Manufacturing with Process Control

Specialized Environments
The Manufacturing world of today relies on complex communications solutions to operate efficiently and safely. Manufacturers depend upon timely information in order to operate increasing complex production facilities. The systems used forthis so called “command and control” may span the operationsof their multiple networks. Process control is extensively used throughout the industry and enables mass production of consistent products, functions and outcomes from continuously operated processes. Such operational control includes managing and operating in multiple and diverse industries such as oil refining, paper manufacturing, chemical production, automobile manufacturing, airplane and aerospace industry processes, machinery operation, industrial fabrication, agriculture, power plants, physical security functions, transportation and many other applications. Process control enables automation by which a small staff of operating personnel can quickly, consistently and safely operate complex process from a central control location.
Process control is an Engineering discipline that deals with multiple systems, mechanisms, protocolsand architectures. All of these systems are intended to operate, control and maintain output or operations within specific parameters or processes to deliver the desired result. These functions control or operate infinite applications and activity that spans a range of everything from the speed of the process or production to regulating operating temperatures to managing basic input/output quantities. Process control touches almost every aspect of any automated or semi-automated process. Remote starting or stopping, valve controls, pressure controls and current status are all typical forms of control that require connectivity and platforms to manage. DataRemote has built our business on servicing the communications needs of these disparate and complex systems, protocols, architectures and platforms. DataRemote has developed and integrated communications solutions to match the environments presented by the functional and operational demands of the systems in use.
These systems carry many different names and functions. Sometimes these systems are referred to by another name use by many Utility Industry customers. That term is: Supervisory Control and Data Accusation (SCADA). SCADA is one of many tools that can be used while working in an environment where operational duties need to be monitored remotely through communication instead of locally. These systems can be automated to operate without intervention, provide remote control or can simply indicate status. The depth of control is driven by the industry or process requirement for a desired outcome.
DataRemote keenly understands the unique communications requirements for reliability, accuracy and failover as well as the financial implications of maintaining equipment over long periods of installed operation and life. Faced with technology upgrade requirements, businesses must often juggle the availability of suitable mediums for carrying information within the installed technology. Legacy equipment interface requirements can sometimes complicate change. DataRemote is skilled at recognizing these situations and positioned to offer tailored solutions via our stable of technology partners, our engineering and integration skills and our own manufacturing capabilities. DataRemote has pioneered the ability to interface legacy command and control protocols with the state of the art technologies available. The concept of the so called “Internet of Things” (IoT) has brought increased abilities to drive production, transmission, distribution and quality to new levels of efficiency. Process Control systems can be coupled with the increased productivity, safety and reliability created by faster and more diverse communications networks. DataRemote can assist operators and users to be in a position to harness the IoT ecosystem thereby creating the opportunity to be able to deliver increased efficiency, often at a lower cost than traditional wireline based analog technology. DataRemote offers a full line of Industrial grade cellular and radio communications solutions to meet the requirements of the industry.
Types of functions using process control:

  • Discrete– Typically found in many manufacturing, motion and packaging applications. Such environments may incorporate robotic assembly and machinery to complete the process or task. Examples of Discrete function are typically found in automotive production. For the most part, Discrete functions involves the production of individual pieces of product.
  • Batch – Typically found in processes that require quantities of raw materials to be combined in specific ways for particular durations to produce an intermediate or end result. One example is the production of adhesives and glues, which normally require the mixing of raw materials with heatfor a period of time to form a quantity of end product.
  • Continuous– Typically found in systems represented through variables that are consistent or uninterrupted. An example of Continuous process is the control of the water temperature in manufacturing a product. Other examples involve production of fuels, chemicals and plastics.
  • Hybrid– Typically applications having elements of discrete, batch and continuous process control are often called hybrid applications.

DataRemote is well positioned to assist in network transitions, interfacing legacy equipment with industrial rated hardware and software solutions that recognize industry best practices while providing for efficient cost containment and high security. Our ability to manage legacy protocols and unique interfaces found in Manufacturing, makes DataRemote ultimately qualified to serve the industry. We pioneered “moving data over wireless.”

Transportation

Today’s businesses involve diverse and remote locations and are more dependent on transportation and logistics than ever before. Communicating from these remote locations has become a critical cost-saving measure for local governments, business fleets, utilities and public safety agencies. Whether you have a fleet of 2 or 2000 vehicles, you can dramatically improve performance by knowing where your vehicles are, tracking how they’re used and communicating directly with your mobile workforce in the field.

For every trip, a business’ expenses start accumulating due to inefficient routes, poor dispatching, unnecessary idling, side jobs or having to return to headquarters to communicate data. This inefficiency multiplied by an entire fleet becomes expensive for even the biggest business. Our tracking and telemetry hardware allows you to get valuable insight into you assets and workforce giving you the power to make critical business decisions with actionable real-time and historical data. Combined with the correct tracking software, such as that from our partner WBC Fleet maximizes your operational efficiency by reducing impactful metrics like, off-hours driving, payroll and paid overtime, idle time, accidents and even vehicle theft.

Our transportation solutions provide:
  • Delivery monitoring
  • Cost reductions
  • On-time departure and arrival
  • Increased driver productivity
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Asset tracking and recovery
  • Accountability
  • Any time communication
  • Vehicle utilization
  • Safety

There are critical operations such as police, fire and emergency services, which require instant reliable communication across multiple networks. DataRemote provides solutions that are secure and flexible enough to meet the future technology needs of the government. Click here for more about our Public Safety Solutions.

Security

Machine-to-machine and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are changing the way we do business; one area charged with growth is the security sector. DataRemote offers a wide range of solutions including hardware and software platforms. DataRemote’s security application enablement platform give providers the ability to white-label the managed security platform. This system can be used to control the IP and SMS communications to, from, and between, embedded devices.

SOLARBEAM™

Wireless Perimeter Systems

Solarbeam Security provides wireless perimeter systems that create an IR beam fence around a property or facility to provide immediate notification of an intruder.

Establishing an outer layer of security allows for layered asset protection starting at the property boundary; thereby providing early warning of intrusion and complementing camera and building alarm systems. This is the same security philosophy used in airports, correctional facilities, power generation plants, and other critical infrastructure scenarios. As Solarbeam towers are battery and solar powered, they do not require expensive electrical infrastructure, plans or permitting – translating into rapid
system deployment and cost effective security.
Solarbeam™ has patented the technology of using solar powered sensor systems with secure cellular and radio reporting for

perimeter security. Additionally, Solarbeam has been reviewed by the TSA Safe Skies program for use in airports and high security applications, and has been approved for use by DOE at Idaho National Labs – meeting some of most demanding thresholds of security performance. APPLICATIONS Solarbeam’s towers are constructed of durable polycarbonate and Lexan, providing long-lasting durability and free from EMI or RFI considerations. Of note, Solarbeam has systems functioning for over fourteen years in the south Florida marine environment.

Applications can include:

  • Airports, Ports & Marinas
  • Construction Sites
  • Gated Communities
  • Country Clubs and Golf Course Home Owner Associations
  • High Security Laboratories & Research Centers
  • Environmentally Sensitive Facilities
  • Electrical & Pipeline Substations
  • Power Generation Plants
  • Water Treatment Facilities & Wells
  • Petrochemical Plants & HAZMAT Storage Areas
  • Luxury & Waterfront Residences
  • City and Municipality Facilities
  • Warehouses, Logistics Centers & Foreign Trade Zones

Public Safety

Wireless communication requirements for public safety departments continue to be crucial. These departments require enhanced fleet management and dispatch capabilities, communications between command-and-control and on-the-scene field officers, and real-time access to local, state, and national public safety databases while on patrol.

With advanced cellular technologies, such as the CalAmp Fusion router DataRemote offers reliable and secure solutions for every mission including the transition to the FirstNet network.

Our Public Safety solutions:

  • Improve response times through accurate GPS data and fleet tracking.
  • Combine voice, data and video to enhance situational a wareness.
  • Allow organizations to share technology efficiently over Wi-Fi, LTE and satellite.
  • Improves mobility and communication while in the field.
  • Secure critical data through IPSEC enabled VPN
  • Provide multiple redundancies for disaster recovery.
  • Contain FirstNet capability.

Departments looking for increased bandwidth for multi-media communications, internet/intranet access, secure mission-critical database access, mobile office and other applications have a partner in DataRemote that can provide a solution.

Mobile Operation

DataRemote is helping companies in all verticals develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to deliver actionable business intelligence allowing clients to make well informed business decisions that gain efficiencies, lower costs, and improve competitive advantage.

In today’s environment virtually anything can be connected. Entirely new services, revenues, profitability, cross functional relationships, insights, and processes never thought possible are now achievable using the Internet of Things (IoT). These solutions deliver data that enable companies to predict, learn, and make real-time decisions that create a distinct competitive advantage.

Remote Monitoring

IoT and Machine to Machine (M2M) allow organizations to collect actionable data on operations, both remote and onsite, to improve processes and efficiency. With Monitoring and Management solution, connect devices, sensors and systems wherever they’re located. Monitor important information about the status and condition of assets. Gone are the days organizations need to physically send employees to check on an assets or to turn them on or off locally. Control expenses and save time by being able to manage these devices remotely.

Smart cities.

IoT solutions connect machines to machines giving city planners, developers, governments, and people visibility needed to improve how events, services and products are managed and delivered. Smart City solutions save energy, increase safety, and increase productive.

End to End Solution development

IoT technologies are rapidly changing and improving how businesses operate. DataRemote offers a variety of software and hardware platforms to meet the growing demands that organizations face.

Fleet and Asset Management

Visibility to your high-value assets are and what they’re doing can help your business become more efficient. These solutions show the exact location of the vehicle, asset, device, and machine in the field, giving you greater visibility into your business operations. Whether you’re are building a solution or are looking to buy a platform, DataRemote has the right ecosystem to help.

Legacy Network Convergence

Network convergence

Network convergence refers to the provision of telephone, video and data communication services within a single network. In other words, one pathway is used to deliver all forms of communication. The process of Network Convergence has been mainly driven by development of technology and customer demand. The goal of such integration being to deliver better services, lower prices and increased interoperability to consumers. Users are able to access a wider range of services and choose complementary devices and associated services from among more service providers. DataRemote views Legacy Network Convergence as an opportunity to adopt new business models while offering innovative services to an ever increasing global marketplace. DataRemote views one key element of success as providing the capability to interface or match existing “legacy” devices with the world of the digital Internet of Things (IoT). We have continued to provide unique and innovative solutions matching the analog world with the digital world of communications. This focus has allowed customers to maintain current legacy devices and enjoy the benefits of the newer network protocols and services.
analog world with the digital world of communications. This focus has allowed customers to maintain current legacy devices and enjoy the benefits of the newer network protocols and services.


Pathways

Pathways are available to transmit voice, video signals and data to homes and business. In the past, it is restricted to communicating by wire line. Two-way communication has been limited to voice and text by the limited availability of bandwidth and by the availability of spectrum.
In the telecommunications world, convergence has come to mean a moving towards the use of one medium as opposed to manipulation of all forms of information including voice, data and video across all types of networks instead of carrying information separately within distinct networks. In the DataRemote view of the convergent network, different forms of information can be re-configured to provide better, more flexible services to the user. The DataRemote portfolio of solutions accomplishes these tasks nicely.


Convergence

Convergence is about services and about new ways of doing business and of interacting with society. Convergence can be categorized in the following ways:

1. The first or Basic Convergence is the combination and connection across platforms and networks, which allows several types of networks to connect with each other within certain common standard and protocol. DataRemote has built deep understanding of this tier of convergence and has solutions available to meet both legacy and new customer demand.

2. The second view of convergence is with telecommunication services, allowing users to use a single network to provide several communication services that traditionally required separate networks. DataRemote has engineered our offerings to insure capability.

3. The third view is market convergence. The convergent network will stimulate activity, innovation and collaboration among applications and solutions. Digital technology allows both traditional and new communication services – whether voice, data, sound or pictures – to be provided over many different networks. DataRemote pioneered “moving data over wireless”. It is in that spirit that we continue meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations.

Benefits of Convergence include:

1.Reduced cost

Many of the costs associated with separate networks, such as the costs of separate equipment and facilities, can be avoided;

2. Greater coverage

With a converged network, the full set of services can be provided over the entire network (the union of the network segments) as opposed to full service being limited the intersection of the service-specific networks;

3. Easier interoperability

Convergence facilitates interoperability among the networks of different carriers, which further expands the effective coverage area;

4.Common user interface

A common user interface and a common access method could be provided for all services.


Our Mission

Our Mission at DataRemote is to provide the best possible, innovative and cost effective solutions for our customers. Our driving goal in everything we do is to produce and deliver robust, world class wireless communications solutions that embrace the world of IoT demanded by our customers thru the development and presentation of enterprise grade capable deliverables thereby insuring the highest quality, best in breed value expected by our customers

Energy Oil and Gas

The oil & gas industry is characterized by remote and inaccessible facilities where wireless communication in many cases is the only viable option for transferring M2M data. Wireless technologies such as private radio, cellular and satellite communication can provide ubiquitous online connectivity at reasonable cost and deliver very high performance, as well as excellent availability. All of these components combined enable the delivery of operations management, equipment management and regulatory compliance applications linking remote equipment and enterprise IT systems. Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are centralized systems that utilize telemetry to monitor and control remote facilities. SCADA, telemetry and M2M solutions can be found throughout the oil & gas value chain including applications such as drill and well monitoring, fiscal metering and pipeline monitoring.

The market for wireless M2M applications in the oil & gas industry continues to grow. North America is the most advanced market using M2M applications in the oil & gas industry. The region is the home of a majority of the players which are more specifically targeting the oil & gas market segment. The region has in recent years seen increased production levels of oil and gas. There are major pipeline projects across the world in which wireless M2M solutions are being used for real time remote monitoring and control applications. There will also be a strong focus on environmental safety in the coming years driven by anticipated new regulations and requirements which can be achieved more effectively with the help of M2M applications. In the downstream segments, cellular M2M solutions have been proven to be a great fit for remote monitoring of fuel and LPG tanks. Remote automation, control and monitoring are also key ingredients in order to make it cost effective to extract, transport and distribute emerging oil & gas products including LNG and unconventional resources such as shale gas and tight oil.

DataRemote Inc. is the leader in M2M and IoT wireless communication solutions for the oil and gas industry. Our solutions help producers, gatherers, and pipeline operators collect mission-critical data and move that information quickly and securely – often from remote sites and under rugged conditions. In fact, a great majority of the largest domestic oil and gas producers use DataRemote wireless M2M networking solutions. Our industrial IoT oil and gas solutions offer superior performance and durability, coupled with the extended operating range and lower power consumption. To ensure success, we also provide wireless communication system design and on-site training services, as well as diagnostic and configuration tools that empower you to gain the most value and performance from your wireless communication networks. With the increase of IP based networking technologies in the Oil & Gas energy in favor of legacy TDM and PSTN displacements. We also offer converging solutions over 4G/LTE for PSTN and SCADA interfaces.

TCP/IP Cellular appliance providing Ethernet connectivity

Description

TCP/IP over Cellular directly replaces wireline data transmission devices with the fastest cellular broadband technology integrated with extensive routing capability, delivering robust connectivity and secure high speed data transfer for a broad array of devices and applications. This ready-to-deploy broadband router enables wireless data connectivity for up to two LANs and one serial device over a Cellular Networks at 4G speeds with strong, Enterprise-grade security (IPsec, VPN, WPA-2) to protect against external threats.


Features and Benefits

  • Provides reliable connectivity for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Remote Terminal Units (RTUs)and any other Ethernet or serial device. This single, flexible platform addresses a variety of wireless communications needs with serial to IP conversion, over-the-air configuration and system monitoring to reduce operating and support costs. In mobile environments, an optional, built-in Wi-Fi access point allows tethered devices to remain connected outside the vehicle.
  • With a straightforward interface and the powerful DeviceOutlook device management platform, this widely-deployed DataRemote wireless solution delivers effective performance and rich, field-proven software capabilities out of the box. To extend the TCP/IP over Cellular solution capabilities even further, Customers and users may build custom applications on the Open Developer Platform (ODP), which provides access to hardware and software services on the device, to facilitate distributed intelligence and local decision making at the edge of the network.
  • Interfaces legacy equipment to minimize stranded investments for telemetry users.
  • Supports telemetry and other services requiring 2 or 4 wire connectivity.
  • Drop in replacement to substitute Cellular for wireline providing options for wireline product sunset plans.
  • Dual carrier options provide additional failover capability
  • Will support Primary operation or as automatic failover for secondary operation.

Options

Available in multiple configurations including:

  • Tray (rack) mounting
  • NEMA enclosures
  • Traditional cabinet housing
  • Standby battery power pack

T1 over Cellular appliance

Description

T1 over Cellular directly replaces wireline data transmission devices usually associated with TDM analog T1 circuitry consisting usually of 24 DS0 64 Kbps channels. This solution provisions the ability to either replace or supplement the existing T1 pipeline with an carrier approved Cellular appliance. These devices operate best on a LTE Cellular Data Network but will also work well on traditional 3G and 4G networks. Originally intended to operate as a failover or supplemental backup device, these solutions can also function as the primary communications platform to totally replace the wireline connection. Depending upon the sampling rate and volume of data transmitted, larger Cellular Data plans may be required. The appliance can be configured to automatically failover to Cellular in the event of wireline service interruption. The appliance will dynamically switch back to wireline operation when that connectivity is returned to operation. Alternatively, the appliance will operate in a primary mode with an alternative cellular carrier being positioned as the secondary pathway. Such a configuration becomes a fully cellular operation.
The DataRemote T1 over Cellular solution encapsulates full and fractional T1 and TDM circuits, along with their framing and signaling bits, into IP packets. The solution creates the equivalent of an IP Tube carrying a full T1 Over Cellular. This solution can provide for transparent interconnection of most T1 based communication systems using traditional wireless connectivity.
The T1 interfaces have configurations that provide independent protocol, compression, packet sizing, buffering, clocking, framing, coding and channel settings. DataRemote has harnessed the capability of T1 over the a Cellular Network.


Features and Benefits

  • Full and Fractional T1 connections are supported.
  • The size and frequency of the IP packets are user configurable.
  • Data rates from 64 Kpbs to 2.048 Mbps are supported.
  • Drop in replacement to substitute Cellular for wireline providing options for wireline product sunset plans.
  • Dual carrier options provide additional failover capability
  • Will support Primary operation or as automatic failover for secondary operation.
  • Several variations and port configurations for T1 are available
  • 1 and 2 port 10/100T models available
  • Optional Lossless Data Compression
  • Optional Load Sharing and Redundant Ethernet port capabilities
  • AC and DC Power Options
  • Supports Full and Fractional and Multiplexed T1
  • Straightforward Configuration

Options

Available in multiple configurations including:

  • Tray (rack) mounting
  • NEMA enclosures
  • Traditional cabinet housing
  • Standby battery power pack

Radio over Cellular appliance

Description

Radio over Cellular directly replaces wireline control circuitry for transmission of Two Way Radio traffic. Intended to replace microwave, T1 wireline and other private line links.Either as primary or failover with or without dual carrier capability. This product can be used to connect public service, utility or other organizations involved in operating a mission critical two-way mobile radio system for dispatching mobile units. Typically, operators of such systems would be Police, Fire, Search and Rescue, Utility and other first responder organizations. In addition, any fleet operator or organization that dispatched remote mobile units would be a candidate for this solution.


Features and Benefits

  • Interfaces legacy equipment to minimize stranded investments for telemetry users.
  • Supports multiple protocols used in various radio control systems including Harris, et. Al.
  • Supports telemetry and other services requiring 2 or 4 wire connectivity.
  • Drop in replacement to substitute Cellular for wireline providing options for wireline product sunset plans.
  • Dual carrier options provide additional failover capability.
  • Will support Primary operation or as automatic failover for secondary operation.

Options

Available in multiple configurations including:

  • Tray (rack) mounting
  • NEMA enclosures
  • Traditional cabinet housing
  • Standby battery power pack