26 May

Protect and Monitor Your Boat With the IoT and Monnit

Monnit wireless boat sensors and remote monitoring

It is easy to figure out why boating is so popular when having the wind in your hair, and the strum of the wake against the hull. It is also easy to feel over-your-head when it comes to maintaining your vessel. That is because boats are a bit of a queer fish in the automotive world, especially if you are a landlubber. Thanks to the Internet of Things, you can become more aware of what is happening with your vessel, whether you are docked or sailing the seas. Most major problems boat owners encounter are the result of a situation that could have been prevented. With Monnit and the Internet of Things, boat owners can monitor their vessels from anywhere at any time, avoiding costly repairs and even theft.

The Internet of Things (IoT):  the network of physical objects (“things”) embedded with sensors, software, electronics, and network connectivity, which enables them to collect and exchange data.

For a long time, the available solutions to monitor boats were too expensive and difficult to use.  This has since changed with Monnit’s affordable remote monitoring solutions, which makes it easy to monitor various aspects of your boat at once, preventing surprises before setting sail and giving you peace of mind. Here are just a few of the common ways you can use Monnit Wireless Sensors with your boat or yacht to improve your sailing experience:

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17 May

See how Monnit and the IoT Prevent Ice Cream Melt Downs at Ben & Jerry’s

IoT with Ben and Jerrys

If you are curious how Monnit and the Internet of Things (IoT) can help prevent Ice Cream melt-downs, then you need to read this excellent article by Michelle Davidson on Network World’s website, featuring one of our customers, Udder Ventures’ (Ben and Jerry’s ice cream), and how they are using our solutions to protect their business inventory and save money.

Read the article at http://www.networkworld.com/article/3070953/internet-of-things/how-the-iot-keeps-ben-jerrys-ice-cream-safe.html

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12 May

Protect Your Business with Monnit and the “Internet of Things”

Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions for Businesses

I hate to break it to you, but someone left the back door open and some of your inventory just walked out, the toilet is leaking in the men’s bathroom, and the AC unit just stopped working. It may be unlikely that all of these things will happen at the same time, but any one of these (or more) mishaps can be costly for your company, and it’s reputation. You trust your employees to handle issues as they arise, but while your staff is busy dealing with shoppers, it’s hard for them to see what’s going on in other areas of the store. Simple little issues can add up, so it’s important to prevent financial surprises when you can.

Problems Facing Business Management

Business owners of all types and sizes have experienced unexpected problems before. Some of these problems may affect your customer’s and employees’ experiences or safety, and others may affect your building, inventory or assets. Maybe it’s too hot in your building since your HVAC system broke down; a storage shelf is holding more weight  than it can contain and could collapse soon; the bathroom is beginning to flood, and the surrounding areas are now slippery and may be ruining merchandise.

In the past, these problems were difficult to predict. If you didn’t hire expensive routine maintenance some of these problems were inevitable. Not only is calendar maintenance often ineffective, but problems can arise at any time between inspections. These problems have become so common for many business owners that they have often become complacent, considering these variable costs as mandatory. Suddenly, things have changed thanks to the Internet of Things! read more

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04 May

Monnit Sponsors Kool Kid Startup Contest

KoolKids Contest

Monnit is pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor the Kool Kids / Kool Teens Startup Contest. The top 8 applicants have been selected from a group of Utah kids age 10-18 who are currently running their own businesses, and the public is invited to come see these cool kids/teen entrepreneurs showcase their businesses at Jr Achievement City on May 6th. Enjoy free food and fun as you watch 8 of Utah’s hottest kid/teen entrepreneurs pitch to you and the judges. Then see the judges as they award these courageous kids $4K in cash and services to launch their business!  It will be an evening to remember!

The 8 Finalists Are:

“Monnit is always excited to promote entrepreneurship in Utah, especially when it involves our youth.” said Brad Walters, CEO of Monnit. “These creative youth are shaping the future of business in Utah, and we all should be supporting them and encouraging them to succeed.”

The event is open to the public, so if you are interested in seeing them pitch their ideas, you can RSVP here!

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28 Apr

3 Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Cooler

Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions for Walk-In Coolers

An essential part of many restaurants, cafeterias, and convenience stores is the popular walk-in cooler. Proper maintenance to your walk-in cooler will not only save you money and frustration but may also keep you in business. As you know, your walk-in refrigerator is not like your standard fridge at home. Not only are they larger, but they also manage their temperatures differently and require more maintenance.

Problems Arising From Walk-in Cooler Failure

Restaraunt owners know that having your walk-in cooler fail may not only negatively affect your business but your reputation as well. You can save time and money by performing regular maintenance using a system that automatically monitors your facilities, and you can focus on what matters most: growing and improving your business. Your staff will be confident knowing that their food and resources will be protected from cold damage, spoilage, and will solidify your reputation as a reliable business and individual.

Here are three simple steps to stay up and running, prevent food waste and keep your utility bills low.

  • Cleanliness: Keep your floor and surrounding areas free of debris, and clean up any spills as soon as possible. Turn the fan off and clean with a soft cloth. Overworking your fan will shorten the life of your cooler. To prevent your fan from breaking down or raising your utility bill, you can monitor its energy consumption by using the Monnit Wireless AC Current Meter. Perform quarterly maintenance on evaporator coils and blades, as well, and replace damaged items as needed. Keeping these things clean will also allow proper airflow for your unit.
  • Hinges & Closers: Most kitchen employees are too busy to ensure the cooler doors closes properly. Monnit Wireless Open/Closed Sensor can provide information on the status of a door. This sensor will allow you to know if a door has been left open. You can also monitor the amount of activity and traffic in your walk-in cooler with the Monnit Wireless Infrared Motion Sensor.
  • Monitor Temperatures: For the most accurate temperature reading for your cooler we recommend the Monnit Wireless Temperature Sensor with the Glass Bead Temperature Buffer Vial. This wireless sensor will buffer any momentary fluctuations in temperatures that may be caused by standard operations (defrost cycles, the opening of doors, and fans circulating air). This sensor allows more accurate temperature data to be captured and prevent false alarms from being sent.

All Monnit Wireless Sensors can send notifications through text, voice and email with no monthly fees required. Our Local Alert Device is recommended to notify others if temperatures are fluctuating or if the door is ajar too long in your cooler. The local alert system has an LCD display for custom messaging and sensor reading, as well as an audible alarm and flash LED. read more

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26 Apr

Monnit CEO and Founder, Brad Walters, featured as IoT panelist at the Governor’s Utah Economic Summit

Monnit CEO and Founder, Brad Walters, was recently a panelist at the Governor’s Utah Economic Summit for “An Automated Life: The Internet of Things”. Started in 2006 under Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the governor-hosted Utah Economic Summit has been a celebration of economic success, a gathering for learning, and, most importantly, a driver of collaboration. In the last 10 years, Utah has come through an economic recession and out on top. Forbes’ Best State for Business and Careers five out of the last six years. Pollina Corporate’s No. 1 Pro-Business State four years running.

An Automated Life: The Internet of Things panel discussed various solutions for the modern “connected” world. Among the topics addressed by the panel were; dealing with security, standards, breadth of applications, and general scaling of the Internet of Things for consumer, commercial, and industrial applications.

Monnit is proud to be recognized as a Top Internet of Things Solutions Provider and for the opportunities to educate and contribute to the growth of a more prosperous, knowledgeable and connected State of Utah.

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31 Mar

Get Ahead in Property Management with Monnit and the Internet of Things

Monnit and the Internet of Things for Property Management Every successful property manager has common traits that got them ahead in the industry:  they notice problems, and they find ways to fix them before everyone else. Because they are assertive, not complacent, in solving problems, their business is more efficient, reliable, and profitable. If you are looking to get ahead in today’s highly competitive industry, then you will need to do the same and Monnit can help.

 

Problems Facing Property Management

Managers of hotels, commercial properties, residential properties, and foreclosed properties, have all experienced the same problem: monitoring properties is expensive. Every year, there are billions of dollars in losses due to property damage, mechanical failure, theft, energy waste, and more.

In the past, these problems were difficult to solve. If you didn’t hire expensive maintenance teams to do regular, manual checks on every facet of a building’s infrastructure, problems were inevitable. Thanks to the Internet of Things, everything has changed.

The Internet of Things (IoT):  the network of physical objects (“things”) embedded with sensors, software, electronics, and network connectivity, which enables them to collect and exchange data.

The IoT Solution

The Internet of Things enables people to monitor and track various conditions in any environment. Previously, available solutions were expensive and difficult to use.  This has since changed with Monnit’s affordable remote monitoring solutions, which make it easy to monitor multiple aspects of your facilities, from anywhere, at any time.

Example: In the United States alone, the annual cost of water damage is over 2.5 billion dollars. Whether from a frozen pipe bursting, water heater breaking, or just a simple toilet or faucet plumbing issue, water damage is likely to occur if not caught quickly. Generally, the cost of treating and repairing water damage is about $10 to $15 per square foot on average. If you are a property manager, you know how quickly these costs can add up. Wireless temperature sensors can alert you if the temperature falls below freezing and water detection sensors can alert you the moment a water leak is detected.

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22 Mar

Monitoring and Protecting Your HVAC/Boiler Systems

Keeping temperatures in your building comfortable can sometimes put your heating and cooling systems to the ultimate test. Often, we take them for granted, just assuming that they will work without any problems. Unfortunately, your furnaces, HVAC units, and boilers are constantly at risk. If you have experienced problems with this in the past, you know how expensive these failures can be, especially if not caught in a timely manner. Luckily, that’s where we come in.

Problems Facing Property Management

Managers of hotels, commercial properties, foreclosed properties, offices, or any other building, have all experienced problems with their HVAC, heating, and/or boiler systems. If there is anything irregular with the temperature, electrical current, and/or humidity around your machinery, they run a higher risk of costly failure.

In the past, these problems were difficult to solve. If you didn’t hire expensive maintenance teams to do regular maintenance checks on these systems, problems were inevitable. Further, calendar maintenance checks are often ineffective, as problems can arise at any moment. Because these problems are so common and have been around for so long, many people/businesses became complacent, considering these variable costs as mandatory. Then, along came the internet of things, and suddenly everything changed.

The Internet of Things (IoT):  the network of physical objects (“things”) embedded with sensors, software, electronics, and network connectivity, which enables them to collect and exchange data.

The IoT Solution

The internet of things enables people to use sensors to monitor different conditions in any environment, which when paired with your machinery, can potentially save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary damages.  For a long time, the available solutions were too expensive and difficult to use.  This has since changed with Monnit’s affordable remote monitoring system, which makes it easy to monitor all of your machinery at once, from anywhere, at any time.

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17 Mar

New Cellular Gateway Signal Booster – Now Available!

Today, Monnit introduced a new product for US and Canadian customers using Monnit Cellular Gateways with their wireless sensor networks. The Monnit 3G Cellular Signal Booster provides a stronger, more reliable cellular data signal for successful communication between sensor networks and the online monitoring system, reducing data resends and lost connections. The Cellular signal booster kit is FCC and Industry Canada certified and comes with everything needed to get up and running (3G signal booster, outdoor antenna, 3 ft. extension cable and power supply).

Monnit 3G Cellular Signal Booster Kit

If you are using a Monnit Cellular gateway and are trying to monitor a sensor network in a location that has poor cellular reception, we encourage you to learn more about this new product. It can also be used with 2G cellular gateways if needed.

About Monnit: Focused on simplicity, Monnit Wireless Sensors can be setup, gathering data and notifying users of concerns in just a few short minutes. Monnit currently provides over 50 unique wireless sensor types for measuring temperature, humidity, door and window (open/close), motion, water, activity, dry contact and a variety of other conditions that are critical to businesses.

All Monnit wireless sensors include free basic iMonnit online sensor monitoring, which allows for customization of sensor operation and reviewing sensor data from any web enabled device, such as computers, tablets or smart phones. The system can also send notifications via text, email or voice call if user defined conditions are met or exceeded. For more information on Monnit’s low cost monitoring solution, call (801) 561-5555 or visit www.monnit.com.

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10 Mar

Monnit Sponsors RIoT (Robotics and Internet of Things) Challenge

Monnit is pleased to have had the opportunity to sponsor the RIoT Challenge at the recent Robotics and Internet of Things Conference in Utah. The challenge provided an opportunity for developers interested in the Internet of Things, to form teams and compete in a hands-on development challenge to come up with interesting applications for the Internet of Things and work towards developing their solution throughout the day-long challenge. Monnit provided wireless sensors, gateways and software for the teams to develop with, and had employees on hand to assist and encourage the competing teams.

“With Monnit’s help, the RIoT Challenge was a huge success this year!” said Justin Bott, VP of Strategic Initiatives for Grow Utah. “The challenge was for teams of entrepreneurs and tinkerers to come together in a room, receive a crash course on the Monnit/Tarts system, get some Monnit/Tarts gear and then spend the afternoon building new applications for the sensors. The teams worked throughout the day, eating food and building stuff with their soldering irons, 3D printers, and other tools.  It was like a mini hackathon without the all-night sleep deprivation!”

There were 10 teams that participated in the challenge, and they all created some very interesting and cool projects using Monnit sensors. At the end of the day, the projects were judged by a panel and the top teams received cash prizes to help get their ideas off the ground. The winning team (TimberShark), created a beehive with built-in sensors to monitor the hives health remotely without disturbing the bees.  Their solution perfectly represents the impact that the Internet of Things can have, by helping to solve the problem of a collapsing bee population.

“Grow Utah (www.GrowUtah.com) was excited to host this event with the tremendous team from Monnit,” said Justin.  “We couldn’t have done it without their help and their awesome gear!  They have great products and the competing teams were surprised how smoothly it all worked. The event was a huge success.”

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