WHY GO WIRELESS?

Why Go Wireless?

Does implementing wireless make more sense for remote monitoring process conditions?

When should wires be replaced with a wireless system or solution?

When an operator faces making the decision of going with a wired or hardwired remote monitoring system versus a wireless remote monitoring system, in today’s world, there is only one clear answer. And the answer is: go wireless. Once cost, time of implementation, safety, feasibility, flexibility, and reliability are factored in and measured, the advantages and benefits of a wireless system heavily outweighs what wire systems can provide to an organization.

Below is a quick digest why one should go wireless for remote monitoring applications or be used for retrofitting an old wired system.

COST

  • Wires are expensive: copper wires have gone up in price. The price of copper in 1994 was less than a $1 per pound. Today, copper trades between $3.50 and $4.50.
  • Cost of permitting, transporting machines, digging/trenching, running conduit and wires also have to be factored in.
  • Hardwiring also requires the service of an electrician.
  • Going wireless eliminates the above costly factors.

TIME

  • How long will it take to get a permit for trenching?
  • How long will it take to implement and install the entire hardwired system?
  • Wireless system requires no permitting and can be installed in less than one day.

SAFETY

  • Is it safe to dig? Are there unknown hazards, unknown pipelines underground?
  • Wireless is safer since it does not tamper with anything underground.
  • Modern wireless equipment meet or exceed Class 1, Division 1 certification requirements and are intrinsically safe and cannot cause an explosion.

FEASIBILITY

  • Are there physical challenges to run wires? Climate, rugged terrain, water, mud, rock?
  • The beauty of a wireless system is that it goes over-the-air so it can tackle the roughest conditions.
  • Wireless is extremely flexible and requires much less time planning and implementing.

FLEXIBILITY

  • Wireless system can easily be adjusted, fixed, or replaced,
  • Wireless system can even move from site to site.

RELIABILITY

  • With wires, there are environmental factors such as lightning hazards (fire), galvanic corrosion, electrolysis, and other debilitating wear and tear on the wiring over time.
  • Wires get stolen. Wires get eaten.
  • Wires are harder to detect the point of failure.
  • Wireless systems that are used in the remote fields today are proving its reliability and accuracy.
  • The growing usage of wireless measurement devices and services is staggering:

    2012 near $1.5 billion vs 2007 0.6 billion (300% growth over 5 years)

  • Wireless transmitters and gateways offer robust radio frequency (RF) range so that it can easily be offered as a wire replacement retrofit solution.
  • Replaceable battery on a self-contained transmitter provides long life of up to ten (10) year battery life.