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DRIHM presents an interesting video explaining the objectives and best practices of the project

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TOPIC: “ACRONET® Paradigm”

“ACRONET® Paradigm” 6 years 5 months ago #89

“ACRONET® Paradigm” Professional Remote Monitoring Systems

The DRIHM project introduces the ACRONET Paradigm - Open Hardware Monitoring System designed recently by ACROTEC Srl.

ACRONET project is considered as very promising initiative for citizen-scientists, who want to assemble their own weather “measuring system” by combining the ACRONET Modular Elements (different weather sensors).
The different configurations are already installed and successfully measure the weather parameters at Caribs, La Spezia (IT), Savona (IT).

Later on the base of number of different configuration systems ACRONET will design the Acronetwork- a web service, which will collect all observations from measuring systems and represent them in a convenient and advanced manner.
This smart solution will permit citizen-scientists to submit their own measurements to ACRONET server and provide the data to the public.
DRIHM and ACRONET are presuming an effective cooperation based on citizen-scientists society intense interest and recent concepts of “Open Hardware”.

More details you can find at official ACRONET website www.acronet.cc/
Different configurations at work: www.acronet.cc/configurations-layout/
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“ACRONET® Paradigm” 6 years 5 months ago #90

Interesting post! I had couple of questions based on - admittedly quite cursory - initial reading of your post and pages you linked to:

-Is there a short description of what "professional" means in the context of weather stations? Does this mean compliance with some (WMO?) standard? And how does this compliance work in the context of open hardware and software (what can you modify and still retain "professional status")

-How does the Acronetwork relate to other citizen scientist networks we mentioned in the citizen scientist paper?
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“ACRONET® Paradigm” 6 years 5 months ago #91

Dear Matti

this is mainly a question for ACROTEC colleagues and i already invited them to provide feedback.

However my first reaction is that "professional" in the context of weather stations means mainly compliance with WMO standard in terms of




The Acronetwork is meant to be the collection, through a dedicated portal and set of web-services, of the weather stations in agreement with the ACRONET paradigm.

However more later through the ACROTEC colleagues

All the best

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“ACRONET® Paradigm” 6 years 5 months ago #94

Hi Antonio,

Thanks for the links to the documents! I took only a cursory look (since it was over 700 pages of material), but it gave some idea of what WMO compliance means overall - not just technical characteristics of the sensors, but also placement, maintenance etc.

So we're talking about something more advanced than something that you could hook up to something like Weather Underground PWS network?
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“ACRONET® Paradigm” 6 years 4 months ago #108

HI everybody, thank you for both the questions...

The first answer is that, for us, "professional” simply means... “not amateur” :) (nothing to do with WMO standard compliance)

In particular "professional" is the target of first kind of Monitoring Systems Configurations, created in application of Acronet Paradigm, (“Carribean", “Faia", “Tagliate", etc). In these cases we selected only high-level components to reach high reliability performances.

Generally speaking "amateur systems” are made assembling less quality components, trying to maintain low the final price for the end users. (we hope that the public administrations, to realize one point of measure, or better a dedicated network, can spend more money then a simple amateur.

indeed I was thinking to cancel the word “professional” from the Acronet definition, because one of our next tasks, will be a new meteorological amateur station WMO compliant, realized with the ACRONET paradigm as said with Antonio e Tatiana

our target is to maintain the costs of components less then 200€ (it means that we can maintain the final price for the related DIY kit near 400€)


the second answer is that ACRONETWORK is the portal where users can see real time data, and manage their acronet measuring systems (coming soon)

through ACRONEWORK we'll also provide some value added service on data, as integration, interpolation maps, and notice via e-mail or sms in case of threshold exceed.

in relation with the Drimh project we are thinking about an integration (in the acronetwork portal) between the public data reached on the other citizen scientist networks, and the acronet measuring system data.

of course acronet users can also share the acronet data on the other networks….
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“ACRONET® Paradigm” 6 years 4 months ago #109

Thank you for the interesting answers! I guess "professional" on its own can be a bit double-edged marketing term, but if I interpreted your explanation correctly you're still talking about "professional grade" solutions (i.e. you could run a service where failure means loss of revenue and additional salary costs)? Prosumer (and up) vs. entry-level?

One follow-up question: how is the quality of components usually measured? Accuracy, resolution, mean time between failures? And how do these parameters change when moving from amateur systems to fully professional ones?
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