(Jan. 26, 11:47 a.m.) Onset Computer Corporation, Bourne, Mass., recently introduced the HOBOnode Series, a family of research-grade, wireless sensors for outdoor environmental monitoring.

HOBOnode sensors can transmit air temperature and soil moisture data to a personal computer several miles away without cables, making them useful in a broad range of applications, including agricultural research, crop management and ecological studies. Accompanying software displays real-time graphs of environmental conditions and can provide alarm notifications via text messaging and e-mail when conditions exceed set thresholds.

“HOBOnodes especially are well-suited for growers,” said Paul Gannett, product marketing manager for Onset, “especially in the areas of frost alarms and irrigation monitors. And, the fact they’re wireless, you don’t need to run any cables through fields. It won’t get in the way of any equipment.

“You have up to six miles of range. Farmers put sensors out wherever they need them and then read the data off their PC.”

HOBOnode sensors’ compact design — roughly the size of a small flashlight — allow for easy installation in nearly any type of field location. They also feature solar-rechargeable batteries and can run for years before needing to be replaced.

Up to 50 HOBOnode sensors can be used in a single network and can be added when additional data points are needed. Environmental data is transmitted directly to a HOBOnode receiver, which interfaces with a PC via a USB cable. The sensors have a 1,400-foot line-of-site transmission range, which can be extended to several miles with optional HOBOnode repeaters.

Gannett said he thought the sensors also had plenty of practical applications useful to distributors and packers as well.

“The fact that they’re weatherproof, they hold up well in storage facilities, where it’s often humid,” he said.

Visit www.onsetcomp.com for complete pricing details and technical specifications.

“We’re pretty excited about them,” Gannett said. “A lot of people who have used our data loggers have asked for wireless. We’re pretty optimistic of success. This is what users have been asking for.”

Onset Computer Corporation has been producing HOBO data logging devices since 1981 and has sold more than 1,000,000 loggers used throughout the world by more than 50,000 customers.

Onset unveils new outdoor wireless sensors
"HOBOnodes especially are well-suited for growers," says Paul Gannett, product marketing manager for Onset, "especially in the areas of frost alarms and irrigation monitors."

Courtesy Onset Computer Corporation