For some companies, using telemetry readers on remote assets represents a way to predict and prevent malfunctions and monitor performance. As such, integrating telemetry technology can lead to a less interrupted service and therefore a more efficient and profitable business. But what are remote telemetry readers and how do they work?
What are Telemetry Readers?
Telemetry readers are, simply speaking, sensors that can gather and transmit different types of data from remote assets. For example, a power company may have junction boxes at hundreds of locations within the geography of their customer base. If the junction boxes are fitted with telemetry readers, they are able to relay information about how the junction boxes are performing, such as how much power is passing through them and the temperature inside them.
The information they gather is transmitted back to a central location, where it can be monitored for efficiency purposes and also to detect problems. The technology can be used in a wide variety of scenarios and integrated into various types of electrical and electronic devices. One German company, for example, has been commissioned to fit telemetry readers to London buses so that the monitoring of exhaust gas treatment systems can be done.
How do Telemetry Readers Work?
Indeed, there are a number of specialist companies, such as Servelec Technologies, who manufacture and distribute telemetry readers. The readers themselves are electronic modules that contain both sensors and transmission technology for radio, infrared, satellite or cable communications.
The units are built from robust materials and circuitry that can withstand being placed in remote and inhospitable environments whilst gathering and relaying the vital information they have been programmed to collect.
The readers work in real time so that the monitoring of any particular device is always up to date and can be acted on as such. The data collected is also stored and therefore it can be analyzed retrospectively to pinpoint any patterns or generic issues related to performance and/or durability of the systems and components it is attached to.
Challenges Faced by Telemetry Technology
The most significant challenges facing telemetry technology are not related to its development or to deploying it. Rather to the resistance of some businesses to share the information with third parties. Overcoming such resistance will leave businesses in the desirable position of being able to collect data that will improve their operations and save them money.