The wireless tank level monitoring market is expected to reach nearly a quarter of a billion dollars by 2027, per forecasts from Berg Insights. This demand will be driven by the growing need for tank operators to increase efficiency while lowering costs, something that the Internet of Things (IoT) is making possible. Supply levels for stored liquids, gasses, fuels, oils, chemicals and solids, including grains and even ice, can be intelligently monitored with IoT-enabled sensors. Only cellular provides the scalable, flexible and cost-effective connectivity needed to ensure tank levels can remain actively monitored and maintained.
Founded in 2010 and based in Montreal, Canada, Otodata manufactures and sells ruggedized tank and storage level monitoring devices. Today, their sensors can be easily installed on any storage device, in any environment or location, to measure supply levels for solids, liquids and gasses, offering customers the lowest cost-of-ownership of any monitoring solution on the market. The company operates six global offices located in North and South America and the Middle East.
Facilitate Global Growth
Otodata manufactures and sells ruggedized tank and storage level monitoring devices. Today, their sensors can be easily installed on any storage device, in any environment or location, to measure supply levels for solids, liquids and gasses, offering customers the lowest cost-of-ownership of any monitoring solution on the market.
Initially, Otodata connected their IoT-enabled monitoring systems via a private network consisting of roughly 1,000 towers deployed throughout eastern Canada. The company soon realized this setup would severely limit their expansion beyond the region as their customers required national and international coverage.
Otodata needed a way to achieve rapid global growth by enabling their monitoring devices to work straight from the box, anywhere in the world without requiring human intervention for the entirety of their 15- to 20-year lifespan. They also needed the means to remotely manage each device’s connectivity (activation, provisioning and deactivation) in addition to the data they collected.
Manage Devices with Aeris IoT Accelerator
To enable their tank level monitors to work anywhere, Otodata began installing SIM cards into their devices allowing them to work on the public cellular network. They selected Cat-M1 and NB-IoT connectivity from Bell Canada and other international providers, as well as built a proprietary device management platform – IoTM – which integrates with the Aeris IoT Accelerator.
Ship “Ready-to-Go” Monitors to Customers
Otodata can now ship their tank monitors “active” and ready to get to work right out of the box, which differentiates their products from competition in a meaningful way to their clients. Units autoactivate upon arrival and billing occurs automatically after a short period of time.
Otodata takes advantage of preferable pricing packages of 100 kilobytes (KB) per month from Bell Canada. Typical devices use roughly 50 KBs of data monthly, transmitting 1.75 times each day on average across their entire ecosystem.