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How To Choose Wireless Sensors And Software

Using wireless sensors to create a wireless sensor network in your laboratory is an efficient and reliable way to gather and collate data. It is essential you choose the right type of sensors for your application, as well as the perfect software to aggregate and analyse the findings.

Wireless sensors are suitable for a huge range of applications, both inside the laboratory and out in the field. When choosing the perfect equipment for you, it is critical that you consider all of your options. You need to look at the type of sensor you need, the connectivity method, and the software used to understand the data collected.

PASCO are an award-winning, market leader when it comes laboratory equipment and software solutions. In this guide, we are sharing everything you need to know about choosing PASCO wireless sensors and software.

Why Choose PASCO?

When you start looking for wireless sensors, either for teaching purposes or in a commercial laboratory, the chances are you will come across the PASCO brand. PASCO are renowned for their high-quality science education tools and data logging solutions. Over many years, their products have become known for their innovation, reliability, robustness, and ease of use. When you choose PASCO products, you are choosing an affordable option without compromising on quality.

5 Top Selling PASCO Wireless Sensors

Here at SciChem we are proud to be UK suppliers of PASCO wireless sensors. Our top selling sensors include;

  1. PASCO Wireless Motion SensorUsing ultrasound technology, this wireless motion sensor can measure velocity, position, and acceleration of any object. This is popular in education settings as students can use this wireless sensor to measure themselves and then watch back their motion in real-time graphs. Detecting objects from 15cm to 4m away, this wireless motion sensor is perfect for many real-world applications as well as in education.
  2. PASCO Wireless O2 SensorWhether you are teaching photosynthesis, or measuring respiration and oxygen cycling, the PASCO Wireless O2 Sensor is a reliable and accurate option. This sensor measures gaseous O2 concentrations in the atmosphere, as well as air temperature and humidity. The wireless sensor is ideal for various activities in environmental science, biology, and physiology.
  3. PASCO Wireless Temperature SensorWhen you need instant temperature readings, as well as the ability to continuously log, monitor, and plot temperatures, this wireless sensor is the perfect choice. Technicians will be able to view the data in PASCO’s SPARKvue software which works across any connected device.
  4. PASCO Wireless Sensor LightThis wireless light sensor features two separate apertures so you can measure both ambient and directional light measurements. When using the ambient sensor, you can measure irradiance, illuminance, UVA, UVB, and UV index. With the spot aperture, you can measure light level as well as use innovative colour detection.
  5. PASCO Wireless Weather SensorThe Wireless Weather Sensor from PASCO uses GPS to create an all-in-one tool which can monitor environmental conditions. With a built in anemometer, this device can sense humidity, pressure, temperature, light, and more. There is a weather vane accessory which can be added for long-term monitoring, or this sensor can be used as a hand held instrument.

Wireless Sensor Software Explained

Gathering and measuring data with wireless sensors is one thing, but the information you collect is only as good as the software used to understand it. PASCO offer various software solutions to work alongside their wireless sensors for the ultimate data login experience. It is essential that you have the right software and the right licences for your application.

One very popular piece of software for data logging with various wireless sensors is SPARKvue. SPARKvue is designed to support and enhance the learning process in a range of education settings. There is a complete suite of display options including digits, tables, graphs, and meters. This makes it super simple to see and interpret the data being collected by your wireless sensors. SPARKvue features various analysis tools at the touch of a button, helping students along the way.

There are features for saving journal snapshots and writing observations effortlessly, which you can come back to time and time again. For educators, SPARKvue can help deliver interactive lessons and lectures, as well as conduct reviews of the classes results.


Here at SciChem, we are specialists in all kinds of lab equipment including wireless sensors and software. As well as being proud stockists of PASCO in the UK, we also stock a range of other excellent brands and can help you find the perfect solution for your application.