Campbell Scientific(CSI) manufactures dataloggers, data acquisition systems, and measurement and control products prioritising flexibility, precision measurements and dependability in harsh, remote environments. The company was founded in 1974 and today operates in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and its headquarters and factory in Logan, Utah. CSI also owns Muir Matheson, Aberdeen based weather monitoring specialists.
CSI’s products support numerous applications including:
- Weather and climate stations: measure wind speed and direction, precipitation, barometric pressure, temperature (air, water, and soil), snow depth, soil moisture, relative humidity, solar radiation, and more.
- Hydrological stations: measure and record water level, flow, and water quality parameters, as well as automatically control gates, alarms, motors, valves, and other electrical devices.
- Industrial systems: measure RPM, vibration, acceleration, position, frequency, strain temperature, pressure,
- Time domain reflectometry systems: measure soil water content, bulk electrical conductivity, rock-mass deformation, and slope stability with superior accuracy and precision.
- Aquaculture systems: continuously monitor water quality parameters such as dissolved oxygen, temperature, and pH, as well as automatically control pumps, injectors, aerators, and other devices.
- Air quality systems: monitor meteorological parameters, ambient gas and particulate con- centrations, stack emissions, and visibility.
- Micromet systems: use eddy covariance and Bowen ratio techniques to measure water vapor, CO2, and heat fluxes.
In December 2011, CSI announced the selection of wind lidar system ZephIR 300 as the company’s remote sensing solution for providing the US wind energy market with accurate wind data across all stages of a wind farm development project.
Automation drives resource efficiency
CSI is part of the broader control and sensor systems industries that have slowly become an important part of the enterprise (or home) information infrastructure. Automation is the way forward, not just for data collection, but also for a wider array of repeatable services such as systems monitoring, call handling and task scheduling. We expect many sensor and control systems to migrate to the cloud. This will in turn drive greater integration opportunities. Rainmakers should prepare for the coming deluge of automated data and services delivery as customers seek greater resource efficiencies.
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