Control From Afar: IoT Remote Monitoring

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM Kody Betonte  
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Remote Monitoring of Water TanksThe era of remote monitoring is here! Technology to control objects from a short distance via remote or sensory stimulation may not be new, but recent advances in remote monitoring offer companies and consumers seeking to leverage Internet of Things solutions a whole new type of technological super-power. And IoT solutions bring a level of control that’s being used through diverse applications to solve problems in various industries, as these examples illustrate.

Up in the Air With Remote Monitoring
Clean air is one our most basic moment-to-moment needs, so monitoring air pollution in our communities is a necessity. The true societal cost of a factory near the local school is a vital piece of information for governments and citizens alike. Unfortunately, air quality monitoring devices can be expensive, require highly trained personnel, and cost a bundle in ongoing maintenance.  

The solution? The Neighborhood Monitor from Met One Instruments – this device uses a small laser light-scattering engine to measure pollution levels in the air, then it sends the data to a server and automatically displays the readings in real-time on a webpage. This provides a scoreboard-style monitoring dashboard at a small sliver of previous costs, all based on remote monitoring via the cellular system. This kind of remote monitoring and control helps everyone breathe easy with the help of IoT technology.

Remote Monitoring in Industry
While manufacturing benefits from faster IoT-based communication and automation, remote monitoring adds an extra advantage that has revolutionized plant operations with real-time measurement and reporting. Whereas plant managers previously had to track information such as equipment performance, production trends, energy usage, and environmental conditions using ongoing checks from the floor, remote monitoring enables analysis in real-time from any location.

More importantly, plant managers can also adjust to incoming information, changing their circumstances more rapidly and effectively by identifying the root cause of plant issues from anywhere regardless of proximity to the problem. They can even identify and adjust issues at a glance at a monitor in locations that would normally require travel, saving time and reducing unnecessary expenditures.

These capabilities can be applied to most industries, but particularly benefit those managing oil fields. Protecting equipment in the field reduces downtime and avoids other operational costs by detecting equipment failure in parts such as bearings and gears in gas turbine engines. Remote monitoring helps managers maintain efficiency in operations and prevent problems before they escalate.

Fuel and Utilities Remote Monitoring
Tank fuel levels can be arduous to check one by one. Even when monitoring is all tied to a single dashboard, the ability to investigate remotely can greatly benefit those needing a quick spot-check of how full fuel tanks are or focusing on other aspects of their operation with full confidence that a remote monitoring system will inform them when tanks get too low on fuel. For example, Nantucket Energy’s electronic tank monitoring system can even predict empty tanks before they happen.

Sensors, meters, and other equipment created to measure and adjust heat, gas, electric, and water can even be tailored to needs associated with geographic regions and particular utility types to save costs and ensure public safety. Sensus is one such company that creates smart systems for disaster preparedness that integrate data from utilities and add demand response capabilities, resource management, and remote monitoring to keep municipalities prepared for emergencies.

Remote monitoring can keep organizations in control of utilities and so much more. These IoT solutions are built on flexible, reliable cellular connectivity and cloud platforms. Find out how an IoT monitoring and control solution tuned to your needs can reduce downtime, increase productivity, and reduce costs.

Topics: smart meters, utilities, industrial IoT, remote monitoring