Hello and welcome! We're excited to introduce you to the all new Meraki MT sensors. The MT product line is launching with three models:
Sensors are managed via the Meraki dashboard, and use existing Wi-Fi 6 MR access points and second generation MV smart cameras as gateways. This makes MT sensors simple to deploy and easy to scale, and eliminates the need for on-premise management and dedicated gateways found in traditional sensor systems. With flexible alert options, including SMS, email, and push notifications, MT sensors make it easy to keep tabs on your environment.
Is there a hardware reason that the WiFi5 APs cannot talk to the sensors, we don't usually install the latest and greatest APs by the server room 😉
@cmr Same here. Or various IDFs we would like to monitor the environment on. I think it's the Bluetooth 5.0, I don't think the first gen MVs or the non WiFi 6 APs have it, I think they have 4.0.
Curious what feature of Bluetooth 5.0 is required, whether its the extra speed (doubtful) or the extended range (more likely) ?
@cmr - That is a great question and you've assumed it correctly. Wifi 5 APs use a different BLE chipsets than the WiFi 6 APs. All of our new Wifi 6 APs(and 2nd Gen MV Cameras) have the latest and greatest BLE chipsets that allowed us to have a more robust and secure connection to the MT Sensors.
We may look at adding backward compatibility for WiFi 5 APs in the future but for now we've have about 16+ MV or MR gateways to choose from in order to get connectivity with the gateway.
Gutted these only work with MR and MV. Was hoping for a wired solution but I guess not.
I have been thinking about this a bit more and I really think Meraki has missed the boat on this, I am a customer who has MS, MX and SM. We only have one MV and one MR unit which we are using as test units while we review our wifi and CCTV systems.
We currently have 4 environmental monitoring appliances and would have swapped to Meraki units in a heartbeat had they supported wifi or at least an ethernet connection, sadly they don't so this isn't an option for me now and I am sure I am not the only customer in this situation, to design a product with such restrictive connectivity requirements is bad design IMHO. The whole idea of designing products is to sell as many as possible and the Wifi-6 MV gen 2 requirement stops that in its tracks.
for partners the new sensors are already available in Cisco dCloud > Cisco Meraki Launchpad v1- Instant Demo
(San Francisco network > Environmental menu)
You can take a look and have a first hand experience, always better than just a screenshot 😉 !
Hi @PhilipDAth. Of course! Below are some screenshots from the dashboard.
Sensor List Page
Sensor details page for an MT10. You can switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit. You can view up to 30 days of history in the dashboard currently, but we have plans to extend that out. You can also get the data via API. Finally, notice the gateway connectivity info at the bottom of the page.
Here's an example of setting up an alert. For MT10, you can set an upper and lower threshold for each condition (temperature and humidity). MT12 can alert when water is detected or absent, and MT20 can alert when the door is open or closed. In addition to email, we have native SMS alert capabilities. The new Meraki mobile app also supports push notifications.
Hi @BlakeRichardson. Thanks for being a multi-product Meraki customer! I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on the sensors, especially the added update. While I do understand your disappointment, I wanted to share some insight as to why we made the choices we did. We do realize that MT sensors will not work for all customers and in all scenarios. But perhaps in the future - especially if you do decide to go with MV and MR after reviewing your systems - you'll be able to install some yourself?
Wired versus Wireless
Wi-Fi versus BLE
We chose to focus on Wi-Fi 6 and 2nd gen MV cameras as gateways for launch. 1st gen cameras don't have Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi 6 APs use a different, newer version of the BLE chipset than Wi-Fi 5 APs. This allows for a more robust and secure connection to the MT Sensors, but we do plan to look at adding backward compatibility for Wi-Fi 5 APs.
>We only have one MV and one MR unit which we are using as test units while we review our wifi and CCTV systems.
Think of it this way - rather than running in a cable for each sensor and allocating a switch port - you now need to install a single MR to support all of the sensors. Sounds much simpler to me ...
@PhilipDAth That theory works if you have everything in one location, I have at least 4 spaces to monitor which already contain structured cabling therefore install cost is only the unit itself. I would have to purchase an MR or MV for each area I want to monitor, that doesn't seem cost effective to me.
Most end users are going to install these sensors in server / comms rooms that already contain structured cabling.
I understand the direction taken by Meraki however I feel it does exclude a large amount of potential customers. As mentioned previously I do already have environmental monitoring with another provider however it's always nice to have one less system .
I have a customer looking at using these in fridges and refrigerated trucks. If they had to actually run structured cabling into each fridge - it would be cost-prohibitive.
They have many hundreds of fridges. They have just two DCs.
You can see which is the bigger market.
The way I see it, customers who are going to be interested in MT sensors for their server / comms rooms are going want to monitor those locations with at least one camera. That / those camera(s) are then also their BLE gateways. Everyone's happy (?)
@bigben386 the distance depends on a variety of factors, but the range should be comparable to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi as they are the same frequency. Not an ideal answer, I know, but the best way is to test it out. There is gateway connectivity info on the sensor detail pages, which gives you some insight into the connection stability and signal strength. (Screenshot below).
Thanks for the info. That should be enough range to cover our server closet and the electrical room. I saw something online that said the BLE 5 range was up to 240m. That seemed unrealistic.
Sensing Vision is very interessed in this new line of products, we will receive our first samples at the end of the week
We have requested to the Meraki support the access to the associated API
We are actually selling vertical solution including LoRaWAN IOT solutions (temperature, water leaks, door opening...), blended with "Meraki as a sensor" data that provide building occupancy from MR Access Pont or MV Cameras
Mainly on the Smart Building / Smart City and Smart Territory business
We just find very strange the use case of these sensors on the "Data Center" business
-> so small 🙂
We have these discussion with MERAKI team in EU
>We just find very strange the use case of these sensors on the "Data Center" business
I agree, but think of this as a "generation 1" product, a "minimum viable product" in Meraki speak.
Generation 2 will get much better again.
Il think there is also a "go to market" issue
I'm sure that MERAKI will have a far broadest range of sensors in time, if the focus is Datacenter, we will need Electricity Metering solution, Air Flow monitoring...
May be the subject for MERAKI is : on wich market our existing MERAKI partners will be able to sell this new line of products
Datacenter ? - 1 sensor projects ?
We will test these sensors for "smart building" projects : we have a Concert Hall fully équiped with WiFi 6 AP and MV Camera and we will test these sensors for environemental monitoring / security features
By the way we are very excited to test these new MT sensors
We just got a trial in that will be installed in our main data center for testing purposes.
Fingers crossed it works as expected.
Have made a wish in the Dashboard but please implement conditions for alert profiles.
Example being: Only alert me if the MT20 Sensor detects the door is open AND it is outside office hours.
I think there are quite a few developments in the pipeline. I strongly suspect that will be one of them (as will - my door has been open longer than x minutes)
Meraki likes to get stuff out there early and then develop based upon the feedback received from our customers - so keep the wishes coming!
I've just been playing with an MT10.
I don't like how the temperature units (Celsius versus Fahrenheit) is under as part of the logged in the user's profile.
I think this should probably be a Network-Wide/General property.
@PhilipDAth as long as the alerts act on both scales at the same actual point, I'd think it is good. We are in the UK but our parent company is in the US so different users would want the different scales. If the alerts aren't bi-temperate then it should be an overall setting as you said.