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Piezometers and Vibrating Wires for Remotely Monitoring Levees, Bridges, and Water – IoT Applications and Case Studies

What’s a Piezometer?

Piezometers measure pressure of ground water. They’re sensors that are also known as vibrating wires or VWs, but note that they’re much smaller than the German vehicles.

After drilling holes to deploy and measure piezometers, the vibrating wire sensors can report information about pressure in an aquifer.

Basically, piezometers can be used to measure and monitor pressures of liquids.

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How does this help You?

Here are a couple Industrial IoT applications and use cases where piezometers are remotely monitored: Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometers VW Vibrating Wires 25Piezometers / vibrating wire sensors monitor water wells and aquifer health alongside levees  in order to keep communities safe.

For civil structure monitoring, like bridges, piezometers are commonly used to measure displacements. This helps decide safety precautions and the most effective forms of maintenance programs. Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometers VW Vibrating Wires Valarm Tools Cloud 2Piezometers are in the news around the world, playing critical roles with stories like:

Who makes piezometers / vibrating wires and where do you get them?

There are a variety of sensor hardware manufacturers that make piezometers, like:

Using sensor standards like RS-232 and 4-20 mA, along with open cloud-based monitoring software like, piezometers and any additional sensors are easily measured as often as needed.

Piezometers Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometer VW Vibrating Wires Valarm Tools CloudGraphing, mapping, alerting, and other analytics are performed on piezometer measurements, depending on the particular Industrial IoT application.

According to this news article, piezometers are quite useful to tie in the groundwater elevation with ponds and bogs. What are Your organization’s piezometer applications?

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Flooding, Droughts, Remote Water Monitoring Systems and Industrial IoT Sensors – August 2017 News

Floods and rising water levels are continuing to grow more extreme in our world. Recent storms have endangered the city of Houston, Texas, with a lot of flooding risks. Here in this news article you can see photos of the water rescues, emergency management, and how heavy rains caused a natural disaster. Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 54 Similarly, in New Orleans, Louisiana (a.k.a., NOLA) inundating rains tested the city’s flood response system. According to this story, citizens found that the flood monitoring alerts and information left a lot to be desired, in other words a failure.

How will these holes in City Hall communications be fixed? Perhaps with more effective, real-time flood warning and water monitoring systems like those that are deployed on the east coast of the USA in Virginia.

Meanwhile, dangerous drought conditions are occurring in other parts of the USA. The U.S. Drought Mitigation Monitor Mitigation Center produces and classifies drought reports.  Dry conditions in your world are making drought risks right now in places like: Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 37Water can be a precious lifeline or a dangerous, deadly weapon as this National Geographic article tells you. We need more water monitoring systems and better flow meter monitoring to avoid disasters and water issues like those happening in: Water Monitoring Wells Depths Flow Meters Industrial IoT Internet of Things Applications Water Resources Management Sensors Map DashboardWhat can You do about our water monitoring challenges?

You can get engaged with your town, city, state, and federal government to make better use of technologies like Industrial IoT sensors to remotely monitor water in the cloud.  Help your family, community, and others you care about to live a healthier life with effective water monitoring systems.


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What does your organization need to start building and setting up your infrastructure for Industrial IoT and remote monitoring systems?

First things first. Even with remote monitoring, sensor telemetry, and Industrial IoT.

And the 1st question usually is –

“What would you like to know about your business environment that you currently do NOT know, or find that information costly, slow, or dangerous to acquire?”

In response to that question above, organizations and businesses start saying –

“Can you monitor … X, Y, AND Z?!?”

The answer is always yes. And it is always, tremendously cost-effective compared to your current situation. Today, you can literally Monitor Anything, Anywhere!

How does your organization get started with Remote Monitoring and Industrial IoT?

valarm-tank-monitoring-solar-wifi-cost-effective-agrx-tanks-sensors-valarm-tools-cloud-0-1There are 2 key things to know from the beginning about the location of your remote monitoring deployment:

  1. Your power source
  2. Internet availability

Now how about those power sources?

Is there standard wall mains power, like 110V in the U.S., available to plug into?

Or will you need solar panels? If you need solar power, then how sunny is your location throughout the year? This will tell you what wattage and size of solar panels you’ll need. It’ll also determine the size and juice you’ll need for your back up batteries.

And how do you connect your industrial IoT sensors FOR REMOTE MONITORING?

How will the remote sensor monitoring information get sent to Industrial IoT Cloud Tools? If there’s no connection to the internet then you’re not going to be doing any Industrial IoT sensor telemetry.

Fortunately, the internet is available just about anywhere these days. So which internet connectivity is most cost-effective for you?

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsYour remote monitoring deployments might be stationary like those that monitor flood warning systems or water wells.

If you’re monitoring assets that aren’t going anywhere fast, then plain ol’ WiFi or ethernet will provide you with cost savings over satellite or GSM mobile cell networks.

If the assets you need to monitor are mobile, like vehicles, then mobile cell network connectivity will likely be your best bet.

Hope that gets you, your teams, and your organizations started with Industrial IoT and remote sensor monitoring. It’s quicker, easier, and more cost-effective than you think.

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