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Opening or shutting a valve seems like a straightforward task, until that valve is placed in an industrial environment, surrounded by chemicals, machinery, high heat and dangerous equipment. In such an environment, making a mistake can be disastrous. Thankfully, new communication protocols and sensors are now available, eliminating the risk of mistakes by hands-on workers performing more dangerous day-to-day operations within industrial plants worldwide. Armed with proven experience in providing solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Belgium-based Aloxy, was ideally suited to take on the challenge of developing a safe, efficient solution that increases the safety of error-prone, manual valve operations. The time had come to automate the process. Aloxy considered all options, including current technological solutions to automate the process using wired position indicators or limit switches, which are quite expensive to install. Having assessed these, Aloxy decided to develop its own, more affordable, plug- and-play wireless solution that could not only determine if valves were in the correct position, but also enable realtime alerts, offering continuous no-fault information on the actual position of the valves. Ultimately, Aloxy opted for multiple low power wide area network (LPWAN) radio technologies such as LoRaWAN ® and DASH7 Alliance Protocol to monitor communications from its ATEX/IECEx certified sensors, that were placed on the valves. LoRa ® , coined from 'long range', is a proprietary spread- Plant Efficiency Improvements Industrial plants use the newest protocols, IoT gateways and sensors to increase safety and improve plant efficiency Powered by MultiTech

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