Water Monitoring: Brazilian Company Turns to Satellite for Telemetry Applications

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Brazil is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history. Not only are millions of residents facing daily water shutoffs, they are also experiencing rolling blackouts as there is not enough water for the country’s hydroelectric system to meet electricity demands.

Given the increased awareness of diminishing water levels and the need to more closely monitor this vital resource, the country is investing in more telemetry infrastructure to monitor its waterways.

Brazilian water monitoring company Construserv Group is one company that has been closely involved in the implementation of telemetry infrastructure and it has turned to satellite to help increase the acquisition of information from remote water monitoring stations around waterways.

water monitoring with satellite in Brazil

Figure 1: Red points indicate location of water monitoring stations


Using the OnixBridge, an IsatData Pro satellite terminal offered by Brazilian ORBCOMM Solution Provider OnixSat, Construserv is using the satellite device as a “bridge” between remote equipment and the customer’s operations center to transmit data received via the serial port of the device.

Data sent by the device includes recorded rainfall, water levels and flow rate. To ensure security, data is sent in such a way that only the client’s application server can decode the information.

According to Maximilian Fischer, project manager at Construserv Group, the use of satellite technology helps to speed the transmission of measurement information where there is no cellular service.  “The use of OnixBridge to send data from remote monitoring stations eliminates the need to manually collect measurements, in addition to making data collection faster, more economical and more reliable”, said Maximilian.


Figure 2: Water monitoring station using the OnixBridge and IsatData Pro satellite service

The other benefit of using the OnixBridge is that since it is a device that does not consume a lot of energy, a small solar panel can be used to power the device. Installation is also much easier since it does not required a satellite communications specialist to point the device.

The ability to collect data from various sensors as well as the ability to quickly deploy the satellite device makes OnixBridge a perfect solution for other remote monitoring applications like tank monitoring and dam level monitoring.

Learn more about the OnixBridge

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Mark Kuiack

Mark Kuiack is Director of Digital Marketing for ORBCOMM. He is responsible for the strategic direction of ORBCOMM's web and social media presence, and has over 15 years of experience in marketing and writing about various technology applications.

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