Wireless tilt meter monitors inclination of structures

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Structural engineers are able to remotely monitor building inclination with a wireless tiltmeter available from Worldsensing.

Internet-of-Things (IoT) specialist Worldsensing has launched an ultra long-range, wireless tiltmeter, designed to facilitate automated structural readings using wireless networks. With Worldsensing’s biaxial tiltmeter, signal coverage limitations are greatly reduced. Its long-range radio transmission abilities allow civil engineers and mining operators to precisely monitor tilts of walls, buildings and structures from long distances. Being able to accurately detect tilts remotely is not only attributed to the sensor’s ability to acquire high-quality data, but its wireless capabilities which cover a communication range of up to 15 km (9 miles), making it the inclinometer with the longest range in the market.

“Offering this product is a decisive step towards automating asset monitoring in civil engineering and mining to help prevent risks and make operations safer”, explains Ignasi Vilajosana, CEO and co-founder of Worldsensing.

From soil consolidation, induced movements by underground excavations to land reclamation projects, the sensor enables operators to flexibly gather and analyse geotechnical data without having to perform manual readings. It comes in a rugged box, which makes it suitable for harsh environments and hard-to-access areas such as construction sites or pit mines. Due to its wireless nature, the system is easy-to-install, because no cables are needed.

By running on batteries with a life expectancy of up to 8 years, the sensor additionally enables years of unattended operation, making maintenance effortless and cost-effective. “After conducting international projects for more than 45 industrial companies across 5 continents, we understood that our clients needed to work with a more flexible solution that is easy to deploy and maintain and enables them to manage their operations more intelligently”, adds Vilajosana.

As part of the Loadsensing product line, the tiltmeter is connected to a wireless data node which receives inclination information of a structure at a set interval and automatically transmits readings to software for analysis and monitoring. Loadsensing, the wireless monitoring system, is already in use in over 200 countries worldwide. Projects include the construction of the Eppenberg Tunnel in Switzerland, the monitoring of Victoria Park Bridge in Perth, Australia as part of the Perth Arena renovation, and the monument monitoring of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

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