Installation

Quick installation, easy integration

Installing our single-depth sensors takes less than a minute.

Installing our multi-depth sensors takes 5-10mins depending on soil type. 

Accessing the data is easily done via the Senosterra app or integration with our Open API. 

If you want to integrate sensor data into another application, the process is straightforward and can greatly enrich your data dashboards.

 

Sensor Installation in 6 Easy Steps

Getting started with your sensors is simple. There are 6 easy steps to follow to feel the benefits of the system and begin making data-driven decisions. 

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Repeat steps 1 and 3 for additional sensors. After 1 hour check the Sensoterra app or login to the web monitor for soil moisture data. If the wake-up step is missed, it can take up to 48 hours to connect.

For our single-depth sensors, you can push or hammer these into the ground in less than a minute. For multi-depth, we supply an installation kit that includes a drill, flag and remote antenna so installation takes 5-10 minutes.

Having good soil contact and knowing your soil composition are the two most important things while installing your sensors.

During the set up in the app take care to choose the most relevant soil type from the drop-down menu. 

With proper use and care, the sensors should last 3 years. To get the most out of your sensors, please keep these tips in mind:

Soil contact is important so should you feel an obstruction or resistance beneath the ground, try to find another spot to place the sensor.

Placement of sensors is key! Place sensors in a general line of sight of the gateway. Do not place sensors near any large (metal) structures like a grain silo, electricity tower, or water tower. 

The default setting is for measurements once per hour. It is possible to increase the frequency, however this uses more battery and will decrease the expected life.

Moving a sensor to a new location is easy If you want to move a sensor to a new location, repeat steps 3 through 5. Make a note of the sensor you are moving so you are aware when reviewing the data. The sensor is locked to the first user account the sensor is linked to, which means you cannot add the device to another account. This is a protection feature in case someone else tries to access your data.

To maximize your battery life when not in use, remove the sensors from the ground and store them upside down in a dry place. This is particularly important when your gateway is turned off. Do not leave the sensors in the soil with no LoRa coverage. For more information see our SD Installation guide

Access the data way you want to use it  

Accessing the data is easily done via the Sensoterra app or monitor site

If you prefer to use your own tools we have designed our system so you can integrate Sensoterra probes into your own environment.

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More information is available on our API - Developer Tools page

 

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If you specialize in data integration contact us to learn more about the opportunities with Sensoterra. 

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