How IoT Technology Enhances Fuel Level Monitoring Systems
How fuel level monitoring systems use IoT technology to measure fuel tank levels remotely and maintain the fuel inventory stocks by measuring the levels in real-time.
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The Internet facilitated a worldwide network that allowed people to connect with each other, while also being a source of information. The new concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) allows the Internet to be used as a communication medium for “Things” as well. This device interoperability between devices is allowing companies to leverage a myriad range of benefits.
The advent of IoT technology in any new organization not only allows the information and data to be used in field research and surveys but its applications are now being seen in more practical places. Accuracy, facts, and references are key to the development of any standard product-based organization. All can be achieved by IoT.
Every product is an output of its system flowchart. It represents the organization’s perception and achievements. Organizations work on these processes to produce their products. These processes are powered by fuel which changes the raw inputs to produced outputs. Every organization has its own fixed price or budget for its raw material. The only fluctuations in cost are due to the utilization of fuel and energy. So here IoT plays a vital role in managing fuels like gasoline and oil which are forms of energy that are easily available and most reliable to use.
Liquid fuels are easy to store, unlike gaseous and solid fuels. They are more efficient and safer. But still, it is a hassle for companies to manage their storage and control their consumption. IoT-based fuel level monitoring systems have opened new opportunities to all kinds of industries for seamless management of their fuel needs.
Real-Time Level and Volume Measurements
IoT is cutting-edge technology. It is the future of businesses to check their on-field, real-time data of the parameters that run their processes. These parameters contain hidden insights that a corporation receives in the form of telemetry data on their servers. Data is sent through a wireless infrastructure from on-field installed hardware likes sensors to a centralized server after it is processed via various algorithms. This data is further calculated and processed to a presentable format that can be accessed and visualized by corporates’ supervising teams. The data received is continuous and instant so that it can provide real-time and accurate server values calculated by them. This real-time data is so large in volume that it has to be stored in excess amount so that no block of information is missed.
In a tank, the attached sensors allow companies to keep track of the level of fuel stored in them and subsequently measure the amount of fuel they have left. However, it is important to know if this system is viable for all kinds of tanks.
Viability of IoT Solution for All Tank Types (Symmetrical and Asymmetrical)
Due to its wireless infrastructure, the IoT solution can be implemented on any tank, whether it is symmetrical or asymmetrical. The solution can be installed with any in-house manufactured tank or any container purchased from a manufacturer. This also applies to tanks of any dimension, shape, size, orientation, material, and containing any liquid.
Also, it does not matter if the tank is fixed or mobile. As long as there is an active internet connection, the tank volume level measurement system can keep on sending valuable fuel level readings to its users, to help them keep a track of available fuel in their inventory or of the fuel being transported.
Versatility of IoT Fuel Level Monitoring System
IoT works on a wireless architecture, which makes it a highly scalable and versatile technology. Systems that work on this technological marvel can withstand adverse environmental conditions, making them suitable for many applications. This is a must for sensors and hardware devices that are used for monitoring fuel level, as volatile hardware devices can degrade fuel’s quality, or worse, ignite it; leading to devastating conditions.
Also, the installation of this setup is easier compared to wires that get tangled easily. There is no physical contact between the sensor and fuel stored in the tank. Therefore, the chances of fuel getting contaminated due to impurities are eliminated. Additionally, the sensors are battery-powered and hence don’t require any power cables to operate. This makes maintenance easy and also reduces possibilities of electric malfunction, which can be quite dangerous near volatile petroleum liquids.
Key Benefits of Using Fuel Level Monitoring System
Real-Time Tank Management
IoT solutions implemented on multiple tanks allow live information of the fuel level to be tracked on a mobile phone, tablet, or desktop from distant locations. Hence, the need for several departments to keep a track of fuel availability reduces due to data being available on a centralized platform. This reduces miscommunication and helps in managing time effectively.
The combined data values of level readings give an overall status of the inventory. Fuel tank level monitoring not only provides oil level information from all storage tanks but also helps in managing the inventory stock to fulfill demand. Hence, fuel can be procured to fill stock levels as per local plant needs.
Fuel Consumption Measurement
Fuel level monitoring also allows consumption tracking from a particular tank or complete inventory. Due to the live fuel readings and other IoT solutions (like smart metering), fuel consumed by different units of a company can be tracked. Hence, a company can make smart decisions to limit fuel wastage and optimize fuel consumption.
Since IoT works without human intervention, companies don’t require the workforce to measure the amount of fuel stored in tanks. Hence, manpower can be used in other areas likes production or management, where keen eyes are required at all times.
IoT is the future of industries where managing data is a necessity for improvement in safety and resource utilization. Even in fuel management, the technology is making great strides to effectively control its consumption and monitor its usage. This allows companies to reduce fuel wastage and hence save costs associated with its use.
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