Global Earth Monitoring in remote areas requires reliable multi-parameter stations to measure local environmental and earth physical parameters. Over the past years, we have developed our ROMPS stations, which are now operated in different environments ranging from -45°C to +50°C temperature, and from the Equator to the high altitudes of the Pamir and Tien Shan, geographically.
A standard set of modules is the basis of each station, in particular a Power Module providing and regulating power lines and a PC Module which contains an embedded Linux-operated PC104. The operation of various communication lines is possible ranging from LAN, GPRS, satellite-phone communication, BGAN or even VSAT to ensure a two-way communication to the data and operation centers. Depending on the application and location, the stations are powered by solar, but can be also operated on mains power, wind or fuel cell power sources.
Different user-defined hardware and data loggers can be integrated and attached to the standard set of modules. A geodetic GNSS receiver is part of our basic set of pre-integrated hardware. The ROMPS are operated as tide gauges using e.g., OTT® data loggers, or as hydrometeorological stations using Campbel Scientific ® data recorders. In special installations, the operation of other hardware components like seismometers (using SeisComp3-Software), or surveillance cameras for glacier monitoring is also possible. Additional hardware can be integrated easily.
All hardware is powered trough a battery manager allowing individual controlled power on/off cycles. The power status as well as internal temperatures are monitored and provided as housekeeping data, allowing an effective station management. The station is operated by this management software that ensures the operation of the station (failover, disk and power status, data transmission, selftest, etc.) without human interaction. Individual sensor software components can be integrated easily.
Additionally, the stations have real-time monitoring capabilities (e.g. GNSS, Seismic) and can be operated as part of Early Warning Systems (e.g., in Indonesia, Oman).