The museum is employing a wireless solution using Wi-Fi and RFID to capture temperature and humidity data around its hundreds of artifacts and manuscripts, including writings penned by Galileo.
Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is monitoring the conditions around its collections with a wireless system that employs radio frequency identification and Wi-Fi to capture real-time and historical data regarding temperature fluctuations. The system, provided by SwiftSensors, captures conditions in cabinets and around displays, then forwards that information to a hosted server, where management can then view the data.
The Adler Planetarium offers one of the top three largest collections of scientific astronomical instruments in the world, with artifacts that date back to the 17th century and earlier. That includes telescopes, sundials, astrolabes and surveying equipment, as well as books and manuscripts. The museum, which opened in the 1930s in the same building where it now resides, includes approximately 3,000 three-dimensional artifacts, as well as around 3,000 rare and historic books and manuscripts by Galileo Galilei and other scientists.
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