On a recent trip to Pennsylvania we worked with an upstream oil & gas company to deploy noise / sound monitoring units around a natural gas compressor station. On the same trip to work with Seneca Resources we rapidly deployed additional pond water level monitoring, expanding on the earlier monitors for effective water management. This time it was a lot warmer since there was no arctic polar ice blast! It was also an amazing reminder on how Valarm sensor and monitoring solutions so easy and rapid to deploy.
You can see in the picture above the conduit running from the Valarm monitoring box to the impoundment water pond. Inside the conduit is a water level / pressure transducer sensor – the Flowline LD31 you see in the photo on the right. This sensor uses the 4-20mA sensor standard so it’s sensor readings are easily readable by using hardware compatible with Valarm Tools Cloud. The water level sensor is placed at the bottom of the water body and reports the height of the water above it. Then you can use a WiFi, mobile cellular data connection, or any other type of internet connectivity to get your real-time, cloud-based sensor information. Here’s the key components you need to set this up:
- Ethernet sensor hub (connected via ethernet cable to your wireless modem or antenna)
- 4-20mA compatible water sensor, e.g., Flowline or In-Situ
- 4-20mA sensor adapter
In order to keep these Valarm remote monitoring units running, these components are in a weatherproof box with a solar charge controller (e.g., Sunsaver-10L with LVD) that’s connected to a solar panel and a lead acid battery.
This deployment took well under an hour. We were really grateful for this since it started to rain really hard right as we got back in the trucks! By that time the remote sensor data was already available in real-time via any web browser at tools.valarm.net so we watched the water levels rising from the convenience of our iPhones and Androids in the vehicles.
Using handy Linear Scalers we convert the raw sensor range of 4-20mA to the real world range of 0-34 feet and can use that calculated value for all applications like mapping, graphing, analysis, and APIs. See this how to step-by-step tutorial for more on setting up linear scalers on Valarm Tools Cloud.
Using Valarm’s JSON API, the GIS team at Seneca integrates Valarm environmental sensor data with the Esri ArcGIS platform. This improves overall operations and effectiveness since they know more about the current states of their widely distributed assets. It also provides power analysis and modeling capabilities in addition to alerting and executive dashboards.
Remote water monitoring has been our biggest market thus far even though with Valarm you can literally monitor anything, anywhere! Next up we’ll be monitoring water quality in streams – pH, conductivity, specific gravity, total dissolved solids (TDS), salinity. There’s a wide variety of things Valarm is monitoring from air quality on drones to the ebola vaccine in coolers, check out the Valarm blog to get a better idea of how easily and cost-effective you can remotely monitor what matters most to you.
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