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LIVE DISPLAY

 

The live display provides a real-time readout of the following information:

· Current wind speed (in the gray bar)

· Maximum wind speed since last reset, as well as the time stamp when the max was recorded.

· Average wind speed since the last Reset.  The date and time of the last reset is also shown.

· Minimum wind speed since last reset, as well as the time stamp when the min was recorded. 

If the Alarm Speed is exceeded, the colour of the Current speed will change and the Digital Output will be triggered.

The live display also includes the following controls:

· Reset Displays:  to reset the Live Displays (not the data acquisition)

· Reset Alarm: to reset the alarm and digital output

· Data Log On/Off: to start and stop data logging

· Starts logging automatically on boot/reboot

· Setup:  to select units, logging, etc.

 

SETUP SCREEN

Setup provides the following capabilities:

· Units selection: mph, kph, knots, m/sec, and Beaufort

· COM Port: the port into which the Vortex wind sensor is connected

· Alarm Speed: the wind speed at which the Live Display numbers will change colour and the digital output will switch.

· Filename: the name and location of the data file

· Interval: the number of minutes between stored data sets.  It is also the interval over which the stored wind speed will be averaged.

Note: this is not the same average as the Live Display, which averages over the entire time since the live displays were last reset).

 

 

 

 

WINDWARE WIND DATA LOGGING KIT

 

The Windware Kit includes everything necessary to collect wind speed data: a quality Inspeed Vortex Wind Sensor, wire, and an interface cable to the PC.

25 feet of wire come standard, custom lengths available on request. Tested fine with more than 500 feet of wire.

 

Detailed Technical Specification

DATA FILES

The data stored includes the current speed, the max and min during the previous storage interval, and the average over the interval selected.

It is stored in ASCII format such that it can be read by virtually any graphing software.  An example is shown here where the storage interval was one minute.

Stopping and starting the program APPENDS the new data and does NOT overwrite existing data.

 

Detailed Technical Specification

 

 

SPEED RANGE

 

 

Approximate. 3 to approximate. 150 mph. (~5 to ~ 240 kph)

 

ACCURACY

 

 

better than +4% of reading (ex: 20 mph +0.8 mph)

 

 

SAMPLING RATE

 

 

peak wind gusts are monitored at a constant rate of 1 Hz (once per second)

 

 

SAMPLING INTERVAL

 

 

minimum 1 minute, user-selectable at one minute intervals

 

 

DATA STORAGE INTERVAL

 

 

same as the averaging interval: minimum 1 minute, user-selectable at one minute intervals

 

 

DATA FILE

 

 

Data files are created in ASCII format with time and date stamp

 

Data stored includes current, and max/min/average for the selected interval

 

The amount of data stored depends on available disk space.

 

Stopping and restarting the data collection APPENDS data in the same file, does NOT overwrite

 

 

OTHER APPLICATIONS

 

 

Windware 1.0 Wind Speed Data Logger is a high speed background program, utilizing less than 1% of CPU power on a typical, modern PC.   Therefore, other programs should run simultaneously without problems.

 

 

COM PORT

 

 

At least one COM port needs to be available for the wind sensor input.

 

A 9-pin COM port connector and cable is available from Inspeed (see below).

 

For do-it-yourselves, attach to the COM 1 9-pin connector as follows: WIND SENSOR: pins 4 and 6, no polarity.   The Alarm output is on pin 7(RTS) with respect to pin 5(GND).  It will go high (RS232 positive level) when it trips, and return low (RS232 negative level) when reset.  The RS232 output is specified to be in the range of 5 to

 

9 volts (positive or negative) when driven into a maximum load of 300 ohms.

 

Attach to the COM 2 25-pin connector as follows: WIND SENSOR is connected between pins 20(DTR) and 6(DSR).   The alarm output is on pin 4 (RTS) with respect to pin 7 (Signal ground).  It will go high (RS232 positive level) when it trips, and return low (RS232 negative level) when reset.   The RS232 output is specified to be in the range of 5 to 9 volts (positive or negative) when driven into a maximum load of 300 ohms.

 

USB: Windware will work with a COM to USB adapter.

 

 

GRAPHING

 

 

Sorry  no graphs included at this time  just data - but making them is a piece of cake.

 

(It takes only seconds to create a graph using Microsoft Excel...)

 

 

OPERATING SYSTEM

 

 

The wind speed data logging software is compatible with PC’s running Vista Windows XP or 2000.

 

Customer-tested on Windows 95, Windows ME, and Windows 98.

 

 

WIND SENSOR

 

 

Windware 1.0 Wind Speed Data Logging software is only compatible with the Inspeed Vortex wind sensor, which provides one digital pulse per rotation.  One wind sensor is included in the Windware Kit.

 

Current Vortex Users: Any Inspeed Vortex Anemometer Wind Sensor can be used with the data logging software.  Simply disconnect the cyclometer display and connect the wind sensor to the PC.  Do NOT try to use both the cyclometer and Windware at the same time - it could damage the cyclometer).

 

The interface from the wind speed sensor to the PC is via the serial COM port D-connector.   A9-pin D-sub connector is included in the complete kit.  For existing Vortex users, a connector is available from Inspeed, or simply connect the two wires from the wind sensor to pins 4 and 6 of a standard 9-pin serial port connector (no polarity), or to pins 20 and 6 on a 25-pin COM 2 connector (See COM Ports above).

 

A surge protector is also available - and strongly recommended!   (To protect your computer from the likes of lightning...)

 

Comes standard with 25 feet of wire. Custom lengths available on request.

 

Tested fine with over 1,500 feet (500 m) of wire.

 

Works with any 2-conductor wire.

 

 

DIGITAL OUTPUT ALARM

 

 

The Wind Alarm is configured to change the colour of the Live Display and to switch a digital line on the COM Port: the alarm is on pins 7 and 5 of the 9-pin COM 1 connector, or on pins 4 and 7 on a 25-pin COM 2 connector (see COM Ports above).

 

 

MULTIPLE SENSORS

 

 

Windware requires one COM port for each sensor.

 

It is possible to run multiple copies of Windware with multiple sensors provided each has its own COM port.

 

Note that settings will only be auto-saved for one copy; closing and re-opening multiple Windware requires that you check to see that the proper settings are in place.

 

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