Oct 14, 2015 | 2 min read

How TankLink Built Custom Apps to Provide Real-Time Data

By: Patrick Emmons

TankLink Case Study

TankLinkTankLink, a division of Telular, provides 24/7 remote storage tank monitoring for fluid resources, including commodity chemicals, diesel exhaust fluid, fuels and lubes, water treatment and propane. They provide a variety of market specific tank monitoring systems and tank telemetry products,and were struggling with an inability for customers to readily access critical real-time data. Find out how DragonSpears helped TankLink to provide real-time data to their customers.

TankLink wanted to provide a sole-source solution for remote, wireless tank monitoring. While they had specialized hardware to support a variety of industries, including; commodity chemicals, diesel exhaust fluid, fuels, propane, and water – just about anything that could be stored in a tank – they lacked an intuitive web application to allow users to access their tank data.

TankLink sensor hardware uses cellular networks to transmit tank data to an online database. DragonSpears built a custom web application, called TankData Online, that interfaces with the TankLink database to allow users to access and utilize this data on-demand for their entire network of tanks. Now customers had access to metrics, system data, and issues reporting right at their fingertips.

TankLink Infographic

To maximize the end-user value of TankLink’s investment in their Internet of Things solution, the DragonSpears web application provided:

  • Intuitive interface allowing inventory managers to easily access and track essential metrics, such as:
    • Tank level
    • Temperature
    • Usage history
    • Precise tank location
  • Easy-to-read graphs and maps for quick reference
  • User-configuration of alerts for proactive management of potential shortages and storage environment issues

DragonSpears also designed a mobile version of TankData Online to provide users with access to the on-the-go app, especially useful for servicing tanks.

Now, TankLink has web and mobile custom apps providing real-time performance analytics and metrics for remote storage tanks.

This not only provides critical internal scalability, it allows us to better satisfy our current customers and more readily attract new ones. I doubt anyone else could have helped us develop such a powerful and efficient solution.

– Scott Hutchinson, Director of Engineering

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About Patrick Emmons

If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support.