Flexi1

Flexi1 Internet of Things IoT connector

 Flexi1 IoT Device

ENABLING THE "INTERNET OF THINGS"

The Flexi1 is designed to perform data logging from a variety of sensors and interfaces, and to have maximum flexibility in data upload options. The Flexi1 has been designed to be ultra-low power and to run on a wide range of battery options or line power depending on your power requirements. The easy access to the screw terminals makes wiring and installation of the various sensors and interfaces easy and accessible. The USB port makes the configuration and in-field testing of the device convenient.

Key features:
  • A variety of interfaces to connect sensors, inputs and outputs, plus a built-in GPS for location optional
  • An ultra-low power device that can run off a range of battery voltages and sizes, or off line power
  • Communication options to suit your application, from free radio links to cellular and satellite
  • Easy to install and wire up, simple to configure, test and manage
  • Available in kit form – buy only what you need
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    Remote Data Management

    Perform data logging from a variety of sensors and interfaces, and have maximum flexibility in upload options.

    Connect Anything

    A variety of interfaces to connect sensors, inputs and outputs, plus a built-in GPS for location.

    Flexible Communication Options

    The modular FlexiCard can be used for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RF, GSM or satellite telematics applications.



    Inputs, Outputs, Switched Power and Sensor Interfaces

    Digital Inputs

    3 digital inputs

    Wake device on input change

    Internal pull-up and pull-down resistor options

    48V maximum input

    Analogue Inputs

    1 x analogue input reading 0V to 5V

    Battery voltage: built-in analogue input reading 4V to 16V

    Digital Output

    1 x switched ground (open collector) output

    Used to switch relays or trigger other devices

    SDI-12

    This interface is commonly used in agricultural sensors and measurement devices:

    ·        Soil moisture probes

    ·        Temperature

    ·        Electrical conductivity (EC) of soils

    ·        Dissolved salts

    ·        Other SDI-12 probes and sensors

    I2C Interface

    I2C (inter-IC communications) is an interface commonly used in sensor modules. This allows the Flexi1 to talk to a wide range of sensors including:

    ·        Temperature

    ·        Humidity

    ·        Vibration

    ·        CO2 gas

    ·        And numerous others

    RS232 / TTL

    The serial interface can be set to operate at either RS232 levels or TTL (3.3V) levels. This allows the Flexi1 to talk to a wide range of external sensors, modems, and other systems.

    3.3V Switched Power

    Used to control the 3.3V power to external sensors and peripherals. Load limited and short circuit protected.

    Vbat Switched Power

    Used to control the battery power to external sensors and peripherals. Load limited and short circuit protected. This passes the battery voltage to the external device or sensor.

    Optional GPS

    The optional GPS module allows the Flexi1 to periodically update its location and time. This is very handy to know the exact position of your sensors.



    Power

     

    The Flexi1 has been designed from the ground up to be an ultra-low power device. When the device is not performing its logging or data upload functions it can enter sleep mode where it uses less than 10uA current. This allows the device to be battery powered for most applications.

     

    The Flexi1 has been designed to allow operation over a wide range of input voltages (4V to 16V maximum), resulting in a range of power options:

    ·        Small AAA alkaline battery pack

    ·        Larger alkaline battery packs (AA, C, D)

    ·        AAA or AA Lithium battery packs

    ·        9V small battery or lantern battery

    ·        12V sealed lead-acid for higher power operations

    ·        Lithium-thionyl-chloride battery options @ 3.6V per cell

             (extreme temperature batteries)

    ·        5V USB wall socket power supply

    ·        12V wall socket power supply, with optional battery backup

    ·        12V sealed lead-acid battery with external solar panel and charger

     



    Configuration & Testing

    USB Device

    The robust USB port on the Flexi1 allows the device to be easily plugged into a laptop, netbook or tablet in order to access the menu on the device whilst in the field.

    Using the support menu, a technician can configure, test, and monitor the performance and operations of the device.

    Push Button and Status LEDs

    The built-in button can be used to activate the default behaviour (as configured) for the Flexi1.

    For example, a single press of the button can initiate an SDI-12 sample from a soil moisture probe. A long press of the button can initiate a data transfer via the cellular FlexiCard.

    The two status LEDs provide visual feedback on the operation of the device without requiring the USB port to be used.

     



    Data Logging

    The Flexi1 has sufficient memory to store over 50,000 records in its flash memory. Normally the data will be uploaded immediately but if the device is out of range then there is sufficient space to ensure that data can be stored for many months if required.

    The flash memory is also used to store firmware updates, parameters, GPS aiding data and other important information that needs to be securely stored.

    The Flexi1 has a single FlexiCard communications slot offering you a unique array of data transfer options depending on the application:

    Currently available:
    • 2G and 3G cellular
    • Iridium SBD data
    Currently in testing:
    • 4G / LTE cellular
    • DMRF - ISM band RF (868MHz and 902-928MHz)
    • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
    • CDMA (Sprint)
    In development:
    • LoRaWan radio
    • SigFox radio
    • Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy)
    Other communications options can be developed.

    Antenna can be mounted inside the housing or can be extended and mounted on the outside of the housing or even up a mast, maximising the options for optimal signal reception.
     

    The Flexi1 has been designed from the ground up to be an ultra-low power device. When the device is not performing its logging or data upload functions it can enter sleep mode where it uses less than 10uA current. This allows the device to be battery powered for most applications.

    The Flexi1 has been designed to allow operation over a wide range of input voltages (4V to 16V maximum), resulting in a range of power options:

    • Small AAA alkaline battery pack
    • Larger alkaline battery packs (AA, C, D)
    • AAA or AA Lithium battery packs
    • 9V small battery or lantern battery
    • 12V sealed lead-acid for higher power operations
    • Lithium-thionyl-chloride battery options @ 3.6V per cell (extreme temperature batteries)
    • 5V USB wall socket power supply
    • 12V wall socket power supply, with optional battery backup
    • 12V sealed lead-acid battery with external solar panel and charger

    G100 GPS Tracker: Documents & Downloads

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    Device Management – OEM Server

    All Digital Matter devices are fully managed Over-The-Air (OTA) via our OEM Server web interface. The OEM Server seamlessly manages:

    • Device firmware – firmware updates can be done remotely
    • Network (administrator) parameters relating to critical communications
    • System parameters, including GPS parameters, IO configuration, logging options and general device behaviour settings
    • GPS AssistNow Offline aiding data files
    • Remote debugging of devices, including being able to trace data, view detailed debug message logs, and view a live trace of the server debug messages
    • Remote disconnect and reboot of devices
    • Driver list downloads to devices – this allows for the Driver Identification on the device to check if the RFID tag / username / PIN is valid, and for specific drivers to be allowed to drive / operate particular vehicles, for example based on licences or permits.
    • Geo-fence syncing with the devices – this allows the device to do advanced in-cab alerting and monitoring such as geo-fence arrival and departure, speed limit alerting, dangerous intersection warnings, turn on warning lights inside a geo-fence, and disable communications inside intrinsically safe zones such as gas plants.
    • Provides a command and message queueing platform to the devices and is incorporated into the remote management and debugging applications

     

    Data Connectors

    The OEM Server provides Data Connectors that forward data records on to the software platform of your choice, including Digital Matter’s own Telematics Guru and GPS Log Book platforms.

    More information on the OEM Server can be found at http://www.digitalmatter.com.au

    If you would like to integrate the G100 into a software system then please contact Digital Matter for more information on our integration protocols.


    Iridium Satellite Tracking

    Global coverage – anywhere in the world. 

    Optional Iridium SBD module allows communication via the Iridium satellite network and will only switch to satellite when out of range of the cellular networks.

    Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & RS232...

    ... to mention only a few of the connectivity options available. We can even develop custom cards.

    Common Applications

    Ideal for remote data logging / telemetry where a compact, battery powered device is required with simple installation

    • Equipment tracking and monitoring of run hours
    • Temperature monitoring
    • Agriculture
    • Soil moisture
    • Temperature
    • Tipping rain gauge
    • Weather station
    • Fuel levels in bowsers
    • Gas levels
    • And a huge range of other options