The idea of this project is to easy detect if the postman has put some letter’s in the box … or not. Problem, i live in a apartment, 3th floor, no communication link can be established between my apartment and the mailbox, Wifi networks are not available, ISM 433mhz, 2.4ghz link don’t work, GSM consumption is to high … but SigFox Akeru board work like a charm, amazing for only 25mw of output power with a lot of concrete and metal around…
First, i have create a callback function from the SigFox dashboard, that can send me back a email when the message is reached by the sigfox network.
The arduino code:
Only 26 lignes , code pretty simple, that only send a value to sigfox once, when the board is powered up.
int led = 13;
int Value = 0;
Simple 1 or 2A battery.
Detection system ?:
That a good question, in fact i want to power the board only for 30 seconds (enough to send a message) when the letter come inside the box, a optical detecting system (ldr, ir …) can be good choice but consume some power … i try to find the best solution.