Green Roofs: A New Niche Monitoring Opportunity
Onset HOBO Green Roof Monitoring is a research-grade solar-powered system that communicates via GSM cellular.
It’s certainly a new niche monitoring opportunity. Bourne, Mass.-based Onset, a supplier of data loggers and weather stations, has unveiled the HOBO Green Roof Monitoring System, a research-grade system for measuring the performance of green roofs.
Providing reliable performance in harsh rooftop conditions, the 15-channel system enables users to quickly and easily monitor green roof conditions, measure stormwater runoff, improve irrigation scheduling, and maintain healthy rooftop vegetation.
The system provides:
- 24/7 web-based access to data
- All the common green roof measurements: temperature, relative humidity, wind, soil moisture, light intensity, and rainfall
- Plug-and-play sensors that enable fast easy deployment
- Customizable data display for kiosks
- Trend logging, monitoring, and alarm notifications
The system, which clearly has more commercial opportunity than residential, includes a HOBO U30 GSM-cellular data logger with one-year service plan, smart sensors for measuring rainfall, soil moisture, soil temperature, solar radiation, air temperature/relative humidity, and wind speed and direction, as well as mounting brackets and a 6-watt solar panel. Optional mounting masts, tripods, graphing and analysis software, and additional sensors are also available.
How much recurring monthly revenue could integrators derive from a system like this?