updated 04:50 pm EDT, Mon April 17, 2006
Onset Computer today announced SolarStream Satellite, a new, satellite-based wireless transceiver designed exclusively for Mac-compatible HOBO Weather Stations. With SolarStream Satellite, researchers and growers can remotely access HOBO Weather Stations and Micro Stations deployed anywhere in the world covered by the ORBCOMM satellite network. The transceiver enables users to download weather station data, view realtime graphs, adjust sample rates, check battery status, and verify weather station operation. It also provides automatic alarm notification via cell phone text messages or email when conditions exceed limits. SolarStream Satellite is currently available from Upward Innovations for $980. HOBO Weather Stations, which are sold directly through Onset, start at $200 with both smart sensors and software sold separately.
"Many customers deploy HOBO weather stations in locations throughout the world that aren't necessarily easy to get to, from the Atacama Desert in Chile to the McCall Glacier in Alaska," said Paul Gannett, product marketing manager for Onset. "SolarStream Satellite saves these customers time and money by eliminating the need to travel to remote sites to retrieve data and verify system status. Additionally, it greatly expands wireless coverage for HOBO Weather Stations in areas that aren't covered by pager-based SolarStream systems."
SolarStream Satellite makes system configuration and deployment a snap. The system connects with HOBO Weather Stations with a single cable, and features an Internet-based software platform that allows all set up and data access functions to be performed over the web. Secure data access is provided via password-protected accounts and 128-bit data encryption.
SolarStream Satellite 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 Mac-based HOBOware software allows users to quickly and easily display, analyze, and export data collected with HOBO Weather Stations.