Monitoring

Remote Home Monitoring


A wide variety of sensors can be monitored and transmitted to a website. In most cases, this website can be viewed from a smart phone or tablet using a username/password login. Graphs show trends and unusual activity.

Environmental Sensors

Environmental sensors such as temperature, humidity, water level and water flow are becoming easier to connect to the internet. In the past, only manufacturing plants could afford the electronics needed for this type of monitoring but as costs for sensors and other boards has decreased, do-it-yourself homeowners are beginning to get into this exciting area. In many cases, this can be done by the homeowner or a handyman. Sensors require power which is supplied by the sensing unit/signal conditioner. The signal conditioner also connects to the internet but is similar to connecting a computer or smart phone to a local WiFi router.


 

  • Download History

    The sensor data is stored on the server and can be downloaded and graphed so you can see trends.

  • Fingertip Access

    The sensor data is easily accessed through a phone or tablet.

  • Settings

    Various sensor settings can be adjusted such as the time between sensor measurements, the upper and lower range, and the type of sensor.


Sensor Conditioning

The sensors are powered by the same device that converts the sensors into data that can be transmitted to the internet. Common sensor interfaces include:

  • 0 - 5VDC - This is common in lower voltage systems where the power supply is +5 Volts Direct Current (VDC) and therefore the electronics are expecting 0 to 5VDC.
  • 0 - 10VDC - This is more common to see in industrial environments where the supply voltage may be +12 VDC.
  • 4 - 20 mA - This is typically used for devices that are located a longer distance from the sensor conditioner.

The connection to the internet is also done by the signal conditioner. Signal Conditioners such as the Osprey_SG1 require a WiFi connection. The WiFi connection must be setup with the password for the router in order to connect to the internet.

Common Sensors

  • Temperature
  • Noxious Gas
  • Water Pressure
  • Water Flow
  • Water Leak

Applications

  • Monitor noxious gases such as natural gas water heaters, stoves, ovens.
  • Monitor carbon monoxide levels in children's rooms.
  • Monitor water levels in water storage tanks such as those used for rainwater collection.
  • Monitor temperature of water in hot tubs.