MEASUREMENTS TO MIND

Getting environmental data to the point of actionable information has historically compartmentalized the data flow path into separate components—sensors, data logger, telemetry, power management, software.

MEASUREMENTS TO MIND (M2M) is a growing suite of Stevens products that embraces cloud-computing with an all-inclusive vision of shortening the communication path from the sensors to data on-line. That is, what the sensors MEASURE the MIND sees. Cloud computing and the rapidly expanding “Internet of Things” is merging this communication path into a complete, integrated system that is all configured, controlled, and interacted with on-line, from one central point.

M2M is:

  • Meticulous dedication to RELIABILITY through power conservation.
  • Commitment to unrivalled SIMPLICITY.
  • Advanced engineering that dramatically LOWERS THE COST of installing and maintaining an environmental monitoring station.

UNIQUE DATA PROCESSING AND NETWORK CONNECTIVITY, FOR TRUE DIRECT CLOUD CONNECTIVITY.

SIMPLE.

Just add sensors and go. Configure the station and access insightful information—not just data—any time from any device via the cloud software.

FLEXIBLE.

Any sensors. Any type of system. Any destination. Any application.

RELIABLE.

Smart data verification, redundancy, and status reporting built in. Unheard-of power efficiencies and 2-way communication for inexpensive remote station access and control.

Confused about "The Cloud"?

cloud com∙put∙ing
noun

The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

Read the Wikipedia article.

Sensors

Analog and SDI-12 sensors are connected to the mini sensor module (pictured, larger version also available). eTracker is sensor-agnostic.

Backup

Data is automatically forwarded to the cloud for processing, logging, and retrieval, but it’s also stored locally for redundancy on a standard SD memory card.

Data management

Intelligent data management, data buffering, and network verification to ensure successful transmission of critical data.

Cellular connection

Collected data is sent automatically to either Stevens-Connect or forwarded to any other destination you specify. Because it’s a 2-way cellular connection, you can send configuration changes back down to eTracker or interact directly with connected SDI-12 sensors.

Avo: Cellular Gateway to the Cloud

Avo is a great choice for pre-packaged systems. The reason? Setup is super quick and simple—a battery, multi-sensor interface, power manager, cellular transceiver are all integrated into one unit. Plus, configuration and programming is done on the web, and you don’t need a separate data logger, since all data is logged in the cloud (along with a local redundant backup).

Other M2M Products

SOLO is a first-of-its-kind power sensor, controller, and management innovation.

  • A sensor that measures battery voltage, load current, and solar panel voltage output during solar cycle.
  • A remote power switch to power-cycle the whole station via SDI-12 or pulse commands.
  • An efficient regulator of power from solar panel to battery to extend life of battery.

Stevens-Connect

Stevens-Connect is a cloud-based data acquisition and management software system that enables the collection, analysis, reporting, and storage of data from remote monitoring locations. As cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS), Stevens-Connect streamlines the data management process and can be accessed from any computer or smartphone with Internet connectivity.

Cell-Net

Cell-Net is a simple cellular telemetry solution for new or existing remote monitoring stations. Unlike typical cellular modems which have a constant high power draw, Cell-Net operates almost entirely in an ultra-low power mode yet still provides the benefits of 2-way communications, and optimizes successful transport of data for maximum reliability.

Web-Based Station Management, Data Access and Data Processing

Use Stevens-Connect to configure your station remotely.

Access all current and historical data from any Internet-connected device, anytime.

Benefits of M2M

Unprecedented dependability

Ultra-low power consumption: eTracker and Cell-Net run in a 1.6mA power mode when not transmitting or receiving data, yet are still able to respond to incoming calls. This ensures your battery can last through extended periods of non charging.

Remote restart: SOLO allows you to power-cycle your entire station, remotely and on-demand, or on a schedule. This provides the most common remedy for station failures without a costly site visit.

Data protection: eTracker logs ALL data on a standard SD card (up to 4 GB storage).

Data redundancy: Prior data set can be transmitted with current data set to avoid missing critical data transmissions caused by busy cellular communication networks.

Data connection verification: Before transmission, connection to the cellular network and the HTTP/FTP server is verified. Data is saved to the buffer for the next scheduled transmission if after several attempts the connection cannot be verified.

Predict and prevent problems: Station and transmission health and performance data (RSSI, battery voltage, load current, solar voltage, internal temperature, MEID or IMEI number, and more) can be logged and included in every transmission.

Instant problem alerts: Set up notifications for problems that occur or will likely occur without having to monitor status, and ensure data will always flow.

Extreme power efficiency means reduced power system requirements, yet still providing 2-way communications, low cellular data cost and the high data throughput you can’t get with GOES or other satellite telemetry.

Eliminate the cost, hassle and additional power draw of a data logger: Cell-Net connects directly to a smart (logging) sensor, eTracker connects directly to any analog or SDI-12 sensors. It’s “plug-and-play”—no special cables required.

All configuration and programming can be done at any time from any device.

Eliminate trips to the site to reconfigure data logger, diagnose problems or power-cycle the station.

Lower your station purchase and maintenance costs

The easiest way to connect your sensors to the cloud

Both Cell-Net and eTracker handle the connection of any serial data received through the RS-232 port to an IP destination.

Web-based device management application requires no training or special knowledge to setup or configure.

All M2M systems have a simple 3-step setup process:

  1. Connect sensors.
  2. Connect power source.
  3. Configure data handling (frequency, redundancy, destination) with the simple online interface. This last step is performed after leaving the site.

Everything required to forward your data to an Internet destination is included:

  • No need for special cables.
  • No other hardware required.
  • No need to purchase, install, configure or update proprietary software.
  • No need to hire programmers or consultants.

Multiple ways to trigger a transmission: Transmit data based on schedule, or triggered by external logger/sensor, after scheduled collection, or after data buffer reaches set size.

Reconfigure at will: Configuration can be changed at any time from any computer or smartphone with an Internet connection.

Any destination for your data: Retrieve data any way you want, from 3rd-party software to raw data in a universally accessible location and format. Data can be sent to any HTTP/HTTPS or FTP destination via HTTP, FTP, IP or any combination of these protocols.

Any carrier: Can be ordered pre-provisioned or use your own choice of cellular service. Any carrier (GSM or CDMA).

Flexibility to get your data how and when you want it

Articles

Introducing AVO

Avo is a complete monitoring station platform. It includes all hardware, software and services needed for data acquisition, cloud-based data storage, viewing and analysis. It makes any sensor data easily accessible and the station remotely configurable. Watch the two-minute video: https://youtu.be/ZwEVrE3fggg Read more

Introducing SOLO

SOLO is the ultimate 3-in-1 power manager: Better battery life, higher battery efficiency. Remote power controller – remotely cycle power on-demand or on a schedule. Log system health status – predict and avoid problems. 1. Charge Controller Adjustable float threshold Optimizes charge current Battery temperature compensation Tapered charging 2. SDI-12 Power Sensor Battery Voltage Load… Read more

Dial-up, Push, Pull, Scheduled or On-Demand: The flexibility of M2M

Stevens M2M remote communications products (Cell-Net and eTracker) offer lots of flexibility for getting your data from a remote site. And don’t forget that reconfiguring how and when data is sent can be done anytime, from any device using the web-based interface. Multiple ways to trigger a transmission: transmit data based on schedule, or triggered… Read more

The Instant Hydromet Station: Just Add Water

If:
  • you’re looking to get a few sensors up and running quickly and painlessly
  • you’d love to expand your network to have more spatial coverage
  • you need one or more temporary stations for a specific project
  • …then eTracker is a great option. Read more

An Overview of Stevens’ Approach to Making Remote Communications Simpler, More Flexible and Incredibly Reliable

Here is an overview of three (3) different remote data collection scenarios using Stevens products that can increase the reliability of your networks, can work with virtually any existing equipment, and are super easy to install, configure and reconfigure (anytime, anywhere). The three (3) are GOES dual telemetry, Cell-Net, and eTracker. The power of the… Read more
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