SignalFire Wireless Telemetry expanded its wireless IoT product offering with Ranger, a cellular transmitter that utilizes the latest LTE CAT M1 technology to connect industrial sensors to the cloud for remote monitoring, control and alarming. It is designed to work with a wide range of sensor types and brands, making it easily integrated into industrial monitoring systems, according to the company.
Ranger is equipped with two digital inputs, one analog input and one relay output. The digital inputs can detect on/off status or frequencies up to 2 kHz. The analog input can be set to 1-5 Vdc or 4-20 mA and is powered by the integrated battery pack. The relay output is a latching double pole single-throw type, capable of loads up to 2A at 30 Vdc, 0.3A at 110 Vac or 0.5A at 125 Vac. Furthermore, the built-in GPS allows for tracking the location of the Ranger and its measurements on a map.
It comes with a web- and mobile-friendly interface that allows users to remotely monitor assets, view trends, and receive alarms either by text or email. It also provides for remote configuration and troubleshooting of the Ranger node and the sensor to which it is attached. The SignalFire Cloud uses secure MQTT technology for integration with private cloud platforms, when applicable. Operators can turn the relay output on/off from the cloud interface to remotely control pumps, motors, valves and more.
“LTE CAT M1 technology is uniquely suited to IoT, allowing battery-powered sensor devices to efﬁciently communicate utilizing existing cellular networks,” SignalFire General Manager Josh Schadel said. “SignalFire’s new platform will provide application-specific solutions that are reliable as well as easy to install and maintain. This technology will enable monitoring of sensor data that was previously difﬁcult or impossible to do.”