Metron4 IoT Hardware
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Connecting assets to the cloud is now essential to remain competitive! Metron4 makes it easy for Powelectrics customers around the world to monitor, control and maintain their assets and critical processes. Building on the success of our award-winning and well-proven Metron2 IoT hardware, it helps businesses improve productivity and service and allows them to create new income streams.
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Powelectrics' Metron4 range of GSM/GPRS M2M devices deliver truly innovative Industry 4.0 hardware. They support 2G and 4G (CatM1 & NB1). This means it can be deployed globally, even in geographical areas where the 2G network has been switched off, such as the US and Australia.
Metron4 offers enormous flexibility to add functionality for specific, customer-driven applications. In addition to 4 analogue inputs (4-20mA), there are expansion cards for pulse counting (5 channels) and RS232 and options to develop RS485 and CANBUS interfaces.
Metron4 offers great capacity for edge processing and interfacing with third party kit within the Metron solution. For example, Metron4 could now act as a hub for a short range radio network, or combine fuel level data with CANBUS data to provide a complete generator monitoring solution.
Some of this development will be application and customer-driven, but we Powelectrics will be releasing additional versions of the Metron4 in the near future ...look out for announcements via social media, industry press and our news section!
With solar, battery and external power options, compact IP67 enclosure and operational temperatures - 25 to +65°C, Metron4 is ideal in a vast range of global environments and applications.
Metron4 even incorporates several diagnostic channels to help manage units in the field: signal strength, internal temperature, voltage (on battery powered units), firmware & hardware details and even Cell Tower ID for approximate location!
Metron4 offers simple retrofit to existing sensors and works perfectly with many thousands of sensor types. All units have an integral display, which helps with setup and test, as well as replacing costly local gauges. They can also be remotely configured via our MetronView software or set up for you prior to dispatch.
Metron4 makes remote monitoring simple for the end-user, allowing customers to focus on core business activities, whilst benefitting from sensor data, delivered securely to the cloud, to drive those businesses forward!
Metron4 reports readings to Powelectrics MetronView data platform. Externally powered devices may report as often as every 5 minutes (depending on the sensor used), solar-powered every 10 minutes and battery-powered can last typically up to four years, transmitting once a day, although many devices have performed for much longer. Transmission frequency can be reduced, as each of the four channels can log up to 80 readings. This logging also greatly reduces the possibility of losing data points.
This excellent video lasts under five minutes and demonstrates how robust and versatile Metron4 really is! Just click on the image to the right.
MetronView is our standalone cloud, with customisable dashboards, reporting & alarms. It is a highly secure and scalable IoT solution, processing millions of readings daily and offers an API, which allows integration to software like Navision, SAP, SCADA and platforms like IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure, AWS and Miimetiq.
MetronView's API also allows Powelectrics and their customers to develop application specific portals. One example is Powelectrics MetronTMS (Tank Monitoring System).
Metron telemetry is used in tens of thousands of remote tank level monitoring applications. Metron telemetry devices can monitor up to four tanks using one sim card, making this an exceptionally great value solution when there are several tanks close together.
Tank level solutions have included diesel, petrol, home heating oil, kerosene, biofuel, lubricant, coolant, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, animal feed, construction additives, AdBlue and waste. Powelectrics can recommend suitable sensors depending on the application and also supply our own affordable range of SPS level sensors,
Many other applications are described in detail under the 'Industry' tab above, along with images of projects and links to relevant use cases.There are many articles descibing applications based on the Metron and MetronView within the news section on this web site. Please click here.
The combination of the Metron4 hardware as a sensor gateway and the MetronView platform makes this a compelling offering that is robust, flexible, affordable and ideal for deployments of any size.