Netvox R712 as a cattle shed Environmental Monitor
The Netvox R712 is a LoRaWAN enabled Environmental monitor. This example shows a device setup for measuring cattle shed ambient temperature and relative humidty.
The unit works by transmitting temperature and relative humidity periodically to a LoRa Base Station which then transmits the data to a remote server for processing or storage of data.
As per Hardware Management this hardware will follow the following setup:
Step 1. Device Setup
Devices purchased against client request would need the following information recorded:
- Device Information
- Device Model Number: Netvox R712
- Device Serial Number: <The devices EUI Number>
- Device Firmware Version: FW1.2
- Measurement Information
- Metric 1: Temperature with accuracy of (±1.5°C @25°C); recorded at 120 minute intervals.
- Metric 2: Relative Humidity with accuracy of (±10%RH @25°C); recorded at 120 minute intervals.
- Calibration Information
- Standard Used: None provided by manufacturer.
Step 2. Calibration
Calibration of this device requires the use of post processing offsets once the data has arrived. No manufacturer guidance provided so a note of the offset per individual device will be required.
Temperature can be calibrated by first putting the sensor in an enclosed space which is thermally isolated along with a calibrated temperature sensor. Once 3 readings have been obtained the difference can be added to the sensors reading as an offset.
Humidity can be calibrated by first putting the sensor in an enclosed space which is hermetically isolated along with a calibrated humidity sensor. Once 3 readings have been obtained the difference can be added to the sensors reading as an offset.
Step 3. Hardware Deployment
- Identify the Location: Determine the location where you want to install the sensor. The location should be accessible, safe, and have a clear line of sight to the sky. Additionally, the location should be representative of the environment you want to monitor.
- Power the Sensor: The unit may need batteries or to have the batteries installed prior to use, ensure that they are installed securely and safely.
- Connect to Data Collection System: Depending on the sensor and the data collection system, you may need to connect the sensor to a gateway or a cloud-based platform if not done so already. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to establish the connection.
- Test the Sensor: Before deploying the sensor, test it to ensure that it is functioning properly. Verify that the readings are accurate, and the sensor is communicating with the data collection system.
- Install the Sensor: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the sensor at the selected location. Ensure that the sensor is securely mounted, level, and protected from direct sunlight and precipitation.
- Monitor the Sensor: Once the sensor is deployed and connected, monitor the readings to ensure that they are accurate and within the expected range. Set up alerts and notifications to alert you if readings fall outside the desired range.
- Maintain the Sensor: Regularly check the sensor to ensure that it is functioning correctly, and perform any necessary maintenance, such as replacing batteries or cleaning the sensor.
Step 4. Data Security
During the connection to gateway and/or could-based platform the sensor will have used a device EUI, application EUI and application key to authenticate the connection. These should be kept safely and securely in case the unit needs to be refurbished and/ or reconnected in the future.
Credentials for any front end data view system should be kept safe if the data is of a sensitive nature and to prevent malicious actions by others.