Worldsensing launches first ultra long-range, wireless tiltmeter for structural and geotechnical monitoring
Internet-of-Things (IoT) specialist Worldsensing has launched an ultra long-range, wireless tiltmeter, designed to facilitate automated structural readings using wireless networks. With Worldsensing’s biaxial tiltmeter, signal coverage limitations are greatly reduced. Its long-range radio transmission abilities allow civil engineers and mining operators to precisely monitor tilts of walls, buildings and structures from long distances. Being able to accurately detect tilts remotely is not only attributed to the sensor’s ability to acquire high-quality data, but its wireless capabilities which cover a communication range of up to 15 km (9 miles), making it the inclinometer with the longest range in the market.
“Offering this product is a decisive step towards automating asset monitoring in civil engineering and mining to help prevent risks and make operations safer.”, explains Ignasi Vilajosana, CEO and co-founder of Worldsensing.
From soil consolidation, induced movements by underground excavations to land reclamation projects, the sensor enables operators to flexibly gather and analyze geotechnical data without having to perform manual readings. It comes in a rugged box, which makes it suitable for harsh environments and hard-to-access areas such as construction sites or pit mines. Due to its wireless nature, the system is easy-to-install, because no cables are needed.
Juan Perez, Geotechnical Engineer and Loadsensing Product Owner, adds: “Due to our real world engineering experience, we knew we wanted to develop a product which would narrow the gap between theory and practice by being able to gather numerical data from sensors deployed all over a civil construction site or mine based on appropriate sampling rates.”
By running on batteries with a life expectancy of up to 8 years, the sensor additionally enables years of unattended operation, making maintenance especially effortless and cost-effective.
“After conducting international projects for more than 45 industrial companies across 5 continents, we understood that our clients needed to work with a more flexible solution that is easy to deploy and maintain and enables them to manage their operations more intelligently.”, concludes Vilajosana.
As part of the Loadsensing product family, the tiltmeter is integrated into a wireless data node. It measures inclination of structural elements at a set interval and automatically transmits readings to a software solution for analysis and monitoring. Loadsensing, the wireless monitoring system, is already in use in over 200 countries worldwide. Projects include the construction of the Eppenberg Tunnel in Switzerland, monitoring Victoria Park Bridge in Perth, Australia, as part of the Perth Arena renovation, and monitoring Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.
Worldsensing is a widely recognized global IoT pioneer. Founded in 2008, the Barcelona-based technology provider delivers Operational Intelligence to traditional industries and cities. With over 60 employees in Barcelona, London and Los Angeles, Worldsensing is globally active and has already conducted projects in over 50 countries across 5 continents.