The other type of unit we install is similar to the one pictured above. These are called "smart" dataloggers. Once installed, they will send continuous real-time information to our office server so that we can keep track of really expensive pianos on a daily basis. The company has written software specifically for Rohde Piano and it allows us to constantly monitor as many pianos as we desire 24/7. We can set parameters for each piano. For example, let's use a grand piano on a concert stage in St. Louis, MO. The parameters have been set to warn us if the temperature changes more than seven degrees or humidity changes more than 10% for more than a four hour period of time. The software will warn us of a problem and we can double-click on that warning. After that a pop up will show which piano it is, the location, the problem, and the person to call. So, if a stage hand accidentally leaves a loading dock door open in the winter and the temperature drops 25 degrees for five hours, we are then warned and can make the call to see what the problem is and get it corrected before damage can occur. Pretty cool, right? We can also monitor movement, vibration, dew point, or a myriad of other things depending upon the situation.
Yes, we still do 19th century work, but are so thankful for 21st century technology to help preserve our instruments!