Picarro Gas Analyzers Offer App for Remote Operation

Picarro, Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., offers full iPhone-based support and remote capability for all of its devices.

The company’s gas analyzer technology measures carbon dioxide and methane and is being used by the World Meteorological Organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Chinese Meteorological Administration, according to a company press release.

“This has been a win-win for us and our customers. We can reduce our footprint and provide near-instantaneous service to devices located in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth,” said Michael Woelk, chief executive officer.

Utilizing the remote access feature, Picarro customers can fully control and operate every aspect of their gas analyzers from anywhere in the world. The same remote capability gives customers direct contact with factory experts and allows Picarro to guarantee virtual on-site support within 24 hours..

California Institute of Technology Senior Research Scientist Sally Newman regularly uses these remote capabilities to keep her experiment, measuring carbon dioxide levels in Pasadena, running smoothly. “Local winds can blow water into the sample intake hose during rainstorms. When it’s raining, I can easily switch the input air stream to ‘dry air’ or take the analyzer offline,” said Newman, who has used remote access on an iPhone to operate her analyzer from Ohio and other remote locations.

Picarro is a privately held company dedicated to developing instrumentation for the precise measurement and identification of specific molecules of interest to environmental and atmospheric scientists, geophysicists, and others monitoring the effects of global warming and change.

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