Environmental Monitoring Using Mobile Telemetry

Environmental monitoring is necessary to make sure the conservative use of the depleting resources that the environment has to offer. Environmentalists have the hard task of monitoring water resources, air, soil and other important elements. The applications of the results of these monitoring services vary from mining to construction and other industries. The presence of Mobile Telemetry LLC has greatly enhanced the ability of environmentalists to monitor these conditions efficiently and conveniently.

Environmental telemetry monitoring

Telemetry equipment is necessary because some environments are not suitable for human beings. The continuous monitoring also requires intensive labour time that is not possible in most cases. Therefore, Mobile Telemetry LLC is a welcomed new technology that has greatly helped in environmental monitoring. The telemetry equipment allows the environmentalists to access sensor data through internet ready devices such as computers, mobile phones and tablets. The telemetry equipment can also store historical data for more than thirty days, this makes it possible to create continuous charts and graphs that show the progression of a condition.Handheld_telemetry

How it works

Transfer of data through telemetry simplifies and speeds up access to critical information from remote areas, which is often the case in environmental data collection. The type of telemetry equipment senses particular conditions such as heat, water levels, pressure, flow and humidity among others. The sensors transfer data to transmitters connected through wireless communication systems to other devices with receivers. Wireless communication systems used include:

  • Cellular telemetry: The telephone connection is between the transmitters and the receiver. The telephone connection use the wired public switch telephone network is one is available. This is often the best solutions for areas with a well-established telephone network.
  • Radio telemetry: Radio telemetry may need a line of sight between the monitoring equipment and the receiver station. Radio telemetry can be either licensed or unlicensed. The clarity of data transfer depends on factors such as the position of the antenna, tuning, gain atmospheric conditions and terrain. However, radio telemetry signal transmission can be repeated in case of interference.
  • Satellite telemetry: this is the best option when working in very remote locations without a telephone network or direct line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver station. The signal bounces off a satellite to the base station to transfer data. Satellites are also suitable when there an infrastructure cost issues. These transmitters and receivers can work over long ranges or short ranges depending on the type of data transmitted. Some short-range transmitters use Bluetooth technology to send data.

Advantages of Mobile Telemetry in environmental monitoring

Mobile Telemetry is the most affordable way to monitor the environment. A few pieces of equipment can do the work of an entire weather station in terms of monitoring conditions. The equipment only requires tuning and tweaking every once in a while, therefore it is not labor intensive. Data transfer is very fast if not immediate and this makes it easier to make informed decisions faster. Environmentalists can work with realistic deadlines due to this equipment.

About the Author: David Malloy is an environmentalist involved in Vapour Intrusion water resource Monitoring  and conservation in South America.

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