The Messenger is a small, powerful, rugged, industrial product designed to monitor industrial equipment conditions and report those conditions to web-based applications over cellular networks.
CANbus and Modbus
The Messenger is pre-programmed to monitor the most common engine conditions, providing for fast and easy integration into a company’s monitoring plan.
Each Messenger monitors and computes values from CANbus(J1939), and 100s of Modbus RTU Registers. When user-defined operating conditions are violated, like receipt of an engine diagnostic message, information is immediately sent to web-based applications, like Antx’ Centurion system. Monitored conditions can be read by SCADA systems through the Messenger’s Modbus RTU Slave serial interface.
The Messenger connects to the ECU through a single cable with a standard J1939 connector. Modbus Master and Slave communication is serial via RS-232 or RS-485. The dual GPS/LTE antenna connects to the two keyed connectors on the Messenger.
Communication to the internet-based applications is via UDP or TCP over an LTE network. The Messenger continually monitors pre-defined values read from the engine, performs computations and limit comparisons on those values. These processed values are sent to an internet-based application based on a timed interval or when various conditions or limits violations occur. The information sent to the internet includes the unit identification, GPS location, date/time, processed values based on PGN parameters of interest, computed values, remote unit status, etc.Shop Now
How the Messenger Works
The Messenger continually monitors:
- Pre-defined values read from an engine or other equipment via CANbus
- Hundreds of Modbus registers over a serial connection
- Physical analog and digital inputs
Computations and limit comparisons on those monitored values. These processed values are then sent to an internet-based application based on a timed interval or when various conditions or limits violations occur. Additionally, these values can be read by a SCADA system from the Messenger over a serial Modbus RTU connection with the Messenger acting as a Modbus Slave device.
The information sent to the internet includes the unit identification, GPS location, date/time, processed values based on PGN parameters of interest, computed values, remote unit status, etc.
Capabilities that provide real benefit
The Messenger is designed to provide a highly robust and configurable platform for unique applications.
- Virtual real-time transfer or monitored conditions
- Local computations and evaluations from monitored conditions
- User-specified PGNs to be monitored
- Event and data logging
- Exception-based reporting to internet-based applications
- Over-the-air tunneling into the Messenger or other OEM equipment attached to the Messenger for remote diagnostics or re-configuration
- Reprogram a single unit or 1000s of units automatically via FTP
- Automatic firmware upgrades via FTP
- Event log and current configuration upload via FTP
- SMS and OTA communication to change configuration or request monitored values
- Notifications based on time, events or computations from data
- Very low power mode based on RPM, time, digital input, etc.
- Over-the-air re-flashing of the Messenger application – add new capabilities to the Messenger without having to visit it!
External cellular and GPS antennas, cabling kits.