Sigfox Solution Sends Sub-Meter Signals for Studio's Scene Setters!

Posted on 31 Jul 2018

Powelectrics have delivered an Industry 4.0 energy metering solution to a large film and TV studio. Many production companies rent space at the studios, for varying periods of time and vast quantities of energy are consumed to create the shows and films that we love to watch.

In the past, someone had to walk around the 80 sub-meters on site every week and take manual readings. The process could take nearly a full day! This method was clearly at odds with the state-of-art technological approach seen elsewhere on the premises!

The studios were looking for a more efficient and accurate way to bill customers for their energy use and looked to telemetry to provide a solution. For this m2m project, Powelectrics used Sigfox technology to count pulses from the meters and send data to Powelectrics MetronView cloud. We also wrote the code to take that data and display it in a bespoke format via a sophisticated ‘live’ Excel spreadsheet, which is constantly and automatically updated. From here the data can be manipulated for various management purposes, including to calculate energy used and charges due to a specific tenant over a specific period.

The rapidly expanding Sigfox network uses a wide-reaching radio signal, that requires very little energy, with battery life lasting typically up to 10 years for readings every 2 hours. Data can be sent every 10 minutes if required. Devices send data initially to a local base station, installed free of charge, if there is not one already in the locality. From there, it is sent via a range of communication methods, so the solutions can work virtually anywhere, without the need to establish and maintain network connections. Typical applications include remote electricity, water and gas meter reading for billing and waste/leakage detection, temperature and humidity monitoring and a broad range of pulse counting and contact counting applications. Powelectrics have fully integrated Sigfox telemetry into MetronView.

Metron View is Powelectrics cloud-based datalogger with customisable dashboards and bespoke reporting. Data and alerts can be easily viewed on a computer, tablet or phone. Metron View currently processes 2.5 million sensor readings/day and supports over 140 protocols including MODBUS, MQTT, HTTP, TCP, UDP, SERIAL, SIGFOX, SNMP and many more. It has an API for simple integration to other software.

Powelectrics act as a connection between the world of sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) operating at the centre of the ‘connected sensor’ community. We offer 25 years’ experience in the world of sensors, our own award-winning telemetry devices, a standalone data platform, with an API to connect with other software and a wealth of experience integrating third party devices.

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