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Remote Telemetry System for Particulate Monitoring

A photo of a remote telemetry system.

Commercial real-time instruments are used to monitor smoke particulate concentrations from prescribed burns and wildfires. Working with a small telecommunications firm, Applied Digital Security, Inc., MTDC has developed a remote data retrieval system for the MIE DataRam 2000 and 4000 particulate monitors. Forest Service, BLM, and State and county air quality specialists can access data from these portable air quality monitors over the Internet.

The telemetry unit uses a system of low-altitude orbiting satellites to transmit particulate concentrations, temperature, and relative humidity information from the smoke monitors to a Web server where these data are graphically displayed along with 1-, 8-, and 24-hour averages. A GPS receiver records the location of each monitor.

This Tech Tip is available on the Internet at: /cgi-bin/

To order the Tech Tip, Remote Telemetry System for Particulate Monitoring (0225-2329-MTDC), contact Jody Faircloth, MTDC publications (phone: 4063293978, fax: 4063293719, e-mail:

For more information on particulate monitoring, contact Andy Trent, project leader (phone: 4063293912, fax: 4063293719, e-mail:

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