Nielsen-Kellerman (NK), maker of rugged environmental and sports performance instruments particularly for competitive rowing, launched its line of Kestrel 5 Series meters, which communicate wirelessly with mobile devices via Bluetooth for immediate and accurate weather data. The series was made for professionals and amateurs alike to make use of the data in a variety of outdoor fields.

“The uses for our new 5 Series meters are endless…” – Alix James, CEO, NK

“The uses for our new 5 Series meters are endless,” said Alix James, NK CEO. “We included features for everyone from coaches who need to monitor humidity and heat stress index on the playing field, to hunters who want barometric pressure and wind speed, to firefighters who depend on accurate dew point and relative humidity readings for their safety.”

And since some fields require an oomph of power, the Kestrel 5 Series meters include several industry-specific models. “The immediate and historical data the Kestrel 5 Series meters deliver can be used in critical decision-making to improve performance and help ensure safety,” added James. For instance, product conception for the Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker was built around many of the well-established heat stress guidelines for military, athletics and occupational safety. Special LED beacons and warning buzzers on the Kestrel 5400 can help military personnel (and even athletes and hot-weather workers) stay safe in humid conditions.

Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker. Photos Courtesy Nielsen-Kellerman

Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress Tracker.

“We painstakingly addressed every complaint or problem users had with the 4000 series…” – Alix James, CEO, NK

Other Applied Ballistics models give shooters increased accuracy. This comes as a result of combining accurate measurement of critical environmental factors with an advanced ballistics solver.

Consistent throughout, all Kestrel 5 Series meters are drop-tested, waterproof, dust-proof, and said to be the most rugged of their kind when it comes to performing under radical conditions. Despite their grit, the models take average AA batteries. Each model is also backed by NK’s industry-leading five-year warranty.

Easy to navigate, portable, packed with functionality and yet still small. This Series covers all the bases, but it wasn’t easy.

Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics

Kestrel Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics

“We painstakingly addressed every complaint or problem users had with the 4000 series,” said James, who believes optional connection with Kestrel LiNK, powered by Bluetooth Smart, is one of the new line’s best features. “Data communication opens the door to creating solutions for users, especially where environmental measurements, decision-making tools and guidelines intersect,” she added. “Being able to pull these measurements straight into an app is so powerful.”

Michael Naughton, NK’s VP of business development, said, “K5 Kestrels can communicate to iOS and Android devices using Kestrel and third-party apps, and they’re compatible with software on Windows and Mac computers.”

Other improvements include a high-contrast, high-resolution display screen that is easy to read in all lighting conditions, a dual-color LED backlight and a corrosion-resistant battery compartment.

Photos Courtesy Nielsen-Kellerman