Tech Services Newsletter: Fall 2016

January 9, 2017 | Newsletters

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New SymphoniePRO Desktop Application Software & SymphoniePRO Firmware Released 

SymphoniePRO Desktop Application version 2.2 has been released. You can upgrade your software by clicking the orange flag () on the top menu bar in the desktop application (this update notification feature works in v. 1.2 and later), or you may download it directly from our website:

Download SymphoniePRO Desktop Application v. 2.2 »

Once you have the latest software version, you will find the new firmware file (8348_SymPRO-Logger_v2.2.2.ifw) in your default Firmware folder (C:\Users\...\Documents\Renewable NRG Systems\Firmware).

The new firmware has a number of performance improvements and we recommend that all loggers are upgraded to version 2.2.2.

SymphoniePRO + iPackACCESS = MODBUS Enabled Communications

iPackACCESS is now compatible with the SymphoniePRO Data Logger, allowing renewable energy project operators to integrate real-time meteorological data into their SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems via Modbus TCP.

iPackACCESS installation instructions have been added to the SymphoniePRO Data Logger Manual: see Appendix F

SymphoniePRO + iPackACCESS + Inmarsat BGAN M2M Modem = Satellite Communications

iPackACCESS (SN 716900300 and higher) can also be used with an Inmarsat BGAN M2M Modem, which allows SymphoniePRO to communicate with users anywhere in the world via satellite. 

iPackACCESS + BGAN M2M installation instructions have been added to the SymphoniePRO Data Logger Manual: see Appendix E

U.S. Cellular Network Changes

We recommend converting all U.S.-based GSM/GPRS iPacks to either 3G GSM iPackGPS, iPackACCESS | BGAN M2M Satellite, or CDMA iPackGPS* units as soon as possible. If not converted, this network change will result in these units no longer being able to send data.

More details can be found here »

*Please note that Verizon has recently announced that it will shut down their 2G CDMA 1x network by the end of 2019. This will affect the functionality of all CDMA iPacks in the United States.

More details on this announcement can be found here »

SymphoniePRO Tip:

Q: What’s the best way to do a quick Quality Control check on your SymphoniePRO data files? 

Double click on an individual *.rld file to open QuickView, which will provide a graphical view of the data contained within the file:

• The battery voltage is always displayed on the row above channel 1.
• Separate sensors can be viewed by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ button and clicking on the channels. 
• Clicking ‘View’ and choosing ‘File Header’ will provide additional information about the site (see below). 

• Clicking ‘View’ and choosing ‘Events’ will provide the events recorded while the file was being logged. 
•Clicking ‘View’ and choosing ‘Show Additional Channel Details’ will additionally display ‘Height’ and ‘Boom Bearing’ information for each channel (see below).

• Pressing the following F keys will change the graph to display:

  • F1 – Average Data
  • F2 – Standard Deviation 
  • F3 – Maximum 
  • F4 – Minimum
  • F5 – Turbulence Intensity

RNRG Towers meet FAA Recommendation for METs

Congress recently passed the HR 636 FAA Extension, Safety & Security Act of 2016, which, among other things, lists a number of additional safety measures for guyed meteorological evaluation towers (METs). The Act states in Section 2110. TOWER MARKING: 

“(a) In general.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall issue regulations to require the marking of covered towers.

(b) Marking required.—The regulations under subsection (a) shall require that a covered tower be clearly marked in a manner that is consistent with applicable guidance under the Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular issued December 4, 2015 (AC 70/7460–1L), or other relevant safety guidance, as determined by the Administrator.”

In the Advisory Circular ‘AC 70/7460-1L’ (mentioned in the above paragraph), Section 2.7 'Voluntary Marking of Meteorological Evaluation Towers' recommends that towers between 50’ and 200’ are painted, and that high visibility sleeves and cable balls are used. While these suggestions are not currently required, the expectation is that the FAA will incorporate these recommendations into their required guidelines within a year. 

For this reason, all RNRG towers sold within North America are being painted to comply with the FAA’s recommendation.