What do I need to buy or have to complete agrometeorological station?
You must have sensors for the sizes that you want to measure, data logger which detects measurement values and sends them via modem to a PC. It is necessary that the system has a wireless modem (RF or GSM / EDG / GPRS / UMTS) for data transfer. The cheapest systems does not have a modem, but the information appears on the display at the station (in this case the user has to go to the station to see the measured data). More advanced systems send data to the defined IP address (on the user’s PC, which must have internet access). On PC, there must be a software to receive and display data coming from the station.
What is the power supply of a weather station?
Stations can have solar panels or they can have power supply with adapter for direct current.
After purchasing the complete system what expenses do I have more?
If it is a mini system with RF modem, the user does not have any expenses after the initial investment. If the user bought a modem that uses telecom network, the user has to pay 20-50 kn per month for a data transmission from station to the PC. The user can buy the software for forecasting weather conditions (at extra cost). The user can buy the software to predict the risk of development of pests and plant diseases (extra charge). The user can subscribe to the agrosecurity counseling (price depends on type of the crop, the surface to be protected, the number of stations that provides data and information which a consultant must analyze etc.). User can purchase software maintenance service – the same service can be obtained even if the problems occurres with performances of the software included, the loss of data and the like.
How to choose the location?
It is necessary to choose a location that is typical to the area. If you want to measure meteorological data for meteorological purposes – measurement is the best in a location that is open to all the winds and has the typical weather conditions (no shadows, no shelter, away from water, etc.). If the station is used for agrometeorology, the station must be in a location that is typical of the area and close enough to the plants / crops. On hilly orchard, the station is placed in a valley which is wetter and where the risk of developing diseases and pests is more likely.
Can I install the software and station by myself?
Is it necessary to prepare the location before setting a station?
It is recommended that:
- the station should be set on a concrete base for stability (so that it won’t be overthrown by the wind)
- enclose the station to protect against theft and damage
- set basic grounding (several galvanized strips from the station to the soil)
- bring electricity to the location
- bring running water if the evaporation will be measured
Can I order the installation of a station?
Yes, the price depends on the distance to the location and number of hours for installation. The user has to prepare a fence, foundation, power supply (if you have not purchased solar panels)…
How long is the warranty on the station and software?
One year on all system components and software.
Is it necessary to maintain parts of the system? If so, what and how?
The user can and should maintain the station sensors:
- vane must be mobile
- anemometer (wind speed) has to be intact (damage from hail lead to defects or deformities)
- UV sensor must be kept clean (glass cover should be clean and dust removed)
- pluviometer needs to be kept clean (the funnel collects dust)
- solar panels (if the system has them) must have a clean surface and dust should be removed
- air temperature / humidity sensors must be in a undamaged diaphragm housing (damage from hail cause unreliable measurements and possible sensor burnout)
What is the lifespan of the system?
Data logger, modem and PC last 5-10 years.
Sensors last 3-10 years. They are damaged by hail, lightning, etc.
Are spare parts of the system readily available?
Yes, they are standard sensors that are produced in the same shape for years and are available for 10 years after their production has stopped. A damaged sensor is replaced by a simple mechanical placement on a specified place and connecting the appropriate output cables on the data logger.
How do I estimate my delivery date for a payed station?
3-5 weeks (or a few days if the station consists of all the standard parts that Alcina always has in the office).
Can I have a system that is suited to my needs?
Yes, most of the system is configured according to the user’s needs and budget.
Can I use the system components from other manufacturers with the new system?
Yes, but the integration of existing components can be complicated and expensive – the user consult with Alcina d.o.o.
Can I connect multiple stations on the same PC software?
Yes, PC software supports an unlimited number of stations and displays their data. If the user has a lot of stations and wants to use complex procedures for processing large quantities of data (professional meteorology or consultants services in agroprotection) then the PC must have processor and HD fast enough – it is recommended to consult Alcina d.o.o. for such applications and selecttion of the PC.
Does the software only work on the Windows OS?
Software works on Linux, UNIX, iOS – installation and prices are slightly different.