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LabVIEW driver eases interface with monitoring tools

Posted: 22 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sensor? software API? monitoring tool?

National Instruments has released a new instrument driver that provides users with the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform the ability to interface with environmental monitoring sensors that communicate via SDI-12, a serial-based communication protocol optimized for battery-powered intelligent sensors. The protocol enables to interact with multiple sensors and recorders that are commonly used in environmental data acquisition applications such as climate change tracking, water quality and testing, ecological research, soil monitoring, agriculture and weather analysis.

Using NI LabVIEW SDI-12 API software, users can now measure turbidity, dissolved oxygen, tank level, soil acidity, conductivity and other critical environmental sensor measurements, ensuring LabVIEW a flexible environmental data-logging solution.

The LabVIEW SDI-12 API, along with an RS232 to SDI-12 converter and any computer or NI programmable automation controller that includes a serial port, can be used to make environmental measurements in a lab setting or deploy standalone systems into remote places.

-Gina Roos

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