As Seeed Industrial IoT product category now includes many new products catering to different IoT scenarios, we’ve noticed some customers don’t know which products to choose for meeting their needs in particular IoT applications. In this blog, we are going to make an overall intro of Seeed IIoT products SenseCAP, which, hopefully, will be helpful for you when selecting products for different IoT application scenarios.
As a Seeed product series, SenseCAP consists of different hardware and software services, as you can see from the graph above. SenseCAP is specifically designed for serving Industrial IoT needs of wireless sensing, with the main applications in smart agriculture, smart city, and other environmental sensing scenarios.
Since 2018, we have been putting the accumulated resources, experience, and expertise into creating IIoT products for various environmental monitoring occasions. And we’ve spent months on putting the products into field tests in different countries and regions before making them generally available.
Currently, the SenseCAP IIoT collection consists of SenseCAP LoRaWAN Series gateways & sensors, Sensor Hub 2G/4G Data Logger & RS-485 sensors, and Meteorological Sensors. Other than hardware, we also provide software & Cloud services including SenseCAP API, SenseCAP APP, SenseCAP Portal, and SenseCAP Dashboard for easily managing the devices and data. Please see more details below.
All Seeed IIoT hardware products are designed with industry standards, IP66 rated, and encapsulated in UV-resistant materials to ensure great robustness. They are suitable to be deployed in outdoor scenarios with severe conditions.
LoRaWAN series comprise sensors and gateways which support LoRaWAN protocol and are LoRaWAN certified. These products are suitable for applications that need the wireless transmission of data across ultra-wide distance – 9.6 km in line of sight scene and 2 km in urban scenes, according to our testing. As well, the low power consumption features support a battery lifespan of an average of 3 years, some sensor nodes can last more than 8 years depending on the sensors’ power consumption.
SenseCAP LoRaWAN sensors include those measuring CO2, Light, soil TH, air TH, air pressure, and so on. SenseCAP LoRaWAN gateway is carrier-grade and has the capacity of working with up to 1000 sensors simultaneously. It’s suitable for the needs of gathering data in multiple locations such as soil moisture and temperature at different locations of the farm. In this case, you only need one gateway, and easily deploy several sensors across the farm. The deployment instruction is easy to follow, and it would only take you a few minutes to set up.
For the performance of SenseCAP LoRaWAN series products in smart farming, smart weather stations, and scientific researches, please see some use cases below:
- Smart High-Mountain Tea Plantation
- Sweet Melon Greenhouse
- Outdoor Triticale Farm
- Growing Tropical Fruits in the North
- Data-driven Tourism in Hakka Villages
- Environmental Monitoring Project in Stockholm
- AiCU, Seeed Partner, Won the 2nd Place at the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge 2019-2020
Get to know about LoRa and LoRaWAN and their comparative advantage as LPWAN technology: LoRapedia, an Introduction of LoRa and LoRaWAN Technology can give you a better answer.
SenseCAP Sensor Hub is an easy-to-use, low-cost yet powerful data logger. As the system architecture is shown above, it comes with multiple RS-485 connectors and can be connected to a maximum of 40 RS-485 sensors. It is able to transmit data obtained by sensors to the server via 2G/3G/4G. It’s suitable for the needs of gathering multiple data at one location. For example, the air temperature, air humidity, and barometric pressure, etc. data is the same across a large outdoor field, the user only needs to deploy a Sensor Hub Data Logger with all the Sensors at one location to monitor the info across the whole area.
SenseCAP Sensor Hub can be powered by solar power, wall power, or rechargeable batteries. With the multiple options for power source, Sensor Hub can work with sensors of higher power consumption such as ammonia. It can also meet the needs of more frequent data upload intervals. You can actually combine SenseCAP LoRaWAN with SenseCAP Sensor Hub + RS485 sensors into your projects to meet various needs of monitoring different environmental data.
To bring more convenience for your applications, we also provide RS485 sensor probes detecting soil moisture, temperature, soil electrical conductivity, and pH level. There will be more RS485 sensors coming out soon, please stay tuned!
- Industrial Soil Moisture & Temperature Sensor MODBUS-RTU RS485
- Industrial Soil Moisture & Temperature & EC Sensor MODBUS-RTU RS485
- Industrial pH Meter/ Sensor MODBUS-RTU RS485
To meet the demand of costumers wanting to connect to their own system, we also provide some other sensor probes for you to select:
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- Industrial-Grade Optical Rain Gauge RG-15
- NDIR CO2 Sensor with UART, I2C, & PTFE Filter
- Liquid Level Sensor for Water Level, Oil Level and Mild-corrosive Liquid Level Monitoring
SenseCAP ONE Meteorological Sensor Series is our latest products, which will be available in Q4, 2020. The products have been exhibited in China (Nanjing) International Intelligent Agriculture Expo, 2020 Guangzhou World Agricultural Expo, and CMHE2020 and have received very positive comments from potential partners. The Meteorological sensors support RS485/RS422 (Modbus) and SDI-12 interface. It can be easily connected to use with the above-mentioned Sensor Hub Data Logger, also provides easy extension with other sensors of respective interfaces.
The series consists of different combinations of meteorological sensors. With the modular design, sensors can be flexibly integrated into a compact weather station to suit the scenario you have. The compact weather stations feature high accuracy, maintenance-free, and extremely great robustness. Its application includes smart weather stations, smart agriculture, smart city, and airport where meteorological monitoring is necessary.
SenseCAP Portal is designed for customers to manage devices, data, and Access Key. After creating an account for your own, you are able to bind all devices you have on this portal. To learn about the quickstart and guide of the portal, check out the SenseCAP document center – Portal.
SenseCAP APP in iOS and Android Versions
We also provide SenseCAP Apps for users to easily bind the devices to your account. Both iOS and Android versions are available.
With the use of the SenseCAP Application Programming Interface, you are able to manage your own SenseCAP devices and data to meet your specific demands. There are three types of API methods you can flexibly apply:
- With HTTP API, you can manage LoRa and NB-IoT devices, to get RAW data or historical data.
- With MQTT API, you can subscribe to the sensor’s real-time measurement data through the MQTT protocol.
- With WebSocket API, you can get real-time measurement data of sensors through Websocket protocol.
To learn more about the guide and references of SenseCAP API, kindly visit SenseCAP Document Center – API.
If you want to visualize the data collected from SenseCAP for your application in a quick manner, SenseCAP Dashboard is a decent choice. It is an open-source program developed based on Vue and can be embedded in rich web applications. We provide all the related libraries to our partners to make it customizable in many different ways, for instance, change the logo, language, configure data sources, and so on. Feel free to check out and contact us to call for your demand!
We hope this brief intro of the Seeed Industrial IoT product category can give you a better understanding of what we currently offer to serve your industrial-grade IoT needs. And of course, we will keep rolling out new Industrial IoT product series to meet various demands! Stay tuned and let us know if you have any specific needs and or questions for IIoT products!