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Our friends at Openxtra have come up with a novel solution for on the spot temperature logging with a laptop or in installations where its hard to justify a full blown networked temperature solution. The Xsensior provides a simple and cost effective way of adding usb based temperature monitoring to your arsenal of monitoring tools. Simply plug the monitor in after loading the software and within minutes you’ll be looking at graphs trending the temperature of the location.
As they say in their literature...
- Very easy to use plug and play USB temperature monitor
- Zero network configuration
- Simple to deploy, uses existing PCs
- Runs as a Service in Windows for unattended operation
- Polling period from 5 seconds upwards
- Receive email alerts when temperatures go out of the range
- View temperature graphs and logs
- Export data to other applications
- Ideal for small environments or ‘spot’ measurements
- Small, portable, excellent for multiple installations
- Includes 1 year software upgrades and technical support and with the technical specifications
I can see a number of uses for this but the first one is likely to be showing clients just how warm their running enviroment is especially in enclosed locations without air conditioning. I have also a few tests in mind for this device – remote monitoring from virtual hosts via digi’s usb network adapter and extending the distance from the host with usb cat 5 extenders. Given the recent cold snap I could also see this being a cheap early warning system for homes where drops in temperature especially during holidays could be monitored remotely !!