I am looking for some suggestions on how we might be able to use the E Series ( or Electron) to relay sensor data back to a central source. I’m not worried about the data storage side as there are numerous sites I could push data to but lets assume for now it’s Azure IoT.
For the sensors I have a need to deploy sensors in about 25 locations as part of a pilot project next spring but assuming it goes well we will be scaling it up to hundreds of locations. These locations will be scattered across Canada typically in agricultural areas where we are assuming we’ll have cell coverage but no power outlet. Given that we don’t have power we will have to run off batteries (with or without solar panels).
With regard to the sensors I need to measure ambient temperature, water temperature and water levels using an ultrasonic sensor.
One of the aspects that’s potentially restrictive in hardware selection is the need to deploy once and have it run for years monitoring hourly through spring, summer and fall. I don’t necessarily need it to send back data during the winter months but I don’t want to have to visit the sites each spring so they’ll have to withstand the cold and be able to wake up in spring.
I currently have another solution in prototype but it requires a dedicated cell modem that has its own power requirements so having the Electron being an all in one solution has great appeal if we can make it work for us.