You probably know that water monitoring controllers can be connected to site SCADA systems, but…
… did you know that with Pi Remote Access you can change settings on the controller from your home or office without setting a foot out the door?
… did you know that you can still access the controller, even if it’s in an area with no network signal?
What is Remote Access?
Pi Remote Access is a cloud-based server designed to save you time and money. Ever wished there was a more convenient way to access your water monitoring controller? Tired of wasting time driving to sites miles away just to change settings? Welcome to our Remote Access service…
Pi’s Remote Access server draws information from the controller on site and displays current device values and historical graphs. The server is designed to be as user friendly as possible. The graphs can be adapted and manipulated, giving you the freedom to display information however you want.
We have designed the Remote Access to have a two way interface. This means that not only can you view nearly every setting on the server that can be seen on the analyser itself, but you can also alter these settings too. Logging on to our Remote Access server really is like being stood in front of the controller itself!
The best thing about our Remote Access service is it’s free! There is just the initial cost of equipment required to access the server, but no ongoing service cost after that.
Here at Pi, we know from experience that one size does not fit all. Each site has its own connectivity issues and access restrictions. That is why we have designed our Remote Access to be accessible through a variety of different options, which are outlined below. If you are unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to get in touch, we will be happy to help.
If Your Facility has a LAN (Local Area Network)
In this case, the controller can be connected to the LAN on site with an ethernet cable. We provide you with your own Remote Access account which enables you to use our server. Depending on the LAN settings, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and/or dynamic DNS (Domain Name Server) may be necessary for the controller to connect to our Remote Access server.
Is your LAN access restricted, or ever not connected to the internet?! No problem! We have other options for you…
LAN Access Restricted or no LAN at all
If LAN access is restricted or there is no LAN on site, we can provide a GPRS modem with a SIM card instead. This will provide a fixed IP address, enabling you to use the Remote Access server. This is available in nearly every country around the world. The SIM card works very much like the one in your mobile phone, it requires sufficient network signal for the Remote Access to work effectively. There are charges for data usage paid to your network provider, but these charges tend to be very low due to the small size of the data required to use the Remote Access.
No network signal?! No problem! We have a Remote Access solution for that too…
LAN Access Restricted and no Network Signal
If LAN access is restricted and there is no GPRS network signal either, an external server box is the solution. This is a common option used in hospitals, as access to their network servers is often restricted. The external server box is attached to the controller via an ethernet cable and generates a WiFi network. Accessing this WiFi network through your computer will enable you to connect to our Remote Access server.
Even with restricted LAN access, if the site has a designated VPN, you will be able to use this to access the analyser and connect to the server from your home or office, without needing to go to site.