Satellite Sensors Would Deliver Global Wildfire Coverage


Pasadena, CA, USA  —  Wildfires can wreak havoc on human health, property and communities, so it’s imperative to detect them as early as possible.

That’s why NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is working on a concept for a network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with Quadra Pi R2E, San Francisco.

FireSat would be a constellation of more than 200 thermal infrared imaging sensors on satellites designed to quickly locate wildfires around the globe. Once operational, FireSat would represent the most complete monitoring coverage of wildfires ever from space. Continue reading

Wireless Transmitter for Smart Phones & Tablets Temps, pH, RTD & RH

UWBT Series of OMEGA® wireless transmitters

Wireless Transmitter for Smart Phones & Tablets

Wireless Transmitter for Smart Phones & Tablets

Stamford, CT, USA — The UWBT Series of OMEGA® wireless transmitters turn your smart phone or tablet into a data logging and monitoring device.

It measures different sensor inputs – such as thermocouples, RTDs, relative humidity and pH – and transmits data via Bluetooth directly to your smart phone or tablet.

It is an innovative, powerful and convenient way of empowering your personal device with the capabilities of a robust data acquisition system for temperature, pH and relative humidity measurement.

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Owens Corning Launches Home Energy Assessment App

Comfort Tracker™ Mobile App Together with FLIR® Thermal Imaging Technology

“It’s exciting to see other companies utilize the power of the FLIR One platform and its thermal imaging technology in new and innovative ways”

Owens Corning Comfort Tracker iPhone App Icon

Owens Corning Comfort Tracker™ App Icon

Toledo, OH, USA — Owens Corning unveils a new mobile app that puts the power of a thermal vision home energy audit into the hands of homeowners, contractors and remodelers.

The free, user-friendly Owens Corning™ Comfort Tracker™ app can be combined with the FLIR ONE™ thermal imaging camera technology, made by FLIR Systems, for added sophistication in detecting anomalies in heat signatures that indicate air and thermal leakage areas in the home.

According to North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), more than 90 percent1 of U.S. homes are under-insulated2 resulting in lost energy efficiency, increased heating and cooling costs, and uncomfortable homes.

With winter approaching, the Owens Corning™ Comfort Tracker™ app now enables contractors and DIY homeowners to turn their iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ devices into a tool that can help improve the home’s energy performance throughout the year. Continue reading

Noncontact Infrared Temp Sensor with USB Interface

Omega’s New IR-USB Model



Stamford, CT, USA — The IR-USB infrared temperature sensor provides a reliable and economical method for most noncontact temperature monitoring applications.

Each unit is factory calibrated to provide excellent sensitivity, fast response, and stability.

The unit features a IR sensor/signal conditioner installation with a direct USB connection.

The free user software converts your PC into a temperature meter, chart recorder or data logger.

A mounting kit is also available that allows for wall or duct mounting. Continue reading

Measure Dew Point Temps to Optimize a Manufacturing Process

Solid Insulator Capacitor Maker Kemet Does

Changes in dew point temperature during the drying process in a test run

Changes in dew point temperature during the drying process. Image by Vaisala

Helsinki, Finland  —  Humidity plays a crucial role in the manufacture of capacitors. Capacitor paper has to be completely dry to ensure high quality and yield.

Over-drying limits the manufacturing capacity and affects energy consumption.

A manufacturer of solid insulator capacitors with an annual production of over 70 million capacitors improved their dryer capacity and reduced energy consumption while maintaining quality and yield by changing control strategy from one based on time to another based on measurement data. Continue reading

Wyoming Game & Fish Conducts Infrared Flight to Count Elk

Wyoming Game & Fish biologists count elk in the Jackson region with infrared cameras

Infrared_ElkJackson, WY, USA – Counting wildlife is rarely easy, but some situations prove more challenging than others.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in its constant effort to get the most accurate wildlife counts, recently employed using infrared cameras to count elk from the air along the Snake River corridor between Grand Teton National Park and the town of Wilson.

Game and Fish biologists and wardens have long believed this segment of the Jackson Elk Herd is rapidly growing, but it has been difficult to get a good count in the area because it is dominated by private land with many homes, making access limited from the ground.

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As Earth Warms, NASA Targets ‘Other Half’ of Carbon, Climate Equation

CO2 Sources From a High-Resolution Climate Model Video

Online  —  During a noon EST media teleconference last week, NASA and university scientists discussed new insights, tools and agency research into key carbon and climate change questions, as the agency ramps up its efforts to understand how Earth’s ocean, forest, and land ecosystems absorb nearly half of emitted carbon dioxide today.

Carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities influences the amount of the sun’s energy trapped by Earth’s atmosphere.

These emissions are the subject of a United Nations climate conference in Paris later this month. Continue reading

New road sensor MARWIS on tour in Germany

By Helena Wingert


With the mobile road weather sensor MARWIS Lufft’s engineers realized an innovative product which is able to contribute many improvements to the road and air traffic management.

A lot of people who can benefit from MARWIS didn’t experience the new sensor in action already. This is to be changed in the upcoming weeks…

For four weeks the mobile road sensor MARWIS will travel throughout Germany. Its destinations are winter service and highway authorities, airports and other institutions which are responsible for the road and runway maintenance.

Because many of the persons in charge of these tasks don’t know the MARWIS yet or just heard about it and never saw it in action. Continue reading

NEW compact two-colour pyrometer with integrated display and keyboard

With a parallax-free laser aiming option | World Firsts!

CellaTemp compact pyrometer

CellaTemp compact pyrometer

Ibbenbüren-Laggenbeck, Germany — The new two-colour pyrometer of the CellaTemp PK series are equipped with a contamination detection function (CDF).

A very strong contamination of the inspection glass or the lens of the pyrometer or a high concentration of dust and vapour in the viewpath towards the object to be measured trigger an alarm signal. This ensures a high operating reliability.

In addition, it saves costs as regular maintenance and visual control by the service personnel is no longer needed.

The two-colour pyrometer offers the option to evaluate the spectral temperatures as well.
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