Wireless Weather Sensor with GPS Overview


[PASCO Wireless Sensors] [Wireless Weather Sensor with GPS Overview] Hi, I’m Mike Blasberg, the Biology Education
Manager. Today we’re going to be looking at the brand
new Wireless Weather Sensor with GPS. Let’s take a look at what comes in the box. We have the Weather Sensor, instruction sheet,
and micro USB cable. The sensor comes pre-charged, but if you’re planning to use it as a weather
station in logging mode, you may want to top it off. To charge the sensor, simply connect the micro USB cable to a power
source, and then plug it into the back of the sensor. There is a rubber protector over the USB port to protect it from water and dust. With all sensors active, it will sample from more than 40 hours of
continuous use. With GPS turned off in logging mode, the sensor can sample from more than six days
continuously. This product actually contains several different
sensors, which provide direct measurements and allow us to calculate some derived measurements. Let’s connect the sensor and go over the available
measurements. I’ll power on the sensor by pressing the power
button. The Bluetooth LED is now flashing red, indicating the sensor is ready to pair. The battery LED will indicate when the sensor’s
low on power or charging. The GPS LED will indicate when the sensor
has acquired a satellite signal. I’ll launch SPARKvue and open the Bluetooth
menu. You’ll notice the sensor appears in the available
devices list, and like all wireless sensors, will sort by
proximity. Mine is at the top of the list. I’ll select my sensor, confirming the six-digit
Bluetooth ID number, and close the menu. On the Home screen, we can see all of the available sensors and
measurements. The Weather Sensor provides measurements from
the temperature, pressure, and humidity sensors located inside this small window on the front
of the device. Wind speed is measured by the anemometer, which should be facing into the wind for most
accurate results. The light sensors are located on top of the
device, and like the Wireless Light Sensor, provide
excellent cosine response for ambient measurements of illuminance and
UV index. The wireless compass is located inside the
sensor and provides the direction and heading. The true heading and wind direction will be
corrected for declination based on your location. This is primarily for measuring wind direction with the Weather Vane Accessory and should
not be used for navigation. Lastly, we have the GPS measurements. You’ll notice inside the building, we’re not
acquiring a signal, but outdoors, we can get the location, altitude,
and speed from the sensor. Let’s go ahead and look at two new ways this
sensor can be used. First, to demo the GPS, I’ll build a new
page. Select the full-page template and the map
display. Once I select a measurement, the data will
appear on the map. The map display does require an Internet connection, so in the field a smartphone is a good option
for data collection. Here is some data I collected earlier around
PASCO offices. Another option, if you purchase the Weather
Vane Accessory, is to deploy the sensor outside as a temporary
weather station. You can place the sensor in logging mode, connect the weather vane, and mount the sensor onto the tripod. We can place it outside for a few days at
a time to capture data on local weather patterns. This is a great way for students to start
exploring various microclimates and when conditions
like fog can occur. If you’d like more information on this or
other wireless products, please visit pasco.com/wireless. Thanks for watching and see you next time.

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