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By Rich Handley

Industrial IoT Solutions from FreeWave Technologies Provide Weather Data for Mount Washington Observatory

FreeWave Technologies, a provider of industrial, secure machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless networking solutions, has announced that its ruggedized industrial IoT (IIoT) data radios deliver real-time weather data at the Mount Washington Observatory (MWO), a New Hampshire-based non-profit research facility.

MWO conducts critical weather, atmospheric and climate research that is used for national and global forecasting. The facility provides vital data that allows local government agencies to assess active conditions in order to protect the lives of crews during search-and-rescue operations. FreeWave's low-power 900 MHz radios are designed to provide critical data under Mount Washington's extreme weather and harsh conditions, according to the company.

"As you can imagine, there is little to no room for failure when it comes to our climate monitoring efforts that double as a resource to help save lives during search operations," said Peter Gagne, ‎‎Mount Washington Observatory's IT manager, in a prepared statement. "For more than 13 years, FreeWave's radios have impressed us with their durability and reliability in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet. We've been so pleased with their performance that we will continue to deploy FreeWave as we update our Auto Road Vertical Profile this year. To top it off, we receive top-notch customer service, and the network is cost-effective and easy to deploy."

MWO has studied Earth's climate since 1932. The facility sits atop the highest peak in the Northeast United States, at an elevation of 6,288 feet. Researchers frequently encounter winds at 50 to 100 miles per hour and penetrating fog in the summer, as well as sub-arctic temperatures, winds at 140 miles per hour or more, freezing fog and heavy glaze icing in the winter. Weather conditions change frequently and rapidly, visibility is often compromised, and researchers have seen ice accretion rates of up to 12 inches per hour.

At the observatory, FreeWave's FGR and FGR2 radios connect a network of 28 sensors and devices on five remote weather stations. The stations are solar-powered and only receive sunlight 40 percent of the year. The system's capabilities have enabled 24-hour, year-round network connectivity, the company reports.

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