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Wireless Environmental Monitoring for a Tortoise Sanctuary

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CLEVELAND - eTradeWire -- Temperature and Humidity Data Logger Monitors Habitat

CAS DataLoggers is proud to have provided the wireless environmental monitoring solution to Dave Friend, owner of the Ojai Sulcata Project Inc (http://ojaisulcataproject.org/) (OSP) in Ojai, California, which rescues and researches the massive Sulcata tortoise. These tough turtles are native to the southern Sahara Desert and are one of the largest species of tortoise on Earth, but their conservation status is currently listed as Threatened: Vulnerable.

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CAS DataLoggers provided the Ojai Sulcata Project with a T&D RTR-500NW Wireless Data Logger Network Base Station (https://www.dataloggerinc.com/product/rtr-500nw...) and 2 T&D RTR-503 Wireless Temperature and Humidity Data Loggers (https://www.dataloggerinc.com/product/rtr-503-w...). A pair of Temperature & Humidity probes were also delivered with the loggers to simultaneously record these two parameters so the project could get started right away. Manufactured by T&D, these probes use a 1-meter-long cable length to connect to the loggers. The probes measure temperatures from 32° to 131°F (0° to 55°C) and humidity in a range of 10% to 95% RH. Transmitting the readings from these sensors to the base station, the logger each take a sample once an hour, so Friend stays appraised of current conditions in the burrows.

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Alarm Capabilities

Meanwhile, the alarm levels continually monitor this data for any temperature reading outside the safety limits of 50°-70°F while also checking for any humidity value outside 40%-70% RH. In the event of any value going out of specification, the base station will send warning emails directly to Friend's mobile phone so that he can contact his daughter and grandchildren who also volunteer at the shelter. Following the alarms, the Friends can take immediate measures: for example, when the data loggers indicate that humidity levels have become too dry, Friend pours some water in the burrows, and when it's too wet, he places plastic pipes into the burrow to help dry them out.

Wireless System Benefits

Our custom monitoring and alarming solution now saves the shelter a lot of work and worry. Friend is planning on expanding his T&D system to accommodate other burrows with more dataloggers in the near future—just last month CAS DataLoggers supplied the shelter with additional probes. Dave Friend explained the convenience of his environmental monitoring setup: "I think the equipment's just what I need. I want to share this with people who have Sulcatas so they know if their environment is safe for the animals, and this'll work no matter where you're keeping them."

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For more information on T&D Data Loggers (https://www.dataloggerinc.com/products/tandd/) contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or request more information (https://www.dataloggerinc.com/need-more-information/).

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