Wireless weather station works with the Mac

Onset Computer on Thursday introduced a new wireless weather station based around their HOBO data logging equipment. The system costs $799.

Aimed at meteorologists, educators, researchers and others who need instant access to data, the system features built-in GSM cellular communications (via T-Mobile) and uses HOBOlink, Onset's Web-enabled software that's supported on Mac Web browsers, too. HOBOlink enables users to access data on their Macs, set alarms, activate relays and manage HOBO remote monitoring systems without actually having to go into the field to do so.

The system uses a "double-weatherproof" enclsoure and is expandable, so users can deploy optional plug-and-play "Smart Sensors" to record the date they're interested in, without having to program, wire or calibrate.

Sensors available for the station include temperature, humidity, rainfall, soil moisture, wind speed and direction, leaf wetness, barometric pressure, Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) and solar radiation. You can also connect third-party devices using an optional analog input port.

The alarm system lets you set up conditions that will trigger alerts from any connected sensors; you can set it up so you're e-mailed when an alarm is activated, or you can receive an SMS text message on your cell phone. A relay is also included that can activate when specific conditions arise, to turn equipment on and off, like irrigation controllers.

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