3.4 Setting Up Alarms

The Alarm Setup window allows you to set specific alarm conditions for each of the attached dataloggers.


Alarm messages will be sent when the battery at the Remote Station drops below 9 Volts, only if you set up an e-mail to receive alarms messages. (See Figure 3-10).

For each channel parameter (level, temperature, conductivity) you can set a "High Limit", "Low Limit", and "% Change" alarm. The "High Limit" sets a value, that if exceeded by a Levelogger reading, will result in an alarm condition being met. The "Low Limit" alarm condition is met when a reading taken by the datalogger goes below the set value. A "% Change" alarm condition is met when a reading taken by the datalogger changes by the set percentage, from the last recorded reading.


The Rainlogger only allows a “High Limit” alarm to be set.

By entering a value in the "for__times" field, you can set how many consecutive readings, which meet an alarm condition, must be met before an actual e-mail notification is sent. If set as 1, you will be notified the first time an alarm condition occurs.


The value entered in the “for__times” field sets the number of times an alarm condition is met for a parameter, before an e-mail is sent. Example, if you input 3, then only on the third time that the alarm condition is met, will an e-mail be sent.

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Figure 3-9 Alarm Setup Screen


The frequency that alarm conditions can be reported is based on the Sampling Rate set for the Remote Station.


Ten is the maximum number of alarm notifications that can be sent to your e-mail address after an alarm condition is met.

In the bottom section of the window you enter an e-mail address to receive messages if an alarm condition is met. An SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) must be set up. Click Setup to do this. The outgoing mail SMTP server used by the Home Station Computer will have to be entered to enable an alarm message to be sent to the desired e-mail address. You will enter the e-mail address you want alarm messages sent to, and your user name and password. Click ‘OK’ when finished.


Contact your IT Department if you do not know your user name, password, or the SMTP Server your Home Station Computer is using to send an outgoing e-mail.

By entering your e-mail, you will also receive alarm messages when the Remote Station Battery goes below 9 Volts.


Multiple e-mail addresses can be notified of alarms by entering each address, separated by a comma “,”.

Figure 3-10 SMTP Setup


An alarm condition will be met if the Remote Station battery drops below 9 Volts.

You will also set the maximum number of notifications to be sent to the address after an alarm condition has been met, or until it has been reset in the software. A maximum of 10 e-mails can be sent for one alarm condition.

Selecting Test ensures the address entered is correct, by sending a test message to your e-mail account.

After you have entered settings for each datalogger, as desired, click Finish. The STS Administrator screen will again be shown, with all of the entered information shown for the STS Site. The Communication Agent will also start automatically.