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Wireless Alarm Option For Hobo Weather Stations

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July 19, 2005

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July 20, 2005 Primary producers and researchers will jump at the thought of this new innovation – a solar-powered wireless transceiver that can send weather alerts via text or email message. SolarStream works with HOBO Weather Stations for measuring temperature, relative humidity, dew point, rainfall, soil moisture, photosynthetic light (PAR), solar radiation, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, 4-20mA, 0-5VDC, and pulse outputs. So you can now set the alarms you want and be informed immediately a trigger point is reached. And the weather stations can collect data on all of the above for analysis via BoxCar Pro software.

SolarStream is a new solar-powered, wireless transceiver designed for HOBO Weather Stations that provides alarm notification of weather conditions via cell phone text messaging or email.

SolarStream makes it more convenient than ever for growers and researchers to keep an eye on field conditions, such as freezing temperatures or low soil moisture levels. SolarStream automatically notifies users via text messages or email when conditions exceed limits, and enables users to access and view current and historical data from any Internet browser.

Important features include:

Compact, rugged design - SolarStream integrates a two-way pager radio, solar panel, rechargeable battery and antenna into a single NEMA 6-rated enclosure.

Low-cost nationwide coverage - SolarStream operates on the nation's largest two-way paging network - the same network many leading hospitals and businesses rely on for time-critical information.

Secure data access - SolarStream users are provided with password-protected accounts and 128-bit encryption to access online data.

Easy set-up - SolarStream connects to HOBO weather stations with a single cable, and alarm limits are easily configured with included software.

SolarStream works exclusively with Onset's family of research-grade weather stations, which includes the 15-channel HOBO Weather Station and 4-channel HOBO Micro Station. Both weather stations can be configured with any combination of Onset's plug-and-play smart sensors.

Sensors are available for measuring temperature, relative humidity, dew point, rainfall, soil moisture, photosynthetic light (PAR), solar radiation, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, 4-20mA, 0-5VDC, and pulse outputs.

Onset's BoxCar Pro software allows users to quickly and easily display, analyze, and export data collected with HOBO Weather Stations.

The SolarStream wireless transceiver is currently available from Upward Innovations and is priced at US$529. Pager network service ranges from US$10 - US$35 per month.

HOBO Weather Stations, which are sold directly through Onset, start at US$199. Smart sensors and software are sold separately.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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