Article last updated: 01/31/2022
After I get you in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series of posts showed what you can do about Monitoring your garage door using IoT/LoRaWAN® needs how you do it Netvox R718F as well as the Mount and set up Sensative Multi-Sensor Strips +Drip, I will go into the last part today Visualization of the two sensors as well as the setup of (Alarm)Notifications in the B.One Gallery. Finally, I draw a comparative conclusion.
If you order a GatewayPLUS and one of the sensors, as described in part 1 of this series, with the additional option ZENNER IoT PLUG&PLAY, then you can simply log in to the B.One Gallery with your access data and view your data as soon as the first data packet is sent became. In this case, you basically only have to worry about proper assembly and activation of the sensor. If, on the other hand, you have only ordered the gateway with the IoT PLUG&PLAY option but not also the sensor, you must first create the latter in the B.One Gallery.
You don't even know what the B.One Gallery actually is? Then I recommend reading the article “B.One Gallery Visualization Tool – An Introduction” before reading on.
After logging in to the gallery, you will first find yourself in the “Buildings & Groups” tab. Here you can see all your devices linked to the gallery on the left side and you can select them. After selecting the Netvox R718F or the Sensative Strip +Drip, various information/data about the devices are displayed on the right in the various sub-tabs. I would like to briefly go into the most important sub-tabs here. For more information I recommend the “Quick Guide – B.One Gallery”.
The dashboard always shows you the current status of all measured values of the selected devices. In this example, the current status of the garage door or also (in the case of +Drip) the leakage status and the temperature. The corresponding views appear automatically in your dashboard as soon as the first data packets have been sent.
The animation below shows both states (open/closed) for the Netvox R718F:
And here is a view for the Sensative Strips +Drip. To see: open gate, detected water (leakage) and the current temperature:
Tip: Depending on whether you select one or more devices on the left, you will see individual values or combined values in the dashboard on the right. Example: For devices that show you the temperature, the average temperature will be calculated and displayed if you select multiple items.
In the “Diagrams” tab, you still have various types of diagrams (lines, columns, bars, circles) available for viewing the data visually. You can also display the current status or a specific period of time here. You can also switch between a separate or combined view (i.e. the values of all selected devices cumulatively or individually). If you would like to make your data available to others or have it always ready to hand in a specific display, you can easily create individual "reports". You can add both dashboards and charts to these. You can easily share a created report with others (also outside of the gallery) via a "public link", which is always updated automatically. All reports created can be found under "Reports & Dashboards". In the following screencast you can see how easy it all works using my example (note: I had previously created the corresponding report called “Garage Door” under “Reports & Dashboards”):https://community.mz-connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2021-10-25_B.One-Gallery_Dashboard-Diagramme-Berichte_2_1.mp4
If you just want to display the last values, then switch to the "Last measured values" tab.
Now to the (alarm) notifications, which you can manage in the "Notifications" tab. These can be set up accordingly for different states. You can define whether you want to receive them via email or SMS and what conditions must be met for them to be sent by the gallery. To set up a notification, proceed as follows (see also screencasts below):
Since I mainly want to be notified when the gate opens or stays open, the notification “Notify me of the status Open” is the right one for me. To keep it simple, I have to Condition "1. Notify me when the door is opened” (this is always preselected for the “door” notification type) the conditions “2. Inform me again if nothing changes" (i.e. if the door is still open after a certain time) and "4. Notify me when the door closes again ” added. I chose email as the channel and entered two recipients who should receive the notifications.
Here is the screencast for creating a notification for the Netvox R718F:https://community.mz-connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2021-10-22_B.One-Gallery_Benachrichtigung-Tuere_Netvox-R718F_2.mp4
And here the same analogy using the example of a leakage notification for the Strips +Drip:https://community.mz-connect.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2021-10-27_B.One-Gallery_Benachrichtigung_Leckage_Sensative-Strips-Drip_2.mp4
In your email inbox, such a notification will look like this, for example:
The practical thing about the notifications: once you have set them up, you can activate and deactivate them very flexibly, depending on your current requirements. For example, you can simply switch them off on days when you are active in the garage yourself and switch them on again afterwards.
To find out more about the functions of the gallery, I recommend the appropriate blog category B.One Gallery here in the community. And if you're not sure how exactly you get access to this visualization tool? Then the blog article “Visualization Tool B.One Gallery – An Introduction” mentioned above is the right one for you.
Now you know how easy it is to monitor your garage door with the two sensors Netvox R718F and Sensative Strips +Drip and that, in my opinion, both devices are suitable for this (even if the description of the Sensative sensors doesn't say anything about it). Both sensors are quick to assemble and set up, easy to use and (depending on the configuration) have a very long battery life. The comparatively low price range is also attractive for both. Nevertheless, a direct comparison also shows certain advantages (some of them are just small things), which I have listed below:
As you can see, for me there is no clear winner or loser between the two sensors tested. It depends on various factors, such as the type of garage door and garage, your personal requirements and preferences and, despite the similar price range, what you want to spend.
And last but not least, a few more ideas for expanding this use case:
This completes this series of articles and you know how to monitor your garage door with the Netvox R718F or the Sensative Strips +Drip.
Do you also implement this use case privately or in your company? If so, which sensors and which tool do you use for this? Do you already have experience with the devices mentioned here? Or questions about it? Then I look forward to an exchange and your comments :-)