Just about anything, located anywhere, can be continuously monitored at low cost using a SmartScan cloud-based server, third party instrumentation, and the Internet. Instrumentation is readily available that can be used to monitor the following:
Temperature & Humidity
Wind Speed and Direction
AC or DC Power/Current/Voltage
Water Levels, Pressure, and Flow
Distance or Displacement/Levels
Noise and Vibration
Dissolved Chlorine & Ammonia
Toxic or Combustible Gasses
Free Chlorine or Ammonia
Almost all 3rd party sensors have analog outputs (4-20 ma or 0-5V) which can easily interface to SmartScan using a PD-17B data acquisition unit. Many instruments communicate using Modbus RTU or Modbus TCP protocols. These devices can be tied directly to a SmartScan DA-07 Remote Device Controller. Converters are readily available to allow a Modbus master (DA-07) to communicate with instruments using other protocols.
Access to the Internet can be through a variety of means. If it’s available, direct connection to a service provider can be had using inexpensive DSL modems. Another possibility is to use the cellular telephone network via a cellular modem. If land line or cellular service is not available at the monitoring site, a private wireless network can be used as bridge to a telephone network. If none of these is available, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications can be used (available in late 2016).
For web based environmental monitoring system and more, choose SmartScan today.