Compare Monitoring Systems

Below is a comparison of Competitor #1, BIN-SENSE “DIRECT”, BIN-SENSE “LIVE” and Competitor #2 grain monitoring systems. The comparison establishes consensus value based on the following key factors:

  • Monitoring capability
  • Simplicity and ease of use
  • Reliability & Efficiency
  • Accessibility
  • Functionality
  • Equipment & Software  cost – both short and long-term
  • Future cost – ownership costs for maintenance, monitoring, updates, service/support

PLEASE NOTE: Cost comparisons utilize publicized prices for a system setup to monitor 10 x 1805 standard hopper bins (open eave and 4,717 bushels rating for each). No installation or maintenance costs included. The estimated costs may vary depending on size and number of bins, location and yard setup. Projected cost estimate averages utilize 2015 features and prices and do not including any applicable future support or maintenance costs. Prices may vary.

“Check Mark” indicates included or available and an “X” indicates that the feature is not either offered, user-friendly, reliable, compatible, cost effective, or, was not included on this system.


Competitor #1

Competitor #1

  •  Exclusive Dealers/Direct
  •  No Online Quote/Order 
  • Wired System
  • Handheld – Battery
  • Recharge Battery
  •  Manual On-Site Monitoring 
  •  No Alerts 
  •  No Worldwide Access 
  •  Handheld Monitor Only 
  •  Easy To Use 
  •  Easy To Install 
  •  Buy Hardware Only 
  •  No Annual Fee (upgrades=$) 
  •  No Contracts – option=$
  •  No Expensive Computer 
  •  Software Included 
  •  Compatible – other cables* 
  •  Temperature 
  •  Moisture
  • No Fan Control 
  • No Level Indicator
  • No Ambient Temp
  • Minimal Security 
  •  Market Proven 
  •  Support = ADD $$ 
  • 3 yr cost = 3.2 cents/bu/yr
  • 5 yr cost = 2.0 cents/bu/yr
  • 10 yr cost = 1.0 cents/bu/yr
Lowest Cost
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BIN-SENSE DIRECT

IntraGrain Technologies

  • Non-exclusive Dealers 
  •  Dealers / Online Order 
  • Wired System
  • Replaceable “AA”
  •  Recharge Battery
  • Manual On-Site Monitoring 
  •  Alerts Built-in
  • Upload Data to Internet
  • Smart Phone/Tablet Devices 
  • Very Easy to Use
  • Easy To Install 
  •  Buy Hardware Only
  • No Support Fees
  •  No Contracts 
  •  No Expensive Computer 
  •  Software Included
  • Cross Compatible
  •  Temperature 
  •  Moisture
  • No Fan Control
  •  Level Indicator
  • Ambient Temp
  • Minimal Security 
  • Extensively Tested
  •  Free Support
  • 3 yr cost = 3.2 cents/bu/yr
  •  5 yr cost = 2.0 cents/bu/yr 
  •  10 yr cost = 1.0 cent/bu/yr 
Lowest Cost
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BIN-SENSE LIVE

IntraGrain Technologies

  •  Non-exclusive Dealers
  •  Dealer-Online Quote/Order 
  • Complete Wireless System
  • Complete Solar Power
  • Complete Battery Backup
  • 24/7 “Anytime. Anywhere” 
  •  Alerts by Email / Text 
  •  1 Touch Worldwide Access 
  •  All Wireless Devices 
  •  Very Easy To Use 
  •  Very Easy To Install 
  •  Buy Hardware Only 
  •  Annual Data Fee – minimal 
  •  No Contracts 
  •  No Expensive Computer 
  •  No Software To Buy 
  •  Cross Compatible 
  •  Temperature 
  •  Moisture
  •  Fan Control
  •  Level Indicator
  •  Ambient Temp
  •  Security 
  •  Market Proven 
  •  Free Support 
  • 3 yr cost = 5.5 cents/bu/yr
  •  5 yr cost = 3.4 cents/bu/yr 
  •  10 yr cost = 1.7 cents/bu/yr 
BEST VALUE
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Competitor #2

Competitor #2

  • Exclusive Dealers/Direct
  •  No Online Quote/Order 
  • Partial Wireless System
  • Partial AC; Partial Solar
  • Partial Battery Backup
  • Onsite WiFi/Remote Dial In
  •  Alerts by Email / Text 
  • Unreliable WiFi / Dial In
  • iPad only
  •  Easy To Use 
  • Installation = $$$
  •  Bundled Locked-In Package
  • Extra $ for Modem & Data
  • Expensive Service Contracts
  • Expensive iPad
  • Software Updates $
  • Not Cross Compatible
  •  Temperature 
  • Moisture
  • No Fan Control 
  •  Level Indicator
  •  Ambient Temp
  • Poor Security 
  • Unreliable / Unproven
  • Costly Support
  • 3 yr cost = ? Expensive
  •  5 yr cost = ? Expensive
  •  10 yr cost = ? Expensive
High Cost Unproven
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The WINNER IS…… “BIN SENSE” from IntraGrain Technologies Inc.

  • Initial equipment costs are reasonable and of high quality
  • Savings ranging from 24% to 440% are very significant over competitive 24/7 temperature monitoring products
  • A very simplistic yet very efficient and effective solution that is very easy to use and can be learned in a few minutes
  • 24 / 7 absentee monitoring from anywhere, anytime
  • No worries about potential unknowns and after purchase additional equipment, software or support costs
  • A self install system that is quick and easy to install yourself, or if you need a custom installer, the cost will be minimal for actual installation time.
  • No contracts
  • No after purchase software support or upgrade costs. No long-term additional cost of ownership for maintenance.
  • Excellent support
  • High quality durable and reliable product
  • Strong research and development commitment in progress for additional features and new products
  • Manufactured in Saskatchewan

Comments:

  • 2015 published prices were utilized, excluding taxes, installation, shipping, maintenance, upgrades
  • The 3 yr, 5 yr and 10 yr projected cost averages are based on 2015 prices
  • All comparisons are for temperature monitoring only
  • Wherever the “$” is used, it indicates additional costs above what this comparison calculated
  • BIN-SENSE DIRECT is a stand alone portable compact adapter (dongle) that plugs into a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet, to load information onto your mobile device. The adapter then plugs into digital sensing cable/s for readings. At time of launch, DIRECT is compatible with Android & Apple devices.
  • Competitor #1 utilizes a handheld monitor for acquiring information and can only be gathered manually
  • Competitor #3 is not included in this comparison due to space, however, it is a complex, very hands-on, high maintenance, high cost of operation system that should be extensively researched and understood before committing to it. The upgraded version of this product will roughly double in cost over the basic version.
  • Security currently offered by these systems is not anything more than “basic” and should not be considered a substitute for other more sophisicated deterrent or detection solutions
  • this comparison has employed customer feedback, knowledge and most available data to present comparisons
  • individual situations, opinions, prices and values may vary and differ from the information presented
  • comparisons presented is for initial  informational purposes only and the author does not assume any liability whatsoever for errors, accuracy or opinions. It is strongly advisable to be well informed based on individual requirements prior to making any purchase commitments.
  • IntraGrain Technologies Inc has provided permission to identify their products prior to the undertaking of this comparison.

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