NE Link Melbourne - 4G SMS Lite alarms

The North East Link (NEL) is the largest road project in Victoria.

Our 4G SMS Lite cellular controller is part of the solution.

The NEL project is being considered as the ‘missing link’ in Melbourne’s road transport network. The project will ultimately connect the M80 motorway to the Eastern Freeway. This will connect important growth areas in the north and south-east of Melbourne. The NEL project involves upgrades to the Eastern Freeway, a dedicated Busway, more than 25 kilometres of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths, and improvements to community facilities including sports grounds.

The $11.1 billion major works contract is being delivered via a public-private partnership with an incentivised target cost (ITC), believed to be a first for Australia.

DATRAN Australia has contributed to this project using the SMS Lite cellular controller. This solution will monitor four signals in a plant room and will send alarms as text messages over the 4G cellular network.

We worked with Spark who are a multi-national consortium featuring world leading construction companies and they are one of the largest road and tunnel operators in Australia.

The popular DIN rail mount is also used simplify installation in the control panel, together with cellular antennas and DC power supplies.

The products and part numbers supplied for the project include:

PD8640-4G – SMS Lite Controller

PD8640-DIN-BRCKT – DIN Rail Mount

COL8195 – Cellular Antenna High Gain

CB-QDR-PWR – DC Power Cables

The SMS Lite, and the larger SMS Controller, are popular in multiple industries and applications all across Australia.

This post gives an outline to some of the alerts and alarms they are frequently used for.

If you are looking for cellular monitoring or remote control of any electrical device, please get in touch with DATRAN Australia now.

SMS Controller SMS Text alarms

What can send SMS text alarms with the 4G SMS Lite and SMS Controller?

A new customer asked this recently by so we decided to provide a summary of popular alarm examples.

In short, virtually anything can send an alarm with our SMS Lite and SMS Controllers – all we need is a switch or contact closure from the device to be monitored.

Please click on the titles below for more information:

Fire Alarm Systems

System activated, system fault, mains power fail

Intruder Alarm Systems

Door open, intruder detected, panel door open, keypad in use, mains power fail

Pig and Poultry Farms

High temperature warning, ventilation fault, mains power fail

Bilge Pumps

Water level detected, bilge pump running, bilge pump fault

Generator (Genset)

Low fuel alarm, oil level warning, High temperature warning, mains power fail

Generator remote start

Crane Aircraft Warning Lights

System status, power supply fault, crane is moving

Flood Mitigation

Water level detected, mains power lost

Cold Room (Cool Store)

Fridge fault, compressor failure, temperature warning, mains power fail

Centre Pivot irrigation

Phase fail, electrical fault, irrigation has stopped, alignment fault, low water pressure

Pump fault

Phase failure, over temperature fault, VSD fault

UPS Uninterruptible Power Supply

Mains power unavailable, UPS activated, high temperature warning

Sport Field Lighting & LED lighting upgrades

Mains power fail, LED lighting fault, control cabinet is open

LED Sports field lighting

Sending SMS text alarms is simple with the SMS Lite and SMS Controllers from DATRAN Australia.

And remember the 3G cellular networks are closing down – all our controllers are 4G.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Bird control and bird deterrent systems are important safety consideration for airports and runways. They are also extensively used in agriculture and farming to help prevent birds eating crops and seeds.

Our customer wanted to install a remote control option for an acoustic system at an airport runway. We were able to assist with the WP2P and SMS Lite solutions.

There are many different bird deterrent systems and distraction techniques available including acoustic, visual, and explosive options.

Acoustic bird deterrent systems use electronic recordings of predator birds (hawks, eagles etc) or distress calls from the target birds. Of course, bird breeds vary geographically, but we also discovered that their sound varies by country too. System controllers must have an “AU” sound chip to provide the correct dialect for the birds and relevant local predator sounds.

While the standard system controllers perform random sound activations between dusk and dawn, we needed a way to activate the sirens on demand. A good example is to disperse a flock of birds prior to an aircraft starting it’s decent, and not to wait for the next random sounder activation.

The WP2P wireless point to point system is the perfect option for remote operation of bird deterrent systems using low power radio.

With a low power consumption and volt free relay outputs, the WP2P can be interfaced into almost any remote control application and is suitable for being solar powered.

The SMS Lite can also be used for remote control and these cellular control solutions are also used in animal welfare and safety scenarios. 

This animal welfare article includes sending text messages for pig and poultry farms.

If the power, ventilation or temperature monitoring sensors are activated, the SMS Lite sends text messages over the 4G cellular network giving advance warning of the fault and time to react.

Remote Control Bird Deterrent Systems
Fire Alarm Monitoring 4G SMS Lite

The SMS Lite is used for commercial fire alarm system monitoring.

Defend Fire group is an Australian company specialising in all types of fire alarm monitoring, fire detection and suppression systems. Many of their systems are installed in the remote rural communities of Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide.

Having a reliable and proven messaging capability is crucial for these applications – it provides advance warnings, power supply monitoring and reduces travel times and costs. The SMS Lite has four inputs and two relay outputs to give maximum flexibility to monitor status and operate remote equipment via your phone.

The function of the relays in the alarm panel is usually programmable for conditions including alarm has been triggered, mains power loss, tamper detection/panel open etc.

The SMS Lite is configured by text messages and secured with a unique PIN.

The SMS Lite inputs have a programmable “debounce” time to help prevent nuisance messages being sent, when activated.

With the 3G cellular networks closing, and the 4G networks being available in many rural locations, the 4G SMS Lite should be the first choice messaging system.

Please remember, the old 3G cellular networks are closing – some have already closed.

Any existing monitoring devices on that network need to be replaced now.

House alarm monitoring - SMS Lite

This previous post also outlines the SMS Lite being used for home security system monitoring.

Please get in touch to discuss how our cellular products can provide you solutions.

If you are looking for Fire Systems Experts anywhere near Adelaide, Darwin or Alice Springs, go to: https://www.defendfire.com.au/

Defend Fire have offices located in Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs supporting operations throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory. Defend Fire are experts in all aspects of fire systems and equipment. Their services include installation, maintenance, inspection & testing and repair of commercial fire protection equipment and the team adheres to Australian Standards.

DIN rail mount SMS Lite and WP2P

The new DIN rail mount is suitable for all of the SMS Lite and Wireless Point to Point (WP2P) modules.

The mounting bracket provides easy DIN rail mounting options in switchboards or control panels.

The mounting bracket is made from 2mm mild steel with a powder coated finish and is supplied complete with an aluminium DIN rail clip.

Please click here for more details.

Generator remote start

The QTech SMS Lite is used to remotely start and monitor your generator via text messages over the 4G cellular networks.

Starting your generator is now as simple as sending a text.

We have been involved with a generator remote start project for the popular Kubota GL600D-AU-B genset fitted with the DSE 4520 digital control panel.

The generator remote start ability was of crucial importance for the customer. Milne Bros, the local distributor was contacted for assistance. They evaluated the compatibility and interface wiring prior to the customer purchasing the genset.

DATRAN Australia and QTech in NZ were involved in the discussion to ensure the customer could achieve remote starting using text messages.

The Kubota GL600D-AU-B genset has many great features. It was selected as it has quiet running, efficient fuel use and an auto change over for when the mains power drops out.

More information of the Kubota GL600D genset can be found here.

The SMS Lite interfaces to the DSE 4520 control panel – Input A, pin 14 is wired to the SMS Lite output relay RLY1. Sending a text message to the SMS Lite closes the relay and activates pin 14 (connects it to ground) remotely starting the genset.

Genset Kubota GL600D remote start

The SMS Lite’s low power relay outputs are ideal for this type of electrical switching.

More details on the DSE4250 control panel, including the wiring diagram and I/O configuration options is available here.

The genset also has multiple outputs that can be monitored by the SMS Lite and used to send text messages to notify you. Typical example would be the genset has started as the mains has dropped out.

Want to know more about how we can help remote starting? Please get in touch now.

There are many different types of generators available, but you need to ensure that yours has a suitable electrical interface for remote starting.

Remote start kits provide the electrical interface to the necessary start button, kill switch etc. They can be a factory fitted option, pat of the control panel or an aftermarket accessory. Please contact your provider with this note.

SMS Lite – Relay Output Options

The SMS Lite relay outputs can be turned on, off, pulsed for 1 second or pulsed for a configurable time. This is useful as the generator’s remote start interface may need an activation signal for several seconds before operating. Some generators also have separate start and stop inputs.

SMS Lite – Input Switch Debouncing

Input switch debouncing is also a good idea and will prevent false alarms and help reduce the quantity of SMS/texts sent. Debouncing is configurable, it’s a global setting so applies to all four inputs.

Low Voltage Warning

The SMS Lite automatically sends you a text message if the supply voltage drops to 10.5V DC. When voltage increases to 11.5V DC a confirmation text will also be sent.

Fuses and Relays

Remember to install suitable fuses in the interface wiring.

A DC supply isolator switch for the SMS Lite should be installed if the device will be unused for extended periods or powered from the generator’s starter battery.

We recommend installing interface relays on the output side of the SMS Lite controller. This assists future serviceability and allows high current/voltage operation. The SMS Lite relays are rated at a maximum of 2A at 32V DC only.

For more information on interface relays please click here.

For further details, refer to the SMS Lite user manual.

Antenna Selection and Mounting

We have a range of cellular antennas available.

Please remember to mount vertically and away from conductive poles etc.

Please get in touch to discuss your application.

The 4G SMS Lite is the first choice for Generator Control using SMS.

Cybercrime is increasing

Cybercrime is increasing in Australia – The targets of Cyberattacks now include automation systems, industrial networks, and farms. Each of these has an increasing amount of internet connected technology. For farms, everything from tractors to milking platforms to soil moisture sensors are connected to the internet and may have some level of vulnerability.

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to improve your online security and system protection.

Firstly, we advise you to visit the governments’ ASCSS website.

The ASCSS recommended suggestions and minimum steps include:

• Always apply patches and updates

• Always back up your data frequently

• Consider two factor authentication 2FA or multi factor authentication

• Train or remind staff to look for suspicious emails/texts.

• Ensure your modem/devices do not have the default password.

• Make a plan. It is easier to think about all the consequences of the situation now, rather than during an attack. Remember to consider all your automation and connected systems when considering a plan.

• Reset your devices before selling or disposing of them.

• Stay informed.

Sign up for the free alert service to keep ahead of the current attacks.

It is a good idea to use these alerts as part of your regular team or staff updates to improve resilience.

The Australian Federal Police also have a good selection of resources: https://www.afp.gov.au/

I think this quote from the AFP sums it up nicely:

“One of the best tools we have for fighting cybercriminals is you.

We need every Australian to understand different types of cybercrime and the simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim.”

Commander Chris Goldsmid
AFP Cyber Command

Source: https://www.afp.gov.au/crimes/cybercrime

Many of our DATRAN SCADA systems are used by local councils who have strong IT networks and protection. These systems are increasingly using cellular data, remote access and IoT technologies, so adhering to the recommendations is just as important as ensuring the software it patched and updated.

Please visit DATRAN Australia for all you wireless and cellular remote control solutions.

Crane aviation obstruction lights

Aviation obstruction lights, or “aircraft warning lights” are vital warning devices. They help pilots avoid tall obstacles such as cranes, particularly when visibility is reduced or during the night.

Tall construction cranes encroaching into controlled airspace is a serious business and strict rules apply.

Knowing that the aviation obstruction lights are both running and the power supply is operational are therefore crucial aspects to monitor on tall cranes.

Crane Aviation Lights SMS Lite

The popular 4G SMS Lite has now been evaluated by a large Australian crane company.

Their requirement was to provide notifications to multiple staff over the 4G cellular networks, and for the system to be easily installed to the current crane fleet. The client also needed an additional feature to “broadcast” an alert to multiple cell phones and not wait for the usual escalation period. QTech worked with the client to develop this feature, which is now available in firmware v4.08.

Getting automatic notifications when the crane is in use or powered up is another benefit of using the SMS Lite. Connecting one of the digital inputs to the “live” or “run” signal in the control panel will confirm the customer is using the crane – particularly useful for lease and hire contract monitoring. Should it be necessary, the crane could be inhibited remotely by activating one of the relay outputs.

Selection of the aviation obstruction lighting is a complex task which will need expert involvement to ensure it meets compliance requirements and local conditions.

Some of the considerations for tall cranes and aviation obstruction lights include:

Typical crane heights of up to 45m and 105m need aviation warning lights and may need multiple sets of lights at different heights and mounting alignments. The general requirement for construction cranes at night includes a maximum permitted height of 274 m.

The flash rate, the colour and the intensity of the LED lights can vary and differ by region and application:

Flash rates: 20, 30, 40 or 60 flashes per minute?

Flash duration: 200ms flash duration or on all the time?

Light colour: red only, white only, red and white or is infrared required?

Flash intensity: 32.5 candela, 200 candela, or 2000 candela?

The 4G SMS Lite can be installed in any remote location if there is good 4G cellular coverage.

We have a selection of alternative antennas for weak signal areas and low profile options.

The SMS Lite is suitable for solar powered installations and it can automatically text you with the power supply voltage.

Please contact the team to discuss your monitoring requirements.

LED lighting upgrades - remote control

LED lighting upgrades for sports fields are becoming more popular.

Our low power wireless controllers are ideal for remote control of these LED lights.

LED lighting has multiple benefits over incandescent lighting, including lower energy consumption (lower power costs) and longer life expectancy.

Importantly, many of the modern LED lighting fixtures are modular and allow the lighting intensity to be changed to suit the match or event.

The requirements for sports field illumination varies depending on the sport being played.

Typical illumination levels required include:

Recreational: 300 lux

School/amateur: 500 lux

Professional: 1000 lux

International (FIFA/world cup): 2000 lux

But how can the LED lighting intensity be remotely controlled without digging up the pitch or replacing the control cables?

Our Wireless Point to Point (WP2P) and Multi Point Controller are popular solutions and have been specified for the remote control of LED lighting upgrades at several rugby fields recently.

LED sports field lighting

The WP2P modules have three output relays, and these can be interfaced into the LED lighting control circuit. From a central control room or the ground keepers’ office, a switch is activated to change the LED lighting intensity via radio.

The WP2P also has input options that can be used to monitor lighting module failure, power failure or even a tamper switch in the control panel.

Typical interface wiring includes:

LED Sports field lighting

This previous article outlines further options for Remote Control Sports Field lighting.

Please get in touch to discuss your LED lighting upgrades for sports fields.

TLM Water Tank level monitor

Water tank level monitoring made easy.

The TLM is a solar powered IoT system using low power LoRa radio communication.

Our web-based dashboard technology provides you with tank level information and alerts for both critical water levels or significant rates of change.

The system doesn’t need cellular coverage and the robust antenna helps gives a range of many kilometres between the tank and the gateway.

Set up and configuration is easy thanks to a “self service” website. Alerts are configurable and can be sent to multiple people via SMS/text, email or push notifications.

The TLM is suitable for water tank level monitoring on farms, industrial sites as well as lifestyle blocks in semi-urban areas.

Water tank level monitoring made easy

Please click here for a demo on the Water-Insight website.

Installation of the TLM is straightforward.

The installation and set up instructions are available here.

The TLM uses our sophisticated and proven, IMS cloud technology to show you the water tank level, status indicators and water usage statistics.

The TLM uses LoRa IoT communications from the water tank to the gateway – the gateway then plugs into your existing internet connection.

You can also share the water tank level data with other farm staff or organisations that you given permission to. They can also be configured to only receive specific alerts and alarms.

DATRAN Australia also provides cellular and wireless remote control systems.

Our popular SMS Lite and 900MHz Wireless point to point are available here:

Wireless remote control systems