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Insite Programmable Global Alert and Monitoring System (PGAMS) - monitoring for the masses


January 19, 2010

The Insite PGAMS i2 base unit, docking station, and wireless transmitters

The Insite PGAMS i2 base unit, docking station, and wireless transmitters

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What do a fish farmer, a transport company owner and an oil-well foreman all have in common? Two things. For one, they all constantly need to know about certain data, be it water quality, truck locations or pump pressure. For two, they all will love the new Insite Programmable Global Alert and Monitoring System. The system can be set up to monitor pretty much anything, then send text updates and alerts to the users’ cell phone.

The applications are endless. Insite can be used to monitor liquid levels, pressures, voltages, temperatures, weights, switch states - anything that can be measured. It can be used in agriculture, the energy sector, manufacturing, data storage, food storage, construction, you name it. On a more personal level, it can also be used for home or office protection, alerting the user when their security system is tripped, the power goes out, or the temperature changes. It can even track the location of vehicles, yachts, planes or even skateboards, presumably. Using Google Maps, it can then display all of the users’ assets, along with data on their current status. It’s pretty cool.

The i2 base unit is the heart of the Insite system. It monitors temperature, voltage, switch states, telemetry, and has an optional GPS receiver. As many as four phone numbers can be programmed for each device function, up to a total of 92 numbers per unit. It also has six remote output channels, which is where the optional extra sensors come in. These include a magnetic door sensor, an Infra Red motion sensor, a flood and spill sensor, plus wind speed and storm sensors. You can even buy sensors bundled in kits tailored to home, motor home, and tower lighting applications. Since the i2 isn’t reliant upon land lines, it can be set up in remote locations and powered by batteries or solar panels.

In some markets such as the United States, Insite can also send updates via email. However it’s used, Insite doesn’t require any contracts or monthly fees. All you need is a paid Simcard, a cell phone, and stuff you’ve just got to know.

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth
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