How long can the Captis battery last?

It is a factor of the passive sensor demand and the log frequency. The log frequency impacts the battery from both the power needed to take a measurement and the power needed to transfer its data to a data platform. The Captis is good for 5000 data transfers if there is reasonable connectivity and if the sensor does not draw much power. We have had a project with these conditions last the typical equivalent of 5 years.


Is the Captis battery rechargeable?

No, but there is a solar version which is being discussed if it could additionally be plugged into mains power.


Can the Captis be mains powered?

Yes, there is a DIN rail version but it is not specifically designed to be low power.


Can the sensor be set to perform high frequency logging on an external trigger?

Yes, however the trigger will only be acknowledged when the Captis next generates a log, e.g. if the logging frequency is 15min, then the trigger may only be acknowledged as late as 15min after the event. But once it is detected, the fast logging can be as frequent as 10 seconds.
There is also an option for the Captis to send its data immediately after a trigger condition is met. Cumulocity can then pick up on the  alarm once the data comes is and then send an email to those who need to be alerted of the trigger. Verge have also developed apps that check for the Cumulocity alarms and immediately notify the user of an event.

When can I expect to see a return on investment on IoT outlay?

We say a well implemented solution has returns in the 1000s of percent. We have a customer that's been liberated through Verge Solutions IoT.  He previously was doing 320km 2.5 X per week, and has deployed 1 Verge remote tank monitoring system, so travelling has ceased. Based on a cost of $0.68c/km his yearly saving is $28K. On top of that the travel time is cut by 10 hours per week, and conservatively at $30/h savings = $15K. Now the main savings are coming from what he can now be doing. As he has reduced his time per week from 10 hours to 7 minutes. (1 minute per day checking data)  That means they can manage 85 times the number of farms. So forget the 5% at the bank, this is 8000%.

 I cant see the menu for Captis Configuration, what is wrong? Also if you dont see any graphs other than signal strength

Its possible that your tenancy doesn't have a SmartREST template.  Look up Device Type on the left of your Cumulocity page, when you open that you should see "SmartREST" if its not there, Telstra will need to apply it. 

Why are my settings being rejected?

It is because of an illegal character or a setting that conflicts with another.  Examples are in Modbus naming fields you have not used an Alpha Numeric character and for all loggers if you set log intervals that are larger than send intervals, an also a time of day send when your sending interval is larger than a day. 

Can the Captis be used to control a pump

The Telstra Captis runs on a new cellular technology (NBIoT)  that allows for low power devices to connect over long distances, So where it works well is in monitoring situations.

It will log at a programmed interval and send at a programmed interval (so not permanently connected – which makes pump control difficult) 

If a threshold is exceeded then the logger can locally control the pump, and as part of this output data can also be sent immediately and more frequently. 

Complete device management (like the updates on your phone) and data management and settings management is done through the Telstra Cloud, its done that way for security reasons.