Software update: Apogee Connect v.1.04.002

Apogee Connect software has long allowed users of Apogee’s smart USB sensors to take spot measurements, perform datalogging, take accurate underwater PAR measurements, and save data files to their Mac or PC, all without the need for an expensive datalogger. This page provides an overview of both the new and longstanding features of Apogee Connect.

SQ-520 USB quantum sensor 

 The software provides a large, easy to read display of instantaneous readings from a connected USB sensor, making it easy to take spot measurements and graph values over time.

 Apogee Connect software screenshot

To deploy the sensor for field logging, use an always-on USB power source (e.g. Voltaic's V44 USB Battery Pack) and set up your logging parameters by selecting “Manage Field Logging” from the settings menu. From this window, the user can specify and save sampling and logging intervals to the sensor. When it is powered in the field, the sensor will log up to 10,000 data points following these settings. The data can be accessed when the sensor is plugged back into a computer running Apogee Connect. To assign timestamps to the field logged data, specify the starting and ending times of the field logging session using the Manage Field Logging window.

 Apogee Connect Manage Field Logging Window

Coral reef enthusiasts appreciate Apogee quantum sensors for their accurate PAR readings in aquariums. If you’re using a PAR sensor for underwater measurements, Apogee Connect allows you to easily apply immersion effect correction factors to correct for the refractive index of water. By selecting “Use Immersion Settings” in the settings menu, readings from the quantum sensor are automatically multiplied by 1.08 (SQ-420) or 1.32 (SQ-520) to render accurate PAR readings underwater.

  Apogee Connect Immersion Settings for underwater PAR measurements

 

New Features

The latest release of Apogee Connect, v.1.04.002, contains several new features to enhance the utility of the software and make it more valuable for users of Apogee USB sensors.

 

The software now features a Daily Light Integral (DLI) calculator which makes it easy for users of quantum sensors to calculate total moles of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) falling on their plants over a 24 hour period. To use the DLI calculator, enter the instantaneous PAR reading in micromoles per square meter per second, and the number of hours of light (photoperiod). Click “Calculate DLI” and the DLI value will automatically be calculated:

 Apogee Connect now features a DLI calculator to calculate total moles of PAR over a 24 hour period

 Or, enter the photoperiod and desired DLI value for your plant, and click “Calculate PAR” to determine the target PAR value needed to attain the desired DLI value:

 The Apogee Connect DLI calculator can also determine the target PAR value to achieve a desired DLI value

In addition to this stand-alone DLI calculator, the Apogee Connect now also automatically calculates DLI values from data logged in the “Data Logging” side panel while the sensor is connected to the computer. When the software is open and logging data from sensor models SQ-420 and SQ-520, it will calculate DLI (in moles) and Dark Hours (in hours) values each day at 12:00 AM using PAR values collected during the previous 36 hours (DLI is calculated using the 24 hours from midnight to midnight the next day; Dark Hours is calculated using the 24 hours from noon to noon the next day). At midnight during data logging sessions connected to the computer, DLI and Dark Hours values will be displayed at the bottom of the Data Logging side panel.

 

The Dark Hours value is calculated using the "Darkness Threshold" setting which can be accessed through the Data Logging side panel. The number of continuously logged PAR values less than the Darkness Threshold are counted and multiplied by the logging interval to calculate the number of Dark Hours. This represents the longest continuous duration of darkness, not the total duration of darkness.

 The darkness threshold setup window

Apogee Connect has been designed with an intuitive, easy to use interface. To help users get the most out of the software, we are pleased to announce that help documentation is now available through a new “Help” window available in the settings menu.

Apogee Connect now features a help window available in the settings menu

Help documentation is also available through each sensor’s user’s manual, available online at the web page for each sensor, or at our general user manual page: https://www.apogeeinstruments.com/product-manuals/.

 

We hope you enjoy the newest version of Apogee Connect. It retains all of the functionality that users of Apogee’s USB sensors are accustomed to, with new features and tools to enhance its value for field logging and, especially, for plant growers.

 

Feel free to contact our Technical Support department with any questions or concerns: techsupport@apogeeinstruments.com; 435-245-8012.