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-LITE solution reports key information about each generator – including its “true” battery level without input 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:

FleetSenty-LITE is Ayantra's basic onsite backup generator management product. Shown with blue generator.
FleetSentry-LITE onsite backup generator management solution – gray generac generator
FleetSentry-LITE onsite backup generator management solution – White kohler 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

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

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

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

Generator Fault Status

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

Battery Level (meaning the “true” battery level not including input from the battery charger)

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

The Solution

FleetSentry-LITE is a web-based wireless monitoring system for managing onsite backup generators. FleetSentry-LITE can support any make or model of generator. 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
  • True Voltage Level (without the battery charger)
  • Faults
  • Confirmation that the generator has exercised properly

The total solution consists of

  • A FleetSentry-LITE 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, INCLUDING CUMMINS, CAT, KOHLER, GENERAC, MTU ONSITE ENERGY, AND OTHERS.

SENDS DAILY UPDATES plus ACTIVITY-BASED UPDATES

Each FleetSentry-LITE 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 / Running in Exercise Mode / Running in Outage Mode)
  • Generator Fault
  • Battery Level (accurate Battery Voltage Level reported via Tru-Batt technology)

BATTERY REPORTS / BATTERY ALARMS

Utilizing Ayantra’s unique “Tru-Batt” technology, FleetSentry-LITE reports the generator’s true Battery Voltage Level (meaning the Battery Level is measured without any assistance from the battery charger). FleetSentry-LITE can also send real-time Alert Notifications if any battery problems occur.

REPORTS BATTERY OR ALTERNATOR PROBLEMS

FleetSentry immediately detects battery and alternator problems, and can send Alert Notifications if the battery goes low or is disconnected, or if the alternator should fail.

REAL-TIME FAULT REPORTS AND ALERT NOTIFICATIONS

The FleetSentry-LITE monitoring unit features
two 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.

VERIFY EXERCISE EVENTS

FleetSentry-LITE automatically reports if a generator has failed to run for at least five minutes during the specified exercise interval, and can even send Alert Notifications for “Failure to Run.”

MAINTENANCE REMINDERS

FleetSentry-LITE 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-LITE monitoring unit automatically reports each time the generator is turned ON and OFF. Each “Engine ON” event can trigger an Alert Notification sent as a text and/or email message.

REAL-TIME UPDATES

Authorized users can collect up-to-the minute updates from any machine, at any time.

MANAGEMENT REPORTS

FleetSentry-LITE 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 back-up 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: 5 inputs (2 user-configurable)
  • Output Port: 1 (not configurable)
Ayantra monitoring unit used for remote asset management.