Cutting the Cord with IOT and SensorSuite

Today, wireless remote monitoring and control systems are doing far more than simulating the architecture of the wired systems of old.

Transmitting data without a wire is not new the marketplace.  With the emergence of smartphones and other wireless data transmitting technologies, the world as we know it is due for a big upgrade.

Offering substantial operating and cost advantages over wired systems, wireless systems are becoming more prevalent in a variety of applications.

SensorSuite® (www.sensorsuite.com) is an Internet of Things (IoT) company involved in the capture, processing, and delivery of real-time building information to stakeholders in the multi-residential, commercial, and industrial markets.

As an organization, SensorSuite solutions support a wireless architectural with sensors that draw wired power from a local source.

In the early days, it wasn’t easy for SensorSuite to be wireless in a wired world- but as people and businesses continue to cut cords, the promises of our new IoT world become more real and

As with any change to the status quo, there is generally a level of uneasiness as it relates to technology.

Should you wait?

Should you defer this decision to your successor?

What if it fails?

Let’s face it.  Doing nothing is not a viable option.

Your business cannot close the door on new opportunities to cut costs and improve on productivity.  Unless you operate in a high-volume market with few players, watching your competitors adapt and exploit its advantages over you will simply leave your business in the dust.

As the existing market workforce passes the torch to a next generation of Managers that are far more technically literate than their predecessors, the time for change is now.

Wired infrastructure is old technology.  Wireless is the new way of doing things- and the market is ready for it now.

Here’s why:

1)    No Wiring Required

Obviously, a system supported by a wired infrastructure may require thousands of meter of cable to connect to different endpoints.  The cost of large quantities of wire can be expensive.  The cost to install and maintain these wires can be even greater.

Powered by battery, solar, or local power, wireless systems have no conduit requirements, eliminating the need for hardwiring instrumentation.  The decision on how to power wireless sensors should be heavily reliant on how many sensor nodes have been deployed.

If the number of deployed nodes is high and they have access to local power, I would recommend tapping into these power sources.

Who would want to change hundreds of batteries over time- especially if these nodes are not conveniently accessible.

2)    Lower Retrofit and Installation Costs

Wireless system can cost a few hundred dollars per measured point, depending on vendor and application specs. If repaired or reconfigured, a wired system can require new cables, involving trenching, hardware and more labour. A wireless system is scalable and may not require the addition new hardware. After its initial set-up, wireless systems can easily add new wireless components to meet changing and expanded requirements of your business.

Last, a wireless system can be configured off-site, reducing on-site labour by as much as 75%.

3)    Operate in Different Terrains

In some cases, wires can’t run on property not owned by the company (ie: roads, streams or other structures).

One of the best and most cost-effective ways to spread a digital coverage footprint over an area is with a 900 MHz wireless mesh network.

Wireless mesh networks have a topology whereby all devices can communicate with all other devices in the network- either directly (if in range), or indirectly via one or more intermediate “nodes”.

Mesh networks have no central hub and offer multiple ways of transmitting data from one device to another.

Compared to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, this makes for an inherently more reliable network design.

SensorSuite had tried utilizing wireless mesh networks supported at a higher frequency-  but concluded that at 900 MHz, the reliability, reach, and in-building coverage of its network makes for the best fit for its solutions.

Reliable Connectivity and Signal Strength: The primary advantage of 900 MHz range is the reliability of connection and signal penetration- especially for in-building applications.

Further Reach: 900 MHz frequency fixed radio link can be almost 2.67 times farther in distance than a typical 2.4 GHz connection.

Better Penetration: A longer wavelength of 900 MHz transmission allows the connection to easily penetrate amongst dense materials such as tree-lines or buildings between sites. This property helps in linking multiple sites where dense vegetation or structures would otherwise cause hindrance.

4)    No Loss of Data

Should a wired system fail due to cut wires, corrosion, dirt or another adverse condition, stakeholders are not notified of the problem, resulting in sub-par operations or failures until the system is back online. Programmed with a event-based, a wireless system provides an alert when data is not in transmission. Most problems can be avoided through preventative maintenance linked to wireless diagnostics.

5)    Sensor Integration

Once a wireless mesh network is implemented over a given campus or geography, other equipment and lighting can also be remotely monitored- and in some cases, remotely controlled.

An open wireless system allows users to integrate an array of sensors to monitor and/or control assets.

 

As a result, a variety of sensors can be added or removed as needed to measure parameters such as pressure, run-time, power, temperature, and flow. Users can choose the best sensor for each application and bring all that data from these different sensors to a single point with a single data interface- and present this content on one graphic user interface.

SensorSuite is excited about what’s possible in our new connected world and accepts the responsibility of educating the masses and leading the case for change in the markets that we serve.

Many will continue to debate over wired vs. wireless architectures- but as this debate continues, more and more wireless installations are happening.

The SensorSuite Team

The success is of SensorSuite is due in no small part to the strength of our team.  As an organization, SensorSuite is recognized as an innovator.

Our team has over 40 years of industry experience coupled with a team that has an array of complementary skills and knowledge.

By design, with solutions that are easy to use and understand, our team’s focus is on supporting a product suite that addresses the present and future needs of our clients.

By putting trust in us, we accept the responsibility of assisting organizations with sound advice and feedback- so that more informed decisions on how to move forward can be made.

Visit: www.sensorsuite.com for more info.

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