Skywatch® BL-1000 – Bluetooth® weather station with wind-speed and direction, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, tracking and data-logger with alarm function

The Skywatch BL-1000 is a rugged portable weather station designed for rapid deployment. It has been developed by and for professionals who need to make measurements of and document local weather conditions, e.g. fire brigades, incident response, police, open-air exhibitions, stage operators, construction companies and agriculture.

The Skywatch BL-1000 is a complete weather station which provides accurate measurements of wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humdity and barometric pressure, and relays these to a dedicated smart-phone application and secure data warehouse.

The BL-1000 is capable of storing data locally on a smart-phone or tablet, and transferring the measurements to a data-warehouse with map visualisation. Data can subsequently be extracted from the map to a CSV (comma separated variable file) for subsequent processing evaluation.

Skywatch® BL-1000 Applications

Precision ballistics

Long-range ballistics. Use with Strelok Pro to provide wind direction and speed measurements.

Public event safety

Monitoring of open-air events for adverse weather conditions and safety compliance.

Aerial work platforms

Monitoring wind speed and alerting operators when the wind speed is too high for safe operation.

Crane & construction safety

Safeguarding workers at height and using tower cranes by warning of high wind speeds and gusts.

Agriculture

Wind speed and direction monitoring for safe pesticide application.

Atomic, Biological & Chemical events

Wind speed and direction real-time and history monitoring. Monitoring and prediction of safe and evacuation areas.

The Skywatch® Guard application:
weather measurements, local data logger with alarm functions, online data transfer to the Skywatch site

The application for the Skywatch® BL1000 has been designed for easy and quick usability and clear operation. Once installed on the device, it is sufficient to turn on the Skywatch® BL1000 and the connection is already established. Thanks to Bluetooth, the days of protracted pairing attempts are over. The status of the Skywatch® BL1000 is indicated by a blue LED at the base of the device.

Depending on the configuration, the application offers several options for weather monitoring.

Menus are in English, German or French (selected by the language settings of the smartphone or tablet).

Visual monitoring of live measurements

The overview screen offers all important data at a glance. This makes it easy to check the measured values simply by observing the display.

In addition to the measurements, the overview screen also indicates:

  • Battery charge level of the BL1000
  • If an alarm has occurred
  • Blinking red circle to indicate recording is in progress (default).

Historical data stored on the smartphone

By tapping on one of the screen quadrants, you may view the measurement data history of the individual sensors (wind speed, temperature, air humidity and air pressure as a line chart).

Mean values, minimum and maximum values are recorded with dashed lines. The period for which the measured data remains visible as a line chart is adjustable between 10 seconds and 6 hours. The line graphs can be scaled to take a closer look at specific measurement points.

Two adjustable alarm levels for wind speed

The Skywatch® Guard APP is equipped with two wind speed alarms: warning and danger.

In addition, a normal wind speed may be defined which cancels the alarms if the wind speed reduces below a defined level (if the normal wind speed is undefined, any alarms created will continue until manually cancelled).

The two wind speeds at which the alarm is to be triggered can be freely defined in the settings in meters per second.

Data-logging function and tracking

The logging function can be easily toggled on and off in the upper right corner by activating the red record button. The measurement interval is set to 1 second. As long as the logging function is switched on, the measured data is averaged every 10 seconds and then stored in a local log file on the smart device. To track the movements, the application accesses the GPS data available in almost all smart devices.

If internet access is temporarily unavailable, the measurements are stored locally until they can be uploaded to the server

Online data stored on Skywatch® map server

The Skywatch® BL1000 offers even more: create a free password-protected account on the Skywatch site. If the application has an Internet connection, then your current measurement data will be uploaded to the server and may be viewed on the map, viewed and downloaded as a CSV (comma-separated variable) file.

This possibility enables command centres to monitor multiple spatially-separated measuring stations.

Content and packaging

The Skywatch® BL1000 comes in a sturdy carrying case, providing safe storage in a foam-lined enclosure and facilitating ease of assembly and dismantling.

The two-sided printing on the case allows a quick and easy orientation regarding the contents, and QR code linking to user-instructions on the JDC web site.

What’s included

The Skywatch® BL1000 is delivered with a removable stainless-steel spindle with ¼” tripod mount, spring-loaded detachable base and charging cable.

Option

DIN14640-compatible multi-section telescopic rod with ¼” thread

Easy attachment to a tripod and emergency vehicle

Two different bases are provided for the adjustable ball-joint secure base, enabling it to be mounted securely on both flat and slightly curved surfaces (such as vehicle roof) by 3M VHB weatherproof adhesive pads.

Thanks to the proven click-lock, the ball joint mount may be simply clipped in and out of the GoPro-compatible base plate.

To mount the Skywatch® BL1000 on a tripod, it is sufficient to unscrew the spindle from the ball-joint base and simply screw it onto the tripod.

With the switch position UNLOCK, the Skywatch® BL1000 can be easily detached from the spindle and the ball-joint enables the spindle to be folded flat.

Robust and sensitive at the same time – with high performance

Designed for professional use, all components are designed for longevity and frequent use. The Skywatch® BL1000 is manufactured in Switzerland by JDC and only components of the highest precision are utilised and thoroughly tested for their function. Both the weather station and the software for the Skywatch® BL1000 are designed to combine straightforward and intuitive operation with the ultimate in precision.

The sensitive sapphire bearing wind impeller is safely protected by a robust cage housing.

The black knurled ring at the base of the Skywatch® BL1000 weather station selects the operation mode: three positions ON, OFF and UNLOCK (detach the probe from the spindle), and has been designed for unambiguous operation  even wearing gloves and under the most difficult conditions.

Conclusion

This Swiss-made precise highly-mobile world-first for the professional measurement and documentation of local weather conditions is a valuable aid for all emergency services and service companies. It has been successfully tested in our own wind-tunnel at speeds up to 150 km/h!

Its key features are compact size, ease-of-use, multiple deployment options and robustness.

A top-quality innovative device that works reliably and may be operated within a short time by anyone who can also operate a smartphone or tablet.

Skywatch® BL-1000 – Technical data

  • Live measurements of wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity and barometric pressure

  • Visual and audible alarms to indicate wind warning and wind danger levels

  • Historical display of measurements with zoom function to show individual data points

  • Tracking mode with automatic recording of measurements and GPS coordinates uploaded to the cloud

  • Displaying cloud data measurements via bl.skywatch.ch

  • Extraction of CSV (comma separated variable) data for detailed analysis

Wind speed and direction
Units of measurement km/h, mph, m/s, fps, knots and Beaufort
Resolution to the tenth decimal
Precision ± 3% / ± 0.5 km/h
Range of measurement from 3 to 150 km/h
Wind direction accuracy ±3°
Temperature measurement
Units of measurement °C and °F
Resolution to the tenth decimal
Precision ± 0.3°C
Range of measurement from -25°C to +60°C
Humidity measurement
Units of measurement %rH
Resolution to the tenth decimal
Precision ± 3% (10-90 %rH)
Range of measurement from 0 to 100 %rH
Pressure measurement
Units of measurement hPa, mbar and inHg
Resolution to the tenth decimal
Precision ± 0.2 hPa
Range of measurement from 300 to 1’200 hPa
  • Materials: anodised aluminium & polycarbonaate
  • Omnidirectional propeller
  • Carbon-fibre replaceable wind vane
  • Stainless-steel mounting rod
  • Spring-loaded tripod mount
  • 3M™ VHB™ adhesive base
  • Bluetooth connection status and battery level indicator
  • Power supply via micro USB rechargeable battery, with battery charge indicator
  • Battery storage: one year between re-charge
  • Battery life: more than a week
  • Protection index IP67
  • Operating temperature: -20 à +50°C
  • Official Swiss calibration
  • Skywatch BL-1000 weather station

  • Stainless-steel mounting rod

  • Spring-loaded ball-joint base with quick-release mount

  • Two self-adhesive mounting bases (flat and curved surfaces)

  • Charging cable

  • Protective foam-lined case

Click on the application icon above to access the free application via the Google Play Store

Compatible with Android 8.0 and later

Firmware over-the-air update

Skywatch quick-start (en)

Skywatch quick-start (fr)

Skywatch quick-start (de)

Compatible with Bluetooth Smart (BLE) 4.0 and later. Uses  ESP and ESS