Qtech measuring station is part of the frost protection system and allows optimizing the system by measuring the input parameters to assess the occurrence of frost. Orchards often have their own microclimate and therefore the weather forecast is not always reliable. With the help of a measuring station, the input parameters necessary for the most accurate calculation of the assessment of the occurrence of frost are measured in real time.
Qtech measuring station measures a total of 8 parameters:
- air temperature (at a height of 4 m from the ground surface)
- air humidity (at a height of 4 m from the ground surface)
- air temperature (at a height of 0.5 m from the ground surface)
- air humidity (at a height of 0.5 m from the ground surface)
- water pressure in the system
- battery voltage
- wind speed
- wind direction
Additional parameters for a more accurate assessment of frost hazards are the dew point (engl. dew point) i wet bulb index that we calculate from the values of temperature and humidity.
Temperature and humidity are measured at two altitude points (0.5m and 4m) due to the existence of two types of frost:
o Advection frost - is caused by the penetration and descent of cold air (frost coming from above)
o Radiation frost - occurs at night during very intense cooling of the soil and the ground layer of air (frost coming from below)
The measuring station comes with a free Android application.
With the help of the station it is possible to accurately assess the risk of frost, all measured data are recorded in a database for detailed analysis, historical data review, reports, presentations, predictions of future events based on historical data.