Our water tank monitoring system is up and running on a ranch in Western Nebraska. Despite frigid winter temperatures, the installation went smoothly. This post will describe components of our system and the installation process.
For ranches who do not have cellular service where the tanks are located, our system consists of three main components: 1) the water tank sensor, 2) gateway, and 3) the web application that displays the information. Ranches who do have Verizon cellular service at their tanks do not need the gateway—our tank sensors that talk directly to Verizon’s LTE-M network.
Wireless Network Gateway
The gateway serves as the hub of our system, as it receives data transmissions from all the sensors on the ranch and sends that data to our web application. Installation is comparable to installing a TV antenna. You can install our gateway anywhere there is a 24-volt power outlet and cellular service. The range of our wireless network varies, but we can cover medium sized-ranches (up to ~30 square miles) in flat areas relatively easily. We are developing repeaters to extend the range for large ranches.
The tank sensor is designed to handle harsh outdoor conditions. The sensor is battery powered, and we estimate our sensors will have a battery life of approximately three years in their current configuration. Mounting the sensors to the tanks is easy, but we are still working to develop a universal tank attachment. We understand the need to make the attachment durable yet adaptable.