Why do I need a base station?

Base Stations collect data from Sensor Stations up to 2 miles away. By relaying information to a Base Station, rather than each of our Sensor Stations having a cell phone modem, we’re able to keep our product affordable.

 
 
Cellular Base Station in peanut field.

Cellular Base Station in peanut field.

range

Up to 2 miles. We mount our Base Stations on top of a 4’ stabilizer pole which, together with an 8’ antenna, ensures line-of-sight communication between Base Stations & Sensor Stations.


communication

Sensor Stations communicate via radio (“walkie-talkie style) to the Cellular Base Station, which automatically uploads the data to the cloud every 2 hours.

We use AT&T, but don’t let that scare you, Verizon lovers. If you can send a text, but can’t make a phone call, we can upload your data to the cloud!

Our hardware engineer installs a Cellular Base Station.

Our hardware engineer installs a Cellular Base Station.


Cellular Base Station in cotton field.

Cellular Base Station in cotton field.

power

Good news: you won’t need to swap out batteries. Our units are powered by a solar panel & a rechargeable battery. 

When you install your Base Station, make sure it’s in an area with adequate sunlight.



Add-ons: rain gauge

Include a Davis Rain Collector as an add-on to your Base Station to view realtime precipitation alongside your soil moisture data.

Cellular Base Station with Davis Rain Collector.

Cellular Base Station with Davis Rain Collector.


Davis Vantage Pro2™ GroWeather Cabled Sensor Suite.

Davis Vantage Pro2™ GroWeather Cabled Sensor Suite.

Add-ons: weather station

Include a Davis Weather Station as an add-on to your Base Station to view realtime weather data:

  • Wind Speed (in miles per hour)

  • Wind Direction

  • Rain Amount

  • Rain Rate

  • Temperature

  • Humidity

  • Solar Radiation