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Conserv Monitoring - Day 1

My package from Conserv has arrived! Now what?

Planning

Environmental monitoring with Conserv is simple, and with a good plan it's easy to get started.  A good plan starts with a few questions:

1.  What spaces need to be monitored?  A space is just what it sounds like.  A place within your building that you need to monitor.  This could be a storage area, a lab, a gallery, etc. 

2. Where are the sensors going to go in each space?  It's best to place the sensor somewhere that is stable, out of direct sunlight, with good airflow.  A shelf, a cabinet, or on the wall all work.

3. Where am I going to put the gateways?  The gateway is the heart of the system, and should be centrally located relative to the sensors so that the signal can get through.  If your facility is particularly large, it may take more than one.

If you need some help deciding where things should go, Conserv's support team is ready to help!  If you have a floor plan or building map you can share with us, all the better.

Setup

With your plan in hand, it's time to get started! 

For the next steps, you'll need to log into Conserv's web application.  When you log in, the first thing you'll see is the dashboard.  This is a place where we roll up all of your sensors into a single view, and show you the last reading from each.  As a brand new customer, all of your sensors should be displayed by their serial number, and all of the readings should say "N/A".  

Now, let's set up some spaces!  Log into Conserv's web app and find the "Spaces" menu in the top nav bar.  Click the "Spaces" option in the menu, and you'll see a list of your spaces.  Use the "Add Space" button to create some new ones.  There's no practical limit here, so create as many spaces as you need.  You'll see that spaces belong to a "Facility".  In Conserv parlance, a Facility is just a place with an address.  Your building, for example.

The last step is to set up the sensors themselves.  Sensors are identified in the web app using a serial number.  By default, each sensor is named the same as its serial number, but you can change that to whatever you like.  We find it helpful to name the sensor in a way that helps you remember where it is, especially if there is more than one in a space.  Sensor c000192 isn't as useful as "West Gallery Entrance" or "Textile Storage B".

When you receive your sensors, they will all be set up in a single space.  Moving them to the new spaces you've just set up takes a few clicks.  Start by going to your name in the upper right corner of the web app, and go to the "Settings" menu.  Within the settings page there is a "Sensors" option that will display a list of all of the sensors in your account.  Click the three dots at the right side of the row and select "Record Sensor Move" to move the sensor to a new space.

Installation

The first thing to install is the gateway.  If your gateway is going to run on a cellular data plan, gateway setup is as simple as attaching the antenna and plugging in the power.  Easy!  If you are going to run the gateway on your local network, then you'll also need to plug it into a network port.  Conserv's gateway is set up to automatically connect.  If, for some reason, it cannot, Conserv support can work with your IT team to get it sorted out. Before you contact support, though, make sure to check out these gateway troubleshooting tips.

The final step is to install the sensors themselves.  We find it's helpful to take a copy of the sensor page with us when we install the devices, so we know which serial number goes in which space.  Once you are ready to place the sensor, pull the plastic battery tab out of the back of the device.  Within a few seconds you should see a blue light on the back.  That's the signal that the sensor is starting up, and will start sending data soon.  Place it where you want it, and you're done!

NOTE:  Conserv sensors will fine tune their radio transmissions to maximize range and minimize battery life.  It's important to wait to activate the device until it is where it will be installed.  In the event that you need to move a sensor to a new space, it might need to be reset in the new location so it can set itself up appropriately.