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Enabling better global research outcomes in soil, plant & environmental monitoring.


The SNiP-TER0 is a 'Sensor Node Integrated Package' for LoRaWAN communication of real-time soil moisture measurement for continuous soil monitoring.


The base SNiP-TER0 integrates 1x AD-NODE and 1x METER Group TEROS-10 soil moisture sensor to a site’s unique network, communication and power requirements.

The METER Group TEROS-10 measures the dielectric permittivity of a surrounding medium using capacitance technology. The sensor uses a 70 MHz frequency, which minimises salinity and textural effects, making it an ideal sensor in agricultural and standard scientific projects.


See Further Specifications on the AD-NODE
See Further Specifications on the METER Group TEROS-10 Sensor

Long-lasting precision that’s short on cost

The TEROS 10 is built to last longer in the field under harsh conditions. No more worrying about surprise data gaps due to failed sensors. It’s one of our toughest soil moisture sensors, and its body withstands difficult environments and water intrusion for up to 10 years. Ideal for large sensing networks, it is sensitive to small VWC changes across the entire range of soil and substrate water content, and can be installed in anything from dry desert soils to very wet peat. Not only that, the TEROS 10 has very low power consumption and a high resolution.

Banish data uncertainty

More than just a sensor, the new TEROS 10 soil moisture sensor treats the whole accuracy problem, rather than just one part of it, by eliminating common problems that cause uncertainty in the data—like air gaps, or preferential flow. How? The TEROS 10 is compatible with the TEROS Borehole Installation Tool, which mistake-proofs installation. Because of its mechanical advantage, the tool delivers consistent, flawless installation into any soil type (even hard clay) while minimising site disturbance. Sensors are installed straight in and perpendicular with uniform pressure then gently released to prevent air gaps and preferential flow. This means the TEROS 10 is able to deliver more accuracy with less uncertainty than similar sensors on the market.

Easy integration. Easy installation. Easy everything.

With improved high-quality, sharpened, and securely fastened stainless steel needles, the TEROS 10 glides into any soil. Then, simply plug it into any METER data logger, and start collecting data. It’s that easy. No wiring. No programming. And, the analog signal from the TEROS 10 sensor ensures that it can easily be integrated into a wide variety of non-METER systems.

Get your data faster

Easy and reliable data collection is part of the TEROS 10 experience. Combine the TEROS 10 with the new ZL6, where all data is connected and delivered through the cloud. Collect data in near real time, from the comfort of your office. So all you have to do is sit back and let the data flow.

Monitor more, spend less

If you are planning a large sensor network and want more measurements for less investment, without compromising accuracy or reliability, then plan to use the easy, affordable, and ruggedized TEROS 10 soil moisture sensor.

AD-NODE: For High Resolution Analogue & Digital Sensors

The AD-NODE is designed for those requiring precision in their analogue and digital measurements. With a 24-bit ADC, the AD-NODE supports two RTDs, a 0–10V with compressing range and a 4–20mA input. Each of the four dry-contact digital inputs is capable of simultaneously sampling at 1 kHz, with periodic reporting. Settings on the device can be altered remotely via LoRaWAN™ or locally via USB.

  • LoRaWAN™ low-power long-range connectivity
  • 2x 24-bit RTD
  • 1x 24-bit Voltage input (0-10 V with compressing range)
  • 1x 24-bit 4-20 mA
  • 4x 32-bit dry-contact counting digital inputs, 2 x digital outputs
  • 400 Hz 3-Axis Accelerometer
  • 3 x AA Lithium Energizer battery
  • Fully reconfigurable via LoRaWAN™ downlinks


Decagon (METER Group) TEROS-10

The TEROS 10 is a ruggedized version of METER Group’s basic, no-frills soil moisture sensor. Its 70-MHz frequency minimizes salinity and textural effects, making it accurate in most soil or soilless media. With a tough, epoxy body, the TEROS 10 is designed to withstand some of the harshest field conditions, which means problem-free measurements over the longevity of your research. The TEROS 10 sensor lets you characterise your site with sensors at multiple depths and locations, even on a tight budget.

If you think big, you’ll love this nearly bulletproof sensor

Large sensor networks have always made a substantial hole in the research budget, especially because many soil moisture sensors have issues with reliability. Not only that, traditional sensors force researchers to choose between accuracy and affordability. Not any more. The new, ultra-robust TEROS 10 soil moisture sensor delivers scientific accuracy and reliability at a price that makes large sensor networks economically practical.


  • Low-cost, ruggedized soil moisture sensor
  • Ideal for large sensor networks
  • Sharpened stainless steel needles are securely fastened and reduce breakage
  • Compatible with TEROS Borehole Installation Tool ensuring fast, error-free installation with little site disturbance
  • Measure VWC in a harsh environment
  • Robust epoxy body means it lasts for 10+ years in the field
  • 430 mL volume of influence
  • Plug and play with METER data loggers
  • Ferrite core eliminates cable noise
  • Easy integration with third-party systems
Volumetric water content (VWC)
Range: Mineral soil calibration: 0.00–0.64 m3/m3
Soilless media calibration: 0.0–0.7 m3/m3
Apparent dielectric permittivity (εa): 1 (air) to 80 (water)
NOTE: The VWC range is dependent on the media the sensor is calibrated to. A custom calibration will accommodate the necessary ranges for most substrates.
Resolution: 0.001 m3/m3
Accuracy: Generic calibration: ±0.03 m3/m3 (±3.00% VWC) typical in mineral soils that have solution EC <8 dS/m
Medium specific calibration: ±0.01–0.02 m3/m3 (±1–2% VWC) in any porous medium
Apparent dielectric permittivity (εa): 1–40 (soil range) , ±1 εa (unitless) 40–80, 15% of measurement
Dielectric measurement frequency: 70 MHz
Output: 1,000 to 2,500 mV
Temperature: Operating range: −40 to 60°C
Data logger compatibility: METER data loggers (ZL6, EM50/60 series) or any data acquisition systems capable of switched 3.0–15 VDC excitation and single-ended voltage measurement at greater than or equal to 12-bit resolution.
Dimensions Length: 5.1 cm (2.02 in)
Width: 2.4 cm (0.95 in)
Height: 7.5 cm (2.95 in)
Needle/Probe length: 5.4 cm (2.11 in)
Cable length: 5 m (standard)
40 m (maximum custom cable length)
NOTE: Contact Customer Support if a non-standard cable length is needed
Connector types: 3.5-mm stereo plug connector or stripped and tinned wires
Supply voltage (VIN to GND) Minimum: 3.0 VDC
Typical: NA
Maximum: 15.0 VDC
Operating temperature range: Minimum: –40°C
Maximum: 60°C
NOTE: Sensors may be used at higher temperatures under certain conditions; Contact Customer Support for assistance
Measurement duration Maximum: 25ms
Typical: 50ms
Minimum: 10 ms
Compliance Manufactured under ISO 9001:2015 EM ISO/IEC 17050:2010 (CE Mark) 2014/30/EU and 2011/65/EU EN61326-1:2013 and EN55022/CISPR 22