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Green Roofs: A New Niche Monitoring Opportunity

Onset debuts a solar-powered 15-channel monitoring system called HOBO for green roofs to measure stormwater runoff, solar radiation, air temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction.


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Onset HOBO Green Roof Monitoring is a research-grade solar-powered system that communicates via GSM cellular.

For integrators working on green homes, you might want to convince your clients to put a “hobo” on the roof. No, not an out-of-work vagabond, but the HOBO Green Roof Monitoring System from Onset.

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?



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Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

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