Weather Station Communication Options

Your Weather Data Where, When and How You Need It!

Adding remote communications to your weather station gives you immediate access to your weather data.  This eliminates the necessity to travel to the weather station site to download data and allows you to respond with confidence to your weather events.  The communications options that are available for your Environdata weather station are outlined below.

WeatherMation LIVE Makes Data Access Easy

A majority of our customers use our automated web-based data collection service, WeatherMation LIVE.  Your data is automatically uploaded to our secure Server every minute which can then be viewed by your users.  This includes reports, graphs, customised Desktops as well as Alerts and Notifications via email, SMS or FTP.

WeatherMation LIVE allows you to view or download your current or historical weather data at any time which can then be transferred to Excel or to other third party software packages.

Environdata monitors the status of your weather station on a daily basis and maintains the secure collection and storage of your data. This data remains in your ownership at all times, and is retained indefinitely for the life of your subscription.

WeatherMation LIVE requires a remote connection to your weather station.

Live Weather Station Updates Using Cellular Data

A cellular modem connects your Weather Station to our Weathermation LIVE service using the Telstra Mobile Data network.  This is the most cost effective solution with a large coverage area.  For poor mobile coverage areas, more powerful aerials can be utilised to provide a reliable connection.

When connected to WeatherMation LIVE your weather stations upload their data to the Web Portal every minute.  This provides you with the ability to respond quickly to your weather conditions at site.  As part of our WeatherMation LIVE service, we manage the Telstra connection and pay for the SIM, data and VPN security.

Satellite Data for Remote Weather Station Access

For extremely remote sites with no Mobile data coverage, Environdata recommends a Satellite Data connection using the Inmarsat network.  To keep data costs to a manageable level, our standard satellite connection on the WeatherMation LIVE service offers 6 updates from the weather station per day at times of your choice.  These updates include all logged data saved since the last update and the latest current reading.  More frequent uploads are available if immediate access to your most recent weather data is your priority.

As part of our WeatherMation LIVE service, we manage the Inmarsat connection and pay for the SIM, data and VPN security.

Ethernet Connected Weather Stations and Internet Access

Where your network incorporates an Internet access point (gateway), WeatherMation LIVE can be configured to access your weather station remotely via that gateway.

Connecting directly to your Local Area Network (LAN) is most cost effective if your weather station is within a moderate distance, as a direct cable connection, or UHF connection,  is required between your weather station and your LAN.

Low Power Radio Modems for up to Five Kilometres

Radio Links are used for local telemetry applications.  Typically this is where immediate data is required as part of a factory or industrial application, often in combination with our MODBUS connectivity.  We use a low power, UHF spread spectrum modem to transmit distances up to five kilometres from your Weather Station to the Office and still remain solar powered.  The radio modem antennae must have a direct line of sight between them.  Please contact us for more site specific advice.

Radio modems can also be integrated with MODBUS interfaces for connection to SCADA systems or Ethernet converters for LAN connectivity.  Applications requiring UHF Connections over much longer distances can also be considered.

Industrial Interface Weather Stations (MODBUS TCP/IP or MODBUS RS485)

Our MODBUS interface makes connecting our weather stations to industrial networks easier, by using a standard connection network (Ethernet) and a standard protocol (MODBUS). This simplifies connecting to SCADA, PLC and BMS systems and eliminates the need for low level programming in the host system.

As an alternative to the Ethernet (MODBUS TCP/IP) interface, there is a serial (MODBUS RS485) communications option for applications where long cable connections are required (up to 1300 metres).

Direct Connection to Collect Data Onsite

Environdata’s weather stations retain their collected data internally, no matter how many times it is collected remotely.  Typical stations will have over 12 months of 10 minute, hourly and daily weather data summaries stored, while some configurations will even allow for many years to be saved on the data logger.  So, at any time you choose, and no matter what communications option you have in place, a laptop computer and cable can be used to collect data directly from your weather station.

Our WeatherMation Direct software provides a user friendly interface to view current readings and collect data from the weather station in a standard Comma Separated Variables (CSV) format.  Data can then be transferred to Excel or any other third party packages.

Obligation-Free Advice for Weather Station Communications

To determine the best communications option for your application, or for applications that may suit a combination of communication methods, please contact Environdata for more information and technical advice.