Can you remotely monitor tank levels in real-time with Tools.Valarm.net? Absolutely!
Update: Click here to see Valarm’s web-based dashboards for remote tank level / volume monitoring
During the summer of 2015 we started monitoring tanks for AGRX in California, a leading supplier of traditional and organic crop protection and nutrient products. As you see in the picture above they’ve got a bunch of tanks filled with a variety of products!
Manually measuring the tanks takes a lot of time and money. Hence our customer figured there had to be a better way than monitoring the tank levels by hand!
These Industrial IoT tank monitoring systems are cost-effective and rapidly deployable. Valarm’s Industrial IoT applications are part of an open platform so you can use the hardware that’s the best fit for you, your application, your environment.
In this deployment WiFi internet connectivity made sense since the tanks are stationary and close together. Additionally, wireless internet is easier, more reliable and more cost-effective than cell network data coverage for this environment. We used TP-Link CPE210 antennas / wireless access points to send and receive WiFi signals around the tanks. In the photos below shows a Valarm monitoring box with the key components to make Valarm sensor solutions for tank monitoring:
- Ethernet sensor hubs
- 4-20mA sensor adapters
- Flowline ultrasonic / sonar liquid depth sensors ( 4-20mA compatible )
Note that each 4-20mA sensor adapter supports 2 channels. In the picture above you see a sensor hub connector device monitoring 4 tanks since it’s connected to 2 4-20mA sensor adapters, which lets you monitor 4 tanks with 1 Valarm unit!
See below for a screenshot of a Tools.Valarm.net graph of tank level sensor data.
Note that you can also download all of your Industrial IoT sensor data in CSV and other data formats – Valarm is an open platform and your data is never trapped anywhere, it’s yours to use however you need to! Use the Valarm APIs to get your sensor data to your endpoints in real-time like these examples with source code for Valarm sensor data on
What does your business need to monitor? You can follow this step-by-step video tutorial to get your Valarm sensor devices (available at shop.valarm.net) up and running exactly like we did at this tank monitoring deployment! Note that you can use sensors from any manufacturer like Omega or Maxbotix.
Next up we’ll be doing more Industrial IoT by monitoring more tanks for AGRX at their additional sites, followed by more tank monitoring around the states.
Have a look at this follow-up story on solar powered remote tank monitoring using WiFi.
On our Industrial IoT Web Dashboards Page you’ll see how these tanks levels and other asset information are available on your phone, tablet, laptop computer, or any other device with a web browser!
How does your organization use this information for chemical distribution and real-time decision making to improve your business operations?
Take a gander at this Tank Monitoring Web Dashboard to see how.
Tools.Valarm.net is an open platform. We’re flexible for your needs. Your organization can quick and easily integrate Industrial IoT sensor monitoring with any of your business intelligence / analytics systems, like the Esri ArcGIS platform and Cityworks.
Remember that your organization can use sensors made by any manufacturer to remotely monitor air quality, water, vehicles, industrial equipment, assets, flooding risks / warning alerts, or anything, anywhere!
- Campbell Scientific
- Foxboro / Schneider Electric
- Eno Scientific
Please don’t hesitate to talk to us at Info@Valarm.net!
We’re happy to help you with you, your teams, and your organization with your remote monitoring needs.