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ZENSIE’s gone multilingual


We’re constantly developing the ZENSIE platform with a goal in mind: bringing together information that makes a difference to growers— whether that’s making it easy for colleagues to collaborate and share their expertise, or for systems to integrate data. To keep delivering on the easy integration of data sources, we know it’s crucial to keep ZENSIE simple to use and customisable to best serve individuals and teams. Ultimately, we stick to one guiding principle: build what our community wants. Every new feature, every update within ZENSIE has come from a community request. Evolving ZENSIE to reflect the needs of growers has served us well, and we have no plans to stop. Case in point: ZENSIE’s gone multilingual.

We’re proud to be a global company— we’ve got offices on multiple continents, and deployments in over 30 countries. With an HQ in Amsterdam, and so many visionary growers in our backyard, our roots are in Dutch horticulture. It’s the agricultural sector in the Netherlands that first believed in and advised us. Dutch growers, and their experience with our tech have been instrumental to the expansion of our community. We’re always working to make ZENSIE flexible, so growers can use the platform on their own terms. That’s why we’re pleased to share that the ZENSIE interface is now available in Dutch, giving growers the option to work and share data in whichever language they’re most comfortable in. And we’re not done yet— our community can expect more language options in the future.

How to create notifications in ZENSIE


Notifications are a great feature that can help you stay alert while monitoring your environment.

 

How to use tags in ZENSIE


Tags are used to group sensor checks together. You can use tags to filter your list of checks and find the ones you are looking for quicker and easier.

For example, if you have sensors placed on meeting rooms you can make a tag and group all those sensor checks. Next time you want to find all the sensors installed in meeting rooms, you just have to click the tag and filter the results.

Creating tags

To create a tag, go to the sensors page and click on “+Create tag”. Add a name for the tag and press ENTER.

Assigning tags to checks

To assign a tag to one or more checks:

Select the sensor checks you want to tag.

Click at the ADD TAGS, on the bottom and select the tag you want to add. Or add a tag in the bottom green field at once.

Read next How to filter sensors in ZENSIE?

 

How to change the name of a sensor


We recommend that you give your sensors some meaningful names. To change the name, you’ll have to do the following:

  1. Go to the sensors page from the sidebar
  2. Click on a sensor
  3. Go to the settings tab
  4. Change the name of the sensor
  5. Click SAVE

How to change the monitoring frequency


 

Did you know you can control when and how often your sensors collect data? We’ll explain both options below.

1. Monitoring Frequency

To change the frequency of the data collection, go to the Sensors view and click on a sensor. Go to Settings and Advanced Settings.

The FREQUENCY field indicates how many times within an hour, a Gateway will request data from a sensor. The default value is 60 seconds, which means data are sent every minute.

Some common frequencies you can use:

  • every 5 minutes: change the frequency value to 300
  • every hour: change the frequency value to 3600
  • etc.

Currently, most of the sensor devices do not support monitoring frequency for less than a minute. If you try to put the frequency of such a sensor device to less than 60, you will see a warning message.

2. Scheduled Monitoring

There might be situations in which you only would like to have data from Monday to Friday, for example. To schedule this monitoring we use CRON jobs. CRON is an expression that helps you specify the times and days for collecting your data.

To create a CRON job, go to the sensors page, click on a sensor check and select the Settings tab. At the Advanced settings you will find the CRON field.

For example, if you want to collect data on weekdays (from Monday to Friday) and from 8:00 am until 17:00 then you can use the following expression:

If you are not familiar with CRON expressions you can use on online CRON converter (for example here).

How to use filters


At the side menu, you can filter checks using the Tags, the Locations, Type and/or Status.

For example, I want to see all the sensors from the first batch tag, located in Kwekerij Moors Asten, that are temperature sensors and are paused. As you can see, it’s easy to select each of these variables just by check marking the appropriate boxes.

Configure permissions based on roles


Do you want to invite new users to your ZENSIE organization?

Go to your account settings – organization users – type in the email of the person you want to invite to your organization and fill in the details.

There are three roles:

  • owners
  • editors
  • followers

Depending on the role the user has, several features (permissions) are available. For example, the owner of the organization can invite users. Editors and followers cannot invite users.

Here’s a table that let’s you understand these differences a bit better:

 

How to invite a user to ZENSIE


 

You can only invite new users, if you are an owner in your organization. Do you want to learn more about user roles and permissions? Read Getting to know ZENSIE.

To invite new users to your organization:

1. Click at the Account Settings link, at the side bar menu.

2. At the Users tab, click on the green plus (+) button to invite a new user.

3. Fill in the details of the new user and click INVITE.

How to export data from ZENSIE


At the export page, you can export the raw data of your organization.

You have the following options:

  • Internal or external export; choose whether you would like to share the data report internally, or with someone outside of your organization like a consultant.
  • Location; if you have multiple data locations, select which one you would like to extract your data from.
  • Sensor Type; select the sensors of which you would like to get the data from.
  • Date Selection Type; month and year, or custom date selection.
  • Number decimal separator
  • Month
  • Year
  • Aggregation Type; choose between No Aggregation, Predefined Interval Aggregation or Custom Interval Aggregation.


Now you can click START EXPORT. You will receive an email when the export is done. Go back to this page and click the link on the right side. Your export will start automatically.