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Luggage monitoring with IO Frog

How to set up the device for luggage monitoring? How to do luggage monitoring with IO Frog

Introduction

Supported in: SimplePack 2.0SimplePack 3.0/4.0 Plus, SimpleIndustry

Intended for: End users and integrators & platform providers to understand device behavior before direct implementation and fine-tuning (for those who want to integrate the device into their own platform, the firmware documentation is here: API 6 and API 5)

Use case description: We will use the SimplePack mode Track me - the device, placed into your luggage, will monitor movement: one message will be sent when the movement starts and one when the luggage stops - when it stops and sits still for 10 minutes, the other message will be sent. You can use this to make sure your luggage arrived with you and use the data to help you find your luggage in case it was lost in transit.

Prerequisites

Before-you-start checklist (you should have everything on the list if you went through the first message guide):

Hardware/devices
Sigfox connectivity
Sigfox coverage where you need it
IO Frog platform account and access
Correctly set-up callbacks in the Sigfox backend (if you're using your own connectivity)
 You're receiving messages from your devices  Everything is fine!

Step-by-step setup guide

  1. Go to the IO Frog platform and login with your account. image
  2. After you login, head over to your profile in the top right and make sure your Experience level is Expert, otherwise you will not be able to change device downlink - if necessary, increase your level and hit Update to save the changes. image
  3. Go to the All devices tab and click on device Setup. image
  4. In the downlink tab, set the mode to Track me (0...010. in the top bar), hit Update.image
  5. Press the button of your device for 10+ (SP 2.0) or 6+ (SP 3.0 Plus) seconds, this will trigger downlink with the new settings - the LED will keep blinking for about a minute.

    Attention

    If you're working with the SimpleIndustry or the SimpleMeter, you need to either wait for the heartbeat that will request downlink (older prototypes) or you will use a magnet on the reed switch instead of pressing the button. The time of operation is the same (6s+ of magnet presence to trigger downlink, 2-4s to disarm device, 1s to arm).

    SimplePack 2.0 SimplePack 3.0/4.0 Plus
    SimplePack 2.0 SimplePack 3.0/4.0 Plus
  6. Once the LED stops blinking, you can place the device where you need it: just place it in your luggage and make sure there are as few metal objects around as possible.

  7. Once placed, activate the device by pressing the button and try moving the luggage - you should receive two messages - start and stop of movement (10 minutes after movement stops). There, all done!
Caution

Please note that Sigfox has a 90% delivery success rate. It's possible that the downlink will not be received by the device, the best way forward in this case is simply repeating the whole process from Step 4 onwards.

Suggestions

  • If you're getting false or limited reports of usage, try playing around with accelerometer sensitivity settings (the higher the number, the less sensitive the sensor).
  • If you're losing messages (which can happen as airports are generally very busy), set up 3x alert repetition - this will better the performance of your device.
  • Public data sharing: IO Frog also supports public channels, where you can add multiple devices and display data from all of them at the same time, including their position on a world map. It's very cool and we highly suggest you take a look! Here's our coffee project and here's how to set a public channel up. image