1. Where should I install the wind sensor?
The wind sensor should be installed on top of a pole, tower or surfmast and away from the pole by at least six times the pole/towers diameter. In order to get good readings from the wind sensor, avoid setting up the sensor near obstacles that create turbulence such as near trees or buildings.
If you consider the top of a pointed roof, be aware that the wind is deflected off it. Therefore the sensor should be attached to a pole that extends at least 2 meters above the roof top with guy cables.
It is very important to keep the vibrations to a minimum when the wind blows as they cause inaccurate readings and premature damage. Ensure that cables are protected from rain, wind, direct sunlight and vibrations.
If the cables go through water or the ground you may need to use extra thick ground cables or trunking.
2. Where should I install the humidity and temperature sensor?
The humidity and temperature sensor is attached underneath the stations enclosure surrounded by a radiation shield. Ideally the enclosure should be as high as possible and preferably in the shade to avoid radiating heat from the ground or walls. Damage may occur if the humidity sensor gets wet.
3. What is a self sustaining unit like the iWeathar Grande?
The iWeathar Grande can be remotely installed on a mountain top or field where there is mobile phone coverage, or more specifically GPRS coverage. The weather information is relayed to the internet via the cellular provider which allows you to view the information anywhere provided you have internet access. No wiring, phone lines or electrical outlet is necessary as the system uses a solar panel and battery for power and communicates wirelessly.
4. Can I retrieve live information from the iWeathar Grande using my mobile phone?
Yes, your weather station information can be accessed through your mobile phone using WAP. A username and password will be supplied to you on sign-up. It is also possible to access your information via a premium SMS facility.
5. Where is all the weather information stored for the iWeathar Grande system?
Every 10 minutes the iWeathar Grande will connect and save the data on our iWeathar server.
6. Can the general public view my weather station information?
Only if you give them permission to do so via the stations control panel. This option is configurable once you login to the iWeathar webpage using your login and password.
7. Can I rather connect my iWeathar Grande unit to my personal web servers?
iWeathar stations are locked on to the iWeathar network similar to a cellphone is locked to a cellphone provider. Special software is used to interprete the data coming from the stations to keep bandwidth useage and processing power to a minimum and so conserve power. No contract is required but a annual fee is required in advance.
8. What are the monthly costs to keep the station on the iWeathar network?
The monthly cost is for data retention, support, free module upgrades, online analytical software useage, administration fees and system management sms's.
9. My company has very special needs for a weather station/s, including possible software development and electronics, are you able to cater for this?
Yes, iWeathar is able to offer customization and development at a hourly rate or quoted project fee. Please contact us directly for a formal quote.
10. Where can I download the iWeathar Grande User Guide?
You can download the manual by clicking HERE (10 Mb)