring

Managing a parking garage requires that the lighting is adequate to maintain a safe environment for your patrons. How do you know if you have poorly lit areas within your structure?

Using SensorSuite Wireless Light Sensors can ensure that your facility parking garage is maintained as a safe environment. SensorSuite wireless sensors can measure the amount of light in a set area and alert you if the lighting conditions are poor, signaling that you may need to change lightbulbs or fix lighting. The system also tracks and stores your sensor data providing a detailed report as well as spreadsheet export functionality. Ensure that your parking garage is kept safe by using SensorSuite wireless sensors.

Ensure safety, with SensorSuite wireless sensors.

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IT and Computer Server Temperature Monitoring

Server rooms and data centers are full of expensive computers and networking equipment that are designed to operate within a given temperature range. SensorSuite wireless sensors provide a low-cost, highly reliable way to monitor these temperature critical environments.

Using SensorSuite Wireless Temperature Sensors allows you to monitor the temperature inside of your server rooms and server racks reliably and cost effectively. With these wireless sensors you can be notified immediately if a cooling unit begins to fail or if a server is beginning to operate outside of its optimal temperature range. The system also tracks and stores your sensor data providing a detailed report as well as spreadsheet export functionality. Ensure the proper temperatures are maintained in your server rooms by using SensorSuite wireless sensors.

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Commercial Food Service Temperature Monitoring

Maintaining an optimal temperature in your food storage coolers allows you to keep your food fresh. If the temperature falls above or below the optimal range costly spoilage or potential for food poisoning can occur. SensorSuite can help you maintain the proper temperature in your food storage coolers.

Using SensorSuite Wireless Temperature Sensors with a 3 foot probe allows you to monitor the temperature inside commercial food refrigerators and freezers. With these wireless sensors you can be notified immediately if a cooling unit begins to fail or a door is left open causing temperatures to rise. The system also tracks and stores your sensor data providing a detailed report as well as spreadsheet export functionality. Ensure the proper storage conditions of the food you serve by using SensorSuite wireless sensors.

Keep it fresh, with SensorSuite wireless sensors.

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What is a Wireless sensor network?

wireless sensor network (WSN) consists of spatially distributed autonomous sensors to monitor physical or environmental conditions, such as temperaturesoundvibrationpressure, motion or pollutants and to cooperatively pass their data through the network to a main location. The more modern networks are bi-directional, also enablingcontrol of sensor activity. The development of wireless sensor networks was motivated by military applications such as battlefield surveillance; today such networks are used in many industrial and consumer applications, such as industrial process monitoring and control, machine health monitoring, and so on.

Wireless sensor network
Wireless sensor network

The WSN is built of “nodes” – from a few to several hundreds or even thousands, where each node is connected to one (or sometimes several) sensors. Each such sensor network node has typically several parts: a radio transceiver with an internal antenna or connection to an external antenna, a microcontroller, an electronic circuit for interfacing with the sensors and an energy source, usually a battery or an embedded form of energy harvesting. A sensor node might vary in size from that of a shoebox down to the size of a grain of dust, although functioning “motes” of genuine microscopic dimensions have yet to be created. The cost of sensor nodes is similarly variable, ranging from a few to hundreds of dollars, depending on the complexity of the individual sensor nodes. Size and cost constraints on sensor nodes result in corresponding constraints on resources such as energy, memory, computational speed and communications bandwidth. The topology of the WSNs can vary from a simple star network to an advanced multi-hop wireless mesh network. The propagation technique between the hops of the network can be routing or flooding.[1][2]

In computer science and telecommunications, wireless sensor networks are an active research area with numerous workshops and conferences arranged each year.

Applications

AREA MONITORING

Area monitoring is a common application of WSNs. In area monitoring, the WSN is deployed over a region where some phenomenon is to be monitored. A military example is the use of sensors to detect enemy intrusion; a civilian example is the geo-fencing of gas or oil pipelines.

When the sensors detect the event being monitored (heat, pressure), the event is reported to one of the base stations, which then takes appropriate action (e.g., send a message on the internet or to a satellite). Similarly, wireless sensor networks can use a range of sensors to detect the presence of vehicles ranging from motorcycles to train cars.

ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING

The term Environmental Sensor Networks[3] has evolved to cover many applications of WSNs to earth science research. This includes sensing volcanoes ,[4] oceans ,[5] glaciers, forests ,[6] etc. Some othe major areas are listed below.

Air pollution monitoring

Wireless sensor networks have been deployed in several cities (Stockholm, London or Brisbane) to monitor the concentration of dangerous gases for citizens. These can take advantage of the ad-hoc wireless links rather than wired installations, which also make them more mobile for testing readings in different areas. There are various architectures that can be used for such applications as well as different kinds of data analysis and data mining that can be conducted.[7][8]

Forest fires detection

A network of Sensor Nodes can be installed in a forest to detect when a fire has started. The nodes can be equipped with sensors to measure temperature, humidity and gases which are produced by fires in the trees or vegetation.[9] The early detection is crucial for a successful action of the firefighters; thanks to Wireless Sensor Networks, the fire brigade will be able to know when a fire is started and how it is spreading.

Greenhouse monitoring

Wireless sensor networks are also used to control the temperature and humidity levels inside commercial greenhouses. When the temperature and humidity drops below specific levels, the greenhouse manager must be notified via e-mail or cell phone text message, or host systems can trigger misting systems, open vents, turn on fans, or control a wide variety of system responses.

Landslide detection

A landslide detection system, makes use of a wireless sensor network to detect the slight movements of soil and changes in various parameters that may occur before or during a landslide. And through the data gathered it may be possible to know the occurrence of landslides long before it actually happens.

INDUSTRIAL MONITORING

Machine health monitoring

Wireless sensor networks have been developed for machinery condition-based maintenance (CBM)as they offer significant cost savings and enable new functionalities. In wired systems, the installation of enough sensors is often limited by the cost of wiring. Previously inaccessible locations, rotating machinery, hazardous or restricted areas, and mobile assets can now be reached with wireless sensors.

Data Logging

Main article: Data logging

Wireless sensor networks are also used for the collection of data for monitoring of environmental information, this can be as simple as the monitoring of the temperature in a fridge to the level of water in overflow tanks in nuclear power plants. The statistical information can then be used to show how system have been working.

WATER/WASTEWATER MONITORING

There are many opportunities for using wireless sensor networks within the water/wastewater industries. Facilities not wired for power or data transmission can be monitored using industrial wireless I/O devices and sensors powered using solar panels or battery packs and also used in pollution control board.

Agriculture

Using wireless sensor networks within the agricultural industry is increasingly common; using a wireless network frees the farmer from the maintenance of wiring in a difficult environment. Gravity feed water systems can be monitored using pressure transmitters to monitor water tank levels, pumps can be controlled using wireless I/O devices and water use can be measured and wirelessly transmitted back to a central control center for billing. Irrigation automation enables more efficient water use and reduces waste.

STRUCTURAL MONITORING

Wireless sensors can be used to monitor the movement within buildings and infrastructure such as bridges, flyovers, embankments, tunnels etc… enabling Engineering practices to monitor assets remotely without the need for costly site visits, as well as having the advantage of daily data, whereas traditionally this data was collected weekly or monthly, using physical site visits, involving either road or rail closure in some cases. It is also far more accurate than any visual inspection that would be carried out.

ON-SITE TRACKING OF MATERIALS

Since the cost of ownership of wireless sensors is lowering it will provide the opportunity to track and trace large and expensive products, but also small and cheap products, creating intelligent products.

The main characteristics of a WSN include

  • Power consumption constrains for nodes using batteries or energy harvesting
  • Ability to cope with node failures
  • Mobility of nodes
  • Dynamic network topology
  • Communication failures
  • Heterogeneity of nodes
  • Scalability to large scale of deployment
  • Ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions
  • Ease of use
  • Unattended operation
  • Power consumption

Sensor nodes can be imagined as small computers, extremely basic in terms of their interfaces and their components. They usually consist of a processing unit with limited computational power and limited memory, sensors or MEMS (including specific conditioning circuitry), a communication device (usually radio transceivers or alternatively optical), and a power source usually in the form of a battery. Other possible inclusions are energy harvesting modules, secondary ASICs, and possibly secondary communication devices (e.g. RS-232 or USB).

The base stations are one or more components of the WSN with much more computational, energy and communication resources. They act as a gateway between sensor nodes and the end user as they typically forward data from the WSN on to a server. Other special components in routing based networks are routers, designed to compute, calculate and distribute the routing tables. Many techniques are used to connect to the outside world including mobile phone networks, satellite phones, radio modems, long-range Wi-Fi links etc. Many base stations are ARM-based running a form of Embedded Linux.

 

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Using wireless sensors to monitor sump pumps

Basement water problems can be caused by a multitude of issues ranging from high ground-water tables to poor or clogged exterior drainage systems. When these problems arise, it is common to have a sump pump and pit installed in a home or facility to remove water as it accumulates. However, pump motors can burn out and pump triggers can stick. How do you know if there is an issue with your pump before it’s to late?

SensorSuite provides a cost effective way to monitor the water level in a sump pit as well as sump pump operation. By using a SensorSuite wireless water sensor at the sump pit, you can place the sensor contacts in the pit to create a forewarning system. If the water reaches this level you can be immediately notified via email, text message or phone call.

You can also monitor the pump for activity. By placing a SensorSuite wireless activity sensor on the pump tubing, it can sense vibration from the pump motor. This allows you track how often the pump is turning on to remove water and can work in conjuction with the water sensor to alert you if water reaches a certain level and the pump has not turned on. Now you can know if there is an issue with the pump motor or trigger before any water damage is caused. There are no wires to worry about, and the installation process is amazingly simple.

Enjoy peace of mind and stop worrying about the potential damage of a faulty sump pump.

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