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Powelectrics, Telit team up for wireless telemetry market

19 Mar 2013

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Telit Wireless Solutions and Powelectrics Ltd have joined forces to unveil what they say is a multi-function cellular-connected telemetry device. The Metron2 is capable of making remote fill-level readings in tanks containing liquids and gases, and has an integral display that allows the unit to be used also as a local gauge and for system setup and testing. An optional pulse-counter board allows the device to take external meter readings, added the firms.

Wide-area-network connected with the Telit GE864-QUAD V2 cellular module and self-powered from an internal battery make installation of the Metron2 quick and easy to accomplish, the companies indicated. An intuitive user interface expedites set up and testing processes. The Metron2 can be powered from different sources including an internal battery or an external 6-24VDC source. It is often not economically feasible to run power to the site for remote telemetry installations. One such instance is the cryogenic gas monitoring segment where it is important that the device be on and available to be polled any time.

The solar powered telemetry system allows the unit to remain 'always on' and connected to the GSM/GPRS network so the server can make contact at any time with instant reading requests. Equipped with the Metron2, a tanker truck can be dispatched to best matching customer locations according to volume available in the tanker and volume required by customers, efficiently exhausting the tanker's full supply of product instead of transporting it back to base saving fuel and removing the risk of the returned product contaminating the storage or process facility.

Knowing how much product is in the customer's tanks makes it possible to plan when and which truck should make deliveries. This translates into fewer miles driven to deliver the same amount of product and therefore a significant reduction in costs. There is also a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions. There are also accompanying operational benefits, including fewer emergency shipments, reduced customer service organisation and reduced sales resources. These benefits translate into a balance sheet boasting reduced levels of finished goods and raw materials inventory.

Telit's GE864-QUAD V2 ultra-compact, low-power, quad-band GSM/GPRS 3GPP Release 4 module integrated in Powelectrics' Metron2 boasts one of the industry's broadest certification profiles in its class making it easily deployable anywhere in the global market. Modules in this family are capable of data rates of 48Kb/s GPRS Class 10 also supporting 9.6Kb/s Circuit Switch Data (CSD) transfers ensuring connectivity in poor coverage areas. The GE864-QUAD V2 family features one of the market's most compact BGA package measuring 30 x 30 x 2.8mm and an extended operating temperature range of -40°C to 85°C.

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