Using the optical sensor of Smappee to read out the water meter

This might sound a little bit weird :), but I came across a picture of the same water meter I have with the Smappee optical sensor attached to it (of course attached to the Smappee box).
Does anyone know if I could buy that sensor, cut off the connector, strip and attach the wires to the Flukso?

To be honest, I have all components to create an optical sensor myself, but I really don't know how to attach it to the meter. And seeing that picture, I got triggered, even though it is not that cheap...

gebhardm's picture

The issue with any kind of third-party sensors is, especially with such closed-shop items like from smappee, you don't know what's in, what spec they have, what power suppy they need. If it is a reflective sensor, then it needs some power. If it has an open-collector output, then it will work towards the FLM, but the rest is subject to investigation; and 40$ to start further research, well, hackers may do.
And in contrast attaching a CNY 70 or TCRT 5000 with a piece of wood is not that difficult and much cheaper...

icarus75's picture

We've got a second version of an opto-reflective sensor, FLS07A, in the pipeline. The first production batch was completed. We're now testing the probes in different setups.

david.vandemaele's picture

You're right. 40$ is too much just to give it a try :)
I'll give the TCRT 5000 a try. And if it doesn't work out, I'll wait for the FLS07A.
Thanks for the replies.

Nouwynck's picture

with all respect... but still waiting for the opto to become available... if someone got it working with the smapee please let me know