Remotely Monitoring Soil Moisture and Soil Temperature with Valarm Tools Cloud
This is a Decagon GS3 soil moisture sensor. It measures soil moisture and soil temperature. In the field, you’ll bury the soil moisture sensor in the area of the soil that you need to monitor.
The white wire from the GS3 connects to the PWR terminal in the green connection block on the serial sensor adapter.
The Red wire connects to RD / Receive Data. And the silver ground wire connects to the ground port.
The Decagon GS3 soil moisture sensor reports 3 parameter values for each reading. You can map these values to any field / column, like User1, User2, User3, on Tools.Valarm.net.
The 1st sensor parameter value is Dielectric. The 2nd parameter is temperature in Celsius. The 3rd parameter is Electrical conductivity in uS/cm.
You can use this script .job file (remember to change the file type to .job) with Yocto-Serial sensor adapters to automatically ask the soil moisture sensor for its latest values at regular intervals.
In the photo you see an example of a serial sensor adapter inside a weatherproof Valarm remote monitoring box.
Each Decagon GS3 soil moisture sensor enters the box through a cable gland and attaches to the serial sensor adapter as detailed above.
Just need to monitor soil moisture?
Have a look at this step-by-step video tutorial on monitoring soil moisture with a Decagon GS1 soil moisture sensor and Valarm Tools Cloud.
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