GSM Weather Station User Manual

 

Revision: 1.0

 

4th October 2014

 

Introduction

 

 

Congratulations on purchasing a Weather-Pro-Gsm weather station.

This station is pre-configured from the factory and should only need configuration changes if the owner wishes to alter the alarm settings or purchase additional auxiliary sensors at a later date.

 

This station automatically collects data from all sensors and sends it to the data warehouse on the web every 5 minutes. The data can be a minimum, maximum or average of the last 5 minutes, or a single point reading at the 5 minute interval, or any combination of these for each of up to 16 sensors (called Channels 1 to 16).

 

Station Data can be retrieved in 2 ways:

  1. via SMS or text messaging from any cell phone directly from the station. See the “SMS Text Commands” section.
  2. or from the data warehouse on the web at www.weather-pro.com see the “Web Reports” section

 

Station alarm notification is sent by SMS text message to 1 or 2 pre-configured cell phones. See the “SMS Text Commands” section and “Alarms” section.

 

Station configuration (including alarms) is changed by text messaging only. See the “SMS Text Commands” section.

 

Station Channels

 

Channel 1: Wind Direction

Channel 2: Air Temperature

Channel 3: Humidity

Channel 4: Light Intensity

Channel 5: Air Pressure

Channel 6: Auxiliary input 1 (optional)

Channel 7: Auxiliary input 2 (optional)

Channel 8: Not used

Channel 9: Rainfall

Channel 10: Wind Speed

Channel 11: Battery Voltage

Channel 12: GSM signal strength.

Channel 13: Remote Auxiliary input 1 (optional)

Channel 14: Remote Auxiliary input 2 (optional)

Channel 15: Remote Auxiliary input 3 (optional)

Channel 16: Remote Auxiliary input 4 (optional)

 

SMS Text Commands

 

The station can be queried at any time by sending an SMS (Text message) from a cell phone to the stations phone number.

 

There are 2 sets of SMS commands, one set, which anybody that knows the phone number and command syntax can use, and one set that can only be used from the number stored in the whitelist (typically the owner).

 

The number currently in the whitelist is shown in section “Station Setup Information” along with the phone number of the station. This person can also change the whitelist number with an SMS message. If a mistake is made and access is lost the Manufacturer can change this at any time. Call Kevin on 021852984.

 

Note: these command are case sensitive, so “Last Reading” will not work.

Unless you are in the whitelist, you cannot make any changes to the station.

 

Weather-Pro GSM SMS commands for Everyone

 

Command                Description
Help                            Sends the web page that defines the SMS messages available.

Different link depending if user in whitelist

 

Last reading              Last set of readings taken on the subinterval.

Status                         Current Status of the GSM logger.

Info                              Setup information on the GSM logger.

 

Weather-Pro GSM SMS commands Whitelist Only

Command                Description

Alarms=xx                  xx = on or off. Turns on or off the alarm system

Alarmsmsx=yyy         Set the sms number for alarm output
                                    x = 1 or 2.  max of two numbers alarms can be sent to.
                                    yyy = phone number (+64xxxxxxxxxx) leave plank to remove

Alarmx=yy,zz              x = alarm number (1 to 16)
                                    yy = over value (eg  12.56) leave blank if no over value
                                    zz = under value (eg -34.78) leave blank if no under value

AlarmInfo                    Query alarm information on the GSM logger.

 

Whitelist=xxx              White list is the SMS phone number that can change settings
xxx = phone number (+64xxxxxxxxxx)

 

Web Reports

 

These are available on any device that has a web browser, at www.weather-pro.com

Go to the “Station Data Reports” menu and select your “Owner” / “Station Name”

The “Owner” and “Station Name” are shown in section “Station Setup Information” of this manual.

By default you will get the “Summary Report” page. Bookmark this page.

Using the “Security Key” from the “Station Setup Information” section you can go to the “Edit Data Locks” menu under “Select Station” and enter a password. After that a small padlock will appear next to you station name and only people with the password will be able to access the data reports.

 

Summary Report:

 

 

Table Report:

 

 

Graph Report:

 

 

Other Reports: Try and see

 

Download:

 

 

Alarms

 

Station alarms can be configured by SMS messages as described in section “SMS Text Commands”. Alarms can be set on any, or all, 16 channels with an under and an over value. eg

 

Alarm2=1,40

Would configure an alarm if the “Air temperature (channel 2) fell below 1 degree ofr above 40 degree.

 

Alarm2=1,

Would configure an alarm if the “Air temperature (channel 2) fell below 1 degree and disable the over temperature alarm.

 

Alarm2=,32

Would configure an alarm if the “Air temperature (channel 2) rises above 32 degrees and disable the under temperature alarm.

 

Alarm2=,

Would disable both over and under temperature alarms

 

Alarms=on

Would enable all configured alarms. “off” to disable.

 

Alarmsms2=+6427??????

Would change the second alarm message recipient to phone number +6427??????

 

Alarmsms2=

Would disable the second alarm message recipient. Just leaving one.

 

A sensor needs to be in the alarm condition for 2 minutes before the alarm is triggered and the sms message is sent.

 

When an alarm is triggered, 1 or 2 sms messages sent to the number(s) in the “Alarmsms1” and “Alarmsms2” fields. These are shown in section “Station Setup Information” and can be updated in this manual if changed to keep track.

 

The whitelist phone user can also send the sms “Alarminfo” to the station. This will respond with the Global alarm status, each alarm that is configured and the alarm notification numbers.

 

When an alarm is triggered and notification is sent out, the station does not send out another notification, for any alarm on that specific channel, until the channel reading has returned into the normal, un-alarmed value range. i.e. if an Air temperature alarm for below 1 degree was triggered and sms was sent, then no other Air Temperature alarm messages would be sent out until the temperature rose above 1 degree, then back to below 1 degree again. However this would not effect any alarms configured for other channels.

 

Installation & Servicing

 

Transport

 

Whenever the solar panel is disconnected, the station will stop logging data and the GSM radio will go into flight mode.

 

STATION MUST NEVER BE SHIPPED BY AIR WITH SOLAR PANEL CONNECTED

 

Installation

Wind Vane                                                                                         Anemometer

 

 

                                                            Light sensor

 

                                                                                                                                 ŕ North

 

 

 

Computer & ŕ

Battery                                                                                   

                                                                                                Rain gauge input

                                                                                                Solar panel input

                        Radiation Shield                                           Auxiliary 1 & 2 input

Air Temperature, Humidity, Air Pressure                           Remote sensors input

 

Alignment

The station must be installed with the Anemometer end aligned to True North.

Rain gauge

If a 0.2mm tower mounted rain gauge is used, this must be mounted on the west side of the tower with the top of the rain gauge about 25mm above the cross-arm. This is to stop the light sensor and instruments from interfering with rain collection and to stop the rain gauge from interfering with the light, and wind sensors.

Tower & Height

The station is designed to mount on a 50mm or 2” mast. This must be rigid enough to not overly stress the instruments in high wind speeds. Even more so if a tower mounted rain gauge is used, as tower vibration can cause false rain readings.

The height is up to the end user, 3 meters is typical, however growers often use 2 meter to put the air temperature and wind sensors closer to crop height.

Solar panel

This should always point true North and be below the station as far a cabling will allow.

Always use the provided cable ties to ensure cables are stable in the wind.

 

Servicing

 

Normally the weather station cross-arm does not require any periodic servicing.

Rain Gauges Servicing

 

Specifications

 

Weather-Pro Sensors

 

Air Temperature:                 -30°C~70°C ±0.35°C (0°C ~ 60°C)

 

Relative Humidity:               0%~100%RH ±2% (20% ~ 80%) ±3% (0% or 100%)

 

Barometric Pressure:         500mBar~1100mBar ±2mBar

 

Wind Direction:                   0°~360° ±5° (20°dead band from 350°~10°)

 

Wind Speed                        0~55 m per sec (m/s) ±2%   0~200 kph

 

Light Intensity                       0~1500 watts per square meter (w/m˛)  ±5%

 

 

Optional Accessories

 

Rain Gauge:                         Station accepts most normally open contact Tipping

bucket rain gauges

 

Auxiliary Temperature        -40°C~105°C ±0.3°C(0°C~50°C)

Leaf Wetness sensor:        0 to 100% wetness.

 

Any 4-20mA device            with adapter

 

 

Weather Station Logger

 

Logging Interval       1 minute to 1 hours in 1 minute intervals (5 min default)

 

Modes                      Average, Minimum, Maximum, and Point on all relevant channels.

 

Accumulated totals              Light Energy and Rainfall

 

Battery Life              greater than 5 years.