Site/Equipment Monitoring – Open/Close, Temperature, Movement, On/Off

Monitoring sites and specific equipment is often needed to assure security, measure usage, operating performance, and usage patterns. In many cases this is a challenge because there is no simple way to gather the information from remote locations or older equipment and deliver it to a monitoring or security application. Triotos Site/Equipment monitoring addresses this challenge by using battery powered sensors that are connected via the cellular network directly or via access methods like Bluetooth® 5.0 or LoRaWAN®, via wireless or wired gateways.

Understanding the Challenge

While site/equipment monitoring is easy to describe it can be difficult to implement, especially if sites are located in geographically remote or hard to reach locations. Issues include powering of sensors and devices and connecting them so that the information they provide is delivered in a timely and meaningful way. In addition, you may want to monitor a range of factors; anything from operational status and perimeter/door security, to movement or vibration of machines or equipment and operating conditions like temperature.  This may require the use of different sensors from different manufacturers, adding complexity and integration expense.

Building these monitoring solutions for multiple sites, commercial sites, or buildings poses further challenges as existing power and connectivity may not support the needed range of bandwidth. And, implementing and operating such a system remotely with sites and systems across a region or country can push a workable solution out of reach financially.

Overlay Site/Equipment Monitoring — an Evolved Answer

What if there were a better way? Triotos has examined this challenge and developed an answer, the Industrial IoT overlay Site/Equipment Monitoring Solution. As the name implies this solution can be simply applied with or “overlaid” on an existing installation and sites without massive investment and integration costs.

An overlay solution addresses some of the most difficult challenges in delivering the most critical functions required for a successful IoT implementation.

First and foremost, it helps ensure delivery of IoT applications that actually meets the needs of users, whether operational managers, field technicians, support engineers, business analysts, administrators, or executives.  In other words, the applications are made available in the right format, on the right device, and with the right timely relevant actionable information that each user wants.

Additionally, the Industrial IoT overlay Site/Equipment Monitoring Solution delivers:

  • An IoT data model and associated data gathering capabilities designed together with each customer and customized for that customer’s specific needs.
  • Industrial IoT sensors for deployment at customers sites and premises powered by long-life batteries. These sensors are installed on gates or equipment and are connected directly to the internet using narrowband cellular connectivity (LTE-M or NB-IoT) or wireless connectivity (Bluetooth 5.0 or LoRaWAN) connected to the internet via a gateway.
  • An IoT platform that handles all the data gathering, processing, and storage of the IoT data. A processing architecture that then processes and converts raw data to meaningful data, events, alarms, and information that can be used for applications, machine learning and analytics. And, of course, a processing architecture that uses edge processing available in IoT gateways/devices to optimize data flows and efficiency.
  • A secure scalable application that will meet the customer’s needs today and for the foreseeable future.

In summary – an existing IoT solution that can be overlaid on the customer’s current installations and sites without massive investment and integration costs offers compelling advantages in terms of cost, ease of implementation, and reliability.

Triotos Solution – Built on our Reference Architecture

Our Industrial IoT Reference Architecture is built around Amazon’s AWS IoT Core platform and associated applications/software for data management, time series storage & analytics, machine learning, and tools for information presentation as well as services for messaging and email.

On top of this we have created a complete set of applications for data/event monitoring, analytics, administration, and management of the IoT solution as well as user, device, and application provisioning. In addition to the extensive AWS IoT security architecture, we are integrated with AT&T’s extensive mobile offering for secure high speed and low speed data connectivity.

By starting with an already existing reference architecture augmented with tools for rapid development and integration we will bring up a complete IoT implementation for you in months instead of the typical year an internal effort would take. Working closely with your IoT team and using an agile approach we will start delivering your IoT applications, designed for your specific needs, in weeks rather than months. As we are already starting with a fully deployed reference architecture, we can do this at a very competitive price point and offer it as a solution owned by you or hosted on our AWS multi-tenant platform.

So, whether you are a supplier of Industrial Systems or want to Monitor your Industrial Systems and Sites, Triotos can bring you the complete IIoT solution you need for your business.

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