Cermetek iController: Cloud Based Monitor and Control Systems
iController is a hardware platform which works with the RSVP (Remote Sensor Viewing Platform) software resident on our secure web server to enable Cloud based monitor and control.
IController products range from autonomous, single node systems to systems with multiple wireless sensor nodes linked to network hubs. In its simplest form iController operates as a single node with just a few sensor inputs and control outputs connecting to the secure web server with a standard Ethernet connection. In this configuration it is suitable for monitoring and controlling a single piece of equipment such as a refrigeration unit. For more complex tasks such as managing Precision Agriculture for a large vineyard, multiple wireless sensor nodes, each connected to many sensors and equipment actuators, move data to the web server through one or more wireless network hubs equipped with cellular or satellite communications.
The RSVP software running on our secure web server manages the database for all iController applications. RSVP accepts incoming iController sensor data and builds a unique data base for each sensor node. When users input data limits, RSVP monitors the data sends alerts when the limits are exceeded. RSVP also permits activation of equipment through actuators connected to iController outputs.
We designate iControllers targeting the agricultural market as AquaMon systems. Aquamon systems usually connect to the secure web server over a cellular data link. An AquaMon system may consist of a single node system or a network of wireless sensor nodes connected to a single hub. When sensors are linked with a wireless sensor network, all data uploads to and control commands from RSVP pass through the network hub.
AquaMon Applications Include:
Equipment Status Monitoring
The CH2178 is the most basic iController system. As a single, autonomous sensor node, the CH2178 connects a power monitor, temperature sensor, three analog sensor inputs, two digital senor inputs, 2 digital outputs and a switch closure output to the our secure server via an Ethernet, Wifi, Cellular or Satellite link.
HVAC Equipment Monitor
Process Integrity Monitor
Monitoring Motors or Generators
AquaMon at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA. Feb 9, 2011.
Interview by Tony Botti KGPE ch 47 (CBS).
The Cermetek CH2178 iController provides a freestanding, fully functional Internet enabled device that seamlessly moves sensor data to Cermetek’s secure web server. Authorized users can view, analyze, format, and download sensor data using any web enabled computing or mobile device. Simply access the RSVP (Remote Sensor Viewing Platform) software resident on the Cermetek secure web server for 24/7 cloud based services.
The Remote Sensor Viewing Platform is hosted on a secure web server. It provides access to sensor data at any time from any browser equipped laptop, tablet or smart phone. RSVP is fully customizable for any sensor type, control or alarm conditions
AquaMon is available in several network configurations. The simplest configuration is as a standalone, single-node system. In this configuration local sensors connect directly to the communications controller where the data can be stored in the on-board memory and packaged for transmission to the secure web server. The data is passed to the web server via an embedded GSM modem at prescribed intervals.
The AquaMon base station serves as the central collection point for sensor data. Data is collected from local and remote sensors and stored in the base station on-board memory. The data is then packaged for transmission and transferred to the secure web server.
AquaMon remote sensor nodes extend the reach of AquaMon. Remote sensor node can connect to multiple sensors monitoring soil conditions, weather changes, and equipment parameters. Control outputs from the remote sensor nodes permit the remote activation of equipment.
The basic characteristics of radios limit their range. Under ideal conditions the relationship between effective signal power and distance is not linear; the effective signal power diminishes as the square of distance. This ideal range is further compromised by radio signals being reflected off the ground or being blocked by hilly terrain or the thick canopy of an orchard.