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Monitoring Environmental Conditions with Low-Cost Single Board Computers

  • Monica Maceli EMAIL logo and Anthony Cocciolo


Controlling environmental conditions is an important component in preserving archives and manuscripts, with building design and HVAC systems widely used to achieve the desired conditions. One tool used for monitoring HVAC systems is the datalogger, which stores data such as temperature and relative humidity. As such devices can be costly and inflexible, this work explores the creation of a do-it-yourself datalogger and compares its accuracy, reliability, extensibility, cost, and ease of use against a popular commercial device. Findings suggest that organizations with sufficiently technology-savvy staff can construct and employ a DIY monitor for approximately one-quarter the price of commercial options, although costs may rise over time for support and maintenance of such systems.


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Published Online: 2017-12-6

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