LX-80S Snow Depth Sensor
Non-contact measurement of snow depth from above
Extremely accurate radar technology - the accuracy is not affected by air density or temperature
Small and robust device, easy to install and maintain
The measurement accuracy is not affected by rainfall, snowfall, wind or the formation of icicles
Detection range up to 15 meters
Extremely narrow radar beam width of only 5° (+/- 2,5°)
Configurable range of interest
Compatible with Geolux SmartObserver datalogger and Geolux HydroView cloud-based software for real-time remote monitoring
Low power consumption
Monitoring of snowpack buildup and melting
Monitoring snowfall on solar power plants
Geolux LX-80S is the innovative snow depth sensor that uses advanced 80 GHz radar technology to accurately measure the distance from the sensor down to the surface of the snow. The LX-80S offers superior performance compared to traditional ultrasound devices used for snow depth measurement.
Installing and maintaining the LX-80S is easy, and the device can cover a long detection distance of up to 15 meters.
The radar technology allows for non-invasive measurement from above the snow, ensuring that the snow’s structure is not disturbed in any way.
The LX-80S has many applications, including continuous monitoring of snowpack buildup and melting, making it essential for meteorological monitoring, hydrological planning, avalanche warning, and ski resorts.
The device provides accurate data on snow depth, which is crucial for many industries, especially those that depend on snow conditions.
Unlike traditional ultrasound devices that require temperature compensation due to their distance measurement being affected by air density, the LX-80S radar is not impacted by such environmental changes. Moreover, ultrasonic sensors are more susceptible to negative effects from snowfall or icicles, which can form close to the device. However, the LX-80S radar uses advanced signal processing algorithms for precipitation detection, and has a narrow radar beam of only 5°, which prevent such issues.
The low power consumption of the instrument, small form factor and a rugged enclosure make this instrument easy to setup and use.
Radar Type W-band 77-81 GHz FMCW radar
Beam Angle 5°
Detection Distance 15 m
Blind Zone 0.4 m
Resolution 0.5 mm
Accuracy +/- 1 mm
Sampling Frequency 10 sps
IP Rating IP68
Electrical & Mechanical
Connector M12 circular 12 -pin
Input Voltage 9 to 27 VDC
Power Consumption operating 1.5 W; standby 0.15 W;
sleep 0.03 W; extended 0.6 W
Maximal Current < 470 mA
Temperature Range -40 °C to +85 °C (without heating or coolers)
Enclosure Dimensions Φ 65 mm x H 78 mm
Serial Interface 1 x serial RS-485 half-duplex
1 x serial RS-232 (two wire interface)
Serial Baud Rate 9600 bps to 115200 bps
Serial Protocols Modbus, GLX-NMEA
Analog Interface 4-20 mA
Other Interfaces SDI-12
ETSI EN 301 489-1
ETSI EN 301 489-3
FCC Part 15 class B