Each sensor should be placed as close to the desired measurement as possible and within the communication range of the Bridge (typically less than 100 feet for RF sensors and less than 50 feet for BLE sensors).
Sensors can be physically installed in one of several different ways, depending on the type of measurement.
- Placed on a flat surface
- Mounted with screws
- Suspended with a zip tie
- Glued with epoxy
- Mounted with two-sided tape or Velcro
If you mount the sensor with a permanent (or semi-permanent) mount using epoxy, glue the front of the sensor to the surface so the screws on the back of the sensor can be easily accessed to replace the battery.
Helpful tips for installing your Swift Sensors
- Take a picture of each sensor mount for future reference and to upload into your your dashboard.
- Place RF Sensors less than 100 feet but no closer than five feet from the Bridge.
- Place BLE Sensors less than 50 feet from the Bridge
- If you are placing your sensor in a Walk-in Freezer or Cooler, glue and tape are not recommended. Zip-tie installation is recommended
- If the sensor is located inside an enclosed metal container (aka Faraday cage), signal strength may be impaired. Confirm your sensor signal strength shows at least one bar in the Dashboard. If signal strength is too low, you may need Swift Sensors Wireless Remote Temperature Sensor 105.
- If you are mounting the Swift Sensors Wireless Remote Temperature Sensor 105 outside a walk-in cooler or similar structure, the sensor cable can be routed along the seam of the door to the interior, or run through the electrical panel if available.
- The walls inside refrigeration equipment often condensate (“sweat”). If possible mount your sensor enclosure with a zip tie - not touching the wall.
- If you are mounting a vibration sensor to equipment (e.g. motor or compressor), mount the sensor to a flat smooth surface of the equipment with industrial epoxy to ensure an accurate measurement.
After you have placed and installed all of your sensors in their desired locations, return to your Dashboard on my.swiftsensors.net and confirm all sensors appear in the Hardware list. Select each sensor to view and confirm battery level and signal strength.
Setting Sample Rates for your Sensors
The default sample rate for all measurement sensors is 5 minutes. To change the Sample Rate for a sensor, click on the sensor in the hardware list, then select Edit from the Gear icon on the right side of the Dashboard. Input the Sample Rate in either minutes or seconds and click the ✔ box to save your input. Setting a shorter Sample Rate will decrease battery life.
Adding a Calibration Offset to your Sensor Measurement
All sensors are factory calibrated. If you need to supply an offset calibration for a sensor measurement, select the measurement in the hardware list, then select Edit from the Gear icon on the right side of the Dashboard. Input either a Calibration Offset or Calibration Value and click the ✔ box to save your input.
Congratulations! You have completed the installation and configuration of your Swift Sensors network.
Next, we strongly recommend assigning Thresholds and Notifications for your sensor measurements and device status to maximize the benefit from your Swift Sensor System.