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How it works - in a bit more detail

Introduction

Understanding the way works will help you to use it easily and efficiently.

has been created to provide an economical way for anybody to measure and log data from various sensors and perfom some action based on that data as it arrives. The actions can be considered 'Real Time' because as soon as the set condition is detected, will immediately perform the chosen action. The only delay is in the internet connection time typically less than one second.

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Navigation

has three primary menus/links at the top of every page. From these you can navigate to most areas of the website.

Dashboard provides an overview of your selected Sensor Box signals. From the dashboard you can;
  • See the most recent data values (automatically updated)
  • Access each sites gauges page (automatically updated)
  • Access the 'View' of each signals historical data graph
  • Access and 'Download' stored data to your PC
  • Identify enabled/disabled signals, and know if they are online
Manage From the manage menu, you can;
  • Add new Sensor Boxes
  • View, edit, and add new sensor boxes
  • View, edit, and add Sites/Locations
  • View, edit, and add Triggers
  • View, edit, and add Alerts
Account From the account menu, you can;
  • Status - Detailed overview of your account
  • Settings - Edit your account settings
  • My Orders - View your orders: payment history, shipping, freight info
  • SMS History - View your sent SMS message history
  • Users - View, edit, and delete account sub-users
Shop In the shop, you can;
  • Select items you wish to purchase and add them to your cart.
  • Generate an order and view/print the invoice.
  • Please deposit funds into our bank (details on invoice)

My Sensor Boxes

Sensor Boxes are a physical thing. A sensor box has one or more Signals in various combinations;

  • Inputs for measuring or detecting
  • Outputs for controlling an external device
  • Connect to your internet connection using WiFi
  • Are powered by a mobile phone charger or similar.
  • Low power/low cost to run (1~2W power consumption)

Signals are the individual Inputs or Outputs available on a Sensor Box.

  • Inputs are used to measure things like temperature, humidity, or if a door is open or closed.
  • Outputs typically use a relay that can then be used to control something in the real world, such as operating the open/close button on your gararge door, or turning on or off a water solenoid for your automatic watering system.
  • WARNING!! signal box inputs and outputs are NOT designed for connection to the mains AC power supply.
  • NOTICE: signal box inputs and outputs are designed for connection up to 48V DC.

Sites (Locations)

Sites are a way of grouping your Sensor Boxes. Think of a site as the location where the sensor box is installed.

  • A site can be a physical place such as an address or business premises.
  • A site can also be a physical location at the address or premises
  • You can use sites to identify various places
  • The dashboard shows signals grouped by sites

Triggers

Triggers are used to make something happen when a specified condition is met.

  • The input to a trigger is the value from one of your Sensor Box signals
  • You can also use the time each day to activate a trigger, simply add a virtual clock as a sensor.
  • You specify what condition needs to be met for the trigger to occur
  • If the trigger conditions are met, then the alert assigned to the trigger will be performed.


Alerts

Alerts are what actually happens when a trigger condition is met. An alert can be one of the following;

  • Send an email to up to three addresses.
  • Send an SMS text message to one mobile phone number.
  • Control one output signal on any of your sensor boxes (Set to on/off/pulse).
Alerts operate when the trigger becomes active.


Coming Soon

We have great plans to continually expand the features of . Some of the things we are working on, or have planned are (in no specific order);

  • A virtual timer device for triggers and alerts at specific intervals
  • Automatic payment gateway
  • More hardware 'Sensor Boxes' with various input and output configurations, such as;
    • Voltage and current measurement sensors
    • GPS position sensor
    • Water flow sensor
    • Small alarm strobe
  • Low power (solar powered) 3G/4G devices for remote sensing & control


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