What is a sensor?

There are three types of sensors:

  • physical sensors
  • virtual sensors
  • manual sensors

All three types of sensors generate real-time machine data, which is viewable, along with historic data, within innius insight for Android and innius admin. They can also trigger cautionary, and emergency notifications. For more information on viewing sensor data refer to the article Viewing sensor data.

A physical sensor is an actual sensor within your machine, which provides raw data to innius. The many different types of physical sensors are all supported by innius.

A virtual sensor allows you to process and manipulate data from other sensors to suit your needs. At least one sensor, either virtual or physical, needs to be used to provide data for a virtual sensor, via a script. For example: calculating an average temperature based on a number of physical temperature sensors in your machine.

A manual sensor is used for manual input of data if the requested sensor is not installed on your machine. Therefore you can use the innius operations app to enter data for the defined manual sensors.

Defining sensors and scripts occurs in innius admin, and the viewing of sensors takes place in both innius insight for Android and innius admin. Unless physical and virtual sensors are given names which identify them as such, both appear exactly the same in innius insight for Android, as sensors producing data.

 

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