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Campbell Scientific designs and builds measurement and control systems that can monitor both indoor and outdoor sites, even in harsh, remote conditions. Our robust, versatile systems can measure a variety of parameters. They are compatible with a broad spectrum of sensors and input types, and can control HVAC equipment, alarms, and most communication tools. Learn more

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In addition to our standard systems available, many of the systems we provide are customized. Tell us what you need, and we’ll help you configure a system that meets your exact needs.

More Details about Our Historical Preservation Systems

Indoor Historical Preservation Sites

At indoor sites such as museums, our systems can monitor relative humidity, temperature, light, CO2, particulate matter, and many other parameters. Data can be transmitted to a central computer for real-time display or archival and analysis. Automated control based on the measured parameters is also possible. For example, if temperature levels are outside a preset range, the system can activate or shut down HVAC equipment. Alarms can also be triggered or phone numbers dialed to alert key personnel. Our voice-synthesized phone modems can even call and verbally inform you if a problem is detected.

Outdoor Historical Preservation Sites

At outdoor sites, weather stations provide valuable meteorological data on relative humidity, wind speed and direction, temperature, solar radiation, precipitation, and other weather conditions. Parameters influencing structural integrity such as crack size, tilt, vibration, and soil moisture can also be monitored. Indoor and outdoor systems at the same site can be networked.

Monitoring and Control

Our systems are based around battery-powered, programmable dataloggers (measurement and control units) that measure the sensors, then process, store, and transmit the data. Each datalogger has multiple channel types, allowing nearly all sensor types to be measured by a single unit. For example, light, air temperature, and relative humidity sensors can all be measured simultaneously by the same datalogger. Using multiplexers, one datalogger can measure hundreds of sensors. Multiple dataloggers at a site can be networked and transmit data to a single central computer for display, analysis, or archive.

Statistical and mathematical functions are built into our dataloggers, allowing data reduction at the measurement site. For example, if temperature measurements are taken in 10 minute intervals, the datalogger can process the data and output hourly averages with maximum and minimum temperatures. This provides the needed information in fewer numbers, simplifying the data analysis or review process. Measurements can be recorded for historical analysis and displayed in real-time in the desired units of measure (e.g., °F, °C, °K, etc.).

Because our dataloggers are programmable, they are capable of performing responsive measurement and control sequences. Powerful on-board instruction sets allow unattended measurement and control decisions based on time or conditional events. This includes activating or shutting down equipment, sounding alarms, or calling out to phones or pagers. Our systems can even perform functions based on multiple conditions or events, such as deciding to increase or decrease air exchange based on time of day, outside temperature, and/or inside temperature.

The reliability of our control units ensures collection of time-stamped data, even under adverse circumstances. Because they have their own power supply (alkaline or rechargeable batteries), the dataloggers continue to measure and record existing conditions during power outages. Time-stamped data provides valuable information for identifying and verifying past events.

Sensors used in Historical Preservation

We manufacture many sensors ourselves and offer a wide variety made by other manufacturers. Since our dataloggers are compatible with most available sensors, you have the flexibility to customize a monitoring system to your site.


Systems can be monitored and controlled by an on-site or remote computer. Telecommunications options for transmitting data and/or reporting conditions of remote sites include: radio, telephone, cellphone, voice-synthesized phone, and satellite. Options likely to be used at sites near the central computer include ethernet and coaxial cable. Options in a network can be mixed. If you want, you can even automate the process of putting your data on the Internet.


Case Studies

France: Preserving Prehistoric Treasures
Overview The Chauvet-Pont d'Arc and Aven d'Orgnac caves are home to prehistoric treasures of rare more
France: Restoring a Royal Chapel
Overview The Royal Chapel of Chaalis Abbey—often referred to as the “French Sistine Chapel”—is a more
France: Environmental Control for Cave Preservation
The drawings and engravings of the Chauvet Cave not only demonstrate an exceptional artistic more
Egypt: Preserving King Tut's Tomb
In 1922, when the intact tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered in Egypt's Valley of more
Antarctica: Historical Hut Preservation
Mawson's Hut, a symbol of Australia's historic past, is one of a group of more
Egypt: Weather Monitoring at the Sphinx
A Campbell Scientific weather station, installed on the back of the Sphinx in May more
China: Monitoring the Impact of Visitors
Dunhuang (population 100,000) is on the southwestern edge of the Gobi Desert and is more
Florida: Crack Monitoring at a Historic Site
The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine, Florida, is a 17th Century historic, more

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to Historical Preservation: 1

  1. Most Campbell Scientific systems are built from individual components. This provides maximum flexibility for our customers, but it does not lend itself to pricing a "typical" system. Contact Campbell Scientific for assistance in pricing a system to meet the unique needs of the application.

Integrators and Consultants

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