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Powelectrics Deliver an Industry 4.0 Solution for Waste Collection from Septic Tanks

Posted on 14 Mar 2019

Powelectrics offer connected sensors solutions for a huge range Industry 4.0 applications. We have delivered many environmental solutions from flood monitoring to leachate collection, weather stations to sewage pumping and habitat management at nature reserves.

For this IoT project, our customer is a major supplier of environmental services aimed at making businesses more resilient to known risks and unexpected events. Their end user is a telecommunications company, which provides infrastructure and broadcast transmission facilities in the UK. Some of the facilities, either for historical reasons, or due to physical location are not connected to the sewage system and have septic tanks to collect waste for personnel on site.

For health and safety reasons, is it essential that septic tanks are emptied before becoming full or over-spilling. Powelectrics kit was installed to facilitate the timely collection of waste. Prior to installing telemetry, someone would need to physically check a tank locally or collections would be made based on typical usage. This could result in too many collections, causing unnecessary disruption…or waiting too long…which had more inconvenient consequences!

This solution used a high level switch inside the tank. The ‘off’ position indicates that tanks are not full. The ‘on’ position advises that the tank has reached a user-defined ‘high’ level and that it should be emptied.

For this m2m project daily readings are sufficient, but readings could be every few minutes if required. Readings are sent via Powelectrics award-winning Metron2 telemetry hardware to our MetronView cloud. A ‘high’ level reading triggers an alert for our customer to arrange collection. Now, the risk of an overspill is eliminated and the show will always go on!

Battery-powered Metron2 hardware avoided the need for external power and typically offers 4 years battery life, when reporting daily. Externally and solar-powered units are also available. All Metron2 devices can be remotely configured, set-up prior to dispatch or simply configured on site using the integral display. No IT programming skills are needed.

MetronView is Powelectrics cloud. It offers customisable dashboards, reporting & alarms. It is a highly secure and scalable IoT solution, currently processing millions of readings every day, whilst only using a fraction of its processing capabilities. MetronView supports over 140 protocols including MODBUS, MQTT, HTTP, TCP, UDP, SERIAL, SIGFOX, SNMP.

MetronView offers sufficient flexibility for many applications, but it also has a standard API for integration to other platforms and portals, so that greater application-specific functionality can be achieved. This can be done by customers or we can create portals for you. Examples include: tank management, energy metering, vending machines, train condition monitoring and waste compactors. MetronView can be used as middleware to interface with software such as Navision, SAP, SCADA systems or platforms such as IBM Cloud (Watson), Microsoft  Azure, AWS and Miimetiq.

Powelectrics act as a connection between the world of sensors and the Internet of Things. Our ‘connected sensor’  solutions are employed in many industries including chemical, pharmaceuticals, Adblue, fuels, oils, LPG and lubricants, food and beverage, waste and recycling, landfill and leachate, agriculture, utilities, pumping and environment, trains and transport and security.

Please call us to discuss your application on +44 1827 310 666