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  1. open Anaconda Navigator launch Spyder click 'Open File' and select "node_builder.py" under "\Documents\anvil"
    • open Anaconda Navigator

    • launch Spyder

    • click 'Open File' and select "node_builder.py" under "\Documents\anvil"

    • click the 'Run' button

    • visit this link to get started: Node Builder

  2. Obtain a solar panel with the appropriate metal plate. Obtain the correctly bend metal plate. The enclosure is the box where the sensor board, and wires are kept to protect from the environment.
    • Obtain a solar panel with the appropriate metal plate.

    • Obtain the correctly bend metal plate.

    • The enclosure is the box where the sensor board, and wires are kept to protect from the environment.

    • Obtain the enclosure with the predrilled holes.

  3. Obtain the solar panel extension cable Obtain heat-shrink tubing and place it around the cable Cover the connection between the solar panel wire and the extension cable with the heat-shrink tubing. Then, use a heat gun to shrink the tubing, creating a water-tight seal around the connection
    • Obtain the solar panel extension cable

    • Obtain heat-shrink tubing and place it around the cable

    • Cover the connection between the solar panel wire and the extension cable with the heat-shrink tubing. Then, use a heat gun to shrink the tubing, creating a water-tight seal around the connection

  4. Trim the solar panel extension wire so there is approximately 20 inches of wire from the connection point Strip the wires as shown in the image
    • Trim the solar panel extension wire so there is approximately 20 inches of wire from the connection point

    • Strip the wires as shown in the image

    • Twist the ends of the wires

  5. Attach the solar panel onto the metal plate. Using screws and a screw driver, screw the solar panel into these holes. Now that the solar panel is attached to the metal plate, attach the metal plate onto the lid of the enclosure Note: the tall side of the metal plate should be on the same side of the enclosure as the holes for the ultrasonic sensor and cable glands.
    • Attach the solar panel onto the metal plate.

    • Using screws and a screw driver, screw the solar panel into these holes. Now that the solar panel is attached to the metal plate, attach the metal plate onto the lid of the enclosure

    • Note: the tall side of the metal plate should be on the same side of the enclosure as the holes for the ultrasonic sensor and cable glands.

    • The screws and nuts should be screwed in this matter in the holes on the sides of the box lid (meaning the nut is on the outside)

  6. Obtain velcro Add velcro with soft side inside the enclosure in the following places
    • Obtain velcro

    • Add velcro with soft side inside the enclosure in the following places

  7. Now we need to insert the red extension wire from the solar panel into the enclosure box Obtain a cable gland Screw the cable gland into the wall of the enclosure, through the small hole, as shown
    • Now we need to insert the red extension wire from the solar panel into the enclosure box

    • Obtain a cable gland

    • Screw the cable gland into the wall of the enclosure, through the small hole, as shown

    • Place an o-ring between the cable gland and outer-wall of the enclosure

    • Insert the solar panel extension wire into the cable gland as shown, leaving approximately 8 inches of wire inside the enclosure

  8. Obtain a plugable header and ensure the ends of the wires are twisted Screw the wires into the plugable header as shown in the picture
    • Obtain a plugable header and ensure the ends of the wires are twisted

    • Screw the wires into the plugable header as shown in the picture

    • Note: hand tight is just right.

  9. Solder a 3-prong terminal block to the ground, power, and data (#5) through-holes on the depth sensor For organization, bind three wires (red, white, and black) with a small piece of shrink wrap Connect the wires as shown in the picture (black to ground, red to power, white for data)
    • Solder a 3-prong terminal block to the ground, power, and data (#5) through-holes on the depth sensor

    • For organization, bind three wires (red, white, and black) with a small piece of shrink wrap

    • Connect the wires as shown in the picture (black to ground, red to power, white for data)

  10. Assemble the depth sensor by adding the o-rings, and the connective wires in the order pictured, leaving the nut ring to the side Note that the connective wires connect the depth sensor to the sensor node board. Remember, red wire is responsible for power, black is for ground, and white is for data Place the depth sensor through the larger hole, and secure it firmly by tightening the nut ring
    • Assemble the depth sensor by adding the o-rings, and the connective wires in the order pictured, leaving the nut ring to the side

    • Note that the connective wires connect the depth sensor to the sensor node board. Remember, red wire is responsible for power, black is for ground, and white is for data

    • Place the depth sensor through the larger hole, and secure it firmly by tightening the nut ring

    • Make sure the nut ring is tightened securely as it will keep the enclosure water-tight

  11. Obtain the cell module (modem), GPS, and antenna Insert SIM card into cell module Attach the GPS to the connection shown (grey wire)
    • Obtain the cell module (modem), GPS, and antenna

    • Insert SIM card into cell module

    • Attach the GPS to the connection shown (grey wire)

    • Attach the antenna to the connection shown (black wire)

  12. Attach rough-sided velcro on the antenna and GPS as shown in the picture.
    • Attach rough-sided velcro on the antenna and GPS as shown in the picture.

  13. Obtain velcro and lithium ion 3.7V battery. Attach rough side of velcro on battery Be very careful not to short the battery by touching the two wires together. Obtain a block plug.
    • Obtain velcro and lithium ion 3.7V battery. Attach rough side of velcro on battery

    • Be very careful not to short the battery by touching the two wires together.

    • Obtain a block plug.

    • Twist the wires of the battery so they fit nicely in the plugable-header block

    • Screw the wires into the block plug

    • Note: hand tight is just right.

  14. Obtain one battery, 4 zip ties, foam, and a pair of scissors Cut out two battery-sized pieces of foam Sandwich the battery between the two pieces of foam and secure it using the zip-ties. Connect the zip-ties to make two extra long zip-ties
    • Obtain one battery, 4 zip ties, foam, and a pair of scissors

    • Cut out two battery-sized pieces of foam

    • Sandwich the battery between the two pieces of foam and secure it using the zip-ties. Connect the zip-ties to make two extra long zip-ties

  15. Obtain eight 1.5-inch long standoffs. Screw the standoffs together as shown, to make four 3-inch long standoffs Screw the standoffs into the enclosure Insert battery into the enclosure. Make sure the wire is on the sensor-side of the enclosure
    • Obtain eight 1.5-inch long standoffs. Screw the standoffs together as shown, to make four 3-inch long standoffs

    • Screw the standoffs into the enclosure

    • Insert battery into the enclosure. Make sure the wire is on the sensor-side of the enclosure

  16. Obtain Open-Storm board and place 4 jumpers in the spots shown Insert microSD card into board Attach the cellular module onto the sensor node board in the appropriate place
    • Obtain Open-Storm board and place 4 jumpers in the spots shown

    • Insert microSD card into board

    • Attach the cellular module onto the sensor node board in the appropriate place

  17. Put the board on top of the standoffs in the enclosure, and screw it in using a screw driver Connect the depth sensor wire as shown
    • Put the board on top of the standoffs in the enclosure, and screw it in using a screw driver

    • Connect the depth sensor wire as shown

    • Connect the solar panel wire to the board as shown

    • Connect the battery wire to the board as shown

  18. Attach the antenna, and the GPS on the velcro to the closest wall on the inside of the enclosure
    • Attach the antenna, and the GPS on the velcro to the closest wall on the inside of the enclosure

  19. apply the open-storm sticker to the side of the enclosure as shown apply the unique node ID sticker to the two spots shown print a label with the unique node ID that appears on the sticker using the label maker
    • apply the open-storm sticker to the side of the enclosure as shown

    • apply the unique node ID sticker to the two spots shown

    • print a label with the unique node ID that appears on the sticker using the label maker

    • apply the label to the board as shown

  20. Fold wire over itself so that the portion above the hose clamp won't have slack when the black wire section is pressed against the inside of the panel Obtain a hose clamp, and secure the red part of the wire to the black section using a drill fitted with the drill bit Wrap a zip tie around the wire as shown.
    • Fold wire over itself so that the portion above the hose clamp won't have slack when the black wire section is pressed against the inside of the panel

    • Obtain a hose clamp, and secure the red part of the wire to the black section using a drill fitted with the drill bit

    • Wrap a zip tie around the wire as shown.

    • Use a second zip tie to connect the ends of the first one

  21. Use a clamp to tighten the zip tie Position each zip tie head as shown while tightening Clip excess zip tie as close as possible
    • Use a clamp to tighten the zip tie

    • Position each zip tie head as shown while tightening

    • Clip excess zip tie as close as possible

  22. Obtain USB power supply, plug into a laptop, and set output to 5.9V Check the voltage with a voltmeter (you may have to set the power supply to ~5.8V for the voltmeter to read 5.9V) Plug in the green terminal block from the power supply into the Open-Storm board solar port.
    • Obtain USB power supply, plug into a laptop, and set output to 5.9V

    • Check the voltage with a voltmeter (you may have to set the power supply to ~5.8V for the voltmeter to read 5.9V)

    • Plug in the green terminal block from the power supply into the Open-Storm board solar port.

    • Confirm the solar charge LED is off.

    • Plug in a dead battery to the battery port. This step will not work with a charged battery

    • CAREFULLY turn the silver potentiometer next to the charge controller IC with a small flathead screw driver until the charge light turns on.

    • Although the screw has a phillip screw head, using a phillip screwdriver may damage the potentiometer. The hole in the center is too shallow for most screwdrivers. It is easier to use a flathead screwdriver!

    • Resource: 1. How to Select MPP Voltage on a Solar Charge Controller 2. Sunny Buddy Solar Charger V13 Hookup Guide

  23. log in to your twilio account. Ask for your umich email to be added to our lab's twilio base if it is not already click on the ellipses (...) symbol in the top-left corner click on the 'Internet of Things' tab on the left side
    • log in to your twilio account. Ask for your umich email to be added to our lab's twilio base if it is not already

    • click on the ellipses (...) symbol in the top-left corner

    • click on the 'Internet of Things' tab on the left side

  24. click 'Programmable Wireless' tab click the 'SIMs' tab select '100 per page' to make it easier to search for your SIM
    • click 'Programmable Wireless' tab

    • click the 'SIMs' tab

    • select '100 per page' to make it easier to search for your SIM

    • obtain the last 4 digits of the SIM you installed in the back of the modem

    • use a control+f search to locate which entry corresponds to your SIM. Click on the entry

    • set the 'Unique Name' field to be the 4-digit unique node ID found on the node ID sticker

    • make sure the 'Rate Plan' is set to '100 MB Rate Plan' and the status is set to 'Active'

    • don't forget to hit 'Save' in the bottom left corner

  25. obtain a master lock and a pair of scissors cut the lock and key out of the packaging set the lock to the default combination, 0-0-0-0, open the lock
    • obtain a master lock and a pair of scissors

    • cut the lock and key out of the packaging

    • set the lock to the default combination, 0-0-0-0, open the lock

    • put the key into the lock and twist clockwise 90 degrees

    • while the key is still twisted, set the combo to 2-2-4-5

    • remove the key, and the lock is ready to go

  26. obtain the materials shown screw the U-bracket onto one of the   8" strut channels, using one of the 1/2" hex bolts and the 1/2" strut channel nut attach the remaining 8" strut channel piece to the U-bracket, using two 1/2" hex bolts and two 1/2" hex nuts
    • obtain the materials shown

    • screw the U-bracket onto one of the 8" strut channels, using one of the 1/2" hex bolts and the 1/2" strut channel nut

    • attach the remaining 8" strut channel piece to the U-bracket, using two 1/2" hex bolts and two 1/2" hex nuts

    • be sure not to center the strut channel you are attaching the the U-bracket, instead make one side of the U-bracket flush with end of the strut channel (as shown)

  27. insert the two 5/16" strut channel nuts into the back of the horizontal strut channel as shown
    • insert the two 5/16" strut channel nuts into the back of the horizontal strut channel as shown

  28. attach the winged strut channel bracket to the 8" telespar using the remaining two hex bolts and hex nuts when tightening the hex nuts, ensure the edge of the nut points directly outwards (as shown), or else the struct channel piece will not slide inside confirm the T-shaped strut channel piece slides into the telespar, and the handle is now finished
    • attach the winged strut channel bracket to the 8" telespar using the remaining two hex bolts and hex nuts

    • when tightening the hex nuts, ensure the edge of the nut points directly outwards (as shown), or else the struct channel piece will not slide inside

    • confirm the T-shaped strut channel piece slides into the telespar, and the handle is now finished

  29. screw the node enclosure onto the strut channel using the two 5/16" hex bolts and two washers removing the T-shaped strut channel piece from the telespar makes this step easier slide the T-shaped piece back into the telespar
    • screw the node enclosure onto the strut channel using the two 5/16" hex bolts and two washers

    • removing the T-shaped strut channel piece from the telespar makes this step easier

    • slide the T-shaped piece back into the telespar

  30. this is what the node should look like on the inside make sure the battery is plugged in attach the lock to the outside of the enclosure
    • this is what the node should look like on the inside

    • make sure the battery is plugged in

    • attach the lock to the outside of the enclosure

    • return to Node Builder for instructions on how to drop off the node at the testing rack

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