Connecting an IoT temperature sensor to Exact Online [VIDEO]

Elwin van der LaanBusiness Software, BuzzerBase, Demonstration

Last week we showed you how we installed a temperature sensor to a heating system on a test location. In case you missed it: check it out here. This week we performed the actual test. The heating system was manually switched off on the test site and BuzzerBase did its thing.

First we connected the temperature sensor to BuzzerBase using our input connector. This made sure that BuzzerBase received the current temperature of the pipes with a particular interval, in this case every second. In BuzzerBase these values got logged and visualized in a line-chart and gauge. These first steps gave us insight in the status of this heating system, which on itself could already be of added value in certain cases, but in this use case we needed to take it a step further.

This use case is about heating system failures. A service engineer needs to hear about this when it happens from the thing itself (or actually from the sensor attached to it) and not from a freezing customer. To achieve this we created simple business logic that would only get triggered when the temperature value received would be lower than 50. When this happens, two actions are triggered. Through our Exact Online connector a Service Request activity is created automatically and with our IFTTT connector we are sending the GPS coordinates to the navigation app on the service engineer’s smartphone.

Watch this as it happens in the video below.

We know this is a very simple example, but we just wanted to give you a peek at what we can do with our BuzzerBase connectors. You can probably imagine that when this is possible, more advanced logic can also be created within BuzzerBase. Future steps could also be to monitor the data in such a way that we can predict when a thing is about to fail, to send a service engineer to it right before it happens. This is called Predictive Maintenance, but we’ll go into more detail on that later.

For now, we hope you enjoyed this video and the demonstration. If you have questions for us at this point, do get in touch. More videos and blogs are coming soon, where we show other BuzzerBase connectors and features in more detail.

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