5 Reasons to Measure Wind Speed and Direction Using a Smart GSM System

Does your current weather monitoring solution have the right features to measure wind speed and direction effectively?

Whilst wind data is only reliable if the measurement system is accurate, weather monitoring is often performed in locations with limited access to communication networks. Therefore, it is essential that your weather monitoring solution has both a fast sampling rate and excellent connectivity.

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Global system for mobile (GSM) weather monitoring is an effective solution, given the wide coverage of these data networks. GSM is a communication network that enables weather data to be transferred from your system every 10 minutes, giving you access to live data. The unpredictability and often fast-changing nature of the weather means that being able to access live data is just as important as having reliable data.


The 5 Key Advantages of a Smart GSM System to Measure Wind Speed and Direction

1) Remote Data that is Easily Accessible

Do you use weather monitoring to prevent exposure to danger? Even if your monitoring system has the most accurate anemometers and weathervanes to measure wind speed and direction, weather data is of little use if you can only collect it during site visits. Considering how fast the wind can change, data from yesterday or even from a few hours ago is of little benefit.

A GSM weather monitoring system, like WINDCRANE, can solve this problem by offering you a communication protocol that is compatible with most mobile devices. The compatibility allows for integration with a tool that is already used for your business. Therefore, eliminating the need to distribute new gadgets to all key members of your organisation.


2) Freedom from Wires

Electric power grids and wired communication networks have become part of our daily lives and we take them for granted; it is easy to forget that they don’t have global coverage. Not all project sites have access to communication networks, especially when carrying out remote weather monitoring. Using a GSM weather monitoring solution can ensure that you can collect weather data with ease. As the data is retrieved via GSM, this means that the system can operate indefinitely without a wired infrastructure.

Additionally, when collecting weather data having access to an energy infrastructure can often be an issue. As a result, any weather monitoring system that relies on a consistent power supply is impractical if you plan to use it in a remote location. Lack of power supply is not an issue for WINDCRANE as the unit can be equipped with a solar panel to generate its own energy, ensuring that the unit has a long-life battery.


WINDCRANE system to measure wind speed and direction

3) Network Coverage and Compatibility

Keeping in mind that physical communication networks are often non-existent in remote locations, network coverage issues often come along with compatibility issues. Therefore, a weather monitoring solution must not only offer you sensor accuracy and connectivity but also network compatibility.

GSM is the most widespread cellular technology in the world. As a result, coverage is almost assured for a given project site. Due to its global coverage, GSM is also compatible with nearly all mobile devices in use. Additionally, if your organisation operates across many countries with different network configurations, you are unlikely to have integration issues with a GSM weather monitoring system.


4) Reliable Data Backup

When carrying out weather monitoring, systems can become damaged or lost, along with the data stored in it. Therefore, having a system with remote connectivity is not only useful for user access but also for reliable data storage. A GSM weather monitoring system can be integrated with a cloud server, which retrieves and backs up data automatically at regular intervals.

Although GSM is not as fast as communication protocols like 4G, GSM is suitable for weather monitoring.  Data collected to measure wind speed and direction normally has a smaller file size. This means that you do not need a high-speed connection to create backups at regular intervals. As a result, GSM connectivity consumes less power, meaning that the system benefits from an extended battery life.


5) Simple Integration Across Multiple Locations

Weather monitoring is often required to be carried out for multiple sites at the same time. The global coverage and high compatibility of GSM networks make it simpler to set up a system composed of multiple weather monitoring units.

The data collected to measure wind speed and direction from multiple sites can then be integrated and easily displayed. This makes a GSM system particularly useful for business sectors with projects spread across various sites. WINDCRANE’s dashboard, which can be easily accessed by staff, processes and displays summarised data. The data is presented in an easy to read format, making it easier for key staff to make important decisions.



The ability for global coverage makes using a  GSM system an easier way to measure wind speed and direction. To ensure that you always have access to reliable live data a built-in GSM module is one of the most valuable additions to look for in a wind logger.