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Data Checker/Alarm Software

Data Checker/Alarm Software

Data Checker/Alarm Software

My Geotech firm has a Campbell Scientific CR10X datalogger collecting data from several monopods on a remote ridge. The datalogger sends data via spread spectrum radio to a computer on the ground. We would like the datalogger to make an alarm phone call if the monopod output exceeds certain preset values, but no phone service is available on the ridge. Therefore, we would like the computer, which is equipped with a modem and phone line, to make the call.

Does anyone know of any software that could scan the datalogger's output for a pre-specified alarm-triggering value and use the modem to make a phone call? If not, is there another method for making an alarm phone call?

Ben Opp
KANE GeoTech, Inc.
Stockton, CA

RE: Data Checker/Alarm Software

You could add a cell phone unit to the CR10, if cell service is available.  Otherwise contact Campbell, I'm sure they have a solution they can sell you.

RE: Data Checker/Alarm Software

Thanks for your response.  Analog cell services is no longer available here, and digital coverage is sketchy on the ridgetop.  Campbell refuses to respond to emails about this topic.

RE: Data Checker/Alarm Software

I knew that solution was too simple.  

How is the data stored on the computer with a modem?  If you could write the data, or a copy of the data, to a plain text file (comma delineated) then a simple VB program could scan the data on a regular basis to look for values above the trigger level.  If the value is identified, then the VB program could trigger the call.  

My guess is you will be better off doing a small custom application than trying to find an off the self program.

RE: Data Checker/Alarm Software

Try Franklin Instrumentation in Vancouver BC - they are leaders in geotechnical instrumentation.  (I'm assuming they are still in business - I haven't been there for quite a while.).

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