This website allows you to see data from your Chameleon sensors.
Let us assume you have just buried your sensor array in a tomato crop growing in Plot 4 on your farm called 'Sunrise'.
You will need to go through the following steps:
Continue reading for detailed instructions.
Farm: On this website, a 'farm' is a loose term to define a specific site that grows crops.
A farm may consist of:
Irrigation Bay: An Irrigation Bay is defined as a plot of land where the irrigation can be uniquely controlled.
Some examples are:
Sensor Array: A number of sensors buried at one location in the field to measure soil water status at different depths.
The original Chameleon Sensor Array is comprised of four Chameleon Sensors that are buried at different depths.
The current Chameleon Sensor Array is comprised of a temperature & ID sensor, plus three Chameleon Sensors. The Chameleon Sensors are buried at different depths and the temperature sensor is buried with the middle sensor.
Users: are assigned to one or more farms where they can view their data. Users can only make changes for farms they are assigned.
If you are part of a CSIRO project, you will be issued with a login username and password.
If you purchased a Chameleon Wi-Fi Reader from https://viashop.csiro.au/ you will be emailed a username and password.
Visit https://via.farm and use the 'Log In' button at the top of the screen.
Click 'My Farms' on the left-hand menu.
First login to https://via.farm (as above).
Once you have named your farm, you can create an Irrigation Bay.
To create an Irrigation Bay:
Each farm can have a number of irrigation bays.
Data from the sensor array can be uploaded to the website automatically via a Wi-Fi Access Point using the Wi-Fi hotspot on a Smartphone.
Alternatively, you can write down the colours and then enter the data manually into the website.
If you have the original red Chameleon then your only option is to manually enter the data.
When using the Wi-Fi option, the data is automatically added to your farm on the website.
You must upload at least one sensor record before you can assign a sensor array to your Irrigation Bay. This is because website needs to capture the unique identification code of your sensor array.
You can do this before or after the sensor array is installed in the ground.
Before you can upload data to the website you must connect or 'pair' your Chameleon reader to a Wi-Fi Access Point. See: How to setup your Chameleon Wi-Fi Reader
Once the Wi-Fi reader is paired with a Wi-Fi Access Point, upload your first sensor record:
You are now ready to go the via.farm website and setup this sensor array:
If all goes well you will see a message 'Successfully claimed sensor XXXX to irrigation bay YYYY.'
Your Sensor Array is now
Skip to Setting up a Crop below.
If you are not using Wi-Fi, but are recording the Chameleon colours manually, you can still view the data on the website.
The Sensor Array is now
A manual Sensor Array will be listed on the Configure Farm page under the heading 'Sensor Arrays' and have a Sensor ID of 'None'.
To add sensor records:
The sensor record will now form part of the visualisation.
Continue to add all data records for this sensor.
If you make an error, you can delete single records by click the Delete icon in the table below, then re-enter that record.
Sensor data can only be entered against a manual Sensor Array. You cannot add data to a sensor array that is collecting data automatically by Wi-Fi.
After setting up the sensor array, you assign a crop to the sensors. This allows you to view the sensor data as a "visualisation" or colour pattern over a specific time period. The same sensor array can then be used for another crop as the seasons change. A new crop will be assigned to the sensor array, with
To set up a crop: