How to configure a time-based sensor

A time-based sensor acts like a physical sensor in the sense that it produces data, but the data generated is based on a schedule. To create a time-based sensor for your machine, you first need to define it.

Do this in the Admin app by selecting the machine from your machine overview and select the tile Sensors. Click the dot_icon.pngicon (1) and click on the “Add sensor” (2) button.




You will be taken to the sensor definition page.




Now work from top to bottom, filling out the necessary fields as follows:

Sensor kind: Choose “Time-based”

Sensor name: Give your sensor a unique name. Keeping the name as short as possible will help ensure it fits within the sensor name space in various parts of the application. 

Description: Describe in as few words as possible what this sensor is going to do. This will help ensure you don’t get confused between different sensors.

Sensor group: Assign a group to the sensor. This will allow all the sensors to be categorized when displayed in the innius Insight app. You can select a group or create a new one by entering the name of the group.

Sensor data type: Choose one of the following options;

  • Continuous values, if the time-based sensor creates measurement data
  • Discrete values, if the time-based sensor creates values that are limited to predefined options, such as 0 and 1

Time-based values: Now you can create the schedule of when a value will be generated in innius

If you have chosen the option Discrete values, the field "Value mapping" will appear.

Value mapping: Here you can add a description to the discrete value. This description is shown in the Insight App.

If you have selected the option Continuous values, then you have to complete the following two other fields. 

Value format: Here you can enter the unit of measure, such as Kg, € or Liter.

Decimal places: The value created by the time-based sensor will be displayed in the Insight App with the number of decimals defined here.


If you have finished, click “save” to save your time-based sensor. When the time-based sensor has been saved it will start generating data based on the defined schedule.

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