IDT Wireless Flow Rate, Humidity&Temp Sensing Kit

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The kit demonstrates using the IDT ZWIR4512 6LoWPAN Low-Power Wireless Module to communicate humidity, temperature, and flow sensor measurement data to the kit’s 6LoWPAN-WiFi Hub, which functions as a WiFi hub, allowing a linked device to display and graph the measured data in real time. The kit’s Hub can also link to an end-user’s WiFi hub, which also allows any network device to display and graph the data in a web browser.

 

The kit’s Hub also permits sending the measurements to Amazon® Web Services with all the required permissions and setup of the data to be viewed worldwide. The end-user only needs an Amazon Web Service account. The SDAWIR03 kit uses the IDT HS3001 Humidity and Temperature Sensor and the FS2012 Flow Sensor for the measurements.

 

The sensors are mounted in a 5cm clear plastic cube that contains a ZWIR4512 Wireless Module to communicate with the Hub. The 6LoWPAN-WiFi Hub and the Sensor Cube are powered by a separate AC/DC wall mount adapter. If using only the HS3001, it can be powered from coin cell batteries. The Hub utilizes a Raspberry PI Zero W to provide the WiFi hub function interfaced to the ZWIR4512 Wireless Module. The Hub uses the Raspbian LXDE Lightweight Desktop Environment, which is a Debian-based computer operating system for the Raspberry Pi.

 

Many of the Hub functions are written in Python. The Hub microSD card is fully loaded and ready for operation. The Sensor Cubes use the software modules provided with the IDT ZWIR4512 6LoWPAN radio module. The sensor interface is either I2C or an analog voltage. The Cube can be expanded to operate other 3.3V I2C capable sensors.

 

Contents

  • 6LoWPAN-WiFi Hub operating with a Raspberry PI Zero W
  • Sensor Cube including the HS3001 Humidity Sensor, FS2012 Flow Sensor, and ZWIR4512 6LoWPAN RF Module
  • Hose; USB and HDMI adapters
  • 2 AC/DC Wall-Mount Adapters depending on the kit part code:
    • SDAWIR03-AMZ01-NA for North America (3 kits)
    • SDAWIR03-AMZ01- GB for other locations (3 kits)

 

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Important Dates

Enrollment Begin: Mar 4 2019

Enrollment Ends: Apr 5 2019

RoadTesters Selected: Apr 12 2019

Product Shipped: Apr 15 2019

RoadTesting Begins: Apr 22 2019

Reminder/Update Email: May 22 2019*

Submit Reviews By: June 22 2019*

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Wireless Flow Rate, Humidity & Temp Sensing Kit

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Prize: Wireless Flow Rate, Humidity & Temp Sensing Kit

 

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Comment List
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  • Hi Kas,

     

    Thanks for the headsup.

    I deleted the Service & Account completely.

    And waiting for the AWS billing cycle to confirm that I no longer exist in AWS Cloud with that account.
    :-)

  • Hello ,

     

    I would recommend keeping an eye on that bill. Its from my experience it was from using the Elasticsearch and it will keep increasing until you delete that service. I was eventualy able to relove the issue with Amazon. I no longer have any services running and thankfully they canceled my bill.

     

    Kas

     

  • Hi Kas,
    I managed to setup everything, including the AWS cloud & everything working good as expected.

    However, i also received a charge bill from AWS for approx $8.x, which was an unexpected expense (thought will be covered in the AWS free tier).
    This is obviously due to use of ElasticSearch service, which is not free.
    But overall a good Roadtest.).

  • Hello ,

     

    I did reference in my original post asking for help. I'm still hoping he will point me to someone in IDT that had enough interest to try turn this into a positive experience. Only time and IDT's response will tell. As of now however I am still stuck trying to resolve this issue (stop the elasticsearch from running and reflashing the Pi Zero so that its a fresh start). I have not yet plugged a screen and mouse into the Zero, this is my next step but I need to first work on killing anything running on AWS so my charges dont go crazy.

     

    Just when I thought I thought I had seen some really bad demo kits, this wonderful experience has come along. Thank you IDT for showing me a new low.

     

    Kas

  • ,

     

    So this has been a lot of fun... I sent an email to Amazon for help. They removed any charges from before Friday. I have just logged in and I see another charge. I did ask for help removing this service as I can't seem to find any information to help with this and most certainly nothing from IDT. I have unplugged the kit and still accruing charges. This is a most amazing experience with a demo kit that is supposed to make you want to buy a product. All I can say at the moment is I can't put this kit and AWS service behind be fast enough.

     

    Terrible user guide, no support and no information how to undo what they instructed you to do for testing. there is also no firmware image to reflash the SD card so that you can go back to factory settings on teh kit. I can 100% see why Rensas would buy this company, they are so very alike its incredible.

     

    Kas

  • Dear

     

    I have been working through a number of issues with the IDT kit and poor documentation is definitely one of them, along with some questionable security practices and problems with their code. Regardless, I explicitly chose not to evaluate AWS in my proposal on the account that someone else who may be more experienced is willing to try - instead, I am doing local logging.

     

    A brief description of specific issues I have contacted IDT about (via ) include:

    • Temperature resolution steps are about 0.5C when the sensor should be capable of 0.015C (14-bit)
    • Use of default pi/raspberry password on SSH, unencrypted ISG-Demo network persists after joining an existing Wi-Fi network which can result in network-relay via SSH tunnel if credentials are not changed - suggest you modify hostapd.conf to add encryption to the demo network and change the password for user 'pi' immediately.
    • Manual suggests that yanking power to the Raspberry Pi is appropriate - I don't think so. Best to login via SSH and sudo shutdown -h now. Perhaps they could add a button on the web interface or a physical one and use the gpio-shutdown dtoverlay.
    • No place to download a new image in case you make modifications that damage the system - I hope you imaged the card when it arrived, as I did.
    • Range of the sensor seems a little disappointing - higher energy saving modes (longer sleep intervals) can cause de-registration of cube from hub.
    • No schematics appear to be available, all of the software appears to be undocumented.

     

    I have received some answers to some queries:

    • Use of channels fixed to two - it is a battery optimisation issue and hard coded into the cube firmware. Channel choice not appropriate for AU - they might look into changing.
    • Expansion to other I2C sensors as mentioned - needs new firmware built - sources available on request, so I'm hoping to at least look into it.
    • Extra code for LCD display found - used in another demo, not for this use case.

     

    From my exploration - the crux of the code is in /usr/local/bin/isg. For local logging, I suggest you modify sensor-capture (a Python program) by adding lines to JSONGenerateData function to perhaps throw the output via TCP/UDP to another machine which can log it. If you modify to use TCP or UDP, I think NodeRED will accept it just fine as it will be a JSON formatted data like so:

    {"msgType": "data", "timestamp": 1556792772.3721468, "batSupplied": 128, "hopsToHub": 0, "voltage": 5.050000000000001, "values": [80.71781921386719, 23.812488555908203], "rssiToHub": -87, "address": "fe80::211:7d00:30:f86", "hopsToSensor": 0, "rssiToSensor": -87}

     

    Then it only takes some quick Python code to flatten and work the JSON into CSV for plotting/analysis if you want to do it offline. After modifying the program, you will need to sudo service sensor-capture restart for it to take effect, but make backups of everything as there is no easy way of going back in case you do break something (!!!). If you like to see the debug, then you could just run the sensor-capture program at the prompt directly.

     

    Without the documentation, it takes a lot of roaming about the system to try and understand how everything works. The display seems to be driven by autobahn-python as a WebSockets server which is co-ordinated with the sensor-capture program with the zwir-tap handling the interface (zwir0) which relies on serial, the webserver itself seems to be Apache, it relies on a bunch of Python scripts in /usr/lib/cgi-bin to get some checks done (which fail if I tinker with the channel which is stored in /etc/default/zwir-conf-ch). That's only the brink of the "code spaghetti" supplied. At this stage, I am not clear, but it seems this kit is not particularly great for development purposes and is more intended for evaluation of the ZWIR modules and IDT sensors and the integration with AWS, but even then, it doesn't do a great job of allowing easy access to relevant signals for measurement or for configuration changes to prove flexibility. I think this is best done with the ZWIR Development Kit.

     

    I have been impressed by the operation lifetime on a pair of CR2032 cells - roughly a week with a message every two-seconds and the temperature sensor only. But because my Wi-Fi router failed during the first test, I'm retrying the experiment now. The board has a pair of very bright LEDs to indicate I2C bus and 6LoWPAN status, and I think these are really increasing the power draw, so that was pretty impressive to see even with the LEDs, it managed to have that much autonomy.

     

    Anyhow, best of luck with the rest of the RoadTest - I do suggest you contact IDT via Randall to see what they have to say about your experience.

     

    - Gough

  •  

    Thank you for this information, would have been ice if IDT would have put this in there user guide... Definitely not a product I would recommend at this point for someone looking to do a quick test. Documentation is sloppy and incomplete.

     

    Kas

  • Did you subscribe to AWS’ free tier? I’m using that for a few years and have never been charged.

    Elastisearch is free if you comply with the free tier restrictions.

    For elastisearch, you have to select a specific service, use less than 750 hours per month and stay under a storage size limit.

    I've flagged the Free Tier Usage alert - but haven't reached limits yet.

     

  • Has anyone here tried to work through the full documentation and demo usage?

     

    I tried to work through the AWS setup, but without enough clear instruction I decided to delete everything I had done, or so I thought. I just received a bill from Amazon for $8.76. This is for what I thought was using the service for less than an hour (30 minutes max, but realistically 10 minutes). Looking closer it's because Elasticsearch has been running for 5 days (120 hours).

     

    There is no warning that you will get charged to run this demo, there is no information how to remove this service that you get charged for. When I received this product and saw it was AWS only with no direct MQTT interface I was already second guessing this product. Now without complete instructions to both setup AWS as well as remove the service you set up fully my impression has fallen even lower.

     

    If there is someone (maybe can point me to someone in IDT) that can help with these issues. Both to remove all services that were created by working through the setup instructions as well as how to setup a direct MQTT connection (IDT to Node-Red or other MQTT connection point).

     

    I have currently disconnected my unit and will conduct no further testing until I am assured I will no longer be charged by Amazon and can reset the unit to factory settings. I would also appreciate some information so that I can instead use FREE logging service.

     

    Kas

  • Thanks for the prompt dispatch and @danzima - the IDT 6LoWPAN Wireless Flow Rate/Humidity sensor kit arrived safely today and I will begin my concurrent review process as soon as possible!

     

    - Gough