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Wireless Propane Tank & Railroad Track Monitoring

Do you need greater visibility over vital network elements (like propane tanks, etc), but lack the infrastructure to report alarms?

New DPS technology now allows NetGuardian RTUs (with a serial port) to collect alarms wirelessly using 900Mhz or 2.4Ghz. This means you can now improve visibility without the need to run expensive conduit or cable.

Wireless Propane (or Diesel) Tank Monitoring.
Many companies simply find it impractical to run nearly $1,000 worth of conduit to a propane tank (and pay for trenching!) to install a $250 sensor. In this particular application, a propane sensor is installed at the tank with a wireless transmitter inside a NEMA case. The wireless transmitter interfaces with a nearby wireless receiver joined to a NetGuardian RTU.

Wireless Propane Monitoring Topology Diagram
Wireless alarm reporting technology improves visibility over fuel tank levels.

Propane levels are then transmitted once per day to ensure proper levels. However, if the power fails (and the generator runs), the propane levels can be configured to transmit more frequently. This provides thorough visibility while conserving the battery levels.

Ultimately, this means you get alarm coverage over your fuel levels without having to run conduit to the tank. This saves money and provides you with isolation, so the conduit doesn't act as a lightning rod directly to your tank.

Railroad Track Monitoring.
Railroad track buckling is a major problem for many Railroad companies. Expanding tracks that begin to buckle create unsafe and very hazardous conditions. One DPS client needed a better way to get advanced alert when railroad tracks were at risk of buckling.

Wireless Railroad Track Monitoring Topology Diagram
Wireless reporting helps railroad companies prevent train derailment with advanced alerts about potentially unsafe track conditions.

First, temperature sensors are installed at the track level. Each sensor then feeds into a wireless device (inside a NEMA enclosure) located near the track. Alarm events are then reported wirelessly to a NetGuardian RTU for standard alarm visibility (email alerts, text message alerts, etc.).

With temperature monitoring at the track level, this safety-focused DPS client now has greater visibility over the conditions of the track - meaning the safest possible transportation of passengers.

Learn More About Wireless Alarm Monitoring.
Do you have any other applications where wireless alarm monitoring would be useful? Get in touch with a DPS engineer to share your thoughts...

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