"The Metasphere units are working very well, allowing crucial flow data to be retrieved to satisfy regulatory compliance for the water companies and the Environment Agencies in both England and Scotland"
Karl Bambynek, Siris Environmental Ltd
One of the challenges of deploying a weather station is the integration of many components into a single solution. In addition to the sensors used, this may include modems, power supplies and data loggers. These components will normally need to be assembled within a weatherproof housing, which can prove both costly and time-consuming.
Weather monitoring is playing an increasingly important part in many aspects of everyday life: for individuals, for businesses and for organisations. Monitoring air quality and pollution, and flood and wind warnings are safety critical necessities, whilst for others, such as the agricultural and horticultural sectors, it has a direct impact on irrigation management, on livelihoods, and ultimately on sustainability.
The use of a combined weather station that utilises a Point Colour RTU means that the need for costly integration is removed, as all the parts needed are contained with the RTU’s own weatherproof IP68-rated case.
HOW DOES THE METASPHERE
Point Colour can connect to combined weather sensors using a number of serial protocols such as SDI-12 or Modbus, or via discrete analogue outputs. The measurement data is stored locally and transmitted back to Palette or the client’s own data platform, at intervals determined by the client.
The Point Colour RTUs also report on exception in operationally-critical situations. When a pre-set level threshold is exceeded, an alarm is sent. The RTUs can be configured also to dial in and transfer the data more frequently when in the ‘alarm’ state. This allows the weather event to be captured and the Point Colour’s battery power called upon when it is most needed. In addition to combined weather stations, Point Colour can also provide discrete monitoring solutions for specific weather parameters such as: wind speed and direction, air temperature, air pressure and humidity, precipitation, solar radiation, soil moisture, and soil and ground temperature.