NIS-AN Analogic Sensor (4-20ma,0-10v)

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AN Analogic Sensor

1 General information

1.1 Overview

LoRa™ WAN 1.0.2 EU Class A & C
Activation by Personalization (ABP)
Over-The-Air Activation (OTAA)
SIGFOX™ ready
Fully certified on major LoraWan & Sigfox networks
Easy to use and deploy
3.6V / 2200mAh Primary battery Li-SOCl2 embedded
Magnetic switch and LED to ease the installation
RoHS conform / Pre-Certified ETSI EN 300-220 / RED compliance under certification

1.1.1 RF Performance

  • TX Power 14 dBm (25 mW)
  • RX Sensitivity -137 dBm
  • Approx. 10 km range
  • Integrated PCB antenna

1.1.2 Environment

  • Operating temperature -40°C to +85°C
  • Storage temperature 30°C recommended (to limit battery self-discharge)
  • Rel. humidity 0% to 95% (not condensing)

1.1.3 Options

  • External antenna
  • SDK for your SW development purposes
  • 10-30V external power supply
  • Compatible with the NEMEUS PicoGateway for private networks

1.2 Installation

By using the internal antenna, the position of the sensor is critical.

Install your product as high as possible, and prefer unobstructed area (concrete and metal are the worst materials).

If you cannot fulfill these conditions, it is still possible to use an optional external antenna.

2 Mechanics

  • Dimensions 60 x 95 x 85mm (109mm including fixing brackets)
  • 96mm spacing between brackets
  • IP 65
  • Solid ABS & PC material

3 AN Analogic sensor properties

This sensor board allows monitoring of 4-20mA or 0-10V signal from compatible probe

4 Wiring

picture of sensor pcb and box





4.1 Digital input

4.1.1 Input Electrical Characteristics

Two modes selectable with jumper:

  • Voltage level detection, polarity agnostic
  • Integrated pull-UP for dry contact input
Maximum Input Voltage +/-35V
Detection level VIL 2.1V / VIH 2.3V
Opto-isolated 3,750 Vrms


Label DIGITAL_IN
Label JP1
jumper on 1-2 
Pull down configuration
jumper on 2-3 
Pull up configuration
no jumper 
floating input

4.2 Power output

Label 12V
Software configurable low-current voltage source. Hardware configurable until 15V. Can be used to power sensors


Current sink for 15V output voltage
current sink @15V output current sink @3.6V input Power out (mW) Power in (mW) Efficiency (%)
11mA 69mA 165 248,4 66
12.8mA 79mA 192 284,4 68
15.4mA 95mA 231 342 68
19.2mA 118.9mA 288 428,04 67
25.5mA 143.9mA 382,5 518,04 74
38.0mA 215.7mA 570 776,52 73

4.3 Ground

Label GND

4.4 Analog input

Label ANALOG_IN
12 bit ADC
50Ω input impedance for 4-20mA configuration
11kΩ input impedance for 0-10V configuration

4.4.1 4-20mA mode

High linearity of measurements.

Full table of measurements made with HP34401A
uA measured uA command
54 60
199 204
487 498
996 1002
1490 1501
1989 1992
2337 2341
2572 2583
2962 2972
3683 3691
4045 4051
4442 4450
5042 5051
5533 5534
6018 6022
6532 6541
7005 7012
7500 7508
8035 8041
8511 8516
9016 9024
9522 9529
10032 10044
10537 10546
11045 11062
11543 11549
12010 12013
12507 12524
13020 13032
13553 13565
14053 14063
14527 14534
15063 15068
15524 15530
16035 16042
16512 16518
17020 17034
17521 17535
18059 18067
18511 18526
19023 19038
19511 19533
20057 20075
20546 20563


current measurements results for 4-20mA

4.4.2 0-10V Mode

Full table of measurements made with HP34401A
mV measured mV command
0 0
503 496
1003 993
1502 1493
2002 1988
2502 2487
3002 2985
3501 3480
4002 3978
4501 4477
5001 4972
5501 5470
6000 5970
6500 6467
7000 6963
7499 7462
7999 7955
8499 8453
8999 8952
9499 9447
9998 9945
10498 10444

voltage measurements results for0-10V

4.5 Digital output

4.5.1 Output Electrical Characteristics

  • ESD Protected
  • Thermal shutdown with auto restart
  • Short circuit and overload protection
  • Overvoltage protection
  • Current limitation
  • Can drive resistive, inductive and capacitive loads
Maximum Voltage 42V
ON resistance 50mΩ
Nominal load current 3A


Label DIGITAL_OUT

5 Magnetic Switch Protocol description

5.1 Generic Magnetic Switch Protocol description

Nemeus sensors embed a magnetic switch and a green LED to implement a simple man to machine interface.

The LED blinks every second while the magnet is present.

If the magnet is present during 20 seconds, it triggers an hardware reset.

The 20 seconds range has been cut in 10 timeslots of 2 seconds, the actions performed for each timeslot (TSX) are the following:

  • 0s <= TS1 < 2s: read current state, number of led blinks indicates the following states:
    • 1 blink: standby mode
    • 2 blinks: joint with LoRaWAN network only (Sigfox is disabled)
    • 3 blinks: Sigfox enabled only (no LoRaWAN)
    • 4 blinks: joint with LoRaWAN network and Sigfox is enabled
    • 6 blinks: joining LoRaWAN network (no Sigfox)
    • 8 blinks: joining LoRaWAN network and Sigfox is enabled
    • 9 blinks: measures are ongoing but transmission is forbidden
  • 2s <= TS2 < 4s: switch to normal mode (if not already in normal mode) or force one measure and one Tx (if already in normal mode)
  • 4s <= TS3 < 6s: switch to standby mode, it is the default mode when the device is stored and not yet activated
  • 6s <= TS4 < 8s: perform a warm reset, the device resets and goes back to its previous mode
  • 8s <= TS5 < 10s: forbid transmission, the device still performs measures but never transmit them
  • 10s <= TS6 < 12s: switch to test mode, the device suspends the measures and forbid transmission, then it switches to continuous Rx on a specific channel and wait for test mode commands, if nothing is received after 60 seconds then it goes back to its previous mode. During test mode the led blinks and the magnetic switch is disabled.
  • 12s <= TS7 < 14s: no action
  • 14s <= TS8 < 16s: no action
  • 16s <= TS9 < 18s: no action
  • 18s <= TS10 < 20s: no action
  • 20s <= TSHw: hardware reset

When the magnet is removed, the LED blinks fast X times, X identifies the timeslot (1 to 10).


5.1.1 Standby mode

It is the default mode set in factory, the device does nothing and consumes few µA (consumption depends on the sensor type).


5.1.2 Normal mode

The first time the device switches to normal mode, it performs the join procedure with the LoRaWAN network.

Then it performs a first measure and transmits it to the network whatever the number of measures required to trigger a transmission.

Finally it performs measures according to the configured period and transmits them according to configured number of measures required to trigger a transmission.


5.1.3 Forbid transmission mode

In this mode the device performs measures according to the configured period but never transmits them to the LoRaWAN network. This mode is mainly used in R&D phase to tune the measure algorithm, it shouldn’t be used when the device is deployed.


5.1.4 Test mode

This mode is used to modify the device configuration over the air using a Nemeus tool, this tool must be in the vicinity of the device. A security key is used to authenticate the Nemeus tool and the device.


5.1.5 Warm reset

The warm reset restarts the device and put it in its previous state. For example, if the device was joining the network, it restarts its join procedure. If it was already joint and performing periodic measures then it transmits the first measure and restarts the periodic measures.

6 Radio frames description

6.1 Generic Application Protocol description

6.1.1 Nemeus uplink protocol

Nemeus uplink protocol is used to send sensor data to application server. The payload contains the following fields:

  • <mask>: At least 1 byte containing a bit field identifying the fields included in the frame. The meaning of the mask is specific to the couple device/port. Thus, the application server knows the mask meaning according to the data profile linked to the couple device/port. The most significant bit of the <mask> is used to extend the mask on the next byte: 1 means not extended (mask is on 7 bits) and 0 means extended (mask is on 14 bits). When extended, the following byte can also be extended according to its most significant bit. When the <mask> field is on several bytes, it is encoded in little endian (LSB first). For example, a <mask> coded on 2 bytes like “00100001 11001100” will be on 14 bits: “10011000100001”. Each bit indicates the presence/absence of a field. When a field is present, it appears in the frame according to the bit position (beginning with the least significant bit).
  • <field1>: first data field identified by the data profile linked to the couple device/port.
  • <fieldN>: last data field identified by the data profile linked to the couple device/port.

6.1.2 Nemeus downlink protocol

Nemeus downlink protocol is used to exchange commands between application servers (located in network infra or in configuration PC) and sensor embedded applications.

Application port is used to address an application (application ports are bound with LoRaWAN ports). Thus, the protocol consists in a binary payload exchanged on a port. The payload contains the following fields:

  • <cmd>: 1 byte identifying an applicative command/response.
  • <mask>: At least 1 byte containing a bit field identifying the fields included in the frame. See uplink protocol above for description.
  • <field1>: first data field identified by the data profile linked to the couple device/port.
  • <fieldN>: last data field identified by the data profile linked to the couple device/port.

Most significant bit of <cmd> field specifies if response is expected by the server or not (commands of type “set” doesn’t require any answer, especially when radio interface is used).

<cmd> values are defined for each application port (e.g. <cmd> value 0x01 has a different meaning on port 1 than on port 2).

A response reuse the same <cmd> as the received command, except the most significant bit which is forced to 0 (because a response doesn’t expect any response). The response <mask> indicates which fields of the command have been actually processed.

When a parameter type size is more than one byte, it is encoded in little endian (LSB first).

Downlink command may be received either from network application server or from PC configuration tool through AT command.

The generic application AT command is used:

AT+GA=DIND,<port>,<hexpayload>.

6.2 Uplink data Frame format

The uplink payload contains multiple fields:

<mask>: bit field on 1 byte indicating the presence of other fields. Bit 7 is always to 1 because the mask is never extended on next byte.

bit 0 : indicates the presence of <nb_meas> field.

bit 1 : indicates the presence of <analog_meas> field.

bit 2 : indicates the presence of <voltage> field.

bit 3 : indicates the presence of <internal_temp> field.

bit 4 : is reserved.

bit 5 : indicates the presence of <cause> field.

When bit 0 is not set, it means that other fields are present only once (nb_meas = 1).

if (mask.bit0 == 1) :

   <nb_meas>: 1 byte containing the number of measurements which follows.

if (mask.bit1 == 1) :

   <analog_meas>: 2*<nb_meas> bytes containing the analog measure values in mV or µA. Each measure value is a signed integer on 16 bits in big endian [-32768..+32767].

if (mask.bit2 == 1) :

   <voltage>: 2*<nb_meas> bytes containing the voltage values measured by the sensor in millivolts. Each voltage value is an unsigned integer on 16 bits in big endian.

if (mask.bit3 == 1)

  <internal_temp>: 1*<nb_meas> bytes containing the internal temperature values (using MCU internal sensor). Each temperature value is a signed integer on 8 bits in big endian in °C [-128..+127].

if (mask.bit5 == 1) :

   <cause>: 1 byte containing the cause of the uplink frame. It is a bit field:
       Bit 0 indicates a periodic measure
       Bit 1 indicates the high threshold exceeding (analog_meas > high threshold)
       Bit 2 indicates the high hysteresis exceeding (analog_meas < high threshold - high hysteresis)
       Bit 3 indicates the low threshold exceeding (analog_meas < low threshold)
       Bit 4 indicates the low hysteresis exceeding (analog_meas > low threshold + low hysteresis)
       Bit 5 indicates the measure has been forced manually (with magnetic switch)
   Usually <cause> field is absent when threshold detections are disabled (periodic measures only)

Thus the uplink frame format is <mask><nb_meas><analog_meas1>...<analog_measN><voltage1>...<voltageN><internal_temp1>...<internal_tempN><cause>

Default <mask> value is 0x8B which means that the default frame is <mask><nb_meas><analog_meas1>...<analog_measN><internal_temp1>...<internal_tempN>

Some examples (in hexadecimal):

   “820239”: the frame indicates one analog measurement of 5689 mV or µA.
   “8302128E2533”: the frame indicates two analog measurements of 4750mV or µA and 9523 mV or µA.

6.3 Downlink Frame format

The sensor configuration contains the following fields:

   <up_frame_mask>: the mask identifying the different fields present in uplink frames (possible values are described in “Uplink data Frame format” section)
   <nb_meas_for_tx>: the number of measures required to trigger a transmission (possible values are [1..8]
   <meas_period>: the period of the measures in <perdiod_unit> seconds(possible values are [600..65535]
   <period_unit>: the unit of <meas_period> in seconds, the resulting period is <meas_perios>*<period_unit> seconds
   <mode>: bit field enabling/disabling the measures (threshold detections and periodic measures)
   <subperiod>: subdivision of period for threshold detection, actual measurement period is (<meas_period>*<period_unit>)/<subperiod> seconds
   <high_threshold>: value of high threshold
   <high_hysteresis>: value of high hysteresis
   <low_threshold>: value of low threshold
   <low_hysteresis>: value of low hysteresis
   <pwr_on_duration>: value in ms to wait between sensor power-on and measure reading

It is possible to change the sensor configuration using the Nemeus downlink protocol. The downlink frame must be sent on the MS008 LoRaWAN port (11).

The downlink frame has the following format:

<cmd>: 1 byte containing WRITE_CFG_CMD=0x02

<mask>: bit field on 1 byte indicating the presence of other fields. Most significant bit (bit7) is always to 1 because the mask is never extended on next byte.

Bit0 indicates the presence of <up_frame_mask> field

Bit1 indicates the presence of <nb_meas_for_tx> field

Bit2 indicates the presence of <meas_period> and <period_unit> fields

Bit3 indicates the presence of <mode> and <subperiod> fields

Bit4 indicates the presence of <high_threshold> and <high_hysteresis> fields

Bit5 indicates the presence of <low_threshold> and <low_hysteresis> fields

Bit6 indicates the presence of <pwr_on_duration> field

If (mask.bit0 == 1):

   <up_frame_mask>: 1 byte containing the uplink frame mask

If (mask.bit1 == 1):

   <nb_meas_for_tx>: 1 byte containing the number of measurements required to trigger a transmission

If (mask.bit2 == 1):

   <meas_period>: 2 bytes in little endian (LSB first) containing the period of measurements in <period_unit> seconds
   <period_unit>: 1 byte containing the unit of <meas_period> in seconds (default value is 1 second)

If (mask.bit3 == 1):

   <mode>: 1 byte encoded as follows:
       bit0: enable(1)/disable(0) high threshold detection
       bit1: enable(1)/disable(0) high hysteresis detection (when leaving high threshold state)
       bit2: enable(1)/disable(0) low threshold detection
       bit3: enable(1)/disable(0) low hysteresis detection (when leaving low threshold state)
       bit4: enable(1)/disable(0) periodic measurements
       bit5: reserved
       bit6: 0-10V(1)/4-20mA(0)
       bit7: reserved
   <subperiod>: 2 bytes in little endian containing the period subdivision

If (mask.bit4 == 1):

   <high_threshold>: signed integer on 2 bytes in little endian containing the high threshold in mV [0..+9999] or µA [+4000..+19999]
   <high_hysteresis>: unsigned integer on 1 byte containing the hysteresis when leaving high threshold state in 100 mV or 100 µA [0..255]

If (mask.bit5 == 1):

   <low_threshold>: signed integer on 2 bytes in little endian containing the low threshold in mV [+1..+10000] or µA [+4001..+20000]
   <low_hysteresis>: unsigned integer on 1 byte containing the hysteresis when leaving low threshold state in 100 mV or 100 µA [0..255]

If (mask.bit6 == 1):

   <pwr_on_duration>: unsigned integer on 2 bytes containing the delay in ms [0..65535]

Thus the downlink frame format is <cmd><mask><up_frame_mask><nb_meas_for_tx><meas_period><period_unit><mode><subperiod><high_threshold><high_hysteresis><low_threshold> <low_hysteresis><pwr_on_duration>.

Some examples in hexadecimal:

   “028182”: set the <up_frame_mask> to 0x82 => the next uplink frames will include the <analog_meas> field only
   “028E04605401100100”: set <nb_meas_for_tx> to 4, <meas_period> to 21600*<period_unit> seconds, <period_unit> to 1 second and enable periodic measurements only with subperiod to 1 => one measurement every 6 hours and one transmission every 4 measures (every day). Each uplink frame will include 4 measurements

6.4 Power consumption

Power consumption calculator based on the number of measurements and transmissions.