OUTDOOR Configurations meet all the requirements of remote monitoring in outdoor environment even in extreme environmental conditions.
They are characterized by the type of wireless connectivity (“mobile” network or “WiFi”) and by the position of all its components (outside).
According with it, both third-party sensors purchased on the market of the components, and the ACRONET modular elements that can compose the configuration, are identified and/or designed as waterproof. Furthermore, they are featured with high characteristics of mechanical strength and resistance against the aggressiveness of external agents.
In general, OUTDOOR configurations are also characterized by the complete energy autonomy guaranteed by solar power supply.
In special cases, dictated by the specific needs of the measuring system, and allowed by the presence of an electric network at the installation site, the power (though continuous, low-voltage) may be provided by intermediate sections and external linearization.
Normally an OUTDOOR configuration consists of the following basic modules:
The sensor equipment, which may include both elements Modular ACRONET compliant with the Paradigm (ACROSENSOR), and commercial third party sensors;
A station, namely ACROSTATION “O” (Outdoor), always completed under Paradigm ACRONET.
For the transmission of the signal and the power supply, all the sensors are connected to the station through specific cables. This implies that sensors must be placed closely with the station (max 5-10 m.).
We are also working on new types of configurations,
trying to satisfy measurement needs in different environments:
Urban configurations are designed to take advantage from the urban connectivity for receiving and transmitting data to and from the infrastructure ACRONETWORK.
Those configurations are characterized by the distribution of the elements of the measurement chain into two distinct parts.
Formerly, there is an outer part, so-called “field” (field side), where both the sensors and a specific module for the local collection of signals and their transmission via radio (ACROHUB) are placed. Latterly, the configuration includes an inner part (indoor side) where the ACROSTATION “I” (indoor) resides. The station receives the radio signal from the ACROHUB and communicates with the ACRONETWORK infrastructure.
As for the OUTDOOR configurations, both third-party sensors purchased on the market of the components, and the ACRONET modular elements that can compose the configuration, are identified and/or designed as waterproof. Furthermore, they are featured with high characteristics of mechanical strength and resistance against the aggressiveness of external agents.
Same thing goes for the power supply of these devices that, in general, is guaranteed by the solar source.
For the transmission of the signal and their power supply, all the sensors are connected to the ACROHUB through specific cables. Thus, sensors must be placed closely with the ACROHUB (max 5-10 m.).
The inner part of the measuring chain is represented by the ACROSTATION “i” featured by both the functionality of receiving data from the corresponding apparatus ACROHUB, and the data logging for the storage and local processing of the measurements.
The power supply is guaranteed by home networks (220V), for which the station is equipped with internal transformer and linearizer.
The station is also equipped with a network card, used to connect via internet the configuration to the ACRONETWORKinfrastructure.
The two sides are put in communication through special low-power radio modules conform to European standards for communication in the free field (Free-to-air).
“Ambient” configurations deal with the requirements of “remote” and “local” monitoring in the indoor environment.
No limits are defined in relation to the great heterogeneity of possible cases. Thus the connection with the ACRONETWORKinfrastructure may occur either wirelessly (network “Moblle” or “WiFi”) and through the urban connectivity (ADSL) if present.
The measuring chain is made on the basis of the following components:
- The sensor equipment, which may include both commercial elements of third parties, and specific modular elements compliant with the Paradigm (ACROSENSOR “i”);
- The modular elements of the family ACROSTATION “i” (indoor), quite similar to those used for URBAN configurations.
For the transmission of the signal, the sensors are connected to the station through low-power radio modules, and must be placed in a short range (max 40-50 m.). Normally they are fed with replaceable batteries.
Similarly to what is proposed for the URBAN configurations, the ACROSTATION “i” is powered by the home network (220V).
“Mobile” configurationsmeet all the requirements of remote monitoring in outdoor environment on a mobile basis. They are designed to be installed on vehicles (bicycle, motorcycle, car, train, bus, etc.) or people (wearable).
They are characterized by wireless connectivity (network “mobile” or “WiFi”) and data logging and communication (with the ACRONETWORK) capabilities are virtualized as a part of a special application for smartphones.
As for OUTDOOR configurations, both third-party sensors purchased on the market of the components, and the ACRONET modular elements that can compose the configuration, are identified and/or designed as waterproof. They are also featured by the capability to communicate via Bluetooth 4.0 with smartphone hosting the virtual datalogger.
In general, rechargeable batteries provide the power supply of these devices.
For signal transmission and their power, all the sensors are independent and, within the limits imposed by Bluetooth 4.0, they have to be mounted in a close range (max 5-10 m.).
The communication with the infrastructure ACRONETWORK is guaranteed by the functionality of the smartphone that hosts the virtual station (mobile or WiFi).