The Things Network is a worldwide crowdfunded and community operated Internet Of Things (IOT) Network.
The network uses a narrowband radio technology called LoraWAN.
The first Wireless Gateway device was built by the Lincoln Things Network Community, using components sponsored and supplied by Yesway Communications.
Lincoln IOT Service
The Lincoln Public IOT service is now live, and can be used by local business and academia for education and research into new IOT connected products, that they may wish to develop.
Check out the local page for the Lincoln ‘Things Network’
or watch this video introduction:-
Its a brilliant idea, and I think that this will really help businesses and the general public develop products using the Internet of Things that will improve this world for the better.
For enquiries about the Lincoln Things Network, contact me via the page link above, rather than through Yesway, which is not connected with the network. I just happen to work for Yesway, and are also personally the Things Network initiator for Lincoln.
The two are separate, and I am only putting the details on the yesway site to spread publicity to our social media subscribers, so that more people know about this great free idea.
Applying the Internet of Things (IOT) to Induction Motor Monitoring
Induction motors are found in all sorts of industries and applications, both on land and offshore.
Smaller Induction Motors (roughly drawing up to 10 Amps Full Load Current) most commonly use Direct Online Starting (D.O.L) methods.
Larger motors typically use starting methods such as Star-Delta starting, which keeps the starting current (surge / inrush) down.
The Internet of Things offers 24/7 monitoring of systems, which can intelligently react based on the input data provided by the networked sensors.
The main parameters of induction motors that could be measured are:-
Voltage (individual phase)
Current being drawn by motor.
Over current in individual phases, such as imbalances due to single phasing faults.
Phase Winding temperature based on measurement using thermistors.
Vibration Monitoring, indicating bearing failure.
Motor speed (inc comparison of actual to Synchronous field speed calculated speed).
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