Augury's Halo continuous monitoring solution consists of three main components. Endpoints, nodes and routers/access points (which are discussed in a separate article).
The routers and access points sit at the top of the architecture and provide a network for the nodes to communicate with Augury's secure cloud servers. The nodes, in turn, provide a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection that allows the endpoints (sensors) to transfer valuable machine health information to the Augury platform.
Nodes serve as the intermediary between endpoints and the secure Augury cloud platform. They provide a BLE network that endpoints use to report data. The nodes, mounted on walls or other structures generally within 20 to 25 feet of the endpoints, then use the Wifi (or Ethernet) network to send that data to the cloud.
Nodes can be powered using standard wall outlets or, as mentioned, through a PoE connection When utilizing PoE Nodes require a power source that provides PoE 802.3af standard. They can support up to 16 endpoints and can, therefore, serve multiple machines. Each node is equipped with three LED’s on the front that help guide the troubleshooting process.
You can pair up to 16 endpoints per node. All endpoints on a single machine need to be connected to the same node. You cannot split the endpoints on a single machine to multiple nodes, it will have an effect on the data transfer quality.
Endpoints are attached directly to your facility’s machines. This is done using high strength adhesive or a drill and tap method. The endpoints are battery powered and equipped with a series of internal sensors that provide continuous data about your machines’ health. They communicate directly with Augury Nodes through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication. These devices can last upwards of two years on a single battery as a result of their efficient design.
Endpoints can function in locations with temperatures as high as 185 degrees Fahrenheit (85 degrees Celsius) making them usable even in hostile environments. Multiple endpoints can be affixed to each machine to provide precise data pertaining to specific machine components.