Setting Up Amba

Install the Amba App

Download and install the Amba app on your mobile device (not your VIP's mobile device, but yours - the one you want to receive alerts and information on). The process for downloading and installing the app might be slightly different to what you are used to as it has not been released to the general public yet.

If you are using iOS, to install the Amba app, please go here.

If you are using Android, to install the Amba app, please go here.

 

If you have a photo of your VIP on your mobile device, you can associate it with their profile so that it appears at the top of the app - just tap on the logo at the top of the Right Now screen and choose a photo.

Set up the Sleep Tracking Mat

The first sensor you're going to set up is the Sleep Mat. Once you've set it up, you'll need to leave it for about 15 minutes to self calibrate. So this is the one to do first.

Take the Sleep Mat package to the bed where you're going to install it.

 

Locate an unused power socket, or use an adapter to make one available. The power cable from the Sleep Tracking Mat is quite long. Try and find a socket that is not going to be inadvertently (or deliberately) turned off. One that's under the bed and not very visible is ideal. 

You can look at the first two steps of the instruction leaflet in the box to illustrate these instructions. 

 

Take the Sleep Mat out of the box, unwind the cable and plug it into the power adaptor, but don't plug it into the power yet.

 

Make sure there are no people or heavy objects on the bed.

 

Slide the mat under the mattress at around the level and position that your loved one's chest will be when they're in bed. It doesn't have to be very precise. The whole mat should be under the mattress.

Route the wire safely from the mat to the available power socket. You can route it under the mattress and under the bed. You should make absolutely sure it's not a tripping hazard.

Insert the plug into the available socket and switch on the power. There's no power button or light on the mat. Just leave it for 15 minutes to calibrate. There will be some faint buzzing sounds as this happens. While it's calibrating, you can set up the Activity Sensors.

Set up the Activity Sensors

Take the Activity Sensors box to wherever the Cable TV / Internet box is.

Locate an unused power socket, or get an adapter to make one available. Try and find a socket that is not going to be inadvertently (or deliberately) turned off. One that's not very visible is ideal. 

Open the SmartThings box and remove the Hub - it's the biggest item in the box. Underneath the hub is the power adaptor and the network cable. Take them both out and untangle them if necessary.

The network cable is going to be plugged in to the back of the Cable TV / Internet box and is not terribly long. Choose a suitable position for the Hub. 

Plug one end of the internet cable into an available network port on the back of the Cable TV / Internet box. Plug the other end into the Hub.

Plug the power adaptor into the chosen power socket and the other end into the Hub. A very small light on the front of the Hub should come on.

Wait for two minutes. 

Make sure everything is working

Take the sensors out of the box.

The sensor that looks like a plug adaptor is the Power Sensor. It's ready to go.

The small sensor that is a key fob is the Presence Sensor. It's ready to go.

 

The square sensor with small circle in one corner is the Motion Sensor. To switch it on, carefully pull out the plastic tag. Then give it a gentle squeeze to make sure the lid is on snugly. As it comes on, you might notice a small red light appearing for a few seconds on the front of the sensor. It can take a minute or two.

The last sensor is in two parts and is the Door Sensor. To switch it on, carefully pull out the plastic tag from the larger of the two parts. Then give it a gentle squeeze to make sure the lid is on snugly. As it comes on, you might notice a small red light appearing for a few seconds on the front of the sensor. It can take a minute or two.

Open the Amba app and look at the Recently tab. Do some or all of the following:

  • Separate the two halves of the Door Sensor,

  • Expose the movement sensor to motion.

  • Plug in the socket sensor, switch it on (blue light), plug something in and power it up.

  • Lie on your VIP's bed.

Each of these activities should show up on the Recently tab within a couple of minutes. To update the activity information in the app, run your finger down the screen from top to bottom on the Right Now, Recently or Alerts tabs. All tabs will update at the same time.

Position the Activity Sensors

Once everything is working, you can position the Activity Sensors.

 

Power Sensor

Unplug your VIP's kettle. Plug in the Power Sensor and turn it on (there's a little button on the side that you can press and a blue light will come on). Plug the kettle back in. Check that the kettle works as normal.

Door Sensor

Take the two parts of the Door Sensor to your VIP's fridge. The large part may have a white mounting plate on the back that you should remove, along with the grey piece of card, if there is one. One part of the sensor will be attached to the fridge and the other part will be attached to the fridge door. When the two parts are separated, the sensor detects that the door is open. Choose a position where the parts are unlikely to be knocked off. If the fridge is tall, the top might be the best place. If the fridge has two doors side by side, you might be able to place one part of the sensor on each door. Once you've worked out the best place to put the two parts, use the double sided sticky pads to stick them on. In the picture below, the two parts are on the top of two separate doors. As you can see, it's OK for there to be a gap between them - and they definitely don't need to be touching.

Motion Sensor

The Motion sensor may also have a white mounting plate on the back which you should remove along with the grey piece of card, if it is there. Place the Motion Sensor in the bathroom. If your VIP has more than one, place it in the bathroom they use the most. The best place to stick the sensor is sometimes above the door, facing in to the bathroom. Ideally the motion sensor should not be activated by someone walking past the bathroom door.

Presence sensor

Carefully and securely attach the Presence Sensor to your VIP's keyring.

Once everything is setup, take a look at the Amba app and make sure everything is still working and that events are showing up on the Recently tab.

The only way to test the Presence Sensor is to take it away from your VIP's home, so perhaps you could now go for a short walk with the Presence Sensor to make sure that it's working properly.

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