The very concept of wireless sensors is to make monitoring easier. Why, then, does industrial monitoring tend to get complicated? We keep it simple at El-Watch and strive to deliver the most user-friendly IoT monitoring solutions on the market.
Wireless sensors are designed to improve efficiency, but many solutions are far from user-friendly. No one needs complicated efficiency; it defeats the purpose. Efficiency is best promoted with effective solutions, which we have to offer.
Before revealing how our wireless sensors make monitoring easy, discussing the root causes that complicate IoT monitoring is useful. Alternatively, you can skip directly to the chapter on El-Watch wireless sensor solutions here.
- How do wireless sensors work?
- What are wireless sensor networks?
- IoT monitoring challenges
- Wireless sensors + IoT = User-friendly harmony
- Wireless sensors’ industrial applications
- Examples of functional wireless sensor networks
- Benefits of investing in wireless sensors
- Wireless sensor challenges
- El-Watch’s wireless sensors
- Complicated efficiency is history!
How do wireless sensors work?
Wireless sensors are electronic devices designed for remote monitoring of changes in physical or environmental conditions. Many types of wireless sensors respond to different parameters, like temperature, moisture, pressure, light, etc. Typically, the sensor measurements are digitized and transmitted to a nearby wireless data collector/gateway for further processing.
Wireless sensors are applied in everything from smart gadgets to smart cities. At El-Watch, we focus on remote IoT monitoring in the industrial sector. Industrial wireless sensors are especially robust and usually form large wireless sensor networks.
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What are wireless sensor networks?
A wireless sensor network gathers data from multiple monitoring nodes. The wireless sensor nodes transmit data to a gateway, which transfers the recorded data to a local processing unit, or in an IoT solution, to an IoT cloud. IoT monitoring software enables network control and data analysis.
Depending on the mode of production, facility layout, size of operation, and other environmental factors, wireless sensor networks often require ad hoc solutions. Naturally, this can create a wide range of wireless network complications.
IoT monitoring challenges
To combat wasteful procedures and promote efficiency, El-Watch delivers end-to-end user-friendliness. We aim to streamline and simplify all processes, from planning and setting up wireless sensor networks to data gathering and analysis.
Wireless sensor network planning issues
Most wireless sensor network issues hereunder can be avoided. However, planning for IoT monitoring is not easy without a team of sensor experts at hand. El-Watch is here to help you plan, set up, and run wireless sensor networks.
The first and foremost things to consider are the coverage in your facility, the energy costs for keeping your wireless network running, network maintenance needs, network scalability, and data-collecting requirements.
Finding the right wireless sensor network
Choosing a supplier is one of the first issues you’ll encounter after deciding to invest in a wireless sensor network. There are many solutions on the market with different strengths and weaknesses.
The challenge is to find the best-fitting wireless sensor network solution for your operation. At El-Watch, we don’t sell without consulting and ensuring that each customer gets the best possible solution for their operation.
Calibration issues with wireless sensors
Interference is a common issue when working with industrial wireless sensors. Establishing persistently reliable data transfers in large locales with lots of physical and electric disturbances can be challenging.
On top of that, environmental changes and equipment movements often cause parameters to change, which means that the sensors must be recalibrated. Faulty calibration results in poor maintenance routines and can pose safety risks.
Connectivity issues with wireless sensors
Regarding calibration and daily operation, your wireless sensor network must communicate fluently with the gateway, cloud, and managing software. Getting it all up and running can be challenging.
Wireless sensor networks depend on reliable connectivity from nodes via multiple connectors to the managing software. Every time the data transfers, it can create issues if the data stops, gets corrupted, or is delayed. To secure and simplify the process, our wireless sensor network handles all data, from sensor nodes to managing software, in a fluid motion.
Troubles with changing wireless sensors
Wireless sensors can be sensitive to harsh environments, which might cause hardware failure. Replacing a faulty node is crucial but can cause complications due to difficult placement. It can even be hard to detect because of lacking data management.
Undetected faulty nodes lead to inaccurate monitoring, and error detection requires meticulous data control. El-Watch’s line of robust neuron sensors is not sensitive to harsh conditions, and our Neuron Sensors App enables easy data management, easy sensor replacement, and full control of the sensor network’s health status.
Data gathering and interpretation issues
Data collection comes with certain challenges, such as complex management, security concerns, real-time transfer reliability, and storage requirements.
El-Watch’s user-friendly solutions take care of all these issues. In short, we’ve simplified data management with our app and fortified IoT monitoring with our hardware.
Read more about smart sensor issues and how we solve them here.
Wireless sensors + IoT = User-friendly harmony
IoT is a critical component in making wireless sensor networks user-friendly. Extended data control makes it easier to detect anomalies immediately. To be clear, we’re not talking about anomalies in your wireless sensors but predictive maintenance.
Faulty wireless sensors are a thing of the past. El-Watch’s Neuron sensors are very robust. Thanks to our data analysis software, they enable you to predict and prevent equipment failures before they occur.
Even the slightest change in vibration, temperature, pressure, or humidity is detected and reported. Then, the anomaly data can be compared to data from previous occurrences to determine whether upkeep is needed or not.
We have another article about predictive maintenance if you want to know more. In this article, we’re focusing on the fact that wireless sensor reliability and software tailored for user-friendliness make IoT monitoring easier than ever.
Wireless sensors’ industrial applications
Industrial wireless sensor networks have many applications. Most prominently, it is used for predictive maintenance, operations automation, production optimization, and improved safety.
The latter is directly connected to predictive maintenance since maintenance workers often toil in hazardous environments at a time when safety systems are paused. Predictive maintenance reduces the need for emergency upkeep and thereby brings down accident numbers in the industrial sector.
In more detail, industrial wireless sensors are used for remote IoT monitoring of vibrations, temperature, refrigeration, cold chains, HVAC, tire pressure, and much more. Let’s have a look at a few practical examples.
Examples of functional wireless sensor networks
It only took three days for our vibration sensors to avert a crisis at a timber corporation with more than 440 employees. In 2020, Bergen Holm AS tested five El-Watch sensors. Today, their IoT monitoring networks count more than 600 wireless sensors.
With a turnover of more than 130 million USD, Bergene Holm AS relies on any number of machines to keep production going. Our vibration sensors help Bergene Holm engage in predictive maintenance and eliminate any unwanted production halts.
«Simplicity was also important for the company when selecting the sensor provider» (Technical director – Håvard Omholt). Read the full story here: Breakdowns prevented by sensors in Bergene Holm production line
Moving on to the much smaller yet equally important wireless sensor networks in the transport industry. Introducing the El-Watch Neuron Tyre Health System, our patented THS, aka tire health monitoring system.
We’re proud to tell you about our wireless tire pressure monitor because we believe it is the most user-friendly TPMS ever made. Installation, monitoring, and data management were never easier.
In short, our wireless tire pressure sensors are attached to the inside of truck and trailer tires. Then you scan a QR code, hit the tires with a hammer, and your IoT monitoring system is set up and ready to go. Check out this video to see how it works.
Check out our complete guide to the tire pressure monitor system
Benefits of investing in wireless sensors
We’ve already covered the core benefits of wireless IoT monitoring: It enables predictive maintenance, production optimization, and improved safety. But there are also many benefits of opting for wireless sensors instead of wired ones.
First and foremost, wireless sensor networks are much easier to install, adapt and scale in line with production upgrades. You simply move, recalibrate, and acquire more wireless sensors when you need them.
Wired sensors make sense in certain scenarios, like when you need fast process control or in machine protection systems relying on thousands of samples per second. However, you should always consider if your operation is suited for wireless IoT monitoring. It might save you many headaches.
Top benefits of wireless sensor monitoring
- Easy installation (No cables interrupt production)
- Lowered cost (Less work on installation and customization)
- Constant connectivity (Control assets anywhere, anytime)
- Flexible monitoring (Moving wireless sensors takes seconds)
- Scalability (Wireless sensor networks are easily expanded)
El-Watch’s wireless sensors
Getting to the heart of the matter, we at El-Watch take pride in providing the most user-friendly wireless sensor networks on the market today. We started by assembling a line of robust sensors that are easy to install, set up, customize, and communicate with.
Simultaneously, we fully embraced IoT and made the Neuron Sensors App to simplify monitoring and data analysis. In a nutshell, we optimized the lines of communication in a wireless sensor network and made it easily accessible on all digital platforms.
Lastly, to complement our user-friendly IoT monitoring solutions, we gave our website a thorough overhaul. Take a tour to find info about all our sensors (more than 50 types) and applications, or get in touch to request a quote and online demo.
Complicated efficiency is history!
A common mistake in industrial monitoring is to overcomplicate things. It is crucial to choose suitable wireless sensors for your IoT monitoring. Most El-Watch sensors are easily attached by magnets or adhesives, which makes your network incredibly flexible.
You can easily calibrate your wireless sensors and get them to communicate with our app. Take vibration sensor networks, for instance. Simply scan the QR code of each sensor with your phone and engage IoT monitoring on your dashboard.
Wireless sensors are intended to make monitoring easier, which we aim to follow through. We designed the El-Watch IoT monitoring solutions to be user-friendly, long-lasting, and promote economic and environmental sustainability in the industrial sector.
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