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it is also an attractive solution for fixed installations such as airports, bridges, trackside locations and buildings

An innovative wind speed and direction sensing unit has been developed by Autonnic Research. Intended for use on yachts but also suitable for fixed applications such as airports, the A5120 has high performance bearings that are highly resistant to corrosion.

Intended as a front end for OEM applications, the unit uses magnetic sensing technology to deliver a digital output via a cable up to 30 m long to interface with manufacturers' navigation and display systems.

The use of all-polymer bearings for both the wind speed and the direction sensors without the use of stainless steel means that the unit is not affected by corrosion from seawater.

The unit has a robust mounting between body and support pole and can be easily removed from the masthead when the mast is removed. The power supply required is 10-30 Vdc with a maximum consumption of 20 mA.

"Although we developed the unit for marine use, it is also an attractive solution for fixed installations such as airports, bridges, trackside locations and buildings," said Autonnic director Dr Chris Shelton.

Wind speed can be monitored between 5 knots +/-10% and 50 knots +/-3%, and direction sensing is a full 360 deg +/-5 deg.

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Notes for editors

Autonnic is an innovative UK company with an international reputation for the development and manufacture of magnetometer based sensors and is the leading maker of fluxgate sensors for the world's marine compass and autopilot manufacturers.

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The A5120 from Autonnic has high performance bearings that are highly resistant to corrosion.

Ref: AUT213
Date: 17 June 2013

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