Inexpensive automated paging system for use at remote research sites

S. L. Sargent, W. S. Dey, D. A. Keefer

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The use of a flow-activated automatic sampler at a remote research site required personnel to periodically visit the site to collect samples and reset the automatic sampler. To reduce site visits, a cellular telephone was modified for activation by a datalogger. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the use and benefit of the modified telephone. Both the power switch and the speed-dial button on the telephone were bypassed and wired to a relay driver. The datalogger was programmed to compare values of a monitored environmental parameter with a target value. When the target value was reached or exceeded, the datalogger pulsed a relay driver, activating power to the telephone. A separate relay activated the speed dial, dialing the number of a tone-only pager. The use of this system has saved time and reduced travel costs by reducing the number of trips to the site, without the loss of any data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-601
Number of pages2
JournalSoil Science Society of America Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science


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