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How to create your first purpose

Purposes define how your Thingsee One reacts to conditions around it and sends the data to the cloud.

Let's say you have a garden and you want to protect the garden, and at the same time, have fun doing it. You could rig  your garden gnome for some added security to not only protect the garden from freezing, but also to notify you if the gnome was stolen.

You already have a Thingsee One added to your account, right? If not, register your device to Thingsee Creator.

Manage the purposes you have created by clicking the Purposes link at the top navigation. Go to the purposes page and click Create Purpose.

Start by giving your purpose a name. Click the purpose name and write something like "Garden security".

This is a state-based setup, so each state can have a set of tasks to check for and react to according to that state.

Let's first check that our gnome's location is tracked in case it was stolen by your buddies planning a big road trip. Maybe you overheard them talking about it and want to be sure.

Edit Task 0 by clicking it.

On the left menu select Location. In the panel on the right, you'll notice checkboxes to indicate if the sense should be active.

Click the checkbox next to Location. You can set how often the device checks this sense. In this example we need it to update quite often. We'll see if the location changes in the device dashboard, so let's set it to every 10 seconds.

Tasks send data to cloud by default, but you can configure that too. For now, the default work great.

Click Save and your purpose is ready to be used.

At this point you have a purpose but it's not yet on any device. To send the purpose to your Thingsee One, click Send to device, select your device from the list, and click send. Do a backend update on the device so it will immediately download the purpose. If you need more help navigating the device menus, check out Thingsee One interface overview.

Now let's see what's going on. Click Devices in the navigation and then click your device in the list.

You need to have a GPS signal for the device to send data, so make sure you're not inside a bunker or a metal cage, otherwise you should be fine. If you're inside, set your Thingsee One near a window if you want to be sure.

Remember to let it sit there for at least as long as you have set your interval time. In the tutorial we set it to 10 seconds so it shouldn't take too long.

The senses don't do anything until the interval you set them has passed. So if you poll once every 30 minutes, you will have to wait for 30 minutes before you see any values. (The exceptions to this are interrupt based senses that are always real-time, like time and acceleration.)

You should see the values change slightly on every update even when your Thingsee One is sitting still. (GPS is not pinpoint accurate, you can also track the accuracy of GPS if that's important.) Note that there is no other data being gathered, so no other information is shown. Fewer sensor updates and information being sent means more battery life between charges.

Now you can attach your Thingsee One to your garden gnome, car, kayak, or anything really, and the thing will be tracked as long as the device has Wi-Fi or cellular signal.

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