Supported Sensors and Inputs

DM Devices offer a number of different inputs including:

  • Digital Inputs
  • Analogue (0-30V) inputs
  • 4-20mA Inputs
  • Bluetooth®
  • I2C
  • 1-wire
  • SDI-12
  • RS232
  • RS485

Check each individual product's datasheet for the full specification, but inputs are generalised here:

Input
Requires Integration?
Device
Digital InputNoDart2 (Ignition + 2)
G100 (Ignition + 4)
G120 (Ignition + 6)
G62 Cellular (Ignition + 2)
G62 LoRaWAN (Ignition + 2)
Falcon (2)
SensorData Sigfox (2)
SensorData LoRaWAN (3)
SensorNode LoRaWAN (2)
Digital Inputs with Pulse CountNoSensorData Sigfox (2)
SensorData LoRaWAN (3)
SensorNode LoRaWAN (2)
Eagle (3)
Falcon (2)
Analogue Inputs (0-30V)NoG120 (1)
G62 LoRaWAN (1)
Falcon (1)
SensorData LoRaWAN (1)
SensorData Sigfox (2)
SensorNode (2)
Eagle (2)
4-20mANoEagle (2) 
Bluetooth®Generic Tag data can be read and passed on to a 3rd party server without firmware integration via this method: Integrating Tags.
Also see 3rd Party Bluetooth® Tag Support
Remora2
G120
Eagle
I2CI2C is the low level communication protocol. Most I2C sensors will need to be integrated into device firmware. Typically this is not a lengthy or difficult task. Contact us for detailsSensorData Sigfox
SensorData LoRaWAN
SensorNode LoRaWAN
Falcon
Eagle
SDI-12In general most SDI-12 tags that follow the spec should work. However not any generic SDI-12 commands can be sent using our devices, see Eagle: SDI-12 configuration and compatibilitySensorData Sigfox
SensorData LoRaWAN
Eagle
1-Wire (for iButton or other sensors)May require integrationDart
G62 Cellular
Eagle
RS485
Yes
Eagle. RS485 has different implementations. To read an RS485 sensor a custom FW integration will be required.
RS232The RS232 Passthrough Mode can be used for many simple applications. More complex features are often better handled by custom FW integration.
G120

Input Descriptions

Digital Inputs:
Used to determine on/off status. Will be registered as 0 (off) or 1 (on).
Typical applications include panic buttons, door open closed, monitoring engine on/off, run hours when connected to a PTO
Analogue Inputs:
Can be connected to a variety of sensors e.g. Temp Sensor, ultrasonic sensor etc, that output a certain voltage based on the temp/distance etc. This can be thought of as a voltage input.
Can also be used to read 4-20mA signals when combined with a sense resistor.
4-20mA:
Common sensor output. Sensor will output 4mA when at the minimum of its range, and 20mA when at the maximum.


BLE:
Some Digital Matter Devices have a BLE 5 Module on board. This means that any sensor that uses Bluetooth could be integrated into the device FW so the sensor can be read.
I2C:
Inter-IC communication. Low level communication interface which is used on many different sensor types.
SDI-12:
Commonly used in the Ag-Tech space for soil moisture probes etc. 
1-wire:
Generally used for i-Button Tags and readers. But some 1-wire sensors (e.g. temp) exist

What Sensors do DM products support:

The following table lists some sensors we have seen in use with our devices, or integrated at the request of partners. This is not an exhaustive list, and not all have been thoroughly tested by DM, instead we rely on the feedback from our reseller partners.  

Sensor TypeInterfaceModelSupported Devices
TemperatureI2CDM I2C Temperature ProbeAll DM devices with I2C input
TemperatureI2CTexas Instruments TMP117 (I2C)Eagle, Falcon
Temperature + HumidityI2CDM I2C Temp/Humidity SensorAll DM Devices with I2C input
Temperature + HumidityI2C(I2C) Amphenol T9602 Temp/Humidity Sensor Internally - this sensor uses this TELAIRE chip. So any other sensors which use this chip will also work.Eagle, Falcon
Ultrasonic Range
(For tank Level)
I2CMaxbotix MB7040 (I2C)Eagle, Falcon, SensorData LoRaWAN, SensorNode LoRaWAN
Infrared SpotI2CMLX90614 Eagle, Falcon, SensorData LoRaWAN, SensorNode LoRaWAN
Infrared CameraI2CMLX90640Eagle, Falcon (V2.0 only)
PressureI2CWNKxxxx I2C.(Specifically the WNK8010-TT) has been integrated, but other sensors of this family will also work.Falcon
Fuel LevelBluetoothTechnoton and Escort Fuel ProbesEagle, G120, Remora2
Cement DrumRS232Dingtek Cement Drum Sensor
Reports concrete drum RPM and rotation direction
G120
Multi (Reed switch + temp + accelerometer)BluetoothLaird BT510 Multi-SensorEagle, G120, Remora2
Inclination/Tilt Switch
Digital Input
Hummingbird 2-Axis Tilt Switch
This device can be configured via DIP switches to toggle a digital output (Common, NO and NC contacts). Very useful for detecting events like bin lifts, or angles being exceeded (but we don't necessarily want to generate an accident event).
All

Integrating sensors across multiple devices requires firmware development per device - as such a single sensor integration is not rolled out across all devices with the same input immediately (or even at all if it is not required). 

If you want to use one of the above sensors with another device, contact us.


I need to use a sensor that isn't listed here, what are my options?

If an application requires a particular sensor that is not currently catered for, DM can integrate sensors. Typically a sensor which utilises one of the above inputs can be integrated with firmware development. 

Most common are I2C sensors. I2C is a low level communication interface, so simply connecting an I2C sensor to a product with an I2C input in general will not work - the firmware must be modified.
Note for these sensors, The sensor should be able to be powered by a 3.3V source. As this is what is available to power sensors on DM devices. If it requires greater than this it will need to be powered externally to the device.

Please contact DM so that the sensor can be integrated into device firmware. Similarly if a particular Bluetooth® sensor is desired, contact DM for integration information.


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