What is a sensor?

There are two types of sensors, physical sensors and virtual sensors. Both types generate real-time machine data, which is viewable, along with historic data, within the mobile and web applications. 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.

Defining sensors and scripts occurs in the web application, and the viewing of sensors takes place in the mobile application. Unless physical and virtual sensors are given names which identify them as such, both appear exactly the same in the mobile application, as sensors producing data.


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