Wireless capabilities have launched a whole new platform for monitoring and control of equipment and processes. It has many advantages and benefits over conventional wire and fiber systems. Already many wireless control systems are being used and growing and expanding every day. The advantages are too enticing to go any other way.
One of the greatest benefits is the lack 433 mhz remote control of wire and fiber connections. To run these in initial and then to change them later is very costly. One of the major costs is the protective conduit and raceways needed to protect them. Another is the cost of the wire and fiber with its shielding and other expensive components. Any break in the system is expensive to correct and many redundant runs to compensate for it also have a cost. A major costly component is the labor cost of installing the conduit and cable runs as well as the wiring connection of each circuit to make the system operative. The use of a good wireless system eliminates this high cost by eliminating its need all together.
Another advantage and benefit is that a wireless system has easier and less costly system alteration capability. We can add or include other capabilities to the current system with just a few added devices without tearing a building or system apart and re-assembling it. Change is a lot cheaper and its change we usually need as we grow or expand our operations.
When it comes to environmental, wireless systems have less impact on nature and the other natural things people need to survive or just to enjoy. When you have a wired system, as with buildings and other complexes, you have to include protective raceway which is installed during the construction process. This may lead to digging destructive ditches and other environmentally destructive actions. These conduits have to protect also from rodents and animals destroying the system from knowing the wires. One squirrel could bring the whole network down. Protective raceways, when going over a ravine or river can be very expensive and environmentally costly. Another advantage environmentally is the reduction of toxic elements that are part of cable, fiber and the shielding and other elements such as pulling compounds used for lubrication. I am sure people would not look favorably of tearing up the Grand Canyon or other natural wonder.
With monitoring of systems covering large geographic areas such as pipe lines, well water and irrigation systems as well as other remotely situated operations the reduction in gas and labor cost of physically going out to check the status or condition is great. Eliminating these cost can lead to better competitive positions. The lower cost may lead to lower tax burdens in municipal and other governmental areas. Along with the gas and labor cost is the vehicle and insurance cost.
Controlling components to the system, is a lot more favorable when being able to control from a distance than to commute to the site to change control parameters. It also adds to the ability to get alarms for unwanted conditions in the equipment such as overheating, low fuels levels or shut downs. We can also be able to retrieve data concerning the need of maintenance which eliminates costly repairs and replacements.
Another area of benefit is when the equipment is portable in nature such as, generators, mining, well drilling and agricultural fertilizing and watering or scientific monitoring equipment doing surveillance on conditions for analysis. A wireless monitoring and control system can be moved as needed.
An almost intangible benefit is in the area of security and safety. As soon as an unsafe condition in sensed, the needed alerts and alarms can be activated including reverse 911 systems and voice and text messaging directly to our cell phones. This can also involve intruder alerts at homes, offices and schools.