This isn't about comparing the latest Samsung with the latest iPhone. It's about the fact that there are incredibly cheap but feature-packed Android phones, like the Samsung Galaxy Y or LG Optimus L3, which can be used for interesting new applications like remote monitoring and control of homes or rental properties, boats in marinas, or even elderly relatives living alone - where an iPhone would be far too costly.

A weird but wonderful use for a phone

Remote monitoring systems have been around for ages, but have always been expensive. MaxMon adds a novel twist to this space by using low-cost Android phones to monitor valuable remote properties. An obvious way to monitor a valuable remote property would be to install a specialised box of electronics at the remote property, connect it to the Internet via Wi-Fi or the cellular network, and sit back at home to view its reports/alerts on your phone. But MaxMon cleverly reverses the role of the phone: instead of receiving reports on a phone you leave a low-cost Android phone behind at the remote property and it does the monitoring and reporting. Why?

Because the cheapest Android phone may not look as cute as an iPhone, but it's still loaded with compute power, networking capability and onboard sensors. It can run apps, connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or the cellular network, monitor mains power, vibration and its own geo-location and take photographs. It even has built-in battery backup. No special-purpose 'box of electronics' will ever rival its capabilities for a comparable price ... not when Samsung are selling millions of them.

Getting started with MaxMon is easy

All you need to get started is our free MaxMon app running on a low-cost Android phone. Leave the phone on charge at a remote property and the MaxMon app will use the phone's built-in sensors to monitor mains power, location and vibration or acceleration, and email or text you reports or alerts via a mobile network (or Wi-Fi if available). You can even take remote photos!

Introducing the Quatropus

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If you like that you can add remote monitoring of temperature, humidity, passive infra-red motion, liquid level and hatch - and remote control of devices like heaters and dehumidifiers - by buying a Quatropus transducer bundle and plugging it in between the phone and its charger.

 

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