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    What are Your Ideas for Projects that Involve Remote Monitoring or Control of Devices that are Not Accessible?


    The theme this month is Remote Monitoring & Control and comes from a suggestion by kk99 .  If you're just getting started, check out A Maker Bro Video: ESP8266 Remote Monitoring and Control With MQTT Using Arduino and Cayenne to learn how you can build a device and control it using the Arduino IDE.  This theme coincides with the 10th anniversary of the element14 community and you can receive an Arduino compatible board in the 10 Year Challenge | Tell Us What You Can't Live Without for an ESP8266, Arduino Uno, or Arduino Nano!  You can work on any project that involves remote monitoring and control of devices that are not easily accessible. It does not necessarily have to involve radio communication,  for example battery powered devices made to last as long as possible.  Examples of projects you could build include water monitoring systems, smoke detection systems, remote battery charger, remote temperature monitors, remote plant monitoring systems, remote air quality monitoring, IoT CCTV cams that people can talk through, doorbells and cameras, Cams with dog feeders to give your dog a treat while you're at work, and more.  e14phil who runs our Design Challenges is especially fond of The Cooker Connector from the Pi Chef Design Challenge, a BBQ system which regulates the smoker and BBQ temperature from a phone app while you out of the house. It does not necessarily have to involve radio communication,  for example battery powered devices made to last as long as possible.  During the Mixing Electronics & Water there was also Social Plant Survival Kit by mbozdal , who built a plant watering device from when he was away, and Remote (Water) Temperature Monitoring by ntewinkel .  During A Question of Scale , luislabmo built a Remote Home Monitoring with Raspberry Pi and Hologram Nova , that tracks power consumption to your most important appliances, monitors the stove temperature, and displays room temperature remotely.


    Remote Monitoring and Control Systems are used for a number of industrial applications.  It is used to control numerous large or complex systems facilities such as factories, power plants, network operations centers, airports, and spacecrafts, with some degree of automation.  These systems receive data through sensors, telemetry streams, user inputs, and pre-programmed procedures. Software may be used to send telecommands to actuators, computer systems, or other devices. Remote Monitoring and Control in smart grids, positive train control (PTC) which is used to prevent collisions and accidents on railways, structural health monitoring in buildings and bridges, pipeline sensors, patient monitoring, and desktop/server monitoring.


    When used for smart grids it can be used to control aspects of how electric power is demanded and consumed through the smart metering systems.  It is often used to reduce electrical downtime, allowing electrical power monitoring and control systems (PMCS) to alert you to trouble remotely, without having to rely on alarms or flashing lights on-site.  If the system has control capabilities it can take steps to restore power and preserve loads while you are analyzing the problem remotely. Remote monitoring and control applied to structural health monitoring allows you to monitor and track structures for wind and weather, traffic, and stress loads.


    Remote monitoring and control systems are used in agriculture by farmers to gain better control and visibility of their irrigation systems, allowing them to make better decisions regarding water, chemical, and electrical usage.  Data is collected through instrumentation located on different components of an irrigation system, the wireless telemetry system sends automatic and real-time status of water pressure, pump usage, pump water flow, and other critical parameters can accessed through a computer, smart phone, or tablet.  This eliminates the need to travel to multiple locations and manually inspect motors and pumps. These wireless monitoring and control system can be configured to provide alerts on abnormal conditions, allowing technicians to quickly diagnose problems such as motor failures and pipeline leaks. This helps reduce water usage and electrical consumption. The telemetry system works with flowmeters to optimize the amount of chemical dispersed with water to prevent overdosing or under treating crop.


    Remote monitoring can be used in trains for a number of things such as remote fuel level monitoring, exhaust and charge air temperature, remote cabin temperature monitoring, remote alternator temperature monitoring, remote battery charger temperature monitoring, remote air flow monitoring, remote vibration monitoring, and remote gear box temperature monitoring.  When used for electrical construction and maintenance, remote monitoring and control systems are used to reduce electrical downtime.  Known as electrical power and monitoring systems(PMCS), by alerting you to trouble remotely so you are not reliant on audible alarms or a flashing light.


    Remote patient monitoring (RPM) allows patients to use mobile medical devices and technology to gather patient-generated health data (PGHD) and send it to a physician's office. Common physiological data that can be collected with RPM programs include vital signs, weight, blood pressure and heart rate. RPM is frequently used to help patients that require chronic, post-discharge or senior care. By connecting high-risk patients with remote monitoring, healthcare organizations can be notified of potential health issues or keep track of patient data between visits. Examples of remote patient monitoring technology RPM technology range from handheld medical devices to online platforms that allow patients to input data such as glucose meters for patients with diabetes, heart rate or blood pressure monitors, continuous surveillance monitors that can locate patients with conditions like dementia, alert a healthcare professionals of a fall, and caloric intake or diet logging programs.



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    Remote Monitoring & Control
    Remote (Water) Temperature Monitoring Remote Home Monitoring with Raspberry Pi and Hologram Nova - Full Instructions


    Remote Monitoring & Control
    Social Plant Survival Kit The Cooker Connector - Blog #10: NFC (Pi Chef Challenge)



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    Step 1: Log in or register on element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.


    Be sure to include video proof of your project!


    Visit:  Remote Monitoring & Control  or tag your project blog remotemonitorcontrolch


    You have until August 14th End of Day to submit your completed project!


    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!


    In the comments below:


    What are Your Ideas for Projects that Involve Remote Monitoring or Control of Devices that are Not Accessible?