The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) conducts measurements of physical characteristics of trees as indicators of climate changes with a wireless monitoring system from Decentlab GmbH.
Up to now measurement set-ups in the forests used to be spatially limited due to the necessity of cabling between individual measurement points and the central data logger. However, installations covering larger areas are essential for well-founded conclusions. Such installations have shown to be very expensive since several costly data loggers (up to 50 % of the overall installation budget) had to be installed.
With the new wireless sensor system costs can be reduced substantially, since the wireless network can easily be scaled up.