You’ll learn in this blog post how to connect a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to Tools.Valarm.net.
A TPMS connects to tires on your fleet vehicles, trucks, and trailers to remotely monitor factors like tire pressure and tire temperature.
Sensors connect to each of your tires and your GPS-tagged vehicle information is sent to Tools.Valarm.net.
On Tools.Valarm.net you can map, graph, download, and analyze your sensor information to your heart’s content. Tools.Valarm.net is $6 per month for each of your fleet vehicles you need to track and monitor.
You’ll use Doran brand TPMS sensor systems in this write-up. Here are the components you’ll need for each deployment:
- Sensor Hub (3G GSM, WiFi, or Ethernet)
- RS-232 Sensor Adapter
- Doran 360MTR Hub with RS-232 w/ Whip Antenna
- Doran Tire Pressure Sensors
- Doran 360MT Programming Tool
You’ll see in the photos of this deployment that you’ll use appropriate voltage regulators to ensure that the Doran TPMS system gets 12V of power while the Yoctopuce sensor hub needs 5V USB.
You’ll need sensor hubs and sensors from Shop.Valarm.net for remote monitoring.
Link your sensor hubs to Tools.Valarm.net by following this tutorial on How To Use IoT sensors with Valarm.
Go to your Device Manager. Click the Valarm Device you want to configure for your TPMS tire monitoring.
Then under configure hardware click the Configure Yocto Hub button to see what the serial number is for your Yoctopuce RS-232 sensor adapter.
Close the Configure hub window.
Next up go to TPMS under Configure Data Path. If you don’t see TPMS then send us a note to Info@Valarm.net and we’ll enable it for you.
You probably won’t see all of the information exactly as in the screen shot.
Click the Enable checkbox to enable TPMS.
Enter your RS-232 Adapter ID, which is the serial number you found earlier.
Type in how many tires you’ve got on this vehicle. And enter any notes on your equipment and assets that help you identify and remember this deployment.
You’ll use Yoctopuce’s virtualhub software to configure your RS-232 to read the raw bytes of data from the Doran system and send the TPMS information to Tools.Valarm.net. You’re already familiar with virtualhub from connecting your sensor hubs to Tools.Valarm.net.
You might find this easiest to configure by plugging your RS-232 sensor adapter into your computer for initial configuration.
Click the configure button for your RS-232 sensor adapter in virtualhub.
Change the settings to what you see in the screenshots – Frame-based binary protocol, 19200 baud rate, 8N1 encoding, flow control none, Rx and Tx minimum frame intervals at 2 milliseconds (ms).
You can call it anything you want like DoranTPMS.job or leave it as default.job.
Add a task to your new job file.
Make your task a Reactive task.
Use a custom protocol.
Add a step to expect an argument.
Set your startup job to the new job you just created.
Use your Doran 360MT Programming Tool and use the initial function to read your nearby booster ID
Then you’ll see a Read Success window.
Confirm that the booster ID you want to talk to matches the ID your tool found.
Choose the Add Sensor option on your Doran tool.
Select which tire you’re entering.
Type in your tire sensor ID that’s printed on the sensor ID.
Enter all of your tires and when you’re ready to send the tire sensor ID information to your Doran TPMS booster then go back to the main menu.
Select the option to send tire sensor information to your booster.
You’ll see sending…
And then SET SUCCESS! Without the exclamation point.
Deploy and secure your boxes in your vehicles and you’re good to go!
Now you can go to Tools.Valarm.net with your favorite web browser on any device, like your phone, tablet, or laptop.
When your TPMS system is turned on and connected to Tools.Valarm.net you’ll see tire pressure and temperature information like you see in the screenshot.
If you’ve got GNSS / GPS sensors attached to your sensor hubs then you’ll see all of your information on Esri maps throughout Tools.Valarm.net. You can view the information on 2D maps as well as 3D earth globes.
In the example screenshot you see our TPMS sensor reading measured 30.8 psi (pounds per square inch) of tire pressure. And the tire temperature is 82.4F / 28C.
That’s your step-by-step how to tutorial on linking Doran Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems / TPMS to Tools.Valarm.net.
- Air Quality
- Water or Fluids
- Industrial Equipment and Assets like Pumps and Generators on Fleet Vehicles
Or anything else. Tools.Valarm.net is an open platform so you can use sensors made by any manufacturer, like Doran as you saw in this tutorial. And combine sensors made by different hardware companies for your organization’s particular remote monitoring needs. For example you can integrate sensors from:
- Eno Scientific
- Campbell Scientific
And any other sensors and hardware you need to use with Tools.Valarm.net software.
Take a gander at our Customer Stories Page to see how various industries use Tools.Valarm.net for remote sensor telemetry and monitoring.
How do you share and see all of this information in an easy-to-use dashboard? See our Web Dashboards here.
Please don’t hesitate to Contact Us at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions.