Neon System and IP Product Range

The Neon system collects measurements from Neon Remote Loggers (NRL) connected to field instruments and sensors and transmits these measurements to a central Neon Web based system for data storage, analysis, data presentation, graphical analysis and reporting and data transfer to other external systems.

The Neon system also provides facilities for remote management of Neon remote loggers via the Neon Web interface to allow for remote reconfiguration, sensor input changes and local program changes thereby minimising trips to site and reducing cost.
The communication protocol between Neon remote loggers and the central Neon Server is Internet Protocol / TCPIP and LoRa LPWAN technology protocol.

The Neon system also provides facilities for remote management of Neon Field Units / Neon Remote Loggers via the Neon Web interface to allow for remote reconfiguration, sensor input changes and local program changes thereby minimising trips to site and reducing cost.

The communications method between Neon remote loggers and the central Neon Server can be any method which utilises TCPIP, and we support Cell Phone. Wi Fi, Direct Ethernet, Inmarsat BGAN M2M Satellite, Globalstar Satellite, Iridium Satellite and LoRa LPWAN across public and private networks.

The Starlog 4 software is a desktop application which assists with the setup of Neon remote logger configuration. This software allows for a point and click setup of Neon remote logger internal programs, called schemes. Schemes are downloaded to the loggers via a serial interface direct to the logger or uploaded to the Neon Web interface to be downloaded to a logger in the field via the Neon network.

The Neon system is offered to customers based on two options:
1. A customer owned server model, where the customer purchases a Neon Application Software licence from Unidata and runs that software on their own servers, or
2. A hosted application service model where Unidata provides access to run the system on Unidata secure servers on a fee for service basis.

There are a range of different Neon remote loggers available. While the models may be different, and the interfaces available in various models are different, the basic operation of all Neon remote loggers is the same.

Typical Neon Measurement System

The figure on the right is an example of a Neon installation showing an NRL connected to a Modbus sensor.
Every day the NRL will send, via the Inmarsat satellite network, to the Neon server a “packet” of information containing the data in raw format. The Neon Server then extracts the raw data from the packet. The data is then stored on a secure server until the client accesses the data using a standard Web Browser.

The Neon Server receives, processes, displays, stores and reports collected data in many ways. On top of that The Neon Server also can issue control commands based on pre-set algorithms and issue alarms and notifications via several mediums.

Alarm set points can be set up on the NRL units as well as the Neon Server further alarm notifications can be sent via several methods including email and SMS text messages. Alarm triggers can initiate physical actions in the field such as turning pumps on and off or activating other control functions based on the internal program within the NRL.

The Neon Server then extracts the raw data from the packet. The data is then stored on a secure server until the client accesses the data using a standard Web Browser. The Neon Server receives, processes, displays, stores and reports collected data in many ways. The Neon Server also can issue control commands based on pre- set algorithms and issue alarms and notifications via several mediums. Alarm set points can be set up on the NRL units as well as the Neon Server and alarm notifications can be sent via several methods including email and SMS text messages.

The Neon system has fully bi-directional communications between the NRL and the Neon Server. This allows for remote diagnosis, remote programming and remote firmware updating for operation of the remote equipment and thereby reducing costly site visits.

NRL units can be configured to read sensors, log data internally to local memory and push data to the central Neon server at user settable intervals such as once a minute, every few minutes, every hour, or once a day. Data can be viewed on the Neon Web interface in near real time from any browser and the comprehensive reporting engine within Neon allows for reporting out to other systems using email, ftp, and web services, either dynamically, every minute, or on a daily, monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

The NRL Internal architecture is shown below.

The NRL architecture

It contains two discrete sections:
1. A LOGGER section where the terminal connects to the field transducers and the logging scheme, scan rates and diagnostics are managed.
The StarlogV4 support software allows a user to generate a logger program (called a scheme) which defines transducer information, logging scan rates, logger interval etc and various engineering unit definitions. These files are called, for example the LDR and KBD files.
2. A COMMUNICATOR section which deals with communications to the server. This section contains, for example, a scheduler component and the modem component, either a Cellular Network modem or a Satellite Network modem. The communicator manages functions such as the reporting interval, the number of communications attempts per communications session, etc.
The StarlogV4 support software allows a user to generate a configuration file for the Communicator section, called an FPO file in which the user sets the required communications parameters.


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DescriptionNeon Metering
& Remote Modules
NRT Cellular
NRT Globalstar
Satellite
NRT EthernetNRT Inmarsat
Satellite
NRT Ethernet
& Wi-Fi
NRT Ethernet
& 3G
NRT Ethernet
& USB
NRT Inmarsat
Satellite & 3G
NRT Inmarsat
Satellite Lite
NRT BoreHole
NRL BoreHoleNRL 4 Analog
Channels
NRL LoRA
4 Analog Channels
NRL 8 Analog
Channels
NRL 16 Analog
Channels
Modem3G/4G3G/4GGlobalstar GSP1720N/AInmarsat Hughes 9502N/A3GN/AInmarsat Hughes 9502 & 3GInmarsat IDP6803G3G/4GOptional 3G/4GLoRaOptional 3G/4G,
Globalstar or Inmarsat Hughes 9502
Optional 3G/4G, Globalstar or
Inmarsat Hughes 9502
Internal
Power
Optional
3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
Optional
3 x 3V6 Lithium
D Cell
3V6 Lithium
D Cell
3V6 Lithium
D Cell
NoOptional
3V6 Lithium
D Cell
NoNo
External
Power
6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC6V - 24VDC9V - 30VDC9V - 30VDC9V - 30VDC9V - 30VDC
RTC Backup
Battery
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo3V6 Li Coin Cell3V6 Li Coin Cell3V6 Li Coin Cell3V6 Li Coin Cell
Instrument
Power
5V regulated 5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
5V unregulated
5mA Max
Switched
6V - 24V DC
5mA Max
Switched
6V - 24V DC 5mA Max
5V regulated 100mA fused12V regulated 200mA fused5V regulated
100mA fused
12V regulated
200mA fused
5V regulated
100mA fused
12V regulated
200mA fused
Analog
Channels
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
1, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
1, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
4, 12-bit resolution
unipolar, single-ended
8 single-ended or
4 differential
24-bit resolution
16 single-ended or
8 differential
24-bit resolution
Analog
Ranges
0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.50V0 to 2.5V0 to 2.5V0 to 2.5V0 to 5V0 to 5V
Digital
Inputs
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoOptional 4,
Low <1.1V High >2.05V Max 5V DC
4,
Low <1.1V High>2.05V Max 5V DC
Digital
Output
1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector1 - Open CollectorN/AN/A1 - Open Collector1 - Open Collector2 - Open Collector2 - Open Collector
Counter
Channels
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
1 x 16 bit, 3kHz
3 x 8 bit, 300Hz
N/AN/A1 x 32 bit, 3kHz
3 x 32 bit, 300Hz
2 x 32 bit, 300Hz1 x 32 bit, 3kHz
3 x 32 bit, 300Hz
1 x 32 bit, 3kHz
3 x 32 bit, 300Hz
USB DriveN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AUSB thumb drive port for data download &
logger configuration
N/AUSB thumb drive port for data download &
logger configuration
USB thumb drive port for data download &
logger configuration
Base
Memory
30KB30KB30KB30KB30KB30KB30KB30KB30KB30KB30KB7.5MB7.5MB7.5MB7.5MB7.5MB
Memory
Expansion
8MB8MB8MB8MB8MB8MB8MB8MB8MB8MB8MBN/AMicro SD CardMicro SD CardMicro SD CardMicro SD Card
ModbusSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle ChannelSingle Channel2 Independent Channels2 Independent Channels
SDI-12Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Single Channel
1.3 Complaint
Two Independent
Channels 1.3 Complaint
Two Independent
Channels 1.3 Complaint
HSION/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A1, bi-directional
16-bit channels
EthernetNoNoYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBitNoNoNoNoYes 10/100 MBitYes 10/100 MBit
Configuration
Port
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
RS-232 level,
300-38,400 bps
USB-B Port
USB-B Port
USB-B Port
Optional Bluetooth
RS-232 level, 115,200 Max baud rate
USB-B Port
Optional Bluetooth
DisplayOptional
32 character Alphanumeric
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoOptional 320 x 240
Colour Resistive
Touch Panel
No320 x 240
Colour Resistive
Touch Panel
320 x 240
Colour Resistive
Touch Panel
KeypadWith LCD option onlyNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoWith LCD option only
5 button membrane keypad
No5 button membrane keypad5 button membrane keypad
AccelerometerNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYes