Valve Position Sensor Comparison: Aloxy vs SENSA.iO Industrial IoT Solutions

In the arena of industrial IoT Valve Position Sensor, Aloxy and SENSAiO stand as prominent contenders, offering cutting-edge solutions.

This comprehensive analysis pits their flagship products against each other, dissecting their advanced features, performance capabilities, and industry applications.

From technological architectures to data analytics, remote access to proven use cases across sectors like oil/gas, chemical, and water treatment, we’ll scrutinize every aspect to help you determine which valve positioning system suits your industry best.

Let’s Start with ALOXY

Aloxy’s valve monitoring sensor uses IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) with Vector Magnetometer (US Patent) to capture valve movement data during operation of the hand wheel or lever.
It is wireless and can be mounted directly into the valve, providing raw data that can be communicated over a low power network like LoRaWAN or DASH7. Aloxy’s sensor is certified ATEX IECEx Zone 1 (class 1 div 2) for gas.
Data are collected and can be sent to Aloxy’s proprietary application server or third party network server .

The sensor can be calibrated and provides feedback on open, closed, and intermediate valve positions. It is easy and fast to install Aloxy’s sensor with bolts or straps., it does not require customized brackets.


SENSAiO’s valve positioning sensor is also wireless and uses LoRaWAN for remote communication. It is designed for harsh environments and can be installed on the hand wheel or lever of the valve.
The sensor uses IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) with Absolute Magnetometer and has a long-range, ATEX IECEx Zone 0 (class 1 div 1) certified for gas and dust (for mining or chemical powder). It allows continuous monitoring, which enables real-time notification of any shift in valve position automatically.

The sensor can be configured using an Android or iOS smartphone with Bluetooth 5 and has a modular structure for easy maintenance, mounting bracket and intuitive user interface for calibration. It is license-free and agnostic, it can connect to any IOT platform and Network server.

Key Similarities and Distinctions

Both solutions aim to improve safety and efficiency in industrial processes by providing real-time valve position information. In terms of reliability, the Aloxy design is made from 100% plastic polymer. Plastic polymer has the advantage of being lightweight, but also it is sensitive to UV and poor hydromorphic tolerances, which can lead to surface cracking over time. In contrast, SENSAiO is designed in aluminum and stainless steel material, they offer a 5-year guarantee and reconditioning after 10 years of service, also most of their materials are recyclable. Repairability index of 8/10 thanks to its patented design and field replaceable battery.

The battery life of the SENSAiO valve positioning sensor is estimated to be up to 10 years in SF7, depending on the LoRa TX periodicity, while exceeding 3 years in SF12. The Aloxy valve position monitoring sensor has a battery life of 5 to 6 years in SF7 while drop to 1 to 3 years in SF12 due to 30% less battery capacity and heavy processing complexity of vectoriel magnetometer.

The maximum range of the Sensa valve positioning sensor is up to 10km Line-Of-Sight (SF12) with RF max power of 14 dBm ERP thanks to unique antenna design by resonance and the Aloxy valve position monitoring sensor uses 10 dBm radio frequency that limits its range to <2km (SF12).

Details on technology choice for their IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)

While both solutions employ accelerometers and gyroscopes, their approaches diverge when it comes to the inclusion of magnetometers.

Aloxy’s US patented Vector Magnetometer provides a higher accuracy in complex environments with non-uniform magnetic fields, such as indoor environments or areas with significant magnetic interference. However, it requires additional algorithms increasing computational complexity and battery usage. It may require more intricate calibration procedures to account for sensor biases and misalignments.

SENSAiO’s Absolute Magnetometer provides direct measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field, allowing for absolute orientation determination without additional processing. In order to prevent any disturbances from external magnetic fields, which can affect accuracy, SENSAiO has implemented an internal processing validation to prevent any measurement error.

Full Valve Position Sensor Comparison (best features are highlighted)

TechnologyIMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) with Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Absolute MagnetometerIMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) with Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Vector Magnetometer (US Patent)
CommunicationLoRaWANLoRaWAN or DASH7
Radio Frequency863MHz – 928MHz Maximum
14 dBm
863MHz – 928MHz Maximum
10 dBm
Communication RangeLoRaWAN up to 10kmDASH7 500m
LoRaWAN SF7 500m
LoRaWAN SF9 1km
LoRaWAN SF12 <2km
Local ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0NFC
MountingMounted to the valve without alterationsMounted to the valve without alterations
CalibrationConfigurable using a smartphoneNot provided
Position FeedbackOpen, closed, and intermediate positionsOpen, closed, and intermediate positions
CertificationsATEX, IECEx and Zone 0 Class 1 Div 1 certified for Gas, Dust and MiningATEX, IECEx and Zone 1 Class1 Div2 certified for Gas
Battery Capacity12,400mAh8,500mAh
Battery Life10 years in SF7
3 years in SF12
5 to 6 years in SF7
4 to 5 years in SF9
1 to 3 years in SF12
12.4 Ah8.5 Ah
Sensor MaterialStainless Steel (hardened on request) or AluminumTPE and Nylon
Sensor Size130mm x 59mm (diameter)Length 88.5mm x Width 41.2mm x Height 50.3mm
Sensor Weight1000-1500g150g
Update RateRealtime or 100 frames/per day (default)Not provided
SecurityAES 128 bit encryption by dedicated secure elementAES 128 bit encryption
Data CollectionOn-device. Agnostic to any cloud or on-premise.Aloxy’s IIoT Hub or third-party solution.
MembershipNo monthly feeMonthly Membership
Total Cost of Ownership$$$

In Conclusion: which Valve Position Sensor is best?

When it comes to industrial IoT valve positioning solutions, SENSAiO emerges as a standout choice, offering advanced sensor features housed within a durable body backed by a 5-year guarantee.
While both SENSAiO and Aloxy provide battery-powered wireless solutions leveraging LoRaWAN technology, SENSAiO’s product distinguishes itself with its full certification ATEX/IECEx Zone 0 for gas and dust, license-free operation, and real-time data transmission over 10-kilometer range. Furthermore, SENSAiO’s sensor boasts an exceptional battery life of up to 10 years, minimizing maintenance requirements and associated costs.

However, it’s important to consider the financial implications of these solutions. Although SENSAiO’s sensor offers a lower total cost of ownership over a 10-year period, the initial investment may not align with the budget constraints of certain projects. In such cases, Aloxy’s offering or the TWTG Neon Valve Sensor MT with its lightweight plastic mold body, smaller battery size, and ATEX Zone 1/IECEx Class 1 certification may be more suitable alternatives, depending on the specific requirements and priorities of the application.

Datasheet of SENSAiO’s Valve position Sensor available: here.

Manual: Aloxy Pulse Instruction Manual [EN]:
LoRaWAN Valve Position Sensor Datasheet: