What is a Gateway, and where can it be placed?
The gateway is a device that uses state-of-the-art radio technology to talk to the sensors, then uploads their data to the internet through a cellular modem. Using a single gateway to talk to multiple sensors is how we are able to offer these data services at such incredible prices!
Here are the two options, when it comes to gateway locations:
On a pivot
This is the standard place to put a gateway. We will install the gateway on top of the pivot span close to the pivot point. This generally lets the radio reach the entirety of the pivot field, as well as the near half of the neighboring fields.
On a pole (which we will install)
If installing on a pivot isn’t an option, then you can always have us install the gateway on a pole instead. This takes some additional equipment and time, it will result in a slightly lower discount for the sensors at this location. Please keep in mind: The area needs to be free of hazards (such as electrical lines) both above ground and below ground at the location you chose. It is also best to place the pole at a high-point in elevation, to assure we don’t lose connection to sensors when they are under tall crop canopy late in the season.
For both liability and technical reasons, we unfortunately cannot place gateways on existing structures other than pivots.
How far does the wireless connection between the gateway and probes reach?
When you place a Gateway on the map in Bridge Builder, you will see two circles. The green circle in the map shows the area that will definitely have adequate radio signal, even if there is rough terrain. The yellow circle shows where there should be ...
How many sensors can I connect to one gateway?
As many as you want! The current gateways can handle hundreds of devices, as long as they are within range of the radio.
Can I switch a well monitor into a bin fan monitor? (Or visa versa?)
Yes! The well monitor and bin fan monitor are actually the same device! When the device is installed, you use the website to identify what role it is functioning in, but it can be re-installed with a different role throughout the year. One thing to ...
How do I place an order on Bridge Builder?
Start the order by going to the website and start the order entering the customer’s email address, name, and starting location. Then you will go through the following steps to place an order, which could take as little as 15 minutes in the case of a ...
How do I let you know when it's time to install my soil moisture sensors?
When you placed your order on Bridge Builder, we asked you which crop(s) you were planning to plant in that field. Based on your crop, geographic location, and our knowledge of how the season is progressing, we will be contacting you when we think ...