New IoT solution for Level Monitoring released by Pepperl + Fuchs, and Actility

Press Release – 20 February 2023 – Paris, France

Actility, in joint work with Pepperl + Fuchs, known around the world as a pioneer and an innovator in electrical explosion protection and sensor technology, and a low-code IoT platform, now offer a new IoT solution for smart level monitoring and management solution.

The solution is using LoRaWAN® connectivity and includes the Pepperl + Fuchs WILSEN.sonic.level battery-operated wireless level sensor, LoRaWAN ® Network Server and Management platform from Actility – ThingPark Enterpise, and the application operated on the akenza IoT platform. It is used to remotely monitor fill levels in containers, tanks, and silos, as well as monitoring water levels of rivers, lakes, and flood basins.

This IoT Smart Level Monitoring is now available on ThingPark Market, Actility’s IoT solutions marketplace!

The most innovative ultrasonic solution to ensure industrial flexibility

The solution is used to monitor fill levels in containers, tanks, and silos remotely. In addition, river, lake, and flood basin water levels are monitored. More than just filling levels are transmitted by the sensor. GPS data from the sensor enables the tracking of assets such as containers, while other information such as temperature readings and battery charge status enable predictive maintenance capabilities.

The solution is a must-have for those who face daily challenges such as environmental and natural disaster risks, such as rivers and lakes overflowing their banks and flood basin levels, because they conduct manual observations rather than using technologically stress-free environments.

Another significant challenge that our solution may face is that waste management executives are frustrated with the non-interconnected waste management system. Managing waste management crews is a difficult task. They require a remote monitoring system to ensure that the containers are only collected once they have been filled to a predetermined level.

Where to apply the solution?

Smart Farming: Food and energy are both supplied by modern agriculture. Farmers can use the WILSEN.sonic.level to remotely monitor the fill level of distributed feed silos or the pit of a biogas plant. Using an IoT system like this relieves the farmer of inspection rounds and frees up time for important tasks in his efficient operation.

Smart Environment: The wireless sensor WILSEN.sonic.level measures river, lake, and flood basin fill levels. It transmits additional information such as temperature, geolocation, and battery status over long distances, allowing for better flood protection.

Smart Cities: Cities and municipalities are under increasing pressure to provide citizens with convenient, environmentally friendly living arrangements. The WILSEN.sonic.level enables intelligent disposal management, in which the filling levels of used glass, old clothes, and recyclables containers are remotely monitored and collected only when they reach a predetermined level.

Smart Logistics: In a globalized world, efficient supply chains must not run out of raw materials and supplies. The WILSEN.sonic.level aids in determining tank or silo fill levels. It enables the supplier to provide their customers with a supply logistics system that is tailored to their specific requirements.

What you will find in the kit:

Pepperl+Fuchs WILSEN.sonic.level UCC2500 sensor or UCC4000 sensor

The battery-powered wireless ultrasonic sensor WILSEN.sonic.level from Pepperl+Fuchs can be used for remote monitoring of all types of fill levels. The level, as well as additional parameters such as geo data and status data of the sensor, is recorded at adjustable time intervals. The data transmission is wireless via LoRaWAN. By using a mobile device (iOS/Android) and the WILSEN app belonging to the sensor, the sensor can be comprehensively parameterized.

Browan Pico NEXT LTE Gateway pre-installed and configured

This Pico gateway is appropriate for small business or private area use cases such as parking, exhibition center, or campus, among others.

Choose a prestaging platform based on your needs:

We recommend our free cloud-based ThingPark Community platform for proof of concept and non-commercial use. If you select this option, your gateway(s) will be pre-configured and provisioned on the ThingPark Community platform by the ThingPark team. If you do not already have a ThingPark account, the team will create one for you using your registered email address.

We recommend using our ThingPark Enterprise SaaS production platform (TPE SaaS) or ThingPark Enterprise On-Premise platform for commercial operations (OCP). TPE SaaS is georedundant, fully managed 24 hours a day, and offers SLAs. “ThingPark Enterprise (TPE) OCP is a complete on-premise platform that is available in both standalone and high-availability deployment modes. You must have an active subscription to use TPE SaaS or TPE OCP. For commercial deployments, use these options and choose the appropriate region.

3x months subscription to the platform, including up to 2 devices

The low-code akenza IoT platform allows you to build great IoT products and services with value. It connects, controls, and manages IoT devices all in one place.

Akenza “Data Flows” allow you to create your data path effortlessly from the device to the cloud. With the help of the device-type library, it ensures that the payload of the WILSEN.sonic.level sensor is decoded automatically; no programming is needed.

The built-in visualization enables you to visualize the data directly in the platform.

3x months subscription to ThingPark Enterprise SaaS service
ThingPark Enterprise is the leading LoRaWAN private networking solution that streamlines the digitalization of your business processes by connecting your most valuable assets with efficiency.

Deploying ThingPark Enterprise, you will benefit from a dependable, secure, and scalable private LoRaWAN connectivity infrastructure to enable various IoT use cases.

ThingPark Enterprise streamlines IoT network operations,  providing enterprises with a proficient UX to quickly build a multi-gateway LoRaWAN network and feed data to IoT applications. ThingPark Enterprise dashboards provide key operational insights & alarm management.

Your LPWAN gateways and devices are managed by a fully geo-redundant platform with 24/7 supervision.

About Pepperl + Fuchs 

Pepperl+Fuchs – Innovations for the Future of Automation        

As one of the leading companies in the automation industry, Pepperl+Fuchs is known as a global pioneer in its markets due to its development of groundbreaking technologies. For conventional and future applications, the Mannheim-based company offers a comprehensive portfolio for factory automation and the process industry. At the same time, Pepperl+Fuchs continues to drive forward-looking technologies, thus paving the way for its customers to meet the upcoming challenges of Industry 4.0.

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Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it helps companies worldwide develop their own smart IoT solutions. Thanks to its self-service, low-code IoT platform, akenza reduces the technical complexity and effort companies have when creating their IoT solution. By making IoT accessible for organizations of all sizes, akenza is leading the evolution of the Internet of Things from a prototype stage toward broad market applicability.
The company has established long-term relationships with major clients such as Zurich Insurance, ISS, Georg Fischer, and various SMEs.
Akenza is one of the winners of the IoT Breakthrough Award 2021, in the category “Smart Construction Solution of the Year” for its collaboration with Georg Fischer.

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About Actility 


Actility is the world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of enterprises trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides  patented ultra-low power tracking solutionsThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of numerous use cases.   

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