What is Bluegrass?

Bluegrass is Laird’s demo platform which is built on top of AWS. This Bluegrass platform provides a web interface to manage your devices and to visualize your sensor data that is being sent up to the cloud via the gateway.

Bluegrass Account Creation

In order to use the Bluegress platform you’ll need to create an account which you can do by completing the following steps.

  1. Click the following link to navigate to the Bluegrass home page https://demo.lairdconnect.com
  2. Once you’re on the page you’ll need to click the “Register” tab at the top of the page. Register
  3. Enter your name, an email, and a password.

    Note: The password must be at least 16 characters. Create Credentials

  4. Click the “Create your account” button.
  5. The system will send a confirmation code to your email address. Retrieve the confirmation code.

    Note: If the confirmation code doesn’t arrive within a few minutes, check your account’s spam folder.

  6. Enter the code in the confirmation code field. Click Confirm.
  7. If successful, you’ll be brought to the “Login” tab where you can now enter your credentials to log in.
  8. Upon log in you’ll be presented with your device dashboard which lists the devices associated with your account and allows you to register a new device, which we will do in the next section of this guide.

Bluegrass Device Registration

The Bluegrass platform allows you to register gateway devices (not sensors) which will then collect and aggregate sensor data to be visualized. Let’s register an IG60-BL654 now.

To register your gateway on the Bluegrass platform complete the following steps.

  1. Locate the Ethernet MAC or ELAN MAC address located on the back of your IG60-BL654 gateway. It is a 12 digit hexadecimal number.

    IG60 MAC Address

  2. Enter that MAC address as your “deviceid” and click “Register”.

    Note: You do not specifically have to use that MAC address, but it is the best way to identify your device. If you delete this device in the future, it is recommended to re-register it with the same MAC address and additional character or two such as “zz”, for example because there cannot be duplicate device IDs in the system. Device ID

  3. If the device ID you entered is unique you will get a yellow prompt asking if you would like to select a type and create a new device. Select the thing type that is appropriate for your gateway device. In this case it is “Sentrius-IG60”.
  4. An additional options appears to select the Expansion Board and the Sensor Type. In this case we will use BL654 for the Expansion Board and BT610 for the Sensor Type. Device Type
  5. Click “Create”.
  6. Upon success you should see your device appear in your devices list in the bottom half of the page.

Now we can continue on to setting up the physical hardware in the next page of this guide.