Remotely Monitoring Industrial Internet of Things / IoT Sensors gives you real-time situational awareness for your assets. What’s going on in the field with your equipment? What if you don’t need people to drive for hours to read a sensor measurement?
Do you or your organization need to do any of the following?
The video tutorial above shows you step by step how to make your own / do-it-yourself / DIY Valarm boxes for remotely monitoring anything, anywhere! In this video we’re building a unit for remotely monitoring water well factors:
You can substitute and/or add any additional sensors you need from shop.valarm.net to monitor exactly what your organization needs.
Have a look at our Customer Stories Page for more info on Valarm applications in different industries like natural resources, governments, mining, oil & gas, petroleum, agriculture, air quality, and water.
Also see our Industrial IoT dashboards for more info on how you can receive alerts and visualize your real-time, remote sensor data on any device, like your phone or tablet. With Valarm you really can monitor anything, anywhere!
Transcript / Voiceover from HowTo Video Tutorial:
In this video you’ll learn how to make your own Industrial IoT remote monitoring boxes for doing sensor telemetry with Valarm. We’ll go step by step over the hardware you need and how to install and set it up for your long-term, remote deployments. See our other videos and our blog for more info on how to set up the Valarm software and use Valarm Tools Cloud at http://tools.valarm.net .
This video has a water monitoring box we made for a customer in California. They’re a gigantic environmental consulting agency and monitor water, air, and other environmental factors around the United States. The Valarm box built in this video is used to monitor water wells. Water usage is monitored by flow meter sensors that count how much water is flowing through pipes. The water levels in the wells are monitored by pressure transducers or water level sensors that are installed deep down in the water well.
The steps in this video are very similar for any kind of monitoring you need to do. For example the solar charge controller, solar panel, battery, sensor hub, and all of that stay the same. You’ll just need to add the sensors specific to your Industrial IoT application like air quality, high tech transport vehicles with GPS, or any other sensors you have from http://shop.valarm.net .
First open up your weatherproof box that will be your Valarm monitoring unit. In this case we’re using a NEMA outdoor box made by BUD Industries. Next install your solar charge controller that charges your battery with solar power from the solar panels and provides power to your Valarm sensor hub and sensors. In this box we’re using a Morningstar Sunsaver – 6 solar charge controller.
Next up is your sensor hub from Shop.Valarm.net, which sends your remote sensor data to Tools.Valarm.net via any internet connection, like GSM cell network, WiFi, or ethernet. At the bottom of the box attach your sealed lead acid (SLA) battery that will charge when the sun’s out and keep your Industrial IoT unit alive and reporting sensor data when there’s no sun.
Now it’s time to make some holes for cable glands, a.k.a, strain relief connectors. These will keep your Valarm box weatherproof while letting critical cables in and out of the box like power cables and sensor cables. Here we’ve marked 3 drill holes points for the 3 cable glands we need. 1 cable for the solar panel to connect to the solar charge controller. 1 cable to connect an external water flow meter to the PWM, or pulse-width modulation, sensor inside the box that counts ticks, pulses, or spins from the flowmeter. And 1 cable to connect a pressure transducer or water level sensor to the 4-20mA sensor adapter in the box that’s connected to our GSM sensor hub. You might need additional or fewer holes. Drill the appropriate number of holes you require for the amount of cables you need going in and out of your box.
Here Valarm founder, CEO, and software engineer Lorenzo Gonzalez is using our trusty Milwaukee drill and a circular hole dozer saw easily create 3 holes for our cable glands. Next install your cable glands so they’re nice and tight and will only let your cables in and keep out things you don’t want inside your box, like squirrels or bears.
You’re ready to add your Industrial IoT sensors from http://shop.valarm.net . Here we’ve connected 2 IIoT sensors to the GSM sensor hub. One is a 4-20 mA sensor adapter that connects to a water level sensor, a.k.a., pressure transducer, for remotely monitoring fluid depths like tank levels, volumes, or water wells. The other is a PWM sensor adapter that connects to a water flow meter to monitor water usage.
On the right side of the box you see a power converter that drops the power from the solar charge converter to 5V, which goes into the sensor hub to power the hub and attached sensors. Crimp wires to connect your step down power converter to the Load part of your solar charge controller. Last, crimp and connect wires to your sealed lead acid (SLA) battery and to your solar panel that’s outside of the box getting a tan, bathing in sunshine.
Connect your sensors like the flow meter and pressure transducer you see here. Once everything’s screwed down then fire it up! You’ll see the various lights turn on on the sensor hub, sensors, power converter, and solar charge converter. Verify your solar charge controller says your battery is charged and green and that your solar panels are properly connected and charging your SLA battery.
That’s it! Here’s a full tour of the Valarm remote monitoring box you just built. This water monitoring unit uses 2 Industrial IoT sensors – a 4-20mA pressure transducer or water level sensor and a flow meter. Our customers most commonly use Flowline and In-Situ level sensors and pressure transducers and flowmeters made by McCrometer. These sensors have cables that go into the box and send the sensor values to the 4-20mA and PWM sensor adapters connected to the 3G GSM sensor hub.
On the left side of the box are the 4-20 mA and PWM sensor adapters that connect to the water sensors outside of the box that are deployed in the field. Your sensors connect to your sensor hub via micro USB cables and power is controlled by the solar charge controller at the top of the box.
See our other videos for exact details on how to do this and please don’t hesitate to Contact Us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Do you need your remote sensor telemetry information on a web-based dashboard? We can help you with a real-time webpage that has maps, graphs, widgets, dials, and other graphics that show you and your teams exactly what’s going on with your assets in remote locations. You can receive alerts if a sensor value goes above or below your desired threshold and monitor your remote assets from any device with a web browser, like your phone or tablet!