Remote equipment monitoring and control offers a number of benefit’s:
- Saves time and increases efficiency
- Prolongs equipment life (i.e. know when to maintain)
- Reduce unplanned down time
- Provide evidential record of equipment use
- Reduce unnecessary maintenance
- Virtually no geographical restriction
IoT or the Internet of Things is becoming a much coined phrase. IoT refers to devices connected to one another via the internet.
Typical application areas:
- Remote equipment monitoring
- Smart cities
- Smart environments
- Smart metering
- Security and emergency
- Home automation
In the following we’ll look at applying IoT to a bee hive.
How is remote monitoring done?
This is done by fitting a monitoring device to the equipment in question. The device then collects data from the equipment or sensors and periodically sends it over the internet via GSM of WiFi to a file server.
Jamtech designed and built a prototype which successfully sends data from a remote location over the GSM network to a server.
To demonstrate this Jamtech fitted their monitoring device to a beehive which reports weight measured by a load cell. Real time load cell measurement is shown in the gauge and graphs below:
Historical load data (24 hours)
Historical load data (7 days)
Jamtech were able to demonstrate the application of their expertise, skills and knowledge to realise a prototype solution for remote equipment monitoring.