Industrial sensors are often very simple: just an analog output signal. Today we make that signal remotely accessible – without writing a single line of code. And with push notifications that allow you to see any anomalies immediately on your smartphone.
- One Raspberry Pi, either the Model 3 or the Zero W, or equivalent Linux board.
- Two or more Launchpads, either CC2650 (2.4 GHz) or CC1350 (sub-GHz)
- Jumper wires
- One analog input sensor
- Optional: one Coin Cell board to connect a coin cell battery to the Launchpad
Step 0: Set up the Wireless Network
Set up the wireless network with the serial gateway and the Launchpad boards by following the instructions here.
You should now have a wireless IPv6 network up and running with one Launchpad as a serial gateway and one Launchpad ready to be used for the analog sensor.
Step 1: Connect the Analog Input
As the analog input sensor, we use an linear potentiometer with a slider. This device produces an analog input that depends on where the slider is positioned.
The Launchpad with an analog sensor connected to it.
This slider has three pins: two pins that power the device (one ground pin and one
Vcc pin) and one signal pin. Most analog sensors are similarly constructed. This slider runs on 3.3 V power, but others may require 5 V – make sure to use the correct power for your sensor.
Connect the pins like this:
- Connect the ground pin on the sensor to the
GNDpin on the Launchpad
- Connect the power pin on the sensor to the
3V3pin on the Launchpad (for a 3.3 V power sensor)
- Connect the signal pin on the sensor to the
DIO 23pin on the Launchpad
The analog sensor and the Launchpad.
The three pins are located conveniently close to each other on the board. Make sure to not connect the 5V pin to the sensor, if it is not designed for 5 V – this may fry the sensor.
Step 2: Configure the Analog Input
We now have to tell the system that we plugged in an analog input to the Launchpad, and to what pin we connected it.
We open the device settings in the web frontend or the app and tap the
Pin Config button. Tap the
Analog input button and select the
DIO 23 option. Then tap the
Apply settings button.
Configure the analog input pin to
Step 3: Configure the Data Rate and Power Settings
Power Setup button to open the power settings. This lets you change the settings that affect the power consumption of the device, including the data rate.
The default data rate is to report the analog input every 30 minutes. Tap the Sensor Sample Period button and change it to 1 second, and then tap
Apply Configuration. The analog sensor will now report its data once every second.
Tap the back button and the analog input gauge should start reporting data from the analog sensor.
For the gauge to auto-update, you need to set up a user account and register the device for remote access.
Configure the device to report sensor data every second.
Step 4: Set up Push Notifications
Now we are ready to set up push notifications. This will cause a notification to be shown on your smartphone when the value of the analog input signal changes.
Configure push notifications when the analog input goes above and below the value of 1500.
To configure push notifications, tap the
Notifications button. You must have a user account and the device registered for remote access for notifications to be enabled.
Bonus Step: Make it Completely Wireless with a Coin Cell Battery
Our remote analog input reader is so power efficient that it can run even with a coin cell battery. Depending on the sensor reporting rate, the can live for years on a single coin cell battery.
Bonus step: completely wireless sensor powered by a coin call battery.
To set up the device with a coin cell battery, follow the steps in this post, starting at Step 6.