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Davis Wireless Vantage
Pro Plus Fan Aspirated Integrated Sensor Suite (ISS). The ISS contains the
rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors
(enclosed in a fan aspirated radiation shield), solar radiation
sensor, UV sensor, sensor mounting shelf, and solar panel.
All sensors and the fan are solar/battery powered. The unit can run
several days in complete darkness. The ISS is mounted on 6' post in
our back yard. It is mounted more than 50' away from any structure
higher than it. The small box to the right of the ISS is the wireless
radio transmitter than sends that data back to our console and computer in
the house. The rain collector has a heater enclosed in the housing
bucket. You can read more about this unit by clicking on the
Anemometer on house roof. We mounted the Anemometer (wind speed indicator)
high on our roof-top to assure accurate wind measurements. National
Weather Service (NWS) sighting directions dictate the Anemometer should be
at least 20' from the ground and 10' above any adjacent obstructions.
The Anemometer is also solar/battery powered and the data is transmitted
wireless to our console. The small white box at the bottom of the pole
is the solar collector and transmitter.
Console. This is the receiving console inside the house. It
displays all of the various sensors simultaneously. In addition to the
sensors from the ISS and the Anemometer, the console can also receive data
from additional wireless sensors. One example of this is our
additional Tempeture Sensor Station.
We can set the console to sound alarms when certain weather conditions are
met. Examples are high wind speed, low or high temperature, quickly
falling barometer, high rainfall rate, etc. The console can be battery
or AC powered, so it is easy to move around the house to monitor the weather
from anywhere and works when the power is off, which is usually when the
worse weather conditions are occurring.
Davis Vantage Pro2
Plus - Model 6163 (includes the ISS, Console, Anemometer and all mounting
Wireless Anemometer transmitter - Model 6332
Rain Collector Heater (to measure freezing rain or moisture content in
snowfall) - Model 7720
VP EnVoy - Connects to our PC and receives data from all sensors and
ultimately posts to our WEB site - Model 6316
WeatherLink - Data Collector for the EnVoy - Model
Wireless Repeater - Boost the sensor signals for better reception - Model
Additional Wireless Temperature Station - We monitor various areas around
our home (shop, north slope, deep freezer, creek, etc) - Model 6372
Weather Station software - Very sophisticated software to gather data from
the sensors via the EnVoy, process and post the various data to our WEB site.
Also alerts us of changing weather conditions via email and paging. Also
links to our Home Automation (Homeseer)
software to control events in our home based on weather occurrences.
Software to allow users to monitor our station in "real-time" via their WEB
browser. See this link
for our station.
Weather Exchange -
Software very similar to "WeatherBug" that runs in your task bar and can
monitor our station and any other stations in a local area or neighborhood.
It really is MUCH better than WeatherBug as it allows you to customize
displays, maps, alarms, monitoring locations and various other options.
Very Powerful and FREE!!! Download
- Server - Our weather station is
connected to a Dell PowerEdge 500SC server. This is a Pentium IV 1.8
GHz, 2GB RAM with 160GB IDE RAID. This server hosts our 3 WEB sites and
email. We have a 3 meg DSL circuit for Internet.
- Weather WEB CAM - This CAM looks over our front lawn and gives a "real time" picture of current weather conditions. It is updated every 5 minutes. In the future, we'll add the ability to stream video from the camera over the Internet and even allow guest to pan/tilt/zoom the camera.
This camera is getting some age and is in need of replace. As soon as
we save the money (about $600), we'll replace it. The picture is not
very clear anymore. Sorry!
- We hope to add
sometime in the future.