We can connect to any sensor, meter, or device. Our platform is extremely easy to install and configure. And our system allows you to remotely collect data as well as control and configure your devices. It does all of this in the cloud, so no on-site visits are necessary. If you’d rather store data on-site, we can forward your data to the URL of your choice using Data Forwards, which could be a local server on-site.
The system can be installed in any kind of construction including old buildings, newer buildings and new construction. Thanks to our automatically configured wireless mesh network, no building is too big or too small for our system. We also do not discriminate against different types of hardware, so if you want to connect to it, then so do we.
Our system can interface with a BMS several different ways. One option involves using our sensor bridges, such as our Modbus or BACnet bridge, to collect data from the existing BMS. Alternatively, our system can provide data to a BMS for data collection. This allows for a cost-effective method of adding sensors to building infrastructure while still maintaining existing BMS functionality.
Yes, our platform completely supports bidirectional control, allowing you to not only control what data you collect, but also how you interact with your devices and surroundings. Currently, controls are supported using our Timing Control bridge and our Modbus sensor bridge via writes. Controls using BACnet will be available soon!
Our system is so easy to install that we have full confidence you can do it yourself. We also have an amazing support team standing by; contact us via phone if you’re the talkative type, or email if you’re the strong, silent type.
All you have to do is power the Node and plug in your desired Sensor Bridges or Sensors and you’re all set. If you’re using a Sensor Bridge that connects to an external device, you’ll just need to connect the wires between the external device and our Sensor Bridge.
No pairing is needed! To be more specific, no actual configuration of the Nodes or Gateway is needed on-site as you install the Platform. All you need to do is power the modules and they will automatically configure their mesh network themselves.
Our platform is self-optimizing in that the wireless mesh network automatically configures itself. If there is ever a disruption in the pathway from a Node to the Gateway, the system will automatically find an alternative route to the Gateway. In the event that a Node cannot connect to another Node or the Gateway, it will store data locally until a connection is re-established.
Senseware’s mesh network is secured wirelessly using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), an encryption specification established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This security standard, used worldwide, has been adopted by the U.S. government for use in protecting classified information up to the Secret level. Going even further, Senseware’s communication from Gateway to server and server to browser is protected using SSL (Secure Socket Layer), and sensor data is encrypted at rest while it is stored in the cloud. No matter what the application, Senseware’s considerations for client security allow you, and only you, to collect any data and connect to any device, easily, quickly, cost-effectively, and most importantly, securely.
We consider ourselves open protocol. We are a data company, and access to the data is open (subscription to the data via our publisher, data published in JSON format). In addition, we are open (agnostic) at the sensor level, meaning we can work with any protocol. However, the way the data is transferred via our nodes is currently not accessible to 3rd parties. This enables us to deliver a secure, reliable and easy to install infrastructure.
It’s neither, although it uses the same 2.4 Ghz frequency band as Wi-Fi. For increased security, we have developed our own unique architecture based on 802.15.4, the same protocol that ZigBee is built on.
It is very unlikely that Nodes from one building installation would talk to those at another installation. But if this does happen, we can remotely force a Node to stick to a specific installation so that it doesn’t wander to a different building.
Our Gateways and Nodes have optional backup batteries and internal memory storage so that if you lose power, or if your internet goes down, your data will be uploaded the moment power/internet returns.
You can get data as frequently or infrequently as you’d like. Default settings currently allow for a selection between polling every 10 seconds and every hour. But, if you need greater control, or a more frequent (i.e. every second) or less frequent (i.e. every 12 hours) polling time, let us know and we’ll make it happen.
Yes, both lower limits and upper limits can be set for either Warning or Critical Warning alerts in our Dashboard. You can also customize how many data samples trigger an alert and the frequency of alerts.
You can choose how often your data is sampled. Our default settings allow you to instantaneously sample at the time of data collection from the Node, or sample every 10 milliseconds, 100 milliseconds, 1 second, 60 seconds, and 5 minutes. If you need finer control over sampling let us know and we’ll take care of it for you.
Plastic or metal, we can handle it. We recommend using plastic enclosures in order to maintain good wireless quality. The Nodes can handle being placed in metal enclosures as well, but it will diminish wireless quality.
Yes, it can. In fact, we recommend connecting our Gateway to the Internet via cellular modem/router as it is often a much simpler installation process and does not require any IT knowledge or support. This allows you to bypass IT infrastructure. We can provide the cellular modem & data service through our partnership with Verizon, or you can use your own- it’s up to you!
Each Node supports up to 3 Sensor Bridges that are plugged in using a micro-USB connection. Several of our Sensor Bridges, such as Pulse, 4-20mA, 0-5V, and Thermistor, support 4 connections apiece. Our Modbus Sensor Bridge supports as many devices as your network supports.
In line of sight environments, the range is up to 1,000 feet. You can expect a range between 150-300 feet in office buildings depending on the layout, and 100 feet in parking garages and other structures with an abundance of concrete.
Currently, we support equipment with Modbus, Pulse, 4-20mA, 0-5V, 0-10V, Contact Closure, and BACnet outputs. We also support light, temperature & humidity, Motion/Occupancy, thermistors, CO2, Particulate Matter, and Volatile Organic Compound sensors. Send us an email if there is another type of sensor that you would like us to support!
We can currently work with any sensor that has a pulse output, whether it is gas, water or power. For water and gas, we can support other sensors (ultrasound, etc.). If they have voltage or 4-20mA output, we can support them today.
Since we don’t make the sensors ourselves, as long as the sensors you wish to interact with are accurate without calibration, there is no need to have them recalibrated. If you ever feel like your data isn’t up to snuff, we’ll be more than happy to take a look and send you replacement sensors/sensor bridges as necessary.