Second Wind Offers Cell Phone Data Check-ins

So you have a snazzy cell phone. You can download ring tones, send text messages, check the internet, maybe even take and send pictures — but can you remotely check in on how your wind anemometers are doing?

Somerville, Massachusetts – July 30, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Second Wind, which specializes in wind data software and hardware solutions, announced the availability of CDMA cellular remote data collection for its Nomad 2 data logger. The company’s Nomad 2 Data logger connects any 12 anemometers and eight analog inputs for wind energy resource assessment studies. And now that data can be available on your phone. CDMA is the most common digital cellular network in North America. With a CDMA modem installed in the Nomad 2 data logger, a user can call in to the logger and view live data at the site, download data and site information, and change data collection parameters. The CDMA network is quickly expanding to more rural locations where only AMPS (analog) service was previously available. Because of the CDMA modem’s lower power requirements and faster transfer rates, the data transfer process is much more efficient. CDMA is also less expensive than AMPS because less airtime is being used. AMPS services are being reduced in locations where CDMA is coming online, and data logger users report that it is becoming difficult to even obtain an AMPS account. “The CDMA option for the Nomad 2 makes setting up remote communications much easier for our customers,” said Walter Sass, president of Second Wind Inc. “CDMA technology is an efficient and relatively inexpensive method of collecting wind resource assessment data and ensuring that the sensors on the meteorological tower are still functioning properly, preventing significant data loss.” With a CDMA modem, data can be e-mailed from the Nomad 2 data logger without the need for a subscription ISP account, using QNC (Quick Network Connect) and the Second Wind mail server. QNC is a standard feature of CDMA service, and allows the modem to connect directly to the Internet, instead of dialing an independent Internet Service Provider (ISP).
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