Before you install the monitoring equipment, we recommend doing three things:
- Determine the placement of the monitoring equipment
- Install gateway on-site (if applicable)
- Perform system test on-site
- Add casts and monitorings in the web portal
Determine the placement of the monitoring equipment
Evaluate and decide where to place the monitoring equipment prior to installation.
Determine where to place the thermocouples. The tip of the type K thermocouples should be placed at the positions where you want to measure the temperature in the structure. Also, consider the best cabling route from the monitoring point to the transmitters and general cable management.
Determine where to place the transmitters. The Maturix transmitters should be mounted at a secure location, ideally hanging in free space with the socket downwards. Hanging the transmitters directly up against large metal surfaces is not recommended as this will affect the signal strength.
Determine where to place the gateway. If you are using a Sigfox gateway on-site, then it should be placed at a location that ensures stable connectivity at all times. Make sure that the power supply will not get turned off/disconnected during operation.
We recommend reading the Sigfox Access Station Micro product manual, where section 4 covers “Installation site recommendations” and section 5 covers “Connection and commissioning”.
Install gateway on-site (if applicable)
For instructions on how to install the Sigfox gateway check out the User Guides at Sigfox’s support pages.
Perform a system test on-site
Each time, before you plan to use Maturix, you should perform a system test to ensure that everything is working as intended and that there is connectivity at the place where the transmitters will be installed.
The system test must be executed on-site (at the exact location where the monitoring will take place), at the latest three days in advance, so potential connectivity issues or unintended errors can be resolved before casting.
- Ensure that there are no visible damages, loose parts, water inside the compartment with the device, or other errors that could affect the operation.
- Connect a thermocouple to each transmitter to start data transmission.
- Log in to the web portal and check that data is being received: Open the project and check the status of the transmitters under “Devices” in the menu. When the thermocouple is connected, the status of the transmitters should update within a few minutes.
- If a recently measured temperature is registered, data is coming through and the system should be working as intended.
- After the system test, disconnect the thermocouples from the transmitters to preserve battery life.
Add casts and monitorings in the web portal
Each transmitter needs to be appointed to a monitoring in the web portal. This way, the data from each transmitter will be easy to identify and assess during and after monitoring.
First, start by adding a cast:
- Click on “Projects” in the menu and open the relevant project
- Click on “Casts” in the menu
- Click on “New cast” in the top right corner
- Fill out the pop-up box
- Cast Name: Give your cast a name
- Concrete Mix: Choose the concrete mix to be used for the strength estimation
- If no concrete mix is selected, the system will not be able to estimate the strength based on the calibration data – and will therefore only include the temperature and maturity
- Click on “Create”
When you have added a cast, you can add monitorings to it:
- Find the cast you want to add a monitoring to and click on “Add monitoring”
- Fill out the pop-up box
- Monitoring Description: Give your monitoring a name
- Monitoring Type: Choose between maturity and strength and enter the target in the field
- If maturity is chosen, pick the time window
- Planned Device (Optional): Select a device from the dropdown (can be changed before starting the monitoring)
- Click on “Save changes”
Do the above steps for every monitoring you want to add.