Railroads recognize the importance of advanced weather equipment to effectively deal with high wind hazards, hump yard efficiency and safety, and hazardous materials response. North America's railroads have chosen Coastal's WEATHERPAK® for its ruggedness, accuracy, and reliability.
WEATHERPAK® is available as both fixed and portable systems. Principal measurements include wind (speed, direction, and gust), temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. Other sensors, such as precipitation and visibility, are available.
Where Ethernet access is available, WEATHERPAK® PoE (Power over Ethernet) is easily installed. One cable provides both power and data retrieval. Simply identify the site, install the station, and plug in one cable.
With Ethernet, you can also quickly create a weather station network.
Where Ethernet is not available, WEATHERPAK provides many telemetry options ranging from direct RS-232/485 output, to fiber optic, radio, GSM and satellite communication.
From the North Sea, to the Gulf of Mexico, to the waters off Nova Scotia, Coastal's systems on offshore platforms aid in helicopter operations, as well as standard weather reporting. Many systems also monitor other parameters, such as water temperature.
Built around WEATHERPAK®, these systems are extremely rugged, meeting MIL-STD-461E for EMI and MIL-STD-810F for severe environmental conditions.
Customers include: TRANSAS, Shell Oil, Ecopetrol, Transocean, Boeing, and the Arabian Oil Company.
For Boeing, two WEATHERPAK systems are installed on both sides of the platform because a large radar in the center impacts winds from either direction. The WEATHERPAK systems automatically report the "upwind" sensor readings to the ship's LAN.
Coastal's agricultural weather stations monitor soil and crop conditions, evapotranspiration, and provide pest management calculations and other measurements of interest in agricultural applications.
In addition to the typical suite of agricultural weather sensors, the data logger is capable of reading and processing data from any type of sensor. It can call out an alarm or trigger a relay for sound alarms, lights, or bells, and perform self-tests on sensors. The data logger can also execute some actions, such as opening and closing valves, and turning pumps on and off.
Individual sensors are selected specific to an application, such as leaf-wetness for a forestry system. Similarly, weather stations designed for wildland fire response and management can provide information such as fire rating calculations and fuel moisture measurements.
Customers include: CARGILL Corporation, Arkansas State Plant Board, Purdue University, Monsanto, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), University of Washington, Texas Natural Resources Center, Mexico CICESE Government Research Institute, four Chinese research institutes, and the Government of Greece.
The PSD weather station employs an advanced data logger/data acquisition system, allowing it to function as a standalone data collection platform, or when integrated with one of our many telemetry options, to deliver data right to your desk using Coastal's INTERCEPT® software.
The PSD Tower System measures wind speed and direction, air temperature at 2- and 10-meter heights, and the amount of incoming solar radiation. This allows users to be compliant with both the sigma theta and the SRDT methods of stability computation. Once these values are measured, a series of calculations are completed in the data logger to determine the average values for all the measured parameters (15-minute intervals), the sigma theta, and the delta T.
The sophistication of the data logger allows you to actually receive these two sets of data: (1) the standard 15-minute averages required under PSD, and (2) a 30-second update of a running 5-minute average. The second of these measurements means that you will get data every 30 seconds either at the display or on your PC. This data can be used with off-the-shelf emergency response plume models (ALOHA®*, PEAC-WMD®**, COBRA, etc.) or to aid in other weather sensitive operations.
A variety of weather sensors are often added to a PSD weather station and may include: relative humidity, barometric pressure, rainfall, and others.
*ALOHA: registered trademark of the US EPA and NOAA
**PEAC-WMD: registered trademark of Aristatek, Inc.
WEATHERPAK® weather stations at industrial sites and chemical facilities are used for:
WEATHERPAK provides site-specific, real-time data on environmental conditions. Data can be used for any compliance purpose and is approved by the EPA and other agencies.
If a hazardous materials incident should occur, this information may be critical to the safety of employees and response personnel.
Add Coastal's INTERCEPT software for easy browser-based data collection, computation and display. INTERCEPT provides alerts and alarms, station polling, and permission-controlled data access via the Web; plus it archives data.