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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TELUS and SensorSuite to deliver “connected building” technology to Canadian businesses

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TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU)  today announced the launch of the TELUS IoT Marketplace (iot.telus.com) to help Canadian business accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) tech. The marketplace is designed to allow businesses to quickly deploy IoT solutions, while acting as a lead generation and sales channel for developers. TELUS has also committed its sales and marketing teams to provide support.

SensorSuite Corporation (www.sensorsuite.com), a leading provider of wireless sensing and monitoring solutions, today announced an exciting new collaboration to deliver wireless monitoring through Telus’ innovative IoT Marketplace (iot.telus.com). They are teaming up to help business managers and employees constantly keep a finger on the vital pulse of their operations, using cellular-connected wireless sensors and monitoring solutions that remotely monitor business facilities, processes and activities.

“IoT technology has tremendous potential to make Canadians businesses more productive and profitable, but amidst the hype and predictions it can be challenging to know where to start,” said Shawn Sanderson, TELUS’ vice-president of Internet of Things. “With the TELUS IoT Marketplace, we’ve carefully selected some of the most innovative IoT technology on the market and packaged it as ready-to-implement solutions; making it easier for businesses to take advantage of this game-changing technology.”

SensorSuite is an official launch partner and offers new and reliable business monitoring solutions across various applications, including boiler room, fridge, and other machine monitoring as well as risk reduction solutions for water leak detection and energy management.

Based on an IDC study it commissioned earlier this year, TELUS is expecting Canadian IoT spending to reach $21 billion by the end of 2018, with 43% of Canadian business having deployed a solution by that time.

 

o   http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/business-technology/telus-launches-an-internet-of-things-business-services-hub/article22020745/

o   http://business.financialpost.com/2014/12/10/telus-corp-launches-internet-of-things-marketplace/

o   http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/12/09/telus_launches_internet_of_things_marketplace.html

o   http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/telus-opens-internet-of-things-marketplace/100491

o   http://www.techvibes.com/blog/telus-internet-of-things-marketplace-2014-12-10

o  http://www.betakit.com/telus-announces-canadas-first-iot-business-marketplace/

 

About SensorSuite Inc.

SensorSuite Inc. is a real-time machine intelligence platform.  We reduce operational risks and improve the performance and efficiency of machines, equipment, assets, and things.  We are a leading-edge, real-time sensor and control, cloud analytics platform that empowers executives and managers to extract more value out of their assets, space, and equipment; and make more informed decisions.  Visit www.sensorsuite.com for more information.

About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.5 million customer connections, including 8.0 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.45 million Internet subscribers and 888,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider.

 

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Ways People Are Currently Using SensorSuite Wireless Sensors

Wireless Temperature Sensors

  • 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.

3ft Probe Wireless Temperature Sensors

  • 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 High Temperature RTD Sensors

  • Boiler temperature monitoring to detect boiler failures.
  • Heater temperature monitoring.
  • Ovens and cooking device monitoring.
  • Smart machines and smart structures.
  • HVAC system monitoring to detect failures or heating / cooling issues.

Wireless Low Temperature RTD Sensors

  • Freezer and cooler temperature monitoring to detect failure and prevent food spoilage.
  • Environmental monitoring.
  • Smart machines and smart structures.
  • Cadaver storage cooler temperature monitoring.
  • HVAC system monitoring to detect failures or heating / cooling issues.

Wireless Humidity Sensors

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

Wireless High-Accuracy Humidity Sensors

  • Greenhouse temperature and humidity monitoring
  • Agricultrual environmental monitoring
  • Art gallery and museum environment monitoring
  • Humidor monitoring

Wireless Grains Per Pound Sensors

  • Greenhouse temperature and humidity monitoring.
  • Agricultrual environmental monitoring.
  • Art gallery and museum environment monitoring.
  • Humidor monitoring.

Wireless Water Temperature Sensors

  • Water Tank Temperature Monitoring
  • Non-Combustible Liquid Storage Tank Temperature Monitoring
  • Liquid Manufacturing Process Temperature Monitoring
  • Pool Temperature Monitoring
  • Aquarium Temperature Monitoring
  • Wetlife Environmental 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 Infrared Motion Sensors

  • Area access monitoring.
  • Detect when people enter a room.

Wireless Asset Sensors

  • Asset monitoring.
  • Tell if school buses are on premises.
  • Tell if fleet vehicles are on premises.
  • Monitor rental tools.
  • Construction asset monitoring.

Wireless Dry Contact Sensors

  • 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 Light Sensors

  • Commercial property light and electricity management.
  • Residential property light and electricity management.
  • Greenhouse solar and light tracking.

Wireless LUX Sensors

  • Art gallery light metering.
  • Museum light metering.
  • Greenhouse solar and light level tracking.

Wireless Open/Closed Sensors

  • Commercial property door and window access.
  • Residential property door and window access.
  • Bank owned forclosure properties access monitoring.
  • Restricted area monitoring.
  • IT server rooms and closets.
  • Freezer and cooler doors.
  • Shipping cargo bay door monitoring.
  • Garage door monitoring.

Wireless Magnetic Sensors

  • Machinery and motor RPM tracking.
  • Production line position tracking.
  • Door and window monitoring.

Wireless Activity Sensors

  • Motor and machinery monitoring to determine how often a machine is in use.
  • Detection of sudden movement to monitor access to restricted areas.
  • Pump monitoring.
  • Detect if a window is broken or shattered.

Wireless Vibration Counting Sensors

  • Motor and machinery monitoring to determine how often a machine is in use
  • Detection of sudden movement to monitor access to restricted areas
  • Pump monitoring
  • Detect if a window is broken or shattered

Wireless Activity Timer Sensors

  • Inclination and vibration testing
  • Assembly line monitoring
  • Orientation sensing
  • Smart machines, smart structures and smart materials
  • Impact load sensing

Wireless Accelerometers

  • Inclination and vibration testing.
  • Assembly line monitoring.
  • Orientation sensing.
  • Smart machines, smart structures and smart materials.
  • Impact load sensing.

Wireless 0-20mA Current Sensors

  • Current transducer monitoring.
  • pH sensor integration.
  • Dissolved oxygen sensor integration.
  • Pressure sensor integration.
  • Magnetic flow sensor integration.

Wireless Analog Voltage Sensors

  • Appliance monitoring.
  • Line power monitoring.
  • Power coupling monitoring.
  • Power supply monitoring.
  • Sump pump monitoring.

Wireless AC Voltage Detection Sensors

  • Sprinkler systems monitoring.
  • HVAC systems monitoring.
  • Appliance monitoring.
  • Line power monitoring.
  • Power coupling monitoring.
  • Power supply monitoring.
  • Sump pump monitoring.

Wireless 500 Volt Measurement Sensors

  • Power line metering.
  • Machine voltage regulation.
  • Electrical motor monitoring.
  • Generator monitoring.

Wireless Battery Health Sensors

  • Car Battery Monitoring.
  • Boat and Marine Battery Monitoring.
  • RV Battery Monitoring.
  • ATV / Motorcycle Battery Monitoring.
  • Lawn Mowers and Utility Vehicle Battery Monitoring.

Wireless Button Sensors

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

Wireless Single-Input Pulse Counting Sensors

  • Turn Style Counter
  • Count number of acctuations

Wireless Multi-Input Pulse Counting Sensors

  • Turn Style Counter
  • Count number of acctuations

Wireless Compass Sensors

  • Digital compass.
  • Device orientation.
  • Directional movement.

Wireless Flex Sensors

  • Measure mechanical movement.
  • HVAC air flow monitoring.
  • Occupied seat monitoring.

Wireless Airflow Sensors

  • HVAC Monitoring
  • HVAC Efficiency Testing

Wireless Seat Occupancy Sensors

  • Know how many stadium or movie theater seats are occupied.
  • Detect when a seat is occupied.

Wireless Vehicle Presence Sensors

  • Parking garage monitoring.
  • Detect a parked car.
  • Automotive services.
  • Fleet vehicle management.

Wireless Vehicle In-Motion Sensors

  • Parking garage monitoring.
  • Detect a vehicle in motion as it passes by.
  • Automotive services.
  • Fleet vehicle management.

Wireless Vehicle Speed Detection Sensors

  • Parking garage monitoring.
  • Vehicle speed detection.
  • Automotive services.
  • Fleet vehicle management.

Wireless Liquid Level Sensors

  • Monitor container levels.
  • Track non-corrosive fluid levels.

Wireless Pressure Sensors

  • Compressed air supply lines.
  • Water supply lines.
  • Gas supply lines.
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[TORONTO STAR] SensorSuite featured on front page Business

Sense-ing a market opportunity

Toronto startup, SensorSuite, fills industry need with creation of a digital nervous system that can control a building’s heat, light and power from anywhere

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Robert Platek, the CEO and co-founder of SensorSuite — a Toronto-based startup specializing in wireless and remote building monitoring — was visiting properties with his father, a green energy consulting engineer, when a market need announced itself.

“My father was the initial instigator of this whole thing. Without him, I’d never actually be doing any of this,” Platek says.

“He would actually go and sell stuff that didn’t exist to his building customers and then would say ‘OK Rob, you have to build this now,’ ” Platek says. And he did. After a few years of building and experimenting, Platek officially launched his company in February with his co-founder Marc Carignan, Salman Habib and, the catalyst for the whole idea, his father Vlad Platek. They have created wireless sensors and cloud-based infrastructure that in their words can create a digital nervous system in any building. Small and sleek, the sensors can monitor boiler room activity, temperatures, humidity, lights, whether doors are open or closed, power usage and other functions.

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“It was all built out of something that people actually wanted,” Platek says. “This has implications in pretty much every industry, from health care to manufacturing, to transportation to retail, to building automation and property management — which is the first niche we’re hitting. We call it a niche but it’s projected to be a $50 billion niche by 2018.”

When their wireless sensors are paired with the company’s proprietary app for mobile devices, SensorSuite enables property managers to monitor those critical building functions from anywhere. The result? Time savings, improved efficiency and reduced energy costs.

“In 2009, we installed a system in a 400-suite building,” Platek says. “That owner is still saving between $70,000 and $80,000 a year.”

The concept of building automation isn’t new, but SensorSuite is overhauling the experience for users, reducing cost, improving usability and adding features — points that Platek says “old-school players” such as Honeywell and Johnson Controls can’t beat. Plus, installation is simple. Retrofitting a building can take as little as a half-hour and because the system is, as Platek describes, “plugand-play,” the process is nonintrusive. “A big part of our go-to-market strategy is in the way we’re creating these tools so that installers can install our technology easily,” he explains. The company currently has pilot systems in place in more than 20 buildings in Toronto, including gyms and condos. Next up is Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre — the old Maple Leaf Gardens — an opportunity Platek credits to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson, where the company is currently incubating.

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“We’ll be monitoring temperature, humidity, sound of the audience. We might monitor ice temperature and we can add on some extra security on doors,” Platek explains. “We were lucky to get introductions and get in there. That’s one of the cool perks of being at the DMZ.”

The DMZ has been instrumental in many ways for the company. Both Platek and Habib were working with other incubating companies — Jobdeals and Tapgage Inc., respectively — at the DMZ when they met. A business relationship was formed and Habib joined Platek to launch Sensor Suite.

With the technology ready to go and $200,000 in funding raised, Sensor Suite is now developing its next offering — a product that will enable “full control from your phone, turning up and down your boilers, the thermostats in all the rooms in your building,” Platek explains, and focusing on sales.

For Platek, ramping up means wearing many different hats.

“I’m the janitor and the CEO of the company,” Platek laughs. “I do the sales materials, I do programming on the hardware, I do the marketing stuff, social media. It’s hard to juggle so many things but it’s all been good.”

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The SensorSuite Matrix™ cloud services

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SensorSuite is excited to present the SensorSuite Matrix™ which provides the most advanced cloud-based service and software for managing connected products and machines and implementing innovative Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Our customers use the SensorSuite Matrix™ cloud to monitor and control remote systems, turn machine data into valuable information, to build and run innovative M2M and IoT applications, and to optimize business processes by integrating machine data.

SensorSuite’s MicroCortex™ is a new breed of distributed sensor and control technology that can control anything based on distributed wireless sensor nodes.  Thousands of MicroCortexes are used in conjunction with the SensorSuite Matrix™ to coordinate all the machines on site and talk to the mother brain in the cloud.

 

 

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Internet of Things to give $10-$15 Trillion injection to global economy!

In a recent study performed by General Electric (GE), productivity gains resulting from the “internet of things” could add between $10 trillion and $15 trillion to global GDP over the next 20 years.

The manufacturing giant reckons the “industrial internet”, as it terms the phenomenon, could find direct application in sectors accounting for more than $32.3 trillion in global economic activity, but expects this figure to reach about $82 trillion – one half of global economic output – by 2025.

The study deals with correcting inefficiencies in business processes for major industries. Improving these processes even slightly provides huge cost savings boosting the overall economy.

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Wireless Sensors for Apartment Management

Apartment ManagementManaging apartment properties efficiently, yet cost effectively is challenging. In large and small apartment complexes there’s plenty to worry about without having to spend time and money to manually monitor areas of a building that could be monitored by sensors. SensorSuite has a low-cost, easy to use wireless sensor solution for apartment property management.

Using SensorSuite Wireless Sensors for apartment property monitoring allows property managers to be notified immediately if any issues occur that could cause damage. Know instantly about water heater leaks, plumbing issues, AC unit failure, and many other things critical to maintaining safe living areas for residents. SensorSuite wireless sensors track conditions for you, sending the information to the SensorSuite cloud  Sensor Monitoring and Notification System where custom alerts can be sent via SMS text or email. We recommend using SensorSuite’s affordable wireless water sensors to monitor for plumbing issues. We also recommend using SensorSuite’s wireless temperature sensors to monitor temperatures inside or outside of tenant apartments and common areas.

Detect issues before costly damage occurs with SensorSuite’s Wireless Sensors!

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