Our new fuel and acid sensors form part of our expanding range of IoT monitoring devices and allow you to better monitor and detect spills and leaks from fuel tanks and even batteries in the field. You are probably familiar with the common rope sensors, that are traditionally used to monitor the presence of water in hard to reach or remote onsite locations, these work in exactly the same principle.
If you buy the sensors out of the box, they come in a standard 1 metre length but can be cut to ordered lengths – enabling you to run them anywhere and in any length.
So what makes them “special”? The sensors connect to any of the Netshield Intelligent IoT enabled gateways. They are able to transfer data that is related to the monitoring of the environment, and then provide this information back to your centralised management and event storage database systems via an alert.
Additionally, you can us the Netshield Wi-Fi IoT Multi Sensor and IO module that supports its own built in Wi-Fi and battery backup, with the sensors, allowing you to string multiple sensors onto the device. Making it truly IoT-enabled.
In the case of the fuel sensor, the sensor has been designed to detect the presence of petrochemicals and liquid hydrocarbon fuels, whereas the acid sensor is designed to detect changes in PH in the environment in which it is installed. Because of its rope like nature, it can detect an event along its full length. If there is the presence of a predefined fluid it will trigger an alert on the gateway to which it is connected, and the event notification system will then send an alert, by either / or: IoT packet, SNMP, SMS, email or via the cloud, to indicate a triggered event.
The best place to install the fuel sensor is to fit them below fuel tanks or in the proximity of backup generators where they can be fitted near, or next to, piping where they can detect fuel leaks. Similarly, with the acid sensor, they can be implemented near large battery installations where they can sense and pick up any battery leaks, or in power monitoring environments where there are multiple battery backups or UPSs.
With the fuel sensor, once an event has been cleared and the sensor cleaned, it will reset for future use. However, with the acid sensor, reuse depends on the severity of the leak and whether the sensor has been compromised.
You can also connect them remotely to a Netshield gateway through our Netshield developed SensorPOD remote extension module, as part of the Netshield IoT sensor range. This is great for “in field” deployment as the sensor can now relay information back to your physical devices, such as smart phones, tablets and Web browsers anywhere in the world with Internet access.
If you are looking for new sensor solutions, then we would like to highlight that we have also recently completed the integration of the Honeywell range of seismic and vibration sensors to our range of end-to-end IoT based solutions. With these sensors you can pick up seismic activity and vibrations – they are ideal for security environments where they are used to detect attempted forced entry, a leading alarm and vandalism on ATM’s and security fencing.