Monitor uses GPRS to gather remote data

UK-based monitoring and control specialist Hanwell has launched ISense for data monitoring across a range of industries.

The range incorporates wireless GPRS technology that enables remote monitoring of diverse parameters on buildings, machinery, infrastructure or vehicles, even in locations that previously seemed inaccessible.

A number of different sensors can be attached to the ISense to monitor parameters such as energy currents, temperature, pressure levels and structural stress. The device has been developed at the Hertfordshire headquarters of Hanwell and its parent company, the IMC Group.

The real-time information it gathers is transmitted live, via GPRS, to a central database, and can be accessed immediately on a PC for viewing, recording and
assessment.

A battery life of up to five years and robust design means the self-contained ISense doesn’t require any mains power or external wiring and can continue monitoring for long periods with minimal user intervention, in temperatures from -20 to +60˚C.

“The launch of ISense represents a milestone in monitoring,” said Derek Richardson, IMC Group sales director. “It’s like nothing else on the market. For the first time, it becomes possible to measure a countless array of parameters in situations that were previously extremely difficult, if not impossible.”

Applications include temperature-controlled storage and distribution, pharmaceuticals, transport, energy, maintenance, healthcare, building and manufacturing.

The resulting data could inform decision-makers on operational efficiency, cost savings, environmental policy, compliance with legislation, energy usage, safety and conservation.

“Leading up to the launch, we’ve already begun dealing with enquiries from all over Europe, monitoring everything from blood temperatures in rural abattoirs to the effective working of railway signal boxes and structural strain on bridges in the countryside,” said Richardson.

“In terms of the way ISense can be used, that’s just the tip of the iceberg because the possibilities are virtually endless.”

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