Modules, Connectivity

SIAP+MICROS: Cellular-Enabled Hydrometeorological Monitoring in One Cellular-Enabled Device

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SIAP+MICROS has consolidated know-how in technology and design. It offers meteorological products and services for any scale and application area, including: 

  • Single electronic or mechanical sensors
  • Complex telemetry station networks 
  • Agrometeorology  
  • Aeronautical meteorology  
  • Hydrology  
  • Nivo-meteorology  

SIAP+MICROS’s hardware and software solutions are created according to the highest quality standards and the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO’s) provisions. 

Its passion for excellence and constant innovation led SIAP+MICROS to create sensors and intelligent data acquisition systems (i.e., a data logger). With customizable pre- and post-processing software, the sensors and systems can provide data on fundamental and derived quantities. SIAP+MICROS has become a partner in the fight against physiological diseases in crops (bacterial and fungal) with the highest value added. 

Through numerous installations worldwide, SIAP+MICROS plays a vital role in the study and monitoring of:  

  • Extreme meteorological events  
  • Climate changes  
  • Hydrogeological instability  

Using the international standard protocol enables communication sensors and data acquisition and transmission to be transparent and open to any integration. This protocol empowers SIAP+MICROS to free customers from individual manufacturers’ technologies.  

The company’s software applications acquire data and transmit it to data centers in modern and functional relational databases. The data is organized and processed in these databases, then georeferenced and made accessible online. 

The Challenge: Developing an Ultralow-Power Device with a Programmable Data Logger

SIAP+MICROS recognized the need for a measuring device that can transmit data to remote control panels. The company sought to create an affordable system that combines data acquisition and communication via cellular in one device. It had to be a high-performing product with many acquisition interfaces. The device also had to guarantee low absorption for hydrometric monitoring, surface water, groundwater and tanks.  

The Telit Cinterion Solution: Enabling Reliable Cellular IoT Connectivity in Hard-to-Reach Locations 

“Through Telit Cinterion’s support, we designed the nanoSUM. It’s an ultralow-power device with a programmable data logger equipped with an integrated 4G modem with 2G fallback.  

The ultralow power absorption allows a small battery to power the device with an autonomy of up to four years. Its compact dimensions enable it to be housed in small spaces, such as maintenance holes, well mouths and electrical panels.” 

We are one of the top industrial modem producers. SIAP+MICROS engaged us for our quality and range of technical services for developers, as well as our global presence and coverage.  

NanoSUM power device by SIAP+MICROS.

The SIAP+MICROS’s nanoSUM is based on our cellular LPWA modules and IoT AppZone embedded software environment. Both provide the solution’s core hardware and software of the solution and are used to power invisible intelligence™ on various devices, including: 

Cellular LPWA provides reliable connectivity, lower power consumption and longer battery life, even for IoT devices in hard-to-reach locations. 

The Results: A Data Logger Built around an Intelligent 4G LPWA Modem

Futuristic rendering of a Telit Centerion module.

With our IoT enablement, nanoSUM achieves everything SIAP+MICROS set out to develop. Sensors with pulse output (e.g., rain gauge) and those with RS232, RS485, RS422 and SDI-12 serial outputs can connect easily. Devices can be managed externally with one of the integrated digital outputs. 

Various functions can be programmed on the device, including:  

  • The frequency of data acquisition  
  • The types of data elaboration to be performed, such as average, trigonometric average, minimum, maximum, etc. 
  • The frequency of data memorization
  • The frequency of sending them with different protocols (e.g., FTP)  
  • The behavior for ultralow power consumption

The system was designed with the utmost attention to consumption. It can be used with battery power for installations without an external power supply. Furthermore, it can be supplied with enclosures for IP protection (submersible), with or without an integrated system battery power supply. The device can power the sensors and manage the duty cycle (On/Off) at 5 or 12 V dc. 

The entire software program managing nanoSUM is written on our IoT AppZone environment and embedded in a cellular module. Moreover, IoT AppZone provides a sophisticated and flexible system of independent watchdog timers. These protect the entire solution from most possible software faults, assuring a reset strategy to reboot the system. 

nanoSUM can also be equipped with an integrated GPS receiver to georeference the data or synchronize the internal clock. The system has been designed to have low power consumption and be used on systems without an external power supply.

“With Telit Cinterion’s ‘design once, use anywhere’ philosophy, we cut costs and development time by designing around a common form factor. It allowed us to deploy technologies best suited for the application’s environment.  

Our solution is a user-friendly, scalable product that does not require specific skills to be installed and managed. It is verticalized on monitoring data acquisition applications. In such use cases, ultraprecise performance stability is required in an operating context and for unconnected places. 

Thanks to this system, the Tuscany region can boast continuous phreatic network monitoring. Having real-time data allows the authorities to proceed more immediately. Climate change is one of the world’s biggest concerns, so monitoring water supplies remains critical.” 

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