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Howdy! This is Edward from Valarm.
Does your organization need a cost-effective way to remotely monitor Industrial IoT sensors like piezometers, pressure transducers, vibrating wires tanks, manage water resources, or track fleet vehicles, trucks, and trailers with industrial equipment?
In this video you’ll learn how to use http://Tools.Valarm.net , a.k.a., Valarm Tools Cloud for Industrial IoT and remotely monitoring Geokon 4500S piezometer sensors, a.k.a., pressure transducer telemetry. Try saying that phrase 11 times quickly! With Valarm Tools Cloud you can literally monitor anything, anywhere and have real-time access to your asset information from anywhere in the world. You can view it on maps, graphs, 2D & 3D maps, dashboards, and anyhow else you need it with our open APIs.
For this step-by-step vide tutorial we’ll show you how to link http://Tools.Valarm.net a.k.a. Valarm Tools Cloud, to your Geokon piezometers and pressure transducers. If you haven’t already linked your sensor hubs to Tools.Valarm.net , you’ll need to do that first following the How To Use Valarm video on www.Valarm.net. On http://Shop.Valarm.net you can get sensor hubs for uploading sensor data via 3G GSM cell network, ethernet, or Wifi. On Shop.Valarm.net you can also get any sensors you need, like GPS sensors, temperature & humidity sensors, 4-20mA sensor standard adapters, and the RS-232 sensor adapter you’ll need for each of your Geokon piezometers.
After you’ve logged into Tools.Valarm.net make sure you’ve got the latest version of the virtualhub software running on your computer. After you launch virtualhub we’ll connect to localhost:4444 in your favorite web browser to configure your RS-232 sensor adapter from http://Shop.Valarm.net . Plug your RS-232 sensor adapter into your computer for initial configuration or connect to your sensor hub with the RS-232 sensor module and click Configure.
Towards the bottom of the window you’ll see a “manage job files” button. Click that 1 and we’ll set up a new custom job file so your RS-232 module can communicate with the Geokon 4500S piezometer. Click to edit a brand new, empty .job file. Then click to edit a brand new, empty task.
Now the kicker on editing your task to talk to the Geokon 4500S pressure transducer piezometer. You’ll want to add all the commands and arguments you see here.
Due to the ASCII data format of the piezometer data logger you’ll need to send some commands, like enter or carriage return, in hexadecimal format. This first command writeHex 0D sends a wake up call to the data logger so it’s alert and ready to go and get some work done for you!
Let’s give the Geokon piezometer data logger a moment to wake up, have a coffee, and get rid of any drowsiness before we tell it more commands to do. With this command you’ll tell the RS-232 sensor adapter module to wait 500 milliseconds before sending the next command.
Since now your Geokon LC-2 data logger is awake and bright eyed after it’s siesta, you’re ready for a piezometer sensor reading so we’ll write the appropriate command for a vibrating wire data reading – X.
To send our request for a piezometer sensor data reading we’ll write Hex 0D a.k.a. carriage return / CR. Get yourself ready for Geokon piezometer / vibrating wire / pressure transducer information!
The final task you set up will receive a piezometer sensor reading and store each of its 8 data values into a genericSensor variable that’s sent to Tools.Valarm.net / Valarm Tools Cloud. Use the expect command and 8 float arguments separated by commas to receive the Geokon piezometer data and store each piece of the piezometer pressure transducer sensor reading in generic sensor variables.
That’s it! Save everything and set the Startup job of your RS-232 sensor adapter to default.job or the name of the job file you created in the steps above.
Now your Geokon vibrating wire / piezometer sensor data is being sent to Valarm Tools Cloud.
You can map your Geokon piezometer / pressure transducer sensor info to any fields or channels you want. Then you can use the custom sensor renaming and alias functionality to change the sensor names to just what you want for your pressure transducer or any other Industrial IoT sensors you’re using with Tools.Valarm.net. You can see an example in this Valarm Tools Cloud screenshot with custom names for Geokon Piezometer Values 1 through 8 that are coming from your 4500S.
That’s everything to get you and your organization going with remotely monitoring Geokon Piezometers on http://Tools.Valarm.net.
1 last important note: If you want another way to connect generic RS-232 and other serial sensors to http://Tools.Valarm.net have a look at our upload CSV Input Parsers setup to upload more than 8 sensor values. Have a look at our blog post and video tutorial on CSV Input Parsers for more on this. And please don’t hesitate to contact us at Info@Valarm.net if you ever have any questions and we’ll help you get your remote monitoring needs satisfied.
Have a look at our Blog and Customer Stories page on http://www.Valarm.net for stories of how organizations around the world are using http://Tools.Valarm.net to monitor stationary and mobile industrial assets for all industries. You’ll see things like how governments and companies monitor air quality like dust, PM2.5, and specific gases, how to effectively monitor and manage water resources, and how to track fleets of vehicles, trucks, and trailers loaded up with industrial equipment like tanks, vacuums, and pumps. See this page for more info on using Web Sockets and dataloggers to make sure none of your precious IIoT information is ever lost. We can also help your organization with custom web dashboards so you and your teams have access from anywhere to widgets, maps, graphs, just what you want to know about your remote assets like Geokon piezometers and pressure transducers.
Please don’t hesitate to Contact Us at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions. We’re happy to help you, your teams, and your organization make sure your Industrial IoT and remote monitoring solutions are working exactly how you need them. Thank you for watching!