Ayantra – a leading developer of remote asset management products – has created a solution for managing Onsite Backup Generators. Featuring Ayantra’s unique “Tru-Batt” architecture, the FleetSentry-PRO solution reports key information about each generator – including its calculated Fuel Levels, and the optional capability to report the “true” battery voltage level measured without assistance from the battery charger.

The Challenge

Backup generators must be carefully monitored to ensure that they will perform when needed. An effective monitoring solution should report the following:

  • Availability of Site Power
  • Availability of Utility Power
  • Generator Status
    • Stopped
    • Running in Exercise Mode
    • Running in Outage Mode
  • Faults
  • Fuel Level
  • Battery Level (including the option to report the “true” battery voltage without assistance from the battery charger)
Fleet Sentry Pro - FleetSentry-PRO onsite backup generator management solution - white kohler generator.
FleetSentry-PRO onsite backup generator management solution - green cummins generator
FleetSentry-PRO onsite backup generator management solution - yellow caterpillar generator
Plug icon to illustrate Ayantra's ability to report on Availability of Site Power.

Availability of Site Power

Icon showing two electricity towers, to illustrate Ayantra's ability to report on Availability of Utility Power.

Availability of Utility Power

Turbine icon to illustrate Ayantra's ability to report on Generator Fault Status.

Generator Status: Stopped – Running in Exercise Mode – Running in Outage Mode

Notification icon to iillustrate Ayantra's s ability to report on Generator Status

Generator Fault Status

Battery icon to illustrate Ayantra's ability to report on Battery Level.

Battery Level

In addition, an effective generator management solution should be easy to install, easy to use, and attractively priced.

The Solution

FleetSentry-PRO is a web-based wireless monitoring system for managing onsite backup generators. FleetSentry-PRO can support any make or model of generator, and it is ideal for managing hybrid fleets. With the average cost of a truck roll @ $75 or more, remote generator monitoring starts to pay for itself right away.  

 

AUTOMATICALLY REPORTS

  • Status of Site Power
  • Status of Utility Power
  • Generator Status
  • Fuel Level (calculated, or measured via a Fuel Level Sensor)
  • Battery Voltage Level
  • Faults
  • Confirmation that the generator has exercised properly

The total solution consists of

  • A FleetSentry-PRO monitoring unit installed on the generator
  • Ayantra-provided wireless messaging services
  • An Ayantra-provided website to deliver information about each monitored generator

Key Features

  • CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING ANY MAKE OR MODEL OF GENERATOR, and ideal for supporting hybrid fleets.
  • SENDS DAILY UPDATES plus ACTIVITY-BASED UPDATES: Each FleetSentry-PRO monitoring unit sends a regularly-scheduled update each day, plus activity-based updates as events occur.
  • AUTOMATICALLY REPORTS ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:
    • Availability of Site Power
    • Availability of Utility Power
    • Generator Status (Stopped – or – Running in Exercise Mode – or – Running in Outage Mode)
    • Generator Faults (optional)
    • Fuel Level (calculated, or measured via an Ayantra-provided fuel level sensor)
    • Battery Level (optional Tru-Batt™ technology reports battery level without assistance from the battery charger)
  • FUEL LEVEL: the website displays each generator’s calculated fuel level, based on engine run-times. An optional Ayantra-provided Fuel Level Sensor is also available to provide precise fuel level info if required.
  • BATTERY REPORTS / BATTERY ALARMS: Ayantra’s optional “Tru-Batt” technology enables each monitoring unit to report the generator’s battery voltage level as measured with assistance from the battery charger.. In addition, FleetSentry-PRO can also send real-time Alert Notifications if any battery problems occur.
  • REAL-TIME FAULT REPORTS AND ALERT NOTIFICATIONS: The FleetSentry-PRO monitoring unit features four user-configurable digital inputs to report Faults, such as “Common Alarm” and “Low Fuel.” Each Fault event can trigger real-time Alert Notifications sent as text messages and/or as email messages directed to specific recipients.
  • REMOTE COMMANDS: Each FleetSentry-PRO unit features an output port and an Ayantra-provided relay that can be used to implement web-based Remote Commands, such as “Remote Start/Stop” or “Remote Re-Boot”.
  • VERIFY EXERCISE EVENTS: FleetSentry-PRO automatically reports if a generator has failed to run for at least five minutes during the specified exercise interval, and it can even send Alert Notifications for “Failure to Run.”
  • MAINTENANCE REMINDERS: FleetSentry-PRO can send “Service Due” reminders as the generator approaches its service interval. Service intervals are user-configurable by Date and/or by Engine Run-Hours. The “Service Due” reminders can be sent as text and/or as email messages to specific recipients.
  • ENGINE ON / OFF UPDATES: The FleetSentry-PRO monitoring unit automatically reports each time the generator is turned ON and OFF. Each “Engine ON/OFF” event can trigger an Alert Notification sent as a text/email message.
  • BACKUP BATTERY: An internal backup battery enables the unit to continue operating if the main battery fails.
  • REAL-TIME UPDATES: Authorized users can collect up-to-the minute updates from any machine, at any time.
  • MANAGEMENT REPORTS: FleetSentry-PRO produces detailed utilization reports for facilities management purposes, and for compliance with state and local emissions reporting requirements.

Hardware Specifications

  • Physical: 5.00” x 3.50” x 1.55”
    • Power: 8 – 32 volts DC
  • Power Draw:
    • Active: 65 mA (typ) @ 12V
    • PowerSave: 40 mA (typ) @ 12V
  • Built-in backup battery
  • Environment:
    • Monitoring unit – Operating: -32°C → +60°C
    • Monitoring unit – Storage: -45°C → +85°C
  • Humidity: 0 – 95 RH @ 40C
  • I/O Ports:
    • Input Ports: 7 inputs (2 user-configurable)
    • Output Ports: 1 (not configurable)
Ayantra monitoring unit used for remote asset management.