French tech company Terabee has developed a new battery-powered sensor which monitors levels of materials stored in silos, vats and tanks.
Terabee CEO and founder Max Ruffo said the LoRa Level Monitoring XL device will monitor levels inside even the largest silos (up to 60 metres detection range).
LoRa is a long-range and low-power wireless technology.
He said the sensor was designed to optimise stock replenishment, cut operational costs and reduce dangerous silo audits at great heights.
The Internet of Things (IoF) has seen an increase in contactless level sensors capable of providing years of autonomy through their battery powered design.
As well, kilometres of data transmission coverage is gained through LoRaWAN technology, he said.
"This new product is a wireless, self-powered IoT device that is conveniently installed on top of silos and tanks providing over-the-air data about real-time fill levels of stocked materials, whether they are liquids, solids or powders.
"Wireless communication and battery-power are features that have been requested frequently by our customers in the past year.
"We're glad to be responding to customer and market demand by launching this product. This will now allow our clients to reduce cost, time and complexity during device installation on top of silos. It will also enable easier deployment in remote locations.
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"We've also received interest from a wider range of sectors and organisations than expected - people who are looking for effective ways to digitise material levels in places and in assets not previously digitised.
"This includes telecommunications companies providing LoRaWAN network infrastructure, silo and farming equipment manufacturers, material transportation and storage companies, to name some," Mr Ruffo said.
He said Terabee IoT sensors on top of silos eliminated or minimised time spent by staff manually inspecting content levels in silos and tanks.
"Terabee LoRa Level Monitoring XL sensors regularly measure and send (over the air) data about real-time material level in customer silos so there is no need to have people climb and visually audit remaining contents.
"With everyday data being gathered from each silo, the overall material restocking process can be better planned and optimised, saving costs and time in the process."