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Environmental Monitoring

"Because of the flexibility of LabVIEW, we can configure measurement types, select channels, and even add scaling from a laptop connected to the system. "

- Dr. William Kaiser - Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA

Researchers Use NI LabVIEW and NI CompactRIO to Perform Environmental Monitoring in the Costa Rican Rainforest

With the increased focus on the effects of climate change on the environment, there has been a global effort to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that cause them. This has led to a growing need to measure and monitor the environment. From monitoring the integrity of soil, water, and air to regulating the amount of chemicals large production facilities emit into the environment, hardware and software tools from National Instruments help you build customizable systems to meet your monitoring needs. From the factory floor to the forest canopy, you can distribute industrial-grade programmable automation controllers (PACs) in harsh environments to achieve your data-logging, analysis, and measurement goals.

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With NI PACs, you not only can monitor and log emissions data but also use PAC advanced analysis and communication capabilities to incorporate intelligent control in your applications, which increases overall system efficiency. Discover how you can use these stand-alone deployment systems to automate monitoring, calibration, and maintenance.

USB-Based Environmental Test Station

The NI USB environmental test station is a complete lab solution for testing a product or process for the effects of temperature, strain, pressure, vibration, and other environmental factors.

  • Complete USB-based environmental test station for the lab environment
  • Measurement options include temperature, strain, pressure, and vibration
  • Comprehensive noise and vibration analysis and signal processing capability

WSN-Based Environmental Monitoring System

The NI Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Outdoor Environmental Monitoring System offers a customizable number of WSN Ethernet gateways, WSN measurement nodes, and outdoor enclosures so you can create a system to meet your unique application needs.

  • Customizable system to accommodate your application needs, including I/O channels and software
  • Outdoor weatherproof enclosures for WSN measurement nodes included

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Benefits of Using NI

  • Seamless hardware and software integration
  • Intuitive graphical programming
  • Powerful control, analysis, and networking functionality
  • FPGAs that provide openness and customization flexibility

Environmental Monitoring Fundamentals

View an introductory webcast that explores the fundamentals of collecting measurements using both hardware and software tools from NI.

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