Over The Air Updates June 2021

Version 2021-6-7

:spiral_calendar: Published July 3, 2021

Zone Health Card

The new Light Bar / Zone Health card lets you control physical lamps representing situational health.

This actuates three digital outputs (like dry-contact relays) one per color, and can be connected to overall controller health for a physical health indication.

Light Bar

Apogee ePAR and FAR-PAR sensors

Apogee intruments has a new line of PAR sensors for detecting the FAR-RED spectrum above the traditional 700nm range.

Apogee ePAR Sensor

The ePAR sensor incorporates the higher range into the single PPFD reading

Apogee EPAR

Apogee PAR-FAR Sensor

The PAR-FAR sensor is two sensors in one - a full spectrum PAR sensor and a FAR-RED PAR sensor. This sensor has two outputs and consumes two input channels on the Opto22 RIO.

Apogee Far Par

PAR Sensor Integration

These new integrations can be found in the PAR Sensor card when adding a new sensor to the room.

Apogee Far Par

Test Harness Card

This card lets advanced users inspect (probe) any input, output, or configuration of any card.

It can also be used as a signal generator to set card configuration or input. The signal generator also exposes these as output channels so other cards can directly connect to the signal for their output.

It can be used for fine grained manual control, and to help understand the internal I/O of any card.

Test Harness

Expanded Insights

This release rounds out insights by exposing all digital (on/off) and analog (numeric) outputs of every card.

Dashboards for these new metrics are available by clicking the metrics link from the card, or by selecting the Insights menu item.

Security & Stability Improvements

  • The lock icons on the HMI were preventing some cards from updating. The intention of the HMI locks is to prevent accidental HMI changes, not to lock the card for remote updates.

  • Cards can now be remotely updated by programs and other cards with the HMI lock in the locked position.

  • United States phone carriers recently implemented restrictive long-code SMS messaging originating from apps in an attempt to reduce the amount of spam and fraud being carried out over text messaging. These restrictions differ by country and would require an additional pricing structure for SMS warnings and alerts.

  • Microclimates is in the process of developing a mobile application, allowing notifications to be sent directly to the application within the mobile device. Email notifications are still active, and will be the primary notification channel until the mobile application is released.

  • DNS errors caused by disconnected or poor internet were causing instability issues.

  • The instability issues were resolved, but a reminder to connect to the internet at least monthly to receive OTA updates, and synchronize clocks to the atomic clock.