Data loggers help monitor indoor environmental conditions

Tinytag temperature and humidity data loggers are used to monitor indoor environmental conditions to help improve energy efficiency.

With increasing drives to cut CO2 emissions, improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption, Tinytags are being used by environmental and transport consultants to record temperature and humidity conditions in industrial, office and transport installations.

Many premises have no environmental monitoring systems. In an attempt to improve energy efficiency, the first thing a facilities manager needs to know is what temperature and humidity conditions are really being experienced within a building.

Having accurate data is essential to support investment decisions. Specialist environmental and transport consultants Fifth Dimension Associates Ltd. (FDAL) has developed a specialist division for temperature and humidity monitoring, using Tinytag data loggers to record the data. FDAL currently has 400 Tinytag Plus 2 data loggers at 66 different premises, and is amassing over two million items of data every month.

David Burton, FDAL Technical Director said "Of all the options available to us, Tinytags offer the greatest flexibility - they are reliable, accurate and easy to use. When we move on to another project, we can just re-locate the loggers, the long battery life allowing minimal intervention. We've learned a lot in the past year and looked at several other data logger systems, but we always come back to Gemini."

It's not just out in the field that Gemini products are effective. The Tinytag Explorer software utility enables rapid analysis and management of the data once it's been downloaded. Tinytag Explorer also permits a wide range of data logger set-ups to be programmed on site, or pre-programmed for site triggering. David continued: "Tinytag Explorer is an invaluable tool when handling such a large amount of data - our clients often want us to do a first-cut analysis and this tool lets us do that very swiftly. Although we have had to develop our own database to create specific reports, Tinytag Explorer gives us a rapid overview, and has a sufficiently high standard of graphical presentation for us to incorporate it directly into client reports".

Of Gemini after-sales support David concluded "The on-going support we have from Gemini is first-class - they even take on board suggestions we make for enhancing the products. The response they give whenever we call them enables us to overcome problems with the minimum downtime".

Fifth Dimension Associates: the company undertakes fieldwork, consultancy and small engineering projects for the rail industry. Its clients include Network Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Rail, train operators and major contractors to the industry.

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