2 Channel Industrial IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor

SKU: PR55-4B
  • Industrial Grade Wireless 2-Channel Current Monitor
  • AC Current Range 0-100A RMS Measurement
  • Auto Time Delay Based Data Sample Transmission
  • Current Change Detection and Transmission
  • Configurable Current Change Detection Limits
  • Configurable Current Sensor Calibration Over Wireless
  • Wall-Mounted or Magnet Mounted IP65 Rated Enclosure
  • 2 Mile Line-of-Sight Range with On-Board Antenna
  • Superior LOS Range of up to 28 Miles with High-Gain Antennas
  • Interface to Raspberry Pi, Microsoft® Azure®, Losant, and More
  • Example Software for Visual Studio and LabVIEW®
  • Wireless Mesh Networking using DigiMesh®
  • Open Communication Protocol for Easy Software Integration
  • Small 3″ x 3″ Form Factor Wireless IoT Current Sensor
  • Power-Efficient Sleep Mode, Up to 10 Year Battery Life
    • User Configurable Sleep Duration
    • Up to 500,000 Transmissions from 4 AA Batteries
  • Includes Battery Level with Every Transmission
  • Validates and Retries Lost Communication Packets
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2 Channel Industrial IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor

Our long range wireless enterprise series sensors are an easy to use and reliable start to any data aggregation application. This video will demonstrate how they work, what they do, and how to use them.

2 Channel Industrial IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor

Introducing Qatalytic’s Long Range Industrial IoT Wireless 2-Channel AC Current Sensor, boasting up to a 2 Mile range using a wireless mesh networking architecture.  This 2 Channel Industrial IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor transmitter works together with two split core current sensors (included). It samples current at a high data rate and calculates the RMS Current value and sends a wireless transmission. This process is repeated at user defined timing interval while sleeping in between to minimize power consumption. The sensor comes with two 1.25 meter long split core current sensors which makes installation easy.

This 2 Channel Industrial IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor is capable of detecting change in current at user defined detection time intervals and sending out data if the current change is greater than user defined detection change percentage. This change detection feature can be enabled or disabled as needed. To minimize power consumption, the current sensor sleeps to preserve battery life. Both of these features work together to support multiple application areas in one package.

Powered by just 4 AA batteries and an operational lifetime of 500,000 wireless transmissions, a 10 years battery life can be expected depending on environmental conditions and the data transmission interval.

IoT Security

We take IoT security very seriously, which is why we encrypt every IoT sensor, gateway, modem, and device in the Qatalytic Enterprise product line.  Encryption is much easier to manage than you might expect, as the encryption does not get in the way of using the device.  We include a standard 128-Bit AES Encryption key with every device or we can help you integrate a new encryption key into all of your devices.  All hardware devices must use the same encryption key.  Once the keys are set, the hardware manages the rest for you, 100% in the background.

Wireless Range and Protocol

Qatalytic long-range wireless IoT sensors use the DigiMesh® protocol from Digi.com.  DigiMesh® was designed by THE industrial leader in secure wireless communications for industrial applications.  DigiMesh® automatically hops data from gateway to gateway until it arrives at the desired destination.  Qatalytic IoT sensors are capable of a 2-Mile line-of-site communication distance with the included antennas and up to 28-mile range when using high-gain antennas.

Your IoT Sensor Data Belongs to You!

Your data belongs to YOU and it’s up to you to decide where you want your IoT sensor data to arrive.  Don’t be bogged down by the limitations of proprietary cloud solutions, post the data where you need it most.  We offer an open communications protocol so you can integrate Qatalytic wireless transmitters into your own software.  This allows the integration of Qatalytic IoT sensors into any control system or gateway you could ever imagine.  Send data to a PC, Mac, or Linux computer, or a Raspberry Pi using Qatalytic modems.  Send data to popular cloud platforms such as Microsoft® Azure® IoT, Losant, and MQTT using Qatalytic Micro Gateways.  We can also help get data from Qatalytic wireless IoT sensors to embedded platforms such as Arduino.  We also offer sample code for Microsoft® Visual Studio, Node-RED, LabVIEW®, and .  Our documentation fully breaks down the packet structure, so integration into other languages is possible.  We may even be able to help, so please feel free to contact us if you are working with a platform not mentioned here.

The long range, price, accuracy, battery life and security features of Qatalytic Long Range Industrial IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensors makes it an affordable choice which exceeds the requirements for most of the industrial as well as consumer market applications.

Note: To measure the low current (below 1.5 Amps) pass the wire through the sensor 5 times and divide the current readings by 5.

Transmission Interval

This device sends data periodically, based on user-preset timing intervals.
This device sends data when input thresholds exceed user-defined preset limits.

Sensor Data Overview

Qatalytic IoT Sensors send a lot more than just sensor data.  For instance, a unique serial number is sent so you can always identify a particular sensor on the network.  A Node ID is also included, which a single byte of data that you can use for anything, such as the floor of a building or to help identify which group a sensor belongs to.  Also included in the data packet is a firmware version, battery level, and sensor type.  This allows your software to positively identify and manage the of Qatalytic IoT wireless sensors.  While signal strength data is also available, it is handled in a different way, and is not included in the sensor data packet (but rest assured, signal strength data for each sensor is available).  Please see the Resources tab to see detailed information on the data structure of this device.

Good to know…

Qatalytic wireless sensors transmit data and require a receiver.  There are many options available for receiving data from Qatalytic IoT devices, which will be discussed in much greater detail below. We highly recommend at least one USB Modem for the purposes of sensor configuration (available during checkout). Also, our LabVIEW software is typically used for advanced sensor configuration, which is located in the “Resources” tab above.

How long Will the Batteries really Last?

Most Qatalytic IoT Sensors are rated for 300,000 to 500,000 transmissions until the batteries become so weak they are unreliable.  You could spread these transmissions out over a 10 year period and send 50,000 transmissions per year.  This would allow up to 136 transmissions per day, or about 5 transmissions per hour (for a 500K sensor, or 3 per hour for 300K sensor).  If you only need the batteries to last 3 years, you could send 166,666 transmissions per year, or about 456 transmissions per day (about 19 transmissions per hour for a 500K sensor).  As you can see, battery life is really up to you.  By altering advanced settings in the Qatalytic IoT sensor, you have control over longevity.  Please note the 500,000 transmission rating is for premium alkaline batteries.  Qatalytic ships all sensors with premium Lithium batteries, which include a ultra-wide temperature range that typically lasts in excess of 600,000 transmissions for some sensor types.  These batteries weigh less than half of alkalines, and they work in the freezer!  A word of caution though, putting a sensor in configuration mode will drain the batteries very quickly.  It’s important to configure your sensors and exit configuration mode as soon as possible or use a external power supply during configuration (if supported by the sensor).  The table below indicates how many Transmissions Per Hour (TPH) your can expect from different sensors over a lifespan of up to 10 years.

Battery Life: 3 Months 6 Months 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
300K Sensor 136 TPH 68 TPH 34 TPH 17 TPH 11 TPH 6 TPH 3 TPH
400K Sensor 180 TPH 90 TPH 45 TPH 22 TPH 15 TPH 9 TPH 4 TPH
500K Sensor 228 TPH 114 TPH 57 TPH 28 TPH 19 TPH 11 TPH 5 TPH
600K Sensor 272 TPH 136 TPH 68 TPH 34 TPH 22 TPH 13 TPH 6 TPH

TPH = Transmissions per Hour

The Truth About Battery Life

Under the best of circumstances, the best non-rechargeable batteries commonly available today are limited to a 10 year non-working shelf life in a room temperature environment. Factors such as actual usage, temperature, and humidity will impact the working life. Be wary of any battery claims in excess of 10 years, as this would only apply to the most exotic and expensive batteries that are not commonly available. Also note that most battery chemistries are not rated for use in extreme temperatures. Qatalytic only uses the best Non-Rechargeable Lithium batteries available today, which are also rated for use in extreme temperatures and have been tested by our customers in light radioactive environments. Lithium batteries offer a 10 year maximum expected shelf life due to limitations of battery technology. Qatalytic will never rate sensor life beyond the rated shelf life of the best batteries available today, which is currently 10 years.

How Do I Change Settings and Examine Raw Sensor Data?

Using our long-range USB wireless modem, users can expect easy operation over a virtual COM port at 115.2K baud.  Simply open the virtual COM port of the USB modem and watch data in.  Optionally, we offer a Wireless receiver that operates over Ethernet.  Data from Qatalytic sensors will appear over TCP/IP on port 2101.  Simply open a TCP/IP socket, port 2101, to the IP address of the Ethernet modem and see your data in to your local area network.  We have developed LabVIEW® software for each sensor to change advance sensor settings using both Ethernet and USB modems.  Alpha Station also allows display of sensor readings as well as limited configuration (this feature is still in development).  Of course gateways are also available for sending data to popular cloud platforms such as Amazon® AWS® IoT, Microsoft® Azure® IoT, and Losant (more information below).  We take software samples seriously, so be sure to to out the “Resources” tab to see code samples for Raspberry Pi, Visual Studio, LabVIEW®, Arduino, , and more.

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