15Apr/140

Monnit Releases Wireless Sensors M2M Cellular Gateway with 24 Hour Battery Backup

Salt Lake City, UT – April 15, 2014 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) announced today the release of their M2M cellular gateway with 24 hour battery backup. The new cellular gateway is specifically designed to allow for up to 24 hours of continuous operation in the event of a power outage, ensuring that wireless sensors are able to communicate with the monitoring software until power is restored.

Features of the new cellular gateway with battery backup:

  • True "plug & play", no hassles for internet configuration set-up
  • No PC required for operation
  • Low-cost cellular service packages
  • Remote software upgrade capability
  • Local status LEDs with transmission and online status indicators
  • 50,000 sensor message memory
  • 24 hour battery backup in event of power loss
  • Watchdog function and on-line heart-beat control
  • AC power supply

The MonnitLink™ Cellular Gateway (CGW2) with Battery Backup was designed to support up to 100 Monnit wireless sensors, which are capable of detecting and monitoring functions that are critical to business operations, including; temperature, humidity, water, light, access, movement and much more.  Monnit’s wireless gateways transmit data between local sensor networks and iMonnit, the online data monitoring system, which aggregates sensor information and sends notifications via text or email if user defined conditions are met or exceeded.

All Monnit wireless sensors include free basic iMonnit online sensor monitoring with SMS text and email alerting.  The cellular gateway with battery backup is certified on Verizon’s CDMA cellular network and requires a low-cost cellular data.

The new cellular gateway as well as wireless sensors and monitoring software are available to OEM’s and Reseller’s through a private label offering at www.oemsensors.com.

For more information on Monnit’s low cost monitoring solution, call (801) 561-5555 or visit www.monnit.com.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a leader in the design and manufacturing of turnkey, self-installing, low cost wireless sensor solutions targeted at the commercial, industrial and consumer markets. Monnit’s sensing solutions are designed to be easily installed and used by anyone wanting to remotely monitor information and activities, including: temperature, access, presence of water, light, humidity, and vibration in or around structures, machinery, and various environments.

PR Contact:
Matt Moulton
(801) 561-5555
mattm@monnit.com

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9Apr/140

Monnit and iMonnit Not Affected by the Heartbleed Bug

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

The Heartbleed Bug was disclosed Monday night (April 7, 2014) and is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

Heartbleed SSL Vulnerability

Does the Heartbleed Vulnerability Affect Monnit or iMonnit servers?

Monnit uses the latest in SSL technology and is pleased to state that our servers were never susceptible to the Heartbleed SSL Bug. Our customers and resellers can rest assured that our servers were never compromised.

 

What should you do next?

There is nothing you need to do when using the Monnit website or the iMonnit online sensors software.  is concerned, there is nothing more you need to do. However, this bug has affected many other sites over the past few years, and it's possible that sites you regularly visit may have been vulnerable.

You can check whether or not sites are susceptible using this tool: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

We recommend you update passwords for any websites in which you store sensitive information, such as email, banking, credit card payments, etc.

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7Apr/140

Remote Monitoring Solutions For Commercial Buildings

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Solutions For Commercial Buildings
No matter the size of your building, it is critical to understand things as they happen! Whether monitoring doors and windows for unauthorized access or toilets and faucets for water leaks, it is important that you know immediately giving you time to respond before costly damage can occur. Monnit wireless sensors provide an easy-to-use, robust, remote monitoring solution that alerts you immediately if something is wrong.Monnit provides a low-cost, reliable, wireless monitoring solution that allows you to track and receive alerts for the following types of applications:

Temperature Sensors Monitor temperatures and notify if below or above set threshold.
Water Detection Sensors Detect and notify at the immediate presence of water.
Infrared Motion Sensors Track and notify when motion is detected.
Open / Closed Sensors Can detect if doors or windows are opened.

All Monnit wireless sensors come with free basic online monitoring, allowing you to view sensor information anytime from anywhere. Receive instant notifications via email or SMS text if a set sensor condition is met or exceeded.

Protect Your Buildings with Monnit Wireless Sensors!

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3Apr/140

Understanding Sensor Settings and Operation

This tech-tip is meant to give an understanding of how Monnit wireless sensors function and how different settings affect sensor operation. For product documentation and additional help visit www.monnit.com/support.

To start, there are two types of sensor radio behaviors associated with Monnit wireless sensors. First there are "Event" type sensors that respond immediately to an event as it occurs (think of event type sensors as yes/no data). Second there are "Reading" type sensors that work on a timed basis to wake up at set intervals, gather data, transmit the data, then go back to sleep until the next interval.

Examples of event type sensors;
- water detection
- door/window
- motion
- dry contact, etc.
Examples of reading type sensors;
- temperature
- humidity
- voltage
- pressure, etc.

Every sensor has a heartbeat regardless of the type of radio behavior. Event type sensors use the heartbeat function to tell the system that they are still active (and will report the current sensor state as well as signal strength and battery status). Reading type sensors use the heartbeat as their set interval for gathering and sending information.

Wireless Sensor Heartbeat

Reading type sensors also support "Assessments per Heartbeat", where the sensor will wake up, gather data and compare it against conditions set for the Aware State (see below), and if conditions are met, send that information to the software immediately (otherwise the sensor goes back to sleep). If using iMonnit Basic (Free) the assessments per heartbeat is automatically set to check six times per heartbeat (ex. every 20 minutes with a 2 hour heartbeat). If using iMonnit Premiere, you have control over how many assessments you want your sensors to take in between heartbeats.

Assessments Per Heartbeat

Every sensor has an aware state function. The aware state allows the sensor to function at a higher level when certain conditions are met. For event type sensors, the detection of an event automatically triggers the aware state. For reading type sensors, the user sets the conditions that must be met for a sensor to enter it's aware state (also used for "Assessments per Heartbeat" above). Once in the aware state, the sensor will operate based on the "aware state" settings.

Setting the aware state heartbeat to a quicker interval allows the user to receive more frequent sensor information and/or notifications until the sensor reports a condition that is back in the normal operation range again.

Wireless Sensor Aware State

Time to Re-Arm allows the user to define how long an event type sensor should take before it is allowed to detect another event. Example; if a motion sensor detects movement, setting a re-arm time of 1 second allows the sensor to detect movement again in just 1 second. This can allow the user to capture more frequent information if desired, but also uses more battery. Setting a re-arm time of 10 minutes preserves battery life but will not capture information again until the sensor is re-armed.

Wireless Sensor - Time To Rearm

For more information on using Monnit wireless sensors, visit the support section of our website.

13Mar/140

Monnit Serial MODBUS Gateway Gets Some New Features

Salt Lake City, UT – March 13, 2014 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com), a leading provider of wireless monitoring and sensing solutions for commercial and industrial clients) today announced the release of a much anticipated Serial MODBUS gateway update. Monnit Corporation manufactures and provides wireless sensors, gateways and back-end monitoring software for commercial, industrial and M2M applications.  The update provides a host of new features and numerous enhancements requested by Monnit customers and partners.
Monnit Serial MODBUS Gateway
The Monnit Serial MODBUS Gateway (SMG) acts as a data concentrator for Monnit wireless sensor networks. This device allows you to connect up to 100 wireless sensing devices, per gateway, to your existing serial MODBUS RS-232C and RS-485 sensing and control infrastructures.

The new version (3.0) of the Serial MODBUS Gateway includes all of the previous product features, plus these new enhancements:

  • Simplified process for adding wireless devices to the gateway list.
  • Simplified Coil and Register mapping for easier setup and use.
  • Added remote upgrade capability to support future features and sensors.
  • Updated software examples and documentation.

Previous Features of the Serial MODBUS Gateway:

  • Works with Monnit 900, 868 and 433MHz Sensors
  • Communicates with MODBUS RTU / ASCII Serial Protocols.
  • Supports RS-232C / RS-485 Interfacing.
  • Integrates into your existing backend monitoring systems.
  • NEMA 4X / IP66 Rated Enclosure.
  • RP SMA Antenna Connector  (Antenna Included).

All Serial MODBUS Gateways ordered from March 13, 2014 and on, will be configured as version 3.0.

The Monnit Serial MODBUS Gateway allows for existing system integration with all Monnit wireless sensors, which were designed to detect and monitor functions that are critical to business, including; temperature, humidity, water, light, access, movement and much more.

The new Serial MODBUS gateway is available from Monnit at www.monnit.com as well as available in a completely brandable version available through www.oemsensors.com. For more information on the Monnit Serial MODBUS Gateway visit http://www.monnit.com/products/Gateways/Serial-MODBUS-Gateway.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a leader in the design and manufacturing of turnkey, self-installing, low cost wireless sensor solutions targeted at the commercial, industrial and consumer markets. Monnit’s sensing solutions are designed to be easily installed and used by anyone wanting to remotely monitor information and activities around a variety of variables (i.e. temperature, motion, humidity, vibration, etc.) and receive alerts based on user defined conditions.

PR Contact:
Matt Moulton
(801) 561-5555
mattm@monnit.com

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11Mar/140

Monitoring Sump Pumps and Pits to Avoid Water Damage

Sump Pump Monitoring
Basement water problems can be caused by a multitude of issues ranging from high ground-water tables to thawing snow leaking through windows or the foundation. When these problems arise, it is common to have a sump pump and pit installed in a home or facility to remove water as it accumulates. However, pump motors can burn out and pump triggers can stick. How do you know if there is an issue with your pump before it's to late?

Monnit provides a cost effective way to monitor the water level in a sump pit as well as sump pump operation. By using Monnit wireless sensor at the sump pit, you can be notified immediately via email or text message if water levels are too high in the sump pit, and when the pump motor turns on or off.

Monnit provides a low-cost, reliable, wireless monitoring solution that allows you to track and receive alerts for the following types of applications:

Water Detection Sensors Detect and notify if water in sump pit is above a set level.
Voltage Detection Sensors Monitor when pump motors turn on or off.

All Monnit wireless sensors come with free basic online monitoring, allowing you to view sensor information anytime from anywhere. Receive instant notifications via email or SMS text if a set sensor condition is met or exceeded.

« Learn More About Monnit Wireless Sensor Solutions for Sump-Pump Monitoring

Enjoy peace of mind and stop worrying about potential water damage.

4Mar/140

Optimize wireless sensors performance by resetting network

Getting the best range from your sensors can require a bit of trial and error. In this Tip, we discuss resetting your sensor network to assure your system is operating on the most optimal RF frequency in your region, giving you the most range possible. Once you have completed this process, you may also want to look at the following FAQs:

Prior to Monnit shipping your wireless network, your sensors are tested in our lab. This means we form and operate the network in-house. Upon set-up, the sensors and gateway lock onto the most clear RF channel for our facility and begin communicating. The next time the sensor network is plugged in (presumably when you are installing the sensors), your network is still locked onto the same channel that was optimal in our test facilities. However, that may not be the optimal channel for YOU in YOUR location. Thus, we recommend you reset the network prior to deploying the sensors. This will help you achieve the best range for your sensor deployment.

For Gateways Using iMonnit Online Software

  • Login to your iMonnit account at www.imonnit.com
  • Click on "Manage" on the main navigation.
  • Click the "Edit" button (pencil icon) for the gateway that you want to optimize.

  • Click the "Reform" link.
  • Click "Save" to exit the edit screen.
  • Insert batteries into the sensors, or wait for the sensors to check in again.

For USB Gateways Using iMonnit Express Software

  • Start the iMonnit gateway software.
  • Insert the USB dongle and wait for the network to go active.
  • From the "Actions" menu select "Reform Network".
  • Insert batteries into the sensors, or wait for the sensors to check in again.

Your sensor network will now operate on the most optimal RF channel available in your area.

5Feb/140

Student Housing Monitoring

Student Housing Monitoring

Managing student housing units efficiently, yet cost effectively is challenging. There is plenty to worry about without having to spend time and money to manually monitor areas of a building that could be monitored by sensors. Monnit has developed a low-cost wireless sensor solution for monitoring buildings and properties on college or university grounds.

Use Monnit Wireless Sensors for:

  • Monitoring boiler temperature output and pump motors.
  • Monitor HVAC systems for proper temperature operation.
  • Detecting plumbing leaks and/or pipe breaks in colder weather.
  • Detect sewer line back-ups.
  • Track access to building areas.

Monnit provides a low-cost, reliable, wireless monitoring solution that allows you to track and receive alerts for the following types of applications:

Temperature Sensors Monitor temperatures and notify if below or above set threshold.
Water Detection Sensors Detect and notify at the immediate presence of water.
Infrared Motion Sensors Track and notify when motion is detected.
Voltage Detection Sensors Can detect if a pump or other electrical device is active.

All Monnit wireless sensors come with free basic online monitoring, allowing you to view sensor information anytime from anywhere. Receive instant notifications via email or SMS text if a set sensor condition is met or exceeded.

« Learn More About Monnit Wireless Sensor Solutions for Student Housing

Keep your students safe and warm by using Monnit wireless sensors.

4Feb/140

Using a Monnit Ethernet Gateway with iMonnit Express PC Software

With the latest Monnit Ethernet gateway firmware update and release of the latest iMonnit Express - PC software, Ethernet gateways can now be used to locally monitor wireless sensors on a computer without needing an Internet connection. In order to use an Ethernet gateway with the PC application, you will need to make sure that both the gateway and PC are connected to the same network, and configure the gateway to talk directly to the computer software instead of using the Internet.

Install and Activate the iMonnit Express Software

When you purchase the iMonnit Express software you receive an activation code. Visit http://www.monnit.com/support/downloads/ to download and install the iMonnit Express software. When you finish installing the software launch the program and click on "Configuration" then "Enter Key". Enter your key in the box and click "Activate".
Activate iMonnit Express Software

Next you will need to add your Ethernet gateway and any sensors you wish to use with the software.

  • Click on "Configuration" and choose "Add Gateway".
  • Enter the Gateway ID and Code from the label on the bottom of your gateway.
  • Click on "Configuration" and choose "Add Sensor".
  • Enter the Sensor ID and Code from the labels on the bottom of your sensors.

Add Gateways and Sensors

Configure the Ethernet Gateway

Before configuring the Ethernet gateway, you will need to identify the IP address of the PC you are using. In the iMonnit Express software, click on "About", then "Local IP Addresses" and make note of the IP address that your computer is using on your network.

Identify IP Address of Your Computer

  • Connect the Ethernet gateway directly to the Ethernet port of your PC using a standard Ethernet cable.
  • Plug in the power cable.
  • While the gaateway is booting, press and hold the reset button on the back. All three lights will
    flash red. Release the button and the device will enter local configuration mode.
  • Open a web browser (e.g. Chrome) and go to 192.168.100.1. This should bring you to the
    gateway configuration page.
  • Click on the "Data Interfaces" tab.
  • Enter the IP address from iMonnit Express into the primary and secondary server [URL/IP] boxes,
    and use 3000 as the default communication port, then click "Save Changes".

Configure Ethernet Gateway

  • When finished, click the "Reboot" button on the top right side of the page to restart the gateway.
  • When the lights begin flashing on the gateway, you can unplug the it and disconnect it from
    the computer.
  • Connect the Ethernet Gateway to your local network router (needs to be the same network as
    the computer running express) and power the device on.
  • The lights will flash and go solid green when the gateway connects to the Monnit Express software.
  • In iMonnit Express, check that the gateway status has changed to active.

You are now ready to insert batteries into your sensors and begin using the software.

For more information on using Monnit wireless sensors, visit the support section of our website.

30Jan/140

Monnit Creates New Internet of Things Global Services Division

Salt Lake City, UT – January 30, 2014 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com), a leading provider of wireless monitoring and sensing solutions for commercial and industrial clients, today announced the establishment of its Global Services division. The new division provides development services for partners wishing to create new monitoring solutions or modify any or all of Monnit’s existing, proven, award winning platform. The development services are offered to partners, OEMs and direct customers.

“Monnit Global Services is a direct result of the scores of cooperative development projects we have engaged in since our inception. There is a high demand for competent, collaborative assistance which we are fully capable of meeting.” said Brad Walters, CEO, Monnit Corporation. “Whether a sensor needs to be modified or certified, a gateway created or a back end linked to, we have comprehensive abilities to be the go-to partner for remote monitoring and sensor system development.”

Monnit currently has over 40 different sensor types and robust, reliable gateways available on various platforms. However, certain applications can sometimes fall outside of common uses. Monnit's Global Services team works with partners to develop wireless sensor and monitoring products that meet the needs for their specific application. Monnit Global Services team also provides testing, manufacturing, technical support and training to ensure that only the best results are achieved.

OEM’s and integrators will be especially interested in these services as Monnit continues to encourage and offer complete private labeling of custom and existing solutions through the OEMSensors.com brand.

For more information on Monnit’s Global Services, call (801) 561-5555 or visit www.monnit.com/global-services.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a leader in the design and manufacturing of turnkey, self-installing, low cost wireless sensor solutions targeted at the commercial and industrial markets. Monnit’s sensing solutions are easily installed and used by anyone wanting to remotely monitor information and activities around a variety of variables (i.e. temperature, motion, humidity, vibration, etc.) and receive alerts based on user defined conditions.

About OEMSensors.com
OEMSensors.com, a division of Monnit Corp., brings an award winning, fully tested, FCC, CE and IC compliant wireless sensors platform to those wishing for a completely brandable sensors and monitoring  solution that can be easily integrated into existing systems, products and services.

PR Contact:
Matt Moulton
(801) 561-5555
mattm@monnit.com

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