Electronic Design

Web-Based Weather Stations Monitor More Than Temperature

Sitting on top of the green rooftop of Ford Motor Company’s truck plant in Dearborn, MI are two Onset HOBO U30 weather stations that monitor soil moisture levels on the rooftop as well as general weather conditions and transmit the data to the Internet for access by Ford engineers. The data is being used on an ongoing basis to verify that the 10.4-acre vegetated roof is helping to reduce the amount of storm water released after periods of rainfall. This data also helps plant personnel maintain the health of the rooftop’s sedum groundcover and contributes to the energy savings at the plant by reducing heating and cooling costs. For more details, visit http://www.onsetcomp.com/hobo-u30-remote-monitoring-systems .

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