Pyrotechnic displays can be amazing to watch but, as with any explosion, there are many safety concerns and potential hindrances to watch out for. In 2016 alone, 11,000 fireworks injuries were reported in the U.S. according to the Insurance Journal. While most of these injuries resulted from misuse and user failure in backyards across the nation, even fireworks professionals are not exempt from risk.
Larger fireworks displays require careful planning, significant investment, and the right conditions to produce a perfect show. In the past, pyrotechnic professionals had to rely exclusively on experience, guesswork, and an abundance of caution. However, the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) can replace much of that guesswork with easy to use SIM card driven automation and monitoring systems.
Using SIM card-compatible instruments that connect directly to the cloud, pyrotechnic experts can control and keep track of their displays remotely, expanding safety perimeters and thereby better protecting both themselves and viewers. Cellular connections are perfect for pyrotechnic IoT as they are rugged and reliable, holding up well over large geographic areas in all weather. Best of all, SIM card technology is portable and durable, allowing you to easily transport each piece of equipment with you.
Fox Business reported that even small town fireworks shows can cost up to $7,000, while larger professional displays can run to $20,000, along with $2,000 a minute for coordinated music and explosions. To help with that, here are five ways SIM card-enabled IoT can ensure more “bang for your buck”.
SIM Card-Linked Environmental Controls
Nothing is worse than losing a display to moisture or being unable to light a wet fuse at the last minute. Even in otherwise perfect conditions, humidity can wreak havoc on a firework show’s fuse system. With SIM card-compatible humidity and temperature monitors, however, you’ll be able to keep track of storage conditions from the road and in the fields. To better control the environmental conditions of your pyrotechnic storage, dehumidifiers can be linked with your humidity monitor through machine to machine (M2M) technology, switching on if humidity reaches a preset threshold. In the same way, temperature monitoring can be linked with air conditioning systems to cool down storage on hot summer afternoons. This automation of environmental controls ensures your explosives stay cool and dry at all times.
SIM Card-Linked Electronic Ignition Systems
While electronic ignition is now the industry standard for pyrotechnic displays, cellular controlled systems are an upgrade over more traditional wired and remote controlled systems in terms of reliability. For instance, cellular connections are less prone to outages or interference. They also are able to handle more connections at a single time than wired or remote controlled ignition, allowing you to connect as many launch sites as your display calls for. With a 4G-enabled system, the ignition relay will be faster than alternative forms of electronic ignition, insuring a flawlessly synchronized performance.
A SIM card-driven ignition system also means your team can get out of harm's way faster, immediately evacuating the launch platform after setup and allowing you to establish a control center much farther out. Stationing your team in a controlled safe zone can be helpful especially when the launch site is difficult for emergency personnel to access, keeping your team well out of harm's way.
SIM Card-Linked Timers
Timing also may be automated with cellular-linked circuits. These circuits will be able to communicate with your ignition system, and you may preset countdowns as part of your set-up. As each circuit begins and ends its countdown, you receive a notification of successful or failed launch. Countdown clocks may be connected to emergency stop mechanisms as well. Stops may be triggered automatically or manually ordered from your command center. Automated shutdowns could be put in motion by SIM card-enabled motion sensors around your launch site or SIM-linked electrostatic sensors set to alert at any sign of stray charges.
SIM Card-Linked Cameras
In addition to providing viewers around the world the chance to experience the show from the comfort of their home, on-site camera monitoring will allow for high-quality streaming displays to the cloud for post-show review. The ability to record and re-watch a display provides an opportunity to adapt and perfect pyrotechnic set-ups. Blast resistant cameras can be placed near the launch sight, thereby providing full review of ignition sequences without risking human lives. Streaming from cameras on site also allows for a visual check that all explosives have launched, letting workers re-enter the blast zone without fear of a delayed, defective, or otherwise volatile dud.
SIM Card-Linked Drones
SIM card technology even can be integrated with the latest drones, providing your team with an extra pair of eyes in the sky. Drones can allow your team to scout launch sites, identifying potential hazards and obstacles, and even check out the weather and flight conditions the day of a display with wind sensors, electrostatic meters, and weather monitoring add-ons. Business Insider reports that light bearing drones may replace traditional explosives with coordinated flights in the future, taking the fireworks industry digital. Though this shift may be some years away, cellular SIM cards from Neo would enable command of drone technologies now, allowing your pyrotechnics company to get ahead of the curve or add a digital lightshow component to performances.
Neo SIM Card Solutions for Your Next Pyrotechnics Show
Neo is a self-service network provider that gives you the freedom to scope your pyrotechnics project to whatever scale works best for you. We are contract free and provide reliable SIM cards that you can purchase from the comfort of your own office or home. We’ll ship directly to you, and you’ll be able to get started within a few minutes by following the directions here.
With Neo SIM cards, connecting your pyrotechnic gear to the Internet of Things is as simple as selecting cards online, adding them to a SIM compatible device, and linking them to your cellular provider once they have shipped to you. To find out what coverage is like in your area, you can visit our coverage map. We offer cards for 2G, 3G, and 4G connection, but the connection speed you select will depend on your monitoring needs. 4G is recommended for any application that requires streaming, instant feedback, or careful timing and may be the best fit for most pyrotechnic uses.
If you’re looking to explore even more possibilities for pyrotechnic applications with your SIM cards, we even offer a user support forum geared toward the DIY and small business IoT user.
Ready to try out our SIM cards and take your fireworks displays to the next level while also enhancing the safety and security of your team and audience? Contact us today to find out more.