Discover a novel smart timer solution for remote device management, wireless and cost-effective, using NB-IoT and latching solenoids.
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In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), remote management of devices has become increasingly popular. One of the most common applications of IoT is using smart timers for on/off scheduling of various devices.
However, most smart timer solutions available today have limitations, such as requiring a fixed power supply, a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection, or a telemetry SIM card for remote configuration.
This article will discuss a novel smart timer solution that overcomes these limitations and offers several advantages, including wireless remote management without access to an electrical power supply, low power consumption, and cost-effectiveness.
Current State of the Art Smart Timer Solutions
Most smart timer solutions available today are remotely configurable but require a fixed power supply and a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or telemetry SIM card for remote configuration. While Wi-Fi and Ethernet are not always available, telemetry SIM cards are costly and require a fixed power source.
Moreover, most timer solutions only have local configurations and require continuous AC power input. Only some suppliers provide the most advanced solutions that allow for remote configuration.
Proposed Novel Solution
The proposed smart timer solution uses the latest Telecom advancements in Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology for cost-effective, reliable, ultra-low power remote configuration. The smart timer uses Bluetooth communication for local wireless configuration, eliminating the need for Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or telemetry SIM cards.
The system uses electro-mechanical latching solenoids to control valves that eliminate the need for an electric power source. It has several software technical features, such as automatic time-synchronisation over the air, custom calendar date entries, and custom control to override the standard 7-day week schedule.
It also incorporates a power monitoring feature that provides more value for money to the potential customer.
Smart Timer Added Value
The proposed solution is battery-powered with up to 10 years of battery power life. It is ideal for applications requiring remote management of on/off schedules without access to an electrical power supply or where obtaining one is not feasible.
The innovation provides a wireless management system of water/fluid, gas and other valves. It can turn on/off electrical equipment using the same mechanism of a latching solenoid to safeguard power.
The technology allows complete control, including remote management of valves through a small box installed next to the valve or equipment that needs to be controlled and avoids any wires running through the field/premises.
Best Use Cases
The novel smart timer solution has several advantages, such as flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Here are the top use cases for the proposed solution:
1. Agriculture Irrigation Management and Control:
Smart timers can be installed in remote areas of agricultural fields where running electrical wires can be difficult. The smart timer solution can manage the on/off water supply schedule to crops, ensuring efficient irrigation and reducing water waste.
2. Load Management for Water Supply Grid:
Smart timers can help manage the load in the water supply grid by turning pumps on/off automatically. The smart timer can also provide power monitoring, ensuring efficient electricity use.
3. Oil and Gas Pipelines Management:
The smart timer solution can remotely manage the on/off schedule of valves in oil and gas pipelines. It can also provide power monitoring, ensuring efficient use of electricity.
4. Control of On-Street Lighting for School Crossings:
The smart timer solution can manage the on/off schedule of on-street lights in school crossings, providing safe lighting for children. The solution can also be installed without the need for electrical wiring.
5. On-Street Lighting Management:
Smart timers can manage the on/off schedule of on-street lights, providing efficient electricity use and reducing energy waste. The smart timer can be installed in hard-to-reach areas without electrical wiring, making it a cost-effective and practical solution for local governments and municipalities. In addition to energy savings, smart timers can improve public spaces' safety and security by ensuring that street lighting is functioning properly and consistently.