IoT is Big!
Analysts are making a bold prediction for 2014: One of the top technology trends will be IoT, or Internet of Things. The term IoT is the newer buzz word for M2M, which means machine-to-machine. Either term generally refers to devices on the Internet which have sensors for remotely monitoring things of interest. Sometimes the devices also have actuators for controlling things. Frost & Sullivan is predicting upwards of 80 billion connected IoT devices online by 2020. The results of a survey conducted by ARM (www.arm.com) suggests that IoT is already being used across all industries by 75% of all companies.
Micro Hydro Electric doesn’t regard IoT as anything new. We’ve been designing, building, and shipping IoT devices for the past several years. IoT isn’t new technology, but what is new is the fact that IoT is getting so big that the major financial analysts are starting to see it as an important investment opportunity. We are not looking for investors, but that is still good news to us – it means we are nicely positioned in a growth industry. And we are not a newcomer to IoT– we’ve already been delivering IoT for the last 5 years and have shipped thousands of devices all over the world!
One of Micro Hydro Electric’s more popular IoT devices - popular because of its flexibility and low cost - is the RMSCS® V2 Internet I/O board with web server
. The RMSCS® Series has eight universal inputs which can be configured as discrete or analog and 8 high current solid state outputs which can be used to control loads The RMSCS® V2 Series also has a OneWire RTU communications port for querying data from sensors like tempature, humididty and pressure. The RMSCS® V2 Series is programmable in C, or using the built in drag in drop logic included in the device. In addition, the user can also access a collection of pre-programmed web pages hosted by the embedded server contained in the RTU Device.
One of Micro Hydro Electric's biggest selling point for it's IoT devices is our highly optimized and compressed data transmission format. This makes our boards extremely well suited for remote telemetry installations where a single $25 /mo Iridium SBD Plan could provide 1 sample of all the inputs every hour for an entire month!!! . Using cellular technology it's also posible to send the data via SMS which is very affordable and reliable. Our devices have been used to provide monitoring and control of a variety of equipment and are ideal for monitoring multiple sites over a wide geographic area from a single web portal. The RMSCS® devices report data to a cloud based monitoring and control application, and users can log in via Internet from anywhere to check on status. Both stationary and mobile tracking applications are supported. Satellite connectivity is reccomended where cellular coverage or other connectivity options are inadequate. Our Devices are extremely flexible and highly adaptable to a variety of applications.
The goal of the RMSCS® V2
Series Devices is to provide a simple and cost effective facility management and remote monitoring solution suitable for use in small sites. All the boards in the series are programmable, even though it is extremely powerful without programming.
RMSCS® V2 includes data logging, time & date scheduling, and rule based alarm processing with email notification and/or I/O activation in response to events or chainging analog input values. Data logging simply records the contents of registers on a user specified schedule. Scheduling causes register values to be set according to a schedule allowing scheduled setpoint changes or output activation. Data can also be recorded locally to an SD card.
Micro Hydro Electric's RMSCS® V2
can be used as a gateway to maximize system connectivity options. Open system architecture is a key element in today's control system designs. Connectivity using standard protocols is a vital ingredient in an open system. The ability to use multiple protocols in a single system enhances the flexibility of the system while allowing one to take advantage of a wider variety of products. Supported Protocals include, One Wire, I2C, Serial TTL, Ethernet, SNMP, UDP, SPI and more.
The goal of our devices is to close the loop and put your remote devices in touch with your enterprise - regardless of the size of your enterprise. Our vision is that signing up for a remote monitoring account should be no more difficult than signing up for an newsletter. We think remote monitoring should be accessible and affordable even if you have just one site to monitor. The RMSCS® V2 is the second in a growing family of cellular and satellite based remote monitoring products.
The RMSCS® V2
families of freely programmable network I/O provide various combinations of analog and discrete I/O. Inputs / Outputs can be polled and controlled via the built in Embedded Web Server or using a varity of Internet Protocals including SNMP, UDP and TCP