Company brings years of water temperature tracking expertise to level logging market, focuses on demand for low-cost solutions
BOURNE, MA, February 7, 2005 — Onset Computer Corporation, a leading supplier of battery-powered data loggers for underwater monitoring applications, today announced that it is expanding into the water level market with the HOBO® Water Level Logger, the industry's lowest cost data logger for recording water level and temperature in groundwater wells, streams, lakes, wetlands and tidal areas.
The HOBO Water Level Logger is a high-accuracy, pressure-based water level recording device that combines research-grade accuracy and durability with a price tag that is roughly half the cost of most comparable solutions. It provides 0.1% of full-scale accuracy with a 30-foot measurement range and better than 0.01-foot resolution. Unlike traditional water level loggers, which rely on cumbersome vent tubes and desiccant packs for operation, the HOBO Water Level Logger operates as a standalone unit. This simplifies deployment and eliminates many of the maintenance issues associated with vent tube-based loggers. A second HOBO Water Level Logger can be used for barometric compensation when required.
"For over 10 years, thousands of customers in a broad range of industries — from fisheries to stormwater management — have relied on Onset loggers for water temperature monitoring," said Paul Gannett, product marketing manager for Onset. "In these markets, the Onset name has become synonymous with accuracy, reliability, and value. With the HOBO Water Level Logger, we've taken our core competency — low-power, high-accuracy data logging — and applied it to the water level monitoring market. The result is a research-grade logger that not only provides exceptional performance and ease of use, but one that is priced significantly less than competing solutions."
Brian Peck, a hydrogeologist with Kleinfelder, Inc. in Reno, NV, conducted a test of the HOBO Water Level Logger and reports the following: "The accuracy is excellent, especially for a logger that costs a lot less than similar products on the market. The lack of vent tube cable is a real value-added feature that reduces vulnerability, increases portability, and simplifies decontamination. Finally, I found the optical communication link to be slick and foolproof, and the software has flexible and interactive graphing tools for easy review of the data."
Powerful, intuitive software:
To analyze and plot water level data, Onset offers HOBOware™ 2.0 for Windows, a highly intuitive graphing and analysis software package. HOBOware provides a user-friendly graphical user interface, and offers a number of convenient features such as easy pressure-to-level conversion, and a Barometric Compensation Assistant which automatically compensates for barometric pressure changes.
Convenient, connector-free data offload:
The HOBO Water Level Logger offloads data to a PC via a convenient USB-based optical interface, which provides high-speed, reliable data offload in wet environments. Its optical design eliminates the need for failure-prone mechanical connectors found in many traditional water level logger products.
Evan Lubofsky, Director of Marketing
Onset Computer Corporation
Direct Tel. (508) 743-3181
email: Evan Lubofsky
Onset Computer Corporation has been producing small, inexpensive, battery-powered data loggers since 1981, and has sold over 1 Million units used throughout the world by more than 50,000 customers. Onset offers more than 60 models of data loggers to measure temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind, barometric pressure, light, AC current, carbon monoxide, 4-20 mA, voltage, on/off, open/closed, and events. Onset data loggers are used in a wide range of research, commercial and educational applications including agriculture, forestry, field biology, food production, manufacturing, transportation, and HVAC. NASA used HOBOs to measure space suit temperatures during spacewalks.