1. Where should I install the weather station?
The weather station should be installed on top of a stable pole, tower or surfmast. 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/wires for stablility.
It is very important to keep the vibrations to a minimum when the wind blows as they cause inaccurate readings and premature damage.
2. What is a self sustaining unit like the iWeathar Tornado?
The iWeathar Tornado can be remotely installed on a mountain top or field where there is mobile phone coverage, or more specifically 3G 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.
3. Can I retrieve live information from the iWeathar Tornado 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.
4. Where is all the weather information stored for the iWeathar Tornado system?
Every 10 minutes the iWeathar Tornado will connect and save the data on our iWeathar server permanently.
5. 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.
6. Can I rather connect my iWeathar Tornado unit to my personal web servers?
If you purchase 10 or more weather stations we will program the units to point directly to your servers where you will need to interpret the HTML GET information and supply your own SIM cards with data on. Each unit uses on average 20 Megabytes of data per month.
7. What are the monthly costs to keep the station on the iWeathar network?
The monthly cost is for data retention, SIM card recharge, support, online analytical software useage, administration fees and system management sms's and alerts.
8. 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.
9. Is the iWeathar Tornado difficult to Install?
Abosolutly not, anyone who knows how to put hose clamps on is able to install a station without any technical knowledge. Simply point the solar panel North in the Southern Hemisphere or South in the Northern Hemisphere, clamp the unit on the pole and you good to go. Once the unit sees the sun it will automatically activate.