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A short history of Oriel Systems

In a world in which the competition between industries has reached its greatest intensity to date, all amid ever-encroaching budgetary pressures, the need has arisen for companies that can provide the most cost-effective and reliable telemetry systems to organisations across a wide range of industries. Over more than a quarter-century of operation, Oriel Systems ( has been instrumental in meeting these needs with the best equipment and services.


Telemetry is, in the simplest terms, apparatus that records the readings of an instrument before transmitting this data by radio. Readings are transmitted to a distant receiving set or station. Many firms in the early 21st century do not have the manpower to place staff in a particular location on a constant basis, which makes any means of remote site monitoring especially invaluable. Beyond this, however, there are many more specialised requirements that a client may have for a telemetry installation, largely dependent on whether they are operating in the water, chemical, oil and gas or printing industries.


Oriel Systems has made the most of its many years in business to develop a real and intricate understanding of these most specialised of remote tank monitoring needs. The company has realised the importance of providing the full breadth of relevant telemetry products and services, encompassing the likes of video, intelligent and low power outstations and Awax VMI and SCADA software, as well as access to the most experienced and capable software consultants. On the subject of consultants, Oriel Systems has also invested considerably in its people, ensuring that clients feel able to contact the technical team with any of a wide range of queries.


As the company develops its own software, those clients getting in touch with customer support can soon be speaking directly to the best possible people to assist with even the most obscure technical requirement. The company has a manufacturing, research and development facility in southwest England, with installation engineers working out of two further sites in Manchester and north of London. Such professionals are therefore well-placed to swiftly resolve any issues that customers may have with their remote monitoring systems, and in any case, customer systems are often controlled remotely if required.


Oriel Systems has built a strong track record over the years as it has evolved into a truly dynamic provider of high technology industrial services. Its software consultants have been developing Windows software since shortly after Windows began, while it has also continually refined its sensors and telemetry outstations over time to cater to ever-changing client requirements. Its success, expertise and experience have been further developed by strategic alliances across Europe and the Far East.


Such entrenched knowhow and a continually extended and enhanced track record only further affirms the high stature of Oriel Systems ( among all manner of clients of its telemetry solutions – in the past, present and future.


The sheer flexibility of Oriel Systems’ remote monitoring systems

In a working world that is becoming characterised by more flexible and remote ways of working, it makes complete sense that organisations in the likes of the oil and gas, chemicals and printing industries are demanding ever-greater flexibility from their arrangements for remote tank monitoring. Oriel Systems ( is at the forefront of the development of telemetry systems with these 21st century requirements in mind.


As the developer of its own software, Oriel Systems has long created the right impression from the very beginning of its relationship with a client. Those organisations that work with Oriel Systems quickly find that even when their needs aren’t catered for by the remote control of their systems, they can call at any point during the working day and soon be speaking to the engineers who are based placed to provide advice on their telemetry systems.


The flexibility of Oriel Systems’ telemetry solutions across a broad range of industries can be attributed to certain basic, universally applicable strengths that provide the strongest possible foundation for much more specialised needs. With more than 25 years of industry experience, the company has built a considerable installed user base across the world, which has allowed it to continually refine its systems for reliability.


Oriel Systems’ experts are used to being contacted by a wide range of potential clients with a large or small project to implement. The technical team is always willing to talk, whether they are contacted by phone, email or the website’s online contact form. They cater for projects of ever-changing sizes by creating telemetry systems that are highly scalable, with the option for further additions as requirements change. Whether clients require a telemetry installation of a modest scale, or instead a plant-wide system, they can avoid a single penny of unnecessary expenditure.


Connections to a wide range of remote plant and equipment are possible, including existing telemetry equipment and that of other suppliers. This reduces the amount of investment required by new clients that are anxious to be resourceful with what they have. Also welcome is the ease and speed with which Oriel Systems’ remote monitoring systems can be installed, which reduces both start-up and operational costs for organisations that have little room to budge as far as budget is concerned.


Telemetry was conceived in the first place to allow equipment at remote sites to be monitored by an ever-smaller number of people, from just one main PC. Oriel Systems ( is more committed than any other firm to maximising the inherent flexibility of telemetry software and equipment, with the option even there for hosting that reduces the need for a company to continually check on the functioning of a given system. Oriel Systems also has its own remote diagnostic facilities to further reduce client costs.


What distinguishes Oriel Systems’ customer service offering?

Given the highly specialised nature of telemetry and remote monitoring systems, it should not be very surprising that the right level of customer support for them is so important. Prospective clients of Oriel Systems ( in such fields as the water, chemical, oil and gas and printing industries are advised to use the site’s online enquiry form or call +44 (0)1249 705070 for assistance during working hours.


Doing so will give the potential client the opportunity to discuss the nature of their project that demands an efficient and suitable telemetry installation, whether it is large or small. After a discussion has taken place aimed at the understanding of the client’s exact telemetry or remote monitoring needs, Oriel Systems’ professionals can draw on their industry knowledge and innovation to devise solutions that are suitable and cost-effective.


Such is Oriel Systems’ status as a truly dynamic provider of high technology industrial services that it is not only capable of suggesting the most suitable telemetry systems, but also providing them, with expertise in both hardware and software. The company has a facility for manufacturing, development and research in south west England, while there are also sites in north London and Manchester, out of which its installation engineers work.


Not only are the telemetry systems of Oriel Systems cost-effective and flexible, avoiding the need for a single penny of expenditure on any service that is not required, but the company also develops its own software system. This somewhat simplifies the working lives of clients, as they simply need to call the company directly to immediately speak to one of the actual software engineers who are best placed to provide immediately effective help and support.


There is a free initial consultation available for those clients that are interested in the firm’s telemetry software, after which, work will be done to develop a hosting service that minimises the need for the client’s future intervention, with data being produced throughout the day that can be relied upon to be accurate and up to date. Oriel Systems has the expertise in the latest programming languages and testing methods to rapidly develop a working product that the client is satisfied with, in addition to continuing backup and support.


Customer support that is not provided over the phone generally comes in the form of the remote control of customer remote tank monitoring systems, with some customers having the option of downloading Oriel Systems’ ( software and/or registering online once they have logged in with their provided username and password.


More about Oriel Systems’ software expertise

Oriel Systems ( is a company that is certainly more accustomed than most to the intricacies of successful telemetry systems, with an in-depth knowledge of the plant and equipment that is required if a process is to be safely and efficiently run. Of course, such equipment needs to be overseen by an experienced operator, but in an age in which time and financial efficiency has never been more important, the right software also plays an integral role.


Although the right telemetry solution will be proficient in its transmission of useful information to the main office PC, the right telemetry software also remains highly necessary if such information is to be unravelled. With so much incoming information to deal with from all manner of remote sites, such specialist software has to make sense of this information, presenting it to the end user in an easy-to-understand pictorial format so that it can be easily observed that the site is operating correctly.


It is with such specialised needs in mind that Oriel Systems provides Awax VMI telemetry software that allows for the easy and confident monitoring and control of remote sites, with a hosting service even being available so that it can be accessed online. Such a hosting service means that anyone with access to the Internet on any computer can simply log on to the site, view data and examine graph trends and data history, even downloading the data into a spreadsheet if necessary.


Data is regularly updated, as it is uploaded to a secure Internet server after contact is made with the relevant remote sites, and it can even be made available on a smartphone. Such an arrangement gives Oriel Systems responsibility for the Awax telemetry or Vendor Managed Inventory system, with any problems relating to the system’s functionality being quickly brought to the attention of Oriel Systems’ own seasoned engineers.


The VMI solution itself, meanwhile, is expandable, open and flexible, being perfectly suited to a wide range of industrial environments in which critical stocking levels need to be efficiently monitored. Not only does it provide accurate predictions of delivery dates and times, but it can also calculate the actual delivered amount – even if consumption is yet to occur – prior to the automatic sending out of an invoice for every delivery.


Also available is Oriel Systems’ very own cost-effective and cutting edge Awax SCADA software, which connects to most PLC systems and various other hardware types, including the remote units of other vendors, in addition to Oriel Systems’ own remote units. Such software removes the need for customers to replace their current remote units, with systems instead simply being upgraded. It’s all part of continually developed software that has continued to advance in sophistication with such features as a greater ability to stream live videos from remote sites.


Talk to Oriel Systems’ ( experts today about the right data acquisition software for your firm’s needs.



View all your telemetry information on the internet with Oriel’s WebWax viewer.

Now there is no need to be sat at your desktop PC or laptop to view all your telemetry information.  Oriel’s WebWax viewer allows you to view all your telemetry information from all of your pumping stations over any internet connected computer, Ipad or “Android” tablet.  All features are available from schematics screens showing an overview of the remote sites displaying latest Alarms to graphing screens showing trend history and historical data are all available on a password protected Web page.


From the start, the easy to use Web menu provides you with a number of options; Site View, Graphing, Settings and Help



Site-View – provides you with a standard Windows type file-list structure of all remote sites currently connected to the system, you can choose whether to view all sites or just remote sites in a particular region.  By simply “clicking” on a folder icon you can view all or choose which sites to hide from view.  To view a particular site all you need to do is just choose that site and click on it and it is displayed in your web browser, showing all current values, states and alarm/event history.


Graphing – shows the historical trends of all the relevant data-point values all on one large graph, including analogue such as water levels, pump amps etc. and digitals showing pumps or weedscreen running or stopped for a chosen site.  Again the sites are listed along the left hand side of the page.  Choose which site you wish to view and click on it and the graph appears.  From this page you can change a number of viewing parameters, for instance once you click on the time-span, a pop-up calendar appears allowing you to pick out the period that you are currently interested in.  You can manually adjust the graph scaling details or the system will simply auto-scale the graphs for you.  You can zoom into an area of interest and drill down deeper to investigate why an event occurred and at what time.


Settings – Once you have customised the pages to show you the information in the detail and timespan you require, by saving these in the settings menu and attributing them to a defined user name, each time that user logs into the system with his password, they will view the information in the format previously saved.




The ‘intelligence’ of Oriel Systems’ intelligent telemetry outstations

A natural component of any successful telemetry installation is the outstation. Also referred to as the Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), this data collection device operates for 24 hours each day, gathering from a particular remote site’s sensors all of the information that is then relayed back to the main office. Amongst the Oriel Systems ( product range are video and low power outstations for various purposes, as well as its Intelligent Telemetry Outstation (ITO).


It is this latter product that can be attached to various different types of IO module, or even PLCs and other intelligent devices, as part of its programmed monitoring and control of a remote site’s plant equipment. This arrangement allows for the full configuration of the telemetry system for a particular site, with the option also being there for further functionality enabling the connection of the unit to the client’s own specialist hardware. Various communication transmission options exist so that the unit and master station can be connected, with a live feed being reported of site events and previously recorded values sent back as required.


Amongst the possible communication options are, for unlicensed frequencies, GSM / GPRS / 3G, Low Power Radio Outstation 10mW – 750mW complying with MPT1329, (now replaced by the ETSI Standard EN 300 220), while Low Power Radio Outstation 100mW – 5Watt complying with MPT 1411, (now replaced by the ETSI Standard EN 300 220, EN 300 113, MPT1411) exists for licensed frequencies. Serial protocols RS232 / RS485 are also possible, besides standard telephone provider landline, broadband or PSTN.


It is possible to connect Oriel Systems’ ITOs to either digital or analogue signal outputs from the likes of Ultrasonic level sensors and Guided Microwave sensing equipment, while these telemetry systems can also have counter frequency outputs brought into them, such as from pumps for the purpose of measuring product consumption or movement. Functions such as the remote opening and closing of valves can be controlled via control outputs, while the system can also alert the operator, in such a form as a text or email, in the event of any remote site parameters being exceeded.


The ITOs of Oriel Systems are proven for a wide range of applications, from flood alleviation schemes and land drainage to flood defence and borehole water extraction, in the water industry alone. Meanwhile, the printing, fuel, gas, chemical storage and similar industries have continually turned to these telemetry solutions as a means of remotely monitoring/gauging the chemicals, fuels, ink or other products carried by tanks or silos.


The supplier can, with the assistance of Remote Inventory Management and Vendor Managed Inventory solutions, remotely monitor customers’ product stock levels and therefore save costs on the transport needed to top them up, as part of a “Just in Time” delivery philosophy. Contact Oriel Systems ( now about putting in place an effective tank or silo monitoring system.


How has Oriel Systems built such a strong industry reputation?

If a person knows anything at all about telemetry, then it is likely that they will have heard of Oriel Systems ( But why? What is it about the company that has allowed it to build such a robust reputation amongst those in the print, chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and water industries for which telemetry systems are required? After all, telemetry is not the kind of non-specialised field in which it is possible to be well-regarded for no apparent reason.


Telemetry solutions for many industries

As is mentioned above, Oriel Systems is seasoned at providing cost-effective, easy to use, scalable and innovative telemetry systems for clients across many of the most prominent industries that involve readings that need to be monitored and then transmitted by radio. Whether organisations need to monitor one remote water level or require the right level sensing equipment and galvanic isolation while working in the chemical industry, Oriel Systems can provide adaptable and tailored solutions.


Plenty of industry experience

Oriel Systems has been in business for more than 25 years now, which has allowed it to build its reputation as a provider of high technology industrial services, to the point where it is now regarded as one of the most successful and dynamic of all. In that time, it has continually refined the telemetry and remote tank monitoring systems that it provides for a wide range of industries, even providing groundbreaking software for Vendor Managed Inventory Systems (VMI) and establishing strategic alliances in Europe and the Far East. All of this experience has put it in the best possible position to provide solutions that are tailored to a given organisation’s exact needs.


In-depth expertise and innovation

Oriel Systems never rests in its continual development of telemetry software and other solutions that are designed to remove as much stress as possible from the telemetry process. Evidence of its ability to keep in step with the technical and economic needs of its customers include the option that it gives to host their systems, complete with easy online access. This arrangement relieves organisations of the need to check on the functioning of their AWAX server and is especially pertinent at a challenging economic time when more firms prefer to focus on their core business.


A high standard of advice and guidance

Thorough industry expertise would mean little if the company did not also employ friendly, responsive and professional staff members who are happy to guide clients through the exact requirements for their big or small projects. Thankfully, a client only needs to make one phone call to receive immediate help and support – and the fact that Oriel Systems develops its own software system means that they will be speaking to the developers, rather than an unhelpful third party.


These are just some of the key reasons to choose Oriel Systems as a telemetry installation, maintenance and support specialist. For more, simply visit


Telemetry Outstations

Oriel Systems have supplied two rack-mounted low power Oriel Intelligent Telemetry Outstations to act as remote data acquisition and collection devices for The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Limited based in the Orkneys.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd is the first and only centre of its kind in the world which provides developers of both wave and tidal energy with purpose-built, accredited testing facilities. With 14 full-scale test berths, there have been more grid-connected marine energy converters deployed at EMEC than any other single site in the world, with developers attracted from around the globe. These developers use the facilities to prove what is achievable in some of the harshest marine environments, while in close proximity to sheltered waters and harbours. As well as device testing, they provide independently-verified performance assessments, a wide range of consultancy and research services

Oriel Systems were asked to design and build a pair of low power data acquisition and collection rack mounted outstations that are to be fitted inside 2 large offshore buoys some 2Km offshore. A special software driver or interface was developed by Oriel to allow connection to the on-board Dirius energy meters which show the amount of power generated in total and also shows the power that the buoy has used itself. The system will be collecting live data 24/7 from a series of instrumentation installed on these buoys to monitor their efficiency and performance. Along with the inputs from various sensors installed inside the buoys, EMEC needed a live video feeds from a pair of Colour CCD cameras mounted on each buoy so that if the buoys were hit by passing ships, the culprit could be identified and pursued for damages. All real-time and critical operating information along with the video feeds are transmitted back to the clients office using a NanoBridge 5Ghz WIFI link


Turn to Oriel Systems for telemetry installation, calibration and maintenance

There is a wide range of industries in which it is necessary for data measurements to be made at a distance, and indeed, this is what telemetry is all about, as is indicated by the Greek origins of the word, with ‘tele’ meaning remote and ‘metron’ meaning measure. It is a technology used in such fields as meteorology, oil and gas, water management and even military intelligence, with Oriel Systems ( having long helped to cater for clients’ highly specialised needs.

Many industrial processes depend greatly on the maintenance of the right stock levels in silos, tanks or other critical equipment, with remote monitoring being necessary to ensure that everything takes place within safe and defined conditions. Telemetry, then, has only become more relevant as private and public sector participants in the aforementioned industries look to boost their operational efficiency, with it now being much more common, for example, for one employee to have responsibility for many different sites.

As more and more equipment accumulates at remote sites, with more potential for malfunctions, the ability to monitor it all from one central PC becomes all the more vital. However, the advancement in sophistication of telemetry systems means that they, too, can consist of an overwhelming amount of intricate equipment, including sensors and telemetry outstations.

Telemetry clients will also need to bear in mind the transmission possibilities for relaying back the collected information to the main office, which can include PSTN, broadband, GSM, radio, 3G or GPRS technology. They will also need to invest in software, so that they can interpret the information that is obtained. With various sensors located at each of the remote sites, measuring values which are gathered on a 24 hours a day basis by the Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), it’s clear that a telemetry system must be installed, calibrated and maintained correctly to deliver maximum value to an organisation.

Organisations in many different industries, then, are likely to appreciate the experience and knowhow of the service and installation engineers at Oriel Systems. Based in two UK locations, these professionals have a ‘can do’ attitude and can travel to both UK and overseas sites to install, commission, calibrate and service telemetry equipment.  Making use of their background with both old and new equipment, these experts can oversee the integration of older, out of date legacy systems with more recent technology, often significantly cutting costs in the process.

Get in touch with Oriel Systems ( now to find out more about the installation, maintenance and calibration of both small and large telemetry projects.


More about the people who bring you Oriel Systems’ telemetry solutions

Oriel Systems ( may offer telemetry systems that are cost-effective, reliable and flexible, catering for large and small projects alike in the likes of the water, pharmaceuticals, chemical, mining and oil and gas industries, but it would not be able to provide these elements without the right motivated, talented and well-trained people. These people range from service and installation engineers to software consultants.

Contact frequently begins with a discussion of the client’s needs via phone or email, with Oriel Systems having staff members on hand who are happy to give advice and guidance about the finer points of a telemetry project. At this point, the technical team tends to become more involved in pinpointing the exact requirements of a prospective client and how the right telemetry systems can meet them – indeed, there are many examples of the company’s successful partnerships in the Oriel Systems website’s press releases section.

Once the application has been discussed and an arrangement decided upon, the client will be able to benefit from the more ‘hands-on’ expertise of the likes of Oriel Systems’ service and installation engineers. Based in two locations in the UK, these engineers are able to travel to sites both in this country and abroad, making use of their experience in telemetry installation, maintenance and calibration. They can commission and service equipment and know how to integrate all manner of older and outmoded legacy systems with more modern equipment, in many cases removing the need for expensive replacements.

The experience that Oriel Systems’ professionals have accumulated down the years in the design and installation of telemetry systems leaves them perfectly placed to design any client’s control routines, while testing is also continually carried out to ensure that the resultant systems deliver the right level of performance. Once the installation has been carried out, a team of on-site engineers are available to ensure continued optimal performance.

The right telemetry software is also vital to any good system, and clients are always reassured when the company that they choose knows how to develop, test and deliver a working solution, before ensuring client satisfaction and providing a high standard of ongoing backup and support. This could certainly be said of Oriel Systems, not least given that it has been developing Windows software since the platform’s early days.

However big or small the given project, Oriel Systems has software consultants that know how to rapidly develop the right software, making use of the most recent techniques, programming languages and testing methods. From the development of simple user interfaces to more advanced measurement and analysis functions that allow for collected data to be trended and graphed, Oriel Systems’ developers have all-encompassing expertise, and can even develop software interfaces that allow for the seamless integration of the intelligent devices or remote equipment of different manufacturers.

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