Heating and Cooling Terminal (HCT)
The HCT18 is a multifunctional communication and location terminal that reports the geoposition of the tank container. It monitors and controls various heating and cooling equipment types via the modbus interface. This enables it to read and send an extensive range of digital and analog inputs of the equipment, and to remotely control its set-points. Next to the modbus communication, the HCT can read out several other connected analog sensors.
The HCT18 acts also as the central hub for all wireless IMT sensors installed on a tank container. It collects all data from other IMT sensors that are attached to the tank container and sends the data securely to the IMT platform where it can be accessed remotely via our web application.
The HCT18 is intended to be used on tank containers with a “telematics ready” heating or cooling device. It is installed in the cabinet of the heating or cooling device from which it is powered, and it is equipped with a small battery for periods when the heating or cooling equipment is not powered.
When powered by the heating or cooling equipment, the HCT18 is permanently switched on. It periodically collects all data from IMT sensors, geolocation, and transmits that data to the back-end. Following every parameter change of the heating or cooling device that is connected via the modbus, a message is sent to the IMT back-end. When not powered by the heating or cooling equipment, the HCT18 switches on at configurable intervals and then collects all data from IMT sensors and geolocation. This data is then sent via a mobile network to the IMT platform where it can be accessed remotely via our web application. The generated messages are buffered if no mobile network is available. The buffered messages are sent to the IMT platform when the mobile network is available again. Up to 500 messages can be buffered.
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