I recently toured Freescale’s IoT truck demo at its Tempe facility. There were more than 120 new working demos on display. Here is one of many that I will highlight in the next few days.
Outdated methods of monitoring drainfield levels (by putting a dip-stick down the inspection ports) take a great deal of time to complete. Manual measurements can be “hit and miss,” and may not allow detection of dangerously high liquid levels in time to avert a system failure.
Septic SitterTM keeps watch over septic tank and drainfield liquid levels, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
The system can send maintenance notifications and alerts to any Internet-connected device, allowing corrective action to be taken, before hazardous and costly backups or failure occurs. The system uses a non-contact sonar sensor technology.
Historical and real-time liquid level data is stored in the cloud. Access can be provided to designated service personnel, who can trouble-shoot septic system problems remotely.
Graphs and reports can be provided to regulators or prospective home buyers, to demonstrate proper septic system operation.
The brains of this system is the Kinetis K6x Ethernet Crypto MCU offering IEEE® 1588 Ethernet and full and high-speed USB 2.0 On-The-Go, including options with USB crystal-less functionality.
Watch Planet Analog for more of these neat Freescale design ideas to come.