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ELA T/ELA RHT Tags in Telematics Guru (Cold Chain)

ELA T and ELA RHT Bluetooth® tags can be integrated with our range of BLE Gateway devices. 

In the APAC region, they can be purchased from M2M Connectivity.

Our BLE gateway devices scan for all tags within range, and keep a list in memory. This list is uploaded to the server periodically. Tags are then displayed on the Tag Map in Telematics Guru. This flexible format means when any gateway sees a tag in it's vicinity, we can receive a new tag update. 

For many cold chain applications, like simply reporting the temperature in the back of a cold truck - the gateway and tag may always stay within range. The gateway and tag are both permanently located/mounted in the truck. In this case, we can instead map 2 x ELA T or RHT tags to device analogues. This limits the the device to reading from only 2 tags at a time, but brings other benefits.

Supported Devices:

  • G120: Firmware 2.25+, BLE FW 2.5+
  • Oyster Edge - Integration Pending 
  • Remora3 - Integration Pending

Key Benefits over 'tag lists':

  • No TG-TAG fees per tag
  • Tag temp values are written to gateway device analogues meaning:
    • Temp values appear in Live-view Popup
    • Asset Health Tracking can be utilised
    • Alerts can be configured on tag values. 

Setup

ELA Tag Setup

We must first configure the ELA Tags. Consult ELA documentation for full details on this process this is an overview of the steps.

We can configure ELA Tags using the ELA Innovations Device Manager Mobile App:

Alternatively, an NFC Reader is available from ELA which can be connected to a PC to manage this via a computer - which may be more convenient when programming many tags. 

We must set the tags to send Manufacturer Data in their payload. 

  1. Enable NFC on your mobile device
  2. Open the ELA Mobile app
  3. Click on Configuration
  4. Scan the tag by holding your mobile device directly above the ELA tag
  5. Once the tag has been read, click on the TAG PARAMETERS tab
  6. Enable Manufacturer Data Mode

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Gateway Setup

G120

1. Update Device Firmware

Ensure the device firmware is set to 2.25 or above. Update to the latest if available. 

2. Update BLE Firmware

The process is the same to update BLE firmware as the main device firmware above. Set to 2.5 or above. Head here:

Revision is given by the number after the decimal point. i.e. 79.2 is Rev2

3. Configure Parameters

3.1 Configure BLE Scanning Globally


3.2 Enable continuous scanning, and configure ELA Tags under Tag Type

3.3 Configure ELA Tag Mapping Parameters

  • Add the tag name as printed on the Tag
  • Enable Logging = Yes
  • If we want these logs to force an upload, set upload on log to Yes. 
    • In trip, the modem is always on so these logs always get through. 
    • Setting this to Yes means even when the G120 is parked we'll still get regular updates when the asset is parked. 
  • Log interval of 5 mins means we get a temp update every 5 min. Set this to desired interval. 
  • Temperature is written to Analogue 8 of the G120
  • If using a second tag with this G120 - add the 2nd ELA tab, make sure you set different analogue mappings. 

TG Setup/Reports

Create Analogue Mapping in TG

Create an I/O mapping in TG, the same as you set your Analogue Mappings in device parameters. Conversion factor is 0.01. This tells TG the data coming in via Analogue 8 is the ELA Tag's temperature.

Alerts

More detail on alerts - Getting Started - Alerts

We can then alert on the analogue which we've mapped the temperature to. 


If we require another alert for when the temperature has returned to normal range, we can check this box and include a custom message :


Reports

Event Detail Report

To report on all times the asset has breached the allowable temperature range, we can map the alert to an event. 

1. Create an Event Type

2. Map the Alert to this event

3. Then the Event Detail or Event Summary Report can be run.

Current temperature reading of all assets

The Asset Analogue Value report can be run to display the current value in device analogues. Which will give the temperature of all assets at the time the report is run. 

Graph Temperature over time

The Asset Analogue Graph can be run for this

Asset Health

Asset Health Tracking can be used:


Troubleshooting and other notes

Problems Reading Tags

If you are facing issues with limited range or if the tags are often not being ready by gateways.

  • Check the advertising interval configured on the tag. If it's very long, the gateway might miss the updates occasionally. Interval under 10 seconds should work well
  • Increase 'Tag Expiry Time' for the Gateway - Only supported on devices like the G120 and Eagle where 'BLE Continuous Tag scanning' is featured. If the tag only broadcasts every 35 seconds, and you missed a single broadcast - then the gateway would count the tag as 'lost' and drop it off the list.  Since you didn't hear from it for 70 sec.


  • We have found that the Coin T has a lower range than the Puck T - this difference may be seen with all other Coin/Puck products.

Monitoring Tag Battery Life

The tag voltage is not reported to Telematics Guru. However tag battery life is easy to predict. At a given transmit power and update rate, we can determine accurately the battery life. 

ELA have some handy Battery life curves, used to estimate Battery life. We simply need to work out the battery life and ensure to replace the tags or batteries on this schedule. You could use this with TG's Scheduled Maintenance Reminders (SMR) to manage battery replacements.  

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