A year to remember

2014’s last day is slowly passing by. For what uRADMonitor is concerned, the passing year was one to remember. It was 2014 where this entire project practically started: it moved from an idea to a prototype and then into production, for now to see it expand quickly all over the world. The solution is already […]

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Poland on the map with two units

With some of the new units still in transit, or waiting to get installed, a few others are already up an running. From the list of firsts, it is the time of Poland to come forward with two brand new uRADMonitor radiation monitoring stations in two of the country’s biggest cities: Warsaw and Łódź The […]

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A new Radiation monitor in Akron, OH USA

Akron joined the uRADMonitor network with yet another ionising radiation automated dosimeter. 1100002E Akron, OH USA All the other data is available on the radiation map page. To get a uRADMonitor dosimeter and help the project, see join the network.

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Hard to solder

​It’s been another day, full of…soldering. To cover the high demand, I’ve been hard at work producing more units for those interested in helping the network expand. Here’s more than 20 PCBs. Tubes will be added later, also the software, and the calibration tests. It’s a lot of work, but the neat results make it […]

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Powering the uRADMonitor via PoE

When I received my URAD Monitor, I was trying to think of the best placement where it would satisfy the requirement to be outdoors but still remain close to a power source.  Having worked with PoE WiFi devices before, I contacted Radu to mention a PoE solution I was considering.  Since I was able to […]

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uRADMonitor Model A featured on EEVblog Mailbag

Dave Jones, from EEVBlog, did a nice review of uRADMonitor and covered everything from unpacking the unit to powering it up and getting the data online. Take a few minutes to watch Episode 686: Interested in joining the network? Click here.

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The uRADMonitor network is expanding

Following the units in Norway, the network has registered a high number of new units going online from all over the world. Canada, USA and Europe, all have new radiation monitors: 11000024 in Vancouver, Canada 1100001F in Richmond, Canada 1100001B close to Detroit, USA 1100001C in Jeannette, close to Pittsburgh, USA 1100001A in Abingdon, close […]

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Norway joining the network

Two units went online in Norway, the 11000016 in Oslo, and the 11000013 in Sandefjord. The measurements show higher readings compared to the tests performed in Timisoara: The Northern Europe seems to have a relatively higher background radiation. Here is a map that shows some of the background radiation levels measured across parts of Europe. […]

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Bucharest, Romania and Calgary, Canada on the map

Almost each day a new station goes online in an arbitrary location on the map. The new station in Bucharest is the first of its kind right in Romania’s capital city, while the one in Calgary, is the first uRADMonitor unit in Canada. For now both are indicating normal readings and let’s hope they will […]

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Producing the uRADMonitor – New units available

In an effort of expanding the network even further, several new units have been prepared and are ready to ship. But, creating a device that will function perfectly in a distributed environment is not an easy task. Yet, from its relatively early start, uRADMonitor has already spread to all major continents and continues to grow. […]

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Several new units went online worldwide

Following the large number of units recently shipped out, several new units went online in various corners of the World: 41000005, in Belt, Montana, US 11000015, in Helsinki, Finland 11000017, in Paris, France 11000018, in La Breille les Pins, France As these new devices reached their destination and were connected to the Internet, all 4 […]

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A new detector in Central Germany

As the units presented in the previous post slowly reach their destination, here is unit 11000019 that just went online in Central Germany, close to Neu-Eichenberg: This is the third uRADMonitor detector running on German soil.

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Multiple new units joining the network

Some of you might have noticed the high number of units that recently appeared on the map around Timisoara. They are part of a new batch of units with some of them already in transit to locations all across the Globe. The units were tested and calibrated manually, to make sure they will function perfectly. […]

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Brisbane, Australia joining the network

Unit 12000011 just joined the network from Brisbane, Australia, as the third unit on this continent. The measurements show relatively low radiation levels: And here is a comparison to initial tests done in Timisoara: If you haven’t already, you can vote for this project’s entry in the HackADay Prize competition by giving it a Skull […]

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uRADMonitor Model A Video

With the approaching HackADay prize stage 3 competition, a new uRADMonitor Video has been added according to the competition’s rules. The uRADMonitor is a digital radiation dosimeter, enclosed in a rugged aluminium case. Designed to function as nodes, in a distributed network of radiation monitors,the uRADMonitor units are working together to achieve environmental radiation surveillance […]

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Featured on HackAday as Semifinalist

uRADMonitor has been featured on Hackaday in a new article. As one of the Hackaday Prize semifinalists, the uRADMonitor project sits in the spotlight, waiting for the next stage of the competition. We promise to press on toward the goal of winning the prize.

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New unit in Arizona

The 10th unit in the US is now online from Prescott, Arizona. The average measured radiation level is currently at 0.11uSv/h: Very similar to initial measurements in Timisoara:

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Model A – Production Ready!

The uRADMonitor Project is a network of radiation detectors covering locations all over the Globe. The Model A is the first designed, it is an automated GM detector in a rugged aluminium housing which responds predominantly although not exclusively to gamma radiation. Count rate data is recorded and transmitted continuously via built in Ethernet adapter […]

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A new unit in Melbourne, Australia

The second uRADMonitor unit in Australia went online today. This is one of the limited 5 model A2 units announced some time ago. It currently shows an average of 0.16uSv/h : The readings are higher than those measured during the initial tests in Timisoara:

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A new uRADMonitor unit in the USA

This new unit is the second in the New York area or the 9th in the entire US. The 41000001 is one of the newer A2 Models with barometric pressure sensor. Taking advantage of the recent server side changes, all the unit’s measurements are available in the new compact web interface. The unit currently shows […]

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Observations on diurnal indoor variations in gamma ray count rates

Richard Prettyman, August 2014 Background A close correlation between gamma count rate at ground level, and soil derived Rn-222 flux has been demonstrated in work which has also studied the effects of meteorological and diurnal factors on Rn out-gassing and hence gamma count rate (Szegvary et al, 2007). Under conditions of settled weather with no […]

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Server software improvements

The uRADMonitor project has a complex architecture, involving both hardware and software. The software level also has two separate components, one is the client firmware – the software running on the dosimeter’s microcontroller, and the other is the software running on the server. The last posts have shown a lot of progress on the hardware […]

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The second unit in Florida, USA

Just a day or two after announcing the first uRADMonitor unit in Orlando, Florida, a new unit went online, 1200000E, not far from the first. The way the unit was mounted looks highly professional, and it gets the best score so far for correctly following the installation instructions. The first measurements indicate very low radiation […]

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uRADMonitor in Florida, USA

The 7th uRADMonitor detector in the US went online recently and is transmitting from Orlando, Florida. This is one of the newer A2 revision units, that were available in limited quantity a few weeks ago. Besides radiation and temperature, this unit also monitors the barometric pressure, helping to our understanding on weather impact on background […]

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Hackaday Prize 2014 Model A Video Presentation

To comply with the requirements of the HackAday.io “send me to space” Hackaday Prize 2014 competition, we’ve made a short video as an introduction to the uRADMonitor project. The video presents only a few succinct details, but for more information you can read the additional articles on the uRADMonitor blog. And don’t forget to vote […]

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Česká Čermná

Česká Čermná is a village and municipality in Náchod District in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. The village is located close to the Polish border. A dedicated website is available where you can find more information on this location. The village location is covered by the excellent Geology.cz website, where we can […]

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Producing the uRADMonitor – the circuit boards

The first uRADMonitor units were built by hand as prototypes, a time consuming task involving a lot of attention that often led to results of only satisfactory quality. Very frequently it was the PCBs that simply weren’t good enough when made by hand: defects were frequent and repairing them was nearly impossible. Luckily the usual […]

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The Geiger Tubes

The Geiger tube is a gaseous ionization detector that uses the Townsend avalanche phenomenon to produce an easily detectable electronic pulse from as little as a single ionising event due to a radiation particle. It is used for the detection of gamma radiation, X-Rays, and alpha and beta particles. It can also be adapted to […]

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New unit in Phoenix, Arizona

The second uRADMonitor unit in Arizona just went online. Unlike the other unit to the North – that is run at higher altitude and shows increased readings, the new unit measures an average of 11.3CPM (on a SI29BG tube), approximated for the background radiation to a dose of 0.11uSv/h, not unlike what it has seen […]

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Unit in Australia up and running

The first uRADMonitor unit on the Australian continent went online the last few days. Located in close vicinity to Melbourne, the uRADMonitor unit #12000003 offers continuous background radiation surveillance. The unit’s current measurements show an average of 10CPM (approximated to 0.10uSv/h):

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uRADMonitor model A2 with Barometric pressure sensor

Here is a revision of the current Model A uRADMonitor detector. Codenamed the model A2, it replaces the internal DS18B20 temperature sensor with the more versatile BMP180. The BMP180 is a low power, high resolution temperature and barometric pressure sensor, manufactured by Bosch. It comes with pre-calibration parameters that are used for accurate measurements. The […]

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Unit in Netherlands up and running

A new unit went online, in a location close to Amsterdam. The new detector is the first in Netherlands, covering more ground as the network expands. The current measurements show a low background radiation level, only 0.09uSv/h. Here are the initial measurements, performed in Timisoara, Romania, before sending the unit: And here is the same […]

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Producing the uRADMonitor – the rubber gaskets

As the uRADMonitor Model A is intended as a environmental radiation surveillance tool, that should be run outdoors, we’ve designed a rubber gasket for the aluminium enclosures, to make sure rain will not get in to damage the components. Now finally we saw the first components getting out of their factories and wanted to share […]

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Producing the uRADMonitor – the aluminium enclosure

Moving from manually built prototypes to an industrial production line, is a huge step especially for a project in an incipient phase, like uRADMonitor. Yet, with strong determination, obstacles melt away, opening the path for the first civilian environmental surveillance network, available to everyone, at anytime, to offer real time data on radiation level trends […]

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New unit in Massachusetts, USA

The uRADMonitor network is constantly expanding and so a new unit went online in Massachusetts. Here are the initial and the current values registered by this unit: And the nice constant voltage on tube:

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First unit in Japan registers low background radioactivity

The unit shipped to Japan finally went online yesterday. For now it is connected indoors. The unit measured an average of 0.12uSv/h in Timisoara, Romania during a few hours of tests. Surprisingly the values dropped to 0.07uSv/h when the first measurements started at its current location, in Japan. The first half of the graph shows […]

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Rainproof plastic enclosure

uRADMonitor (Model A) is an environmental radiation surveillance device, designed to be mounted outdoors in close proximity to ground level (1 meter above ground). More detailed installation instructions can be found here: Tips for installing the uRADMonitor unit. As the monitors are running continuously, in case of nuclear contamination, the internal sensitive Geiger tube registers […]

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New Zealand unit up and running

uRADMonitor unit 11000007 got to its final destination, after a long journey. The unit is now up and running from New Zealand, making it the first uRADMonitor unit in that part of the globe.

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Wireless / WiFi Connectivity Guide

Due to popular demand, but also because wireless is better than installing wires, especially for some remote locations (and that’s where we usually need uRADMonitor installed), here’s a quick guide on connecting the uRADMonitor model A to the wireless network. Yes, uRADMonitor can be connected wirelessly to your home WLAN with the method presented in […]

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First unit in Arizona, USA

It’s time for the West side of the US to be featured here with the first uRADMonitor unit joining in from Arizona. Live data can be seen here. Here is a quick comparison on its current measurements, and the initial ones before sending the unit: At its new location in Arizona, the unit shows a […]

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Building the uRADMonitor

It’s been a long road getting here, a road paved with constant innovation. And it’s a longer road ahead. The first uRADMonitor was a crude prototype, with jumping wires on a test board, it got its own PCB soon. The following models were a new design, more compact using the smaller SBM-20 and SI-29BG tubes, […]

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The first unit in the United Kingdom

It’s a series of new units joining the network lately! And there are more to come. A new uRADMonitor went online today in the UK, close to Birmingham. As per the previous posts, here are two images showing the readings, the first is a snapshot of the measurements made at the current location in UK, […]

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New unit in Prague, Czech Republic

The first of the the 5 new units sent out a few days ago, reached its destination, in Prague, and is now operational. The unit currently shows an average of 0.10uSv/h: Lower than the initial tests:

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uRadMonitor Featured on HackADay

uRADMonitor got on the HackADay’s front page, with an interview for the Hackaday.io prize event. Read the full text here. Don’t forget to support the project by voting on the HackADay project page (the skull button)!

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Map updated with coloured pinpoints

One of uRADMonitor’s major components – the server side – is responsible for receiving data from the distributed hardware units and pack it in its databases. We are talking about large volumes of data, that are scaled up with each new device entering the network. The server is also handling the web portal, where we […]

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Tips for installing the uRADMonitor unit

The Power supply Each unit comes with Power supply (input 220V/110V EU/US for socket, output 5V and at least 0.5A), power cable (black) and Ethernet cable (1m long). The uRADMonitor device must be powered with a low power 5V supply. An adapter is provided with each uRadMonitor unit. If a longer cable is required, you […]

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Five more units to join the network

In an effort of expanding the network, five more units are set to join the network in the following few days. They will get online in various locations all around the globe, to offer increased coverage and a better understanding of the background radiation variations. The units have been tested to assure they are properly […]

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Quick details on uRADMonitor

There were lots of questions by email, on groups or on different channels regarding uRADMonitor. Many people are familiar with Geiger Counters, radiation and the basics on nuclear physics, but for some, the uRADMonitor remains a tiny black box – intriguing, but totally unknown. To answer some of these questions, here are a few more […]

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