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Installation of Remote Soil Moisture Monitirng System
Installation Guide for CHB5000BGSM Monitoring System
*Note: the image above is for illustration purposes only and does NOT include all options available for all variants of the CHB5000Xxx product family.
This document contains installation instructions for the Cermetek CHB5000BGSM, Wireless Monitoring Network containing a GSM RF Cell Radio, 3 Quick Response Moisture Sensors, Solar Panel and Primary Sealed Battery.The CHB5000BGSM Wireless Monitoring Network permits monitoring of soil moisture at 3 depths and/or 3 separate locations. The CHB5000BGSM is powered by a solar panel via a rechargeable sealed battery.
Additionally, maximum and minimum Alarm Set Point Limits can be established for parameters selected by the user to be used to automatically trigger activities should the monitored parameter(s) violate the user specified Alarm Set Point Limits. Examples of usage of this feature would be:
CHB5000BGSM MONITORING NETWORK with RF CELL RADIO CONFIGURATION
THEORY OF OPERATION
Referring to the block diagram in Figure 1, the basic CHB5000BGSM System is self-contained and includes the following basic sub-systems:
Specific equipment supplied by Cermetek includes:
Items supplied by Cermetek required for access to the Internet and to RSVP:
Solar Panel w/cable
Battery and Cable
CHB5000BGMS Base Station
Figure 2. Images of CHB5000BGSM components supplied by Cermetek.
USER SUPPLIED equipment includes:
CHB5000BGSM Base Station. The Base Station serves dual purposes:
Functionally, the Base Station serves as a gateway to the Internet, collects sensor data and coordinates data flowing from Cermetek's RSVP Web based Internet platform to/from each sensor.
Data (i.e., monitored parameter values) collected from soil moisture sensors is cached in the Base Station and periodically (the period is user definable but no more often than once per minute) transmitted via the GSM RF Cell module to the internet. Besides sensor data, Base Station Health Status information is transmitted allowing assessment of such items as remaining battery charge and solar panel charging performance.
Base Station Battery and Solar Panel Operation. The Base Station is indirectly powered by the supplied Solar Panel but directly powered by the Battery. This architecture is needed to provide continuous and uninterrupted power to the Base Station as the output power of the Solar Panel varies throughout the day and, of course, ceases during the evening hours.
Quick Response Soil Moisture Sensor. The Quick Response Soil Moisture Sensors are tethered with an electrical hard wired connection to the Base Station.
RSVP Web Host. The CHB5000BGSM System is web based. All system supported activities and functions are designed to be performed via the Internet. Typical functions/activities such as establishing/modifying Alarm Set Point Limits as well as viewing archived data is accomplished over the Internet by utilizing the Remote Sensor Viewing Platform (RSVP) software. A subscription to Cermetek's Web Based Data Hosting Services is required for access to internet related services.
RSVP Software. RSVP is a web based application that is accessed from any hardware platform running a commercially available browser. Among the browsers supported by the RSVP software are such widely used products as: Internet Explorer™, Safari™, FireFox™, Mozilla™, Opera™, and Google Chrome™.
RSVP permits remote access to the sensors in the network and their associated archived data from any Internet enabled PC or MAC hardware platform (including Desktop and Laptop devices) as well as Internet enabled Cell Phones, iPads™, etc. Access to the CHB5000BGSM RSVP account is via the Cermetek web page located at www.aquamon.net. A Ceremtek supplied Login USERNAME and PASSWORD is required. An RSVP account can be obtained by contacting Sales at Cermetek.
Archived Data. Cermetek's Web Based Data Hosting Services automatically archives user sensor data. Access to all user data is controlled via a user defined password. Additionally, a backup copy of user data is maintained by Cermetek for a minimum period of 3 years. For additional data retention services, please contact Sales at Cermetek for more detailed information and pricing.
Archived data can be retrieved using Cermetek's RSVP software. Retrieved data is downloaded in XLS (i.e., MS EXCEL™) format and may be stored locally (at the user's discretion). A subscription to Cermetek's Web Based Data Hosting Services is required for access to internet related services.
LIST OF DOCUMENTS and MATERIALS PROVIDED BY CERMETEK
The following documents are provided by Cermetek:
The following products and materials are provided by Cermetek:
LIST OF MATERIALS TO BE PROVIDED BY END USER
The following materials are to be provided by the End User:
NETWORK BASE STATION Installation
Installation of the Base Station requires physical connection of the Base Station and Solar Panel to the USER SUPPLIED standard(or pole). Hardware mounting brackets are supplied by Cermetek.
Figure 3: Image of internal circuitry of the CHB5000BGSM Base Station. Critical sub-systems and various electrical connection points are identified but exact locations may vary with the specific CHB5000Xxx system covariant.
The following components require electrical connection to the Base Station:
Internet Registration is automatic once power is provided to the Base Station. No external connection is required.SAFETY NOTE
The CHB5000BGSM Base Station is supplied with the Battery and Charging Circuitry pre-wired to all internal connections EXCLUDING CONNECTION OF THE BATTERY AND THE SOLAR PANEL. YOUR SYSTEM SHIPPED FROM THE FACTORY WITH THE BATTERY DISCONNECTED FOR YOUR SAFETY.
HARDWARE Installation PROCEDURE
Step 1: Install the USER SUPPLIED standard (pole) to which the Base Station and the Solar Panel are to be attached per the instructions provided by the standard (pole) manufacturer. Ensure that the standard is securely anchored in the ground. A minimum depth of 2 feet is recommended. See Figures 5A-5L for images of typical installations.INSTALLATION NOTE
It is STRONGLY recommended that the standard (pole) be anchored in cement to insure proper wind/weather stability.
Step 2: Attach the Base Station enclosure to the standard (pole) approximately 3 to 5 feet off the ground using the hardware provided. See Figure 4A.
Figure 4A. Base Station enclosure
Figure 4B. Solar Panel with cable.
Figure 4A and 4B: Images of CHB5000BGSM Base Station and Solar Panel with mounting hardware visible.
Step 3: Mount the Solar Panel to the standard (pole) approximately 4 to 8 feet above the Base Station enclosure using the attached hardware. Actual position will vary depending on standard (pole) dimensions and location. See Figure 4B.
The sensors are connected to the Base Station using separate terminals and dedicated connectors located inside the Base Station enclosure. See Figure 3 and Figure 6. All sensors are supplied by Cermetek.SOLAR PANEL ANGLE ADJUSTENT EXAMPLE
The Fresno, CA Central Valley area is located at latitude 37 Degrees. Therefore, a Solar Panel installed in the Fresno, CA Central Valley area would have a Solar Panel elevation angle of approximately 37 Degrees.
Figure 5A. Pumping Installation
Figure 5B. Almond Installation
Figure 5C. Citrus Installation
Figure 5D. Citrus Installation
Figure 5E. Citrus Installation
Figure 5F. Citrus Installation
Figure 5G. Almond Installation
Figure 5H. Home Installation
Figure 5I. Almond Installation
Figure 5J. Almond Installation
Figure 5K. Almond Installation
Figure 5L. Almond Installation.
Figures 5A-5L. Images of field installation sites. Note that installations vary to accommodate unique requirements present at each location.
DO NOT connect the Battery to the Base Station until all the Sensors have been connected to the appropriate Sensor I/O Terminal Blocks. Failure to follow this precaution may cause damage to the Sensor I/O Board and/or may damage the Mother Board.
It is necessary to connect all sensors to the Base Station unit PRIOR to connecting power to the Base Station. Follow Steps 5-10 to perform the required electrical connections.
Base Station SOLAR PANEL ELECTRICAL Installation PROCEDURE
Figure 6. Image of internal electrical connections available on CHB5000BGSM unit.
Ensure that the POSITIVE (+) Terminal of the Solar Panel is connected to the POSITIVE (+) position on the Mother Board and that the NEGATIVE (-) Terminal of the Solar Panel is connected to the NEGATIVE (-) position on the Mother Board. Failure to do this may damage the Mother Board and void the warranty.
OPTIONAL SENSOR ELECTRICAL Installation PROCEDURE
Install the Soil Moisture Sensor in the ground - at the depth of interest - PRIOR to connecting the Moisture Sensor Cable to the Base Station Mother Board. Failure to follow this precaution may cause damage to the Sensor Interface Board, may damage the Base Station Mother Board and/or may cause injury to personnel performing this installation.
Figure 7A. Solar Panel cable in Gland 1
Figure 7B. Solar Panel cable electrical connection.
Figure 7A and 7B. Images of electrical connection of Solar Panel to CHB5000BGSM Mother Board.
SOIL MOISTURE SENSOR PHYSICAL Installation PROCEDURE
Step 7: Install the Moisture Sensor at the depth of interest and with orientation best suited for the intended application.
SOIL MOISTURE SENSOR ELECTRICAL Installation PROCEDURE
+ = RED Wire
S = WHITE Wire
G = BLACK Wire
+ = RED Wire
S = WHITE Wire
G = BLACK Wire
+ = RED Wire
S = WHITE Wire
G = BLACK Wire
BATTERY ELECTRICAL Installation PROCEDURE
Figure 10A. Battery Cable Connection on Mother Board
Figure 10B. Battery Cable connections to Battery.
Step 11: Connect Battery Cable to Battery as indicated below. See Figure 10B.
Step 12: Mount Battery on Velcro tape located on inside bottom of Base Station Enclosure.
RSVP Software Installation
Follow the step-by-step procedure below to access the RSVP Web site.
Step 14: Login to the Internet using User supplied Internet provider (ISP).
Refer to Cermetek document 607-1100, RSVP Software User's Introduction Guide, for a Power Point™ tutorial containing instructions and examples for use of the RSVP software.
using the Display Software
Figure 11: Image of the RSVP Web Site USERNAME and PASSWORD Login page.
ADDITIONAL Software TUTORIALS
Cermetek document 607-1102, Moisture Sensor Demonstration, contains an MS Power Point™tutorial highlighting the data available from connected moisture sensors and provides examples for display of the collected moisture sensor data using Cermetek's RSVP web site.
The purchaser/installer/user of the CHB5000BGSM System Installation Guide: Wireless Monitoring Network containing a GSM RF Cell Radio, 3 Quick Response Soil Moisture Sensors, Solar Panel and Primary Sealed Battery product and the RSVP Web Site agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Cermetek Microelectronics, INC, its affiliate and their respective owners, investors, contractors, officers, directors, members, managers, partners, shareholders, licensors, suppliers, customers, employees, agents, third-party advertisers, technology providers and service providers from and against any loss, damage, cost, or liability (including reasonable attorneys' fees) resulting from or relating in any way to a third-party claim, demand, action or proceeding that arises out of the installation or use of CHB5000BGSM product, including but not limited to in relation to your use, non-use or misuse of, or connection to the CHB5000BGSM product, the RSVP Software Services and any Content (including without limitation your Content and any third party Content) forming part of the RSVP site.