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How B+B SmartWorx is helping customers in Meter Monitoring
Meter monitoring is a critical function in the energy and environment sector. In all cases, monitoring functions allow a facility to have real-time knowledge about what’s occurring, and then to take that knowledge and glean something from it, either through reporting or real-time analysis. In the IoT sector, this kind of data is being used for more than just critical operations, it is also being used to propel the business and innovation side of the equation forward through analyses that are more easily made possible by today’s technologies.
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In Norway, weather conditions can be extreme and wired connectivity can be complicated due to the mountainous landscape. This energy optimization company is dependent on these connections, and they needed to move away from fixed lines and older GPRS cellular connections that are starting to become discontinued. Plus, to make matters more complicated, the physical space inside many of the controller boxes in the field are very tight.
SmartWorx Hub lets you manage all your routers from a single location, wherever you may be. It places configuration, diagnostic and management functions, and a complete view of your installed device population right on your desktop.
SmartCluster provides solutions for applications where you need to connect devices connected via local area networks (LAN), and a router, which provides communication with the local area network (LAN), and does not have (cannot have or it is not desirable) a public internet IP address.
R-SeeNet is a monitoring system that is designed for the continuous monitoring of individual communication routers as well as for the entire communication system. It works as a SNMP monitor because it uses the standard SNMP protocol to collect statistical information from individual routers.
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SmartFlex LTE & LAN Router (Spectre V3 LTE – ERT)
The SmartFlex™ cellular router provides secure Internet connectivity for devices and LANs via the cellular networks. It can be used to provide automatic wireless failover for wired networks, wireless connectivity for devices in remote locations where cable connections are impractical, and wireless connectivity for mobile assets.
Available out-of-the-box customizations/integrations
For cellular routers in particular, our devices our built in such a way that modifications/customizations are made possible through user applications. We’ve put together a list for you to browse through and explore.
Band Select - adjust the portfolio of frequency bands supported on the router
Band Select module allows user to adjust the portfolio of frequency bands Please note – this user module is intended only for routers with GSM modules (not available in the United States or Canada): • PHS8 (i.e. UR5i v2 and UR5i v2 Libratum) • MC7710 (i.e. LR77 v2) • MC7304 (i.e. LR77 v2 and Bivias v2 LL/LH/LC)
GPS - allows your router to provide location and time information in all weather
The GPS (Global Positioning System) user module allows your router to provide location and time information in all weather, anywhere there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.
The user module is compatible with Spectre, UR5i v2F and LR77v2F routers.
WM-BUS Concentrator - allows your router to receive messages from wireless M-BUS meters
This module allows your router to receive messages from wireless M-BUS meters and then saves the contents of these messages to an XML file. The WM-BUS Concentrator only processes messages received from the meters that are included in your designated list (adding meters to the list is described in section 1.2). The XML file is generated for each meter once per day. Other messages from the same meter on the same day are ignored. The generated files are saved to a temporary folder and then the user module moves these XML files to the FTP server. Files are stored in the temporary folder until they are successfully transferred.
WiFi AP - enables the AP functions on the XC-WiFi expansion port (part of FW since 4.0.0)
WiFi AP allows you to scan neighboring networks to enable the AP (Access Point) function. Using this module, you can perform automatic configurations of the connected devices (maximum number = 2007) via DHCP server. For more information, please reference the XC-WiFi User Manual.
WiFi STA - adds WiFi client station capabilities to the XC-WiFi expansion PORT (part of FW since 4.0.0)
WiFi STA allows your router to behave as a standard Wi-Fi client station.
With this function, the described device can be simply called a "receiver". Wi-Fi communication on this device is bidirectional, which means the router is also able to send data packets. With this module, your router can receive data packets from an available access point and send data from the cable connection via the Wi-Fi network. For more information, please reference the XC-WiFi User Manual.
Captive Portal - provides 'captive portal' service on routers functioning as a standard Wi-Fi hotspot
Captive Portal service means that every customer using this Wi-Fi network is redirected to a special web page before accessing the Internet. With the module, the network can insert an authentication form or customer notification. Please note that this module is compatible only with firmware 4.0.0 or later in v2 routers
Ethernet Disconnect (Port) Detector - detect the physical disconnection of an Ethernet cable and drop eth0 interface
This module prevents tampering with the Ethernet port. When the module detects the physical disconnection of the Ethernet cable after original installation, it disables the port and optionally sends notification via SMS or SNMP trap to the administrator. To re-enable the port the administrator must log in and re-activate the port.
AT Modem Emulator - implementation of emulation telephone modem behavior
The AT Modem Emulator user module emulates a telephone modem's behavior. The modem can receive a dial-up request via the serial port and convert it to a TCP/IP connection. Any device connected to the router's serial interface sees the router as a HAYES-compatible modem.
The DNP3 Outstation module allows the router to use DNP3 protocol (Distributed Network Protocol v3), which is intended for reading data from the router. The primary purpose of this protocol is the mutual communication between devices in a network.
pppGateway - allows the router to establish connection via PPP
This module allows the router to establish connection via PPP (a data link protocol commonly used in establishing a direct connection between two networking nodes) between the router and any device connected to the router through a serial port. This provides Internet access for older devices which do not have this ability, but do have serial connectivity.
Protocol ALPHA-MODBUS - communications protocol with Mitsubishi ALPHA
ALPHA-MODBUS protocol is binary transparent serial communications protocol for the Mitsubishi ALPHA controllers. The Mitsubishi ALPHA controllers use a proprietary protocol, while network connectivity to/from the automation control room uses MODBUS-TCP protocol. With this module, the router performs a real-time two-way conversion transparent scroll via the data.
Advanced Security - ability to set the number of additional security features
The Advanced Security module gives you the ability to set the number of additional security features allowed on your router. For example, these can include disabling (or enabling) the sending of error messages within the ICMP protocol, disabling (or enabling) the ICMP protocol as a whole, and disabling (or enabling) access to the router via Telnet or SSH.
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