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.
Jason Knott · November 14, 2012
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?
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. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]
Follow Jason on social media:
SecurityNest’s New Security and Home Automation System: Implications for Thread, Weave, Insurtech
New August Smart Locks & Doorbell Cam Pro Know Whether Doors Are Open or Closed
CEDIA Clips: Disappearing Camera Trick, Smarter Smart Lock, Spinning iPad, More
Netgear’s New FlexPower Wireless Outdoor Camera with ONVIF is Integrator’s Dream
CE Pro Names 2017 BEST Award Winners at CEDIA
View more on Security