Overview

UpKeep Sensors is advanced IoT technology that keeps you connected with your assets, no matter where you are. It’s designed for the most demanding reliability engineers who want to take their maintenance organizations to the next level.

UpKeep Sensors includes 3 components:

  • Easy to install wireless sensors that work right out of the box

  • A cellular 4G LTE gateway that transmits sensor readings to the cloud

  • The Sensor Dashboard, where you can view sensor data, set alerts, track incidents, and trigger work orders or requests

All three of these components work together to give you a comprehensive view of your assets and facilities.

How it works

Below you’ll find a general overview of how UpKeep Sensors works and what kind of functionality you can expect.  For further detail, take a look at the other sections of this guide.

Setting up your sensors

To get your sensors up and running all you need to do is:

  1. Access the Sensor Dashboard (https://sensors.onupkeep.com or click the blue Sensors icon in the UpKeep website)
  2. Connect your gateway(s) by scanning the QR code on the bottom of the gateway and plugging it in
  3. Connect your sensors by scanning the QR code on the side (or bottom) of the sensor and then adding the included AA batteries

Up to 100 sensors can connect to a given gateway.  Just make sure the sensors are within 1,000 feet of the gateway and the gateway will start picking up the sensor transmissions automatically.  If you are in an obstructed area (e.g. there are a lot of thick, metal walls in the way), you will need to move the sensors closer to the gateway, typically within 250 – 300 feet.

For more detail on setup, see the Quick Start guide here.

Collecting readings

  • The sensors take readings at regular intervals (as often as once every 10 minutes)

  • The sensors transmit these readings via radio signals to the cellular gateway

  • The gateway then transmits the readings to the cloud where we process the readings and make them available in the Sensor Dashboard

Managing gateways and sensors

To keep your sensors and gateways organized you can:

  • Add, edit, and delete gateways and sensors

  • Name gateways and sensors and also associate them with UpKeep Assets and Locations

  • Adjust how often sensors transmit readings. Sensors can transmit readings as often as once every 10 minutes.

Viewing readings

To monitor your assets and facilities you can:

  • Get the latest readings and a 24 hour overview at a glance
  • Drill down and get detailed readings for up to 30 days for any given sensor

  • Filter sensors by asset, location, sensor name, or sensor ID

  • Export readings from as far back as you wish to a CSV file (a spreadsheet file viewable in Google Sheets or Excel)

Alerts and incidents

Get notified whenever something goes wrong:

  • Set alerts that trigger anytime a sensor reading falls out of range

  • When an alert is triggered, you’ll be notified via email and/or text message and an Incident will be created in the Sensor Dashboard. Incidents will allow you to track which sensors are out of range.