IoT Long Range Wireless AC Current Monitor
- Industrial Grade Wireless Current Monitor (RMS Output)
- AC Current Range 0-100A with included OPCTL16AL Sensor
- Auto Time Delay Based Data Sample Transmission
- Auto Time Delay Based Current Change Detection
- Configurable Current change detection bounds
- Configurable Current Sensor Calibration over the wireless link
- 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®, Arduino 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 16-Bit Counter
- Power-Efficient Sleep Mode, Up to 10 Year Battery Life
- User Configurable Sleep duration
- Up to 500,000 Transmissions from 2 AA Batteries
- Includes Battery Level with Every Transmission
- Validates and Retries Lost Communication Packets
IoT Long Range Wireless AC Current Monitor
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.
IoT Long Range Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor
Introducing Qatalytic’s Store Long Range IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor, boasting up to a 2 Mile range using a wireless mesh networking architecture. This Long Range IoT Wireless AC Current Monitor Sensor works together with a split core current sensor (included). This IoT current sensor samples current at a high data rate and calculates the RMS value and sends a data transmission to remote modems and gateways. This process is repeated at user defined intervals while sleeping in between to minimize power consumption. This current sensor typically detects amperage greater than 1.5A up to 100 Amps, but it can detect lower amperage by looping the AC source wire multiple times through the sensor.
This device also has the ability to immediately alert users if current consumption exceeds preset limits. This device can be preset to detect a change in current at user-defined time intervals and sending out data if a change is greater than user defined detection range. This change detection feature can be enabled or disabled by user. To minimize power consumption, it sleeps during the time it is not checking for change. Both of these features work in parallel to support multiple application areas in one package.
Powered by just 2 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. Optionally, this sensor may be externally powered.
We take IoT security very seriously, which is why we encrypt every IoT sensor, gateway, modem, and device in the Qatalytic Store 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 Store 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 Store IoT sensors are capable of a 2-Mile line-of-site communication distance with the included antennas and up to a 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 Store wireless transmitters into your own software. This allows the integration of Qatalytic Store 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 Store modems. Send data to popular cloud platforms such as Microsoft® Azure® IoT, Losant, and MQTT using Qatalytic Store Micro Gateways. We can also help get data from Qatalytic Store wireless IoT sensors to embedded platforms such as Arduino. We also offer sample code for Microsoft® Visual Studio, Node-RED, LabVIEW®, and Python. 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 Long Range IoT Wireless Current Monitor make 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.
This device sends data periodically, based on user-preset timing intervals.
This device sends data when a user-defined percentage of change in current is detected.
Sensor Data Overview
Qatalytic Store 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 is 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 health of Qatalytic Store 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.
How long Will the Batteries really Last?
Most Qatalytic Store 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 Store IoT sensor, you have control over longevity. Please note the 500,000 transmission rating is for premium alkaline batteries. Qatalytic Store ships all sensors with premium Lithium batteries, which include an 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
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 stream in. Optionally, we offer a Wireless receiver that operates over Ethernet. Data from Qatalytic Store 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 stream into your local area network. We have developed LabVIEW® software for each sensor to change advanced 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 check out the “Resources” tab to see code samples for Raspberry Pi, Visual Studio, LabVIEW®, Arduino, Python, and more.