Do you have a network of groundwater monitoring wells? Are the wells equipped with Levelogger water level data loggers? Are you frequently traveling long distances to collect the data?
These are all reasons you need LevelSender telemetry! The Model 9500 LevelSender from Solinst uses a GSM cellular modem to send water level data from remote Leveloggers in the field to a Home Station computer and smart devices via email and SMS.
Here are five more reasons you should consider adding LevelSender telemetry to your Leveloggers:
1 – It’s Easy
Adding LevelSender telemetry to your Leveloggers is easy!
The LevelSender simply connects to your Levelogger’s Direct Read Cable using a Reader Cable (see image at left).
The LevelSender can be used with your existing Leveloggers (even Gold versions) as long as they are using the most up-to-date firmware. Check your compatibility here: https://www.solinst.com/products/data/3001compatibility.pdf
Watch the first video in our LevelSender series to get an overview of all the standard equipment needed to get your LevelSender up and running.
2 – It’s Compact
A LevelSender is able to fit inside a 2″ well!
So, you can fit a Level Sender with a Levelogger and Barologger, all inside the same well. This allows for discrete and secure deployment. You most likely won’t have to make too many adjustments to your existing well installation.
Video two in our LevelSender series shows how to assemble LevelSender telemetry and install it in a well with a Levelogger:
3 – It’s Efficient
Once you have all of the required equipment, programming and getting your LevelSender up and running is really fast.
You just need to download the LevelSender PC Software from the Solinst Downloads page on your Home Station computer (it’s free!). Connect the LevelSender to your PC using a mini USB cable (you may have one, or you can purchase one through Solinst).
A Software Setup Wizard guides you through each step required to program your LevelSender, including your GSM modem SIM card setup, email setup, data collection and reporting schedule, and data recipients.
Watch the following videos that show how the LevelSender PC Software gets you up and running efficiently:
It is also effortless to make remote changes to the data collection schedule after the LevelSender is deployed.
Using the LevelSender PC Software, you can send updates from the Home Station to the Level Sender in the field. You can also remotely set the Leveloggers to record independently in their own memory as a back-up.
View this next video to see how it’s done:
4 – It’s Convenient
You get water level data without having to go out and collect it! The data comes to you when you need it wherever you are.
The remote water data is sent to you in various ways, ensuring you are covered. And access to remote real time data on multiple devices helps you make accurate decisions more quickly.
First, data is sent to the Home Station PC.
You can view each data report sent to the Home Station email using the Data Collection tab in the LevelSender Software. You can also export and save .xle (Levelogger) data files using the Data Collection tab. The data files are opened in Levelogger Software for barometric compensation or other data adjustments.
Also at the Home Station, data from each report is placed in an SQLite database. The database is appended with each report. The database can be queried by your own macros or applications to automatically check for updates and display the data on your own website or another custom setup of your choosing.
In addition to the Home Station email, you can program five other emails to receive data reports. So, you can get data on your smartphone and set up your other colleagues or project partners to get data as well.
Finally, you can get the data sent to your smartphone via text messages.
Watch video five in the LevelSender series to get an overview of all the convenient data collection options.
5 – It’s Inexpensive
To start, purchasing a LevelSender itself is fairly reasonable – remember, you probably already have some of the equipment you need. (Plus, LevelSender Software is free!)
The LevelSender has very low power needs. It uses three 1.SV AA lithium batteries to operate. And depending on your data sampling and reporting rates, they can last up to four years without replacement.
LevelSender telemetry also has low monthly data plan requirements.
Read our handy LevelSender Prep Guide that outlines all the important things you should consider before purchasing a LevelSender, including the cellular service plan details and battery life estimates.
There are other ways LevelSender telemetry helps save you money.
Telemetry provides the means to access remote site data, cutting out the need to travel to the site. This means travel and labour costs are reduced and project costs can be minimized.
Another great feature of the LevelSender system is that each data report contains diagnostic information including battery level and system status. This means you can keep an eye on things, and only go out to the field when you need to.
View the last video in the LevelSender series to see how you can use other diagnostic tools in the LevelSender Software to keep your LevelSender functioning.