Einführung

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Resellers in den USA und Europa bieten fertig aufgebaute und lizenzierte Meteobridge-System kostengünstig an: Wo zu kaufen?

Was ist "Meteobridge"?

Meteobridge ist ein miniaturisertes Gerät, das eine lokalen Wetterstation mit öffentlichen Wetternetzwerken wie "Weather Underground" verbindet. Dies ermöglicht die Wetterdaten des eigenen Gartens im Internet stets sichtbar zu haben, egal wo man sich gerade auf der Welt befindet. Alles was man benötigt, ist ein Internetzugang. Man kann dann im Wetternetzwerk die eigenen aktuell und in der Vergangenheit eingespeisten Wetterdaten betrachten und trägt zudem mit den anderen Usern des Wetternetzwerkes zu einer flächendeckenden Bereitstellung von Wetterdaten im Sinne einer Wetterdaten-Community bei.

Das anhängende Bild zeigt, wie eine Wetterstation mit Meteobridge an Weather Underground angebunden werden kann und somit die Connectivitätslücke zwischen Wetterstation und dem Internet schließt.

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Um schnell einen Eindruck zu gewinnen, wie die Meteobridge Web-Oberfläche aussieht, kann man auf einen in der Cloud simulierten Meteobridge unter www.meteobridge.com zugreifen. Einige der Funktionen, wie das konkrete Senden von Wetterdaten an Wetternetzwerke, sind dort natürlich nicht funktional, aber es gibt trotzdem einen guten Eindruck, was man von Meteobridge erwarten kann und wie es sich bedienen läßt.

Why don't you take a regular PC for this?

Of course, instead of using a Meteobridge device, you can also connect your weather station to a PC and install SW there that uploads data to a weather network. Many people do that, but it demands you to

  • run a PC 24/7 which adds energy costs, heat and noise and beside cost is also an unpleasant waste of energy, which is not so nice, when you care about the environment
  • install and configure SW on the PC, setup is not something done in 5 minutes
  • take care of your pc really running undisturbed 24/7, which is normally not the case for an office-like PC

To overcome these disadvantages of a PC solution, meteobrigde steps in by providing a very cost effective solution with unmatched low demand of energy (below 2 watts) and without generating noise or significant heat. As Meteobrige does not fulfill demands of true weather enthusiasts, who want all data stored locally and doing their own graphing of that, it is extremely simple to set up and will run completely hassle-free. Just install it in a few minutes and then totally forget about it. You will not find a smaller, easier to use upload device for Weather Underground.

What makes Meteobridge special?

The idea lined out above is very easy so you might ask, why hasn't something like that been created before. To make this idea work you need a cheap platform, powerfull enough to run such code plus a development environment to put the application code on top and you need application code that supports a lot of weather stations, to make it a solution suitable to a broad range of customer situations. Recently, these building blocks have come together:

  • small and cheap router devices from TP-LINK building the HW platform
  • a stable OpenWrt Linux port for this hardware which supports LAN and WLAN
  • application software stack from smartbedded which is also used and tested with Meteoplug devices (www.meteoplug.com)

Simply speaking, Meteobrige is bringing these building blocks together and focussing it to the specialized purpose to feed Internet weather networks with your weather station's data.