16 Feb

The Next Chapter in Better Facilities Management

Choose the leader in low-cost remote monitoring

The Internet of Things (IoT) is really about efficiency, which means the next chapter in better facility management will be smarter than last year’s.

Most commercial property owners, and many of its managers don’t arrive on-location equipped with a ‘Facilities Guide for Dummies’ in hand. Unquestionably, it’s no easy thing to manage and maintain any property when rain and storms are soaking the floors in the office suites next door. Despite nature’s unpredictability, such costly problems can be prevented using the IoT without an advanced degree in facility management.

Say you’re a large property manager with several office buildings in your portfolio, and you’ve been hunting for ways to lower operating costs. Here’s a cost-saving, Monnit Property Management Solution Case Use example.

Monnit was contacted by a large property management company looking for ways to prevent plumbing damage because of water leaks, and to ensure tenants could depend on appropriate heating and cooling in their offices.

Just earlier that week, a water heater failed, resulting in water damage to several vacant offices and two suites that were already occupied. A call came in from one of the occupied suites, but too late to prevent the unexpected repairs you’re still paying for,  and worse, those especially painful losses of rents. Here’s where the ‘next chapter’ comes in.

You could have earned peace of mind at a fraction of your actual cost. For about $500-$600, Monnit’s comprehensive, Remote Monitoring Solution for Commercial Properties, coupled with Monnit’s best-in-class support would have warned you before the downpour on your bottom line, while helping you maintain appropriate and comfortable environments in your offices at the same time. You paid roughly $15,000 for furniture and asset replacement.

Monnit Water sensors can be used to detect and alert owners of the immediate presence of water around water heaters and plumbing in office building water closets. Temperature sensors keep track of  heating and air conditioning systems temperature output and provide alerts of potential issues before they become expensive, time-consuming problems.

After installing Monnit’s Remote Monitoring Solution, temperature sensors detected a failing boiler over a particularly frigid winter weekend. Though temperatures began to drop inside the facility, the property manager was notified before building temperatures reached freezing. Had the preset temperature sensors not alerted them, there was a high probability the plumbing would have frozen and caused damage. Instead, they were able to repair the system and maintain normalized temperatures by start of business on Monday. Low-cost, easy, and efficient.

How’s that for a new chapter in better facility management? Here’s more information about Remote Monitoring Solutions for Commercial Property by Monnit, the leader in low-cost, remote monitoring solutions.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

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10 Feb

What Makes THE Leader in IoT, the Leader?

The Google IoT alerts in my Inbox declaim a surge in IoT sales, with consumers at the forefront and a prediction for one-third more IoT devices to arrive on-scene by year’s end. Globally, Iran is moving to embrace smart cities while AT&T, IBM and Nokia get together to make IoT systems safer. Apparently, the Internet of Things (IoT) also has marketers thinking ‘big’ despite the fact that of all this wonderful IoT data we keep hearing about, we’re still using only about 1 percent of it, according to AdExchanger.

But with all that’s going on in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, we seldom take time to think about the personality behind the magic. As the leader in low-cost, remote monitoring solutions, Monnit Corp. has personality to match.

When asked what he enjoys about working in IoT, Chad in Fulfillment, said, “IoT is the future of knowledge integration with the environment. The ability to know what is happening in a place where you are not. I build the product because being a pioneer is something few people get a chance to do in their lifetime.”

Admiring Monnit’s new space, I wandered further asking around. Cindy, a four-year Monnit team member in May, tells the Monnit tale this way. “The environment and product are amazing. I love the people. I love what we do.”

Frankly, most folks at Monnit are intensely focused with little time to spare. They are also professionals with strong opinions of their own. Christine from sales said, “I like that our sensors can protect the puppy in an RV or prevent catastrophic failures on a production line.”

With a diverse background that includes performing in the entertainment industry and audio engineering, Matt from Marketing described IoT in terms of “untapped possibilities to save money, save energy and reduce waste to create a more sustainable world.”

“For me, Best-in-Class service means providing a top-notch product every step of the way. Customers learning about the product should have an easy time getting the information they need, both online and over the phone. Anyone wanting to purchase should be able to get their order placed without any hassle. Once the product is in-hand, the customer should have access to every resource they need to make the most of their wireless sensor solution,” said Eli working in Customer Service. “There are so many awesome people who call us on a daily basis. It’s one of the main reasons I look forward to coming into work.”

If that wasn’t inspirational enough, Ala from the Software Engineering department added, “IoT allows me to be more aware of what’s going on around me. During client visits, I like seeing the ‘ah-ha’ moments when they realize the capabilities of our products.”

Stephanie whose been with the company since 2015, said, “The thing that first attracted me to Monnit was ‘family comes first’. I really love that I can really dedicate myself to my job between the hours of 8-5, then go home at night and be Mom without distractions. We have fun, and always have a minute to share a laugh or two. I believe in Monnit and the vision our management has for the future.”

“I think the most exciting part for me, is to be able to see the evolution of the product and the company,” said Susan in Technical Support. “I’m a geek and I love to see all the new things our sensors can do, and the improvements we are making. We aren’t satisfied with the status quo, we always have a better enclosure, product or software application in the works. It is a fantastic time to be with Monnit.”

Reno, the newest member of Monnit’s Quality Assurance team said this: “I like technology and the business behind it; I like learning about the latest.” There’s no end to the personality at Monnit Corp. Stay tuned for more from the Monnit-side of things.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

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23 Jan

Monnit Partners with Grove Streams

Remote monitoring solutions leader partners with Grove Stream to provide customers with alternative visualization and analytics tools.

 SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – January 23, 2017 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) the leading provider of low-cost, remote monitoring IoT solutions, announced partnership with Grove Streams, LLC, a cutting-edge cloud-based platform service, designed to help business react to changes as they happen.

“Monnit is supremely positive about partnership with Grove Streams. Integrating with the Grove Streams platform goes a long way toward making the Internet of Things (IoT) accessible for all businesses, said Monnit founder and CEO, Brad Walters. “Our business partner program provides Monnit partners with all the necessary tools to succeed in sales and integrations with Monnit remote monitoring solutions.”

The Grove Streams platform is a cloud-based service that provides decision making capabilities to devices and users as data arrives from many sources. It was designed to be easy to use across multiple platforms by everyone from corporate app developers to product managers to sensor engineers to electronic enthusiasts. The Platform scales easily from a single device to one million. Founded in 2011, Grove Streams LLC is also an Internet of Things cloud platform that powers the mobile accessory for a new line of 2016 Memphis Wood Fire Grills.

Partnership with Grove Streams, LLC, experienced in Business Intelligence, Metering, and Big Data platform tools, integrates Monnit’s all-in-one remote monitoring sensor solution and the Grove Stream analytics platform to provide customers with alternative data visualization tools for use with their wireless sensor networks. Partners and customers benefit from leveraging the strength of the Grove Stream sensor analytics with Monnit’s easy-to-use monitoring software which allows for no hassle sensor configuration.

Monnit’s Business Partner program capitalizes on the Internet of Things by offering Monnit solutions and services to those who want to become value-added resellers, system integrators or OEM’s. For more information about Monnit’s Business Partner Program, call (801) 561-5555 or visit www.monnit.com/partner.

About Grove Streams
Grove Streams’ patent-pending data streaming analytic platform is designed to help businesses react to changes as they happen. An independent open API, Grove Streams was built to allow devices and systems to react accordingly.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

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

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18 Jan

IoT: The Dawn of Dramatic Improvement

As you may already know, business technology is getting “smarter” all the time. But all too often business simply can’t keep up with smart innovations in favor of managing everyday tasks. In an independently organized TEDxCIT event, Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Dr. John Barrett advised, with over 90 percent of the earth’s land surface now in possession of a mobile signal, the Internet of Things offers astonishing potential for positive change.

If you haven’t already begun to feel the increasing momentum toward connectivity, ISO, an independent non-governmental organization that brings experts together to share knowledge, support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges, described the race for IoT standards in “ride of your life” terms.

Whether your goal is greater operational efficiency, reduced cost, tighter asset management or closer property control, the same ISO article predicts IoT business technology will provide “billions in revenue growth and productivity over the next decade.” ISO added, “networked devices perhaps hold the most promise to cut costs and raise efficiency in production and manufacturing.” More importantly, IoT technology smartens not only management by making it more effective, but also the work itself gets smarter.

The Gartner Inc. Newsroom counted wireless sensor networks among the top ten IoT technologies to keep an eye on in 2017 and 2018, that will affect everything from business strategy to network design. Gartner spoke of IoT tools that must “be capable of managing and monitoring thousands and perhaps even millions of devices.”

In addition to the massive amounts of systems data such technology will produce, the big challenge according to Garnter Inc. is the commercial-technical trade-off which means a marketplace of many available solutions, but no single winner in the “vendor ecosystem.”

Forbes online suggests even if you don’t manage inventory or deal directly with technology (is that really possible?) IoT is still going to change how we do business in 2017. Wired into the same network, IoT will allow remote work and workers to be more connected and able to remotely manage the factory floor better than ever. Forbes also suggested, IoT will speed up the consumer buying cycle, allowing businesses to serve customers faster.  And finally, there’s the “Holy Grail” of IoT pay-offs: greater productivity and efficiency, capable of scaling an enterprise to meet tomorrow’s demand.

IoT is the dawn of vast operational improvement, resource savings, and potentially, even a smaller Carbon footprint for a wide range of enterprise and leisure activities.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

 

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11 Jan

Monnit Recognized as One of Utah’s Best Manufacturers

IoT solutions provider recognized as one of Utah’s best manufacturers

 SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – January 11, 2017 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) today announced CompanyWeek, the media voice of the Rocky Mountain manufacturing economy, placed Monnit among Utah’s best manufacturers in its yearly review.

CompanyWeek recognized Monnit for its unique ability to reimagine how remote technology is built in the U.S., by tapping into Utah’s leading manufacturing workforce. Monnit’s success began when Walters asked old clients, “What didn’t our last product do?” after his last company, MaxStream, sold to Digi International in 2006.

“I jumped back in the game to be more relevant,” said serial entrepreneur, Monnit founder and CEO, Brad Walters. “We built wireless sensors to monitor heat-related issues, but we also remotely monitor assets, infrastructure and processes to make sure the owner is aware of an issue before it becomes costly. We had customers within six months of generating our idea.”

Nearly all of Monnit’s complete remote monitoring solutions are manufactured in Utah, which allows them to fulfill the needs of business customers on any main street in America. “If it’s a business with an entrance or a retail location, they have something that can go wrong and cost them money,” said Walters. “Our pitch is simple: you’ll receive a return on your investment very quickly. There was a Botox company chain that had a batch spoiled because it got too hot. $15,000 lost. They contacted us. That’s what we’re seeing throughout our customer base.”

The reader’s choice showcase of modern manufacturing by CompanyWeek declaimed Monnit as a leader helping to reshape and energize technology driven manufacturing and fabrication in Utah. “It’s the right thing to do for our country and our culture,” said Walters. “Our wireless sensors are built around one platform which can be adjusted, through a software change, to work anywhere in the world. This simple manufacturing design keeps costs down.”

About CompanyWeek

CompanyWeek is the media voice of the Rocky Mountain manufacturing economy. Its weekly publication provides in-depth goods-producing industry profiles across Colorado and Utah.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of low-cost turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets, recognized by CRN as one of the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors,” for its innovation, devices, analytics and infrastructure that have transformed and improved the way we work and live.

Monnit Press Contact:
(801) 561-5555
press@monnit.com

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29 Dec

Avoid Boiler Issues This Winter

Remote Boiler Monitoring

Another big holiday has passed, and we hope yours was bright and merry. The tinsel, wrapping paper, tree-lights, boxes, carolers and guests are gone, and you’re now digging in for the long cold.

Subzero winter temperatures can stress boilers and burst frozen pipes in any commercial building. Steam or water leaks, drips and power losses can also disrupt business or result in costly repairs, downtime and occupant discomfort. No one is happier than those doing emergency repair when your boiler takes a dive.

Pilot lights that keep going out can be a sign of buildup or corrosion. Lime deposits can restrict water flow to heat exchangers. Excess internal boiler pressure during operation might cause that expensive machine to explode or rupture.

Commercial boilers commonly burn fossil fuels that produce toxic emissions, so clear ventilation, exhausts and efficient combustion must be maintained. Boilers are huge sources of stored energy, which makes safety and regular maintenance a major concern.

Don’t let your boilers crash this season or the next, and save time and resources at the same time. Monitor and maintain boiler performance to prevent expensive downtime and repairs using best-in-class, low-cost remote monitoring boiler solutions from Monnit.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global leader in the design and manufacture of self-installing,  low cost wireless sensor solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer markets. Monnit’s sensing solutions are easily installed and used by anyone wanting to remotely monitor access to operational system temperature, vibration, or the presence of water and light in a variety of environments.

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21 Dec

Winter Peace of Mind

Cold Office

Whether it’s cold offices, frozen pipes or ducts, water damage, product quality, property management, HVAC systems or warehouse peace of mind you’re after, Monnit remote wireless monitoring solutions have an answer.

For the second consecutive year, Monnit has been recognized by CRN magazine, as a Top 50 IoT Solutions Provider alongside IT leaders such as Cisco, Dell, Intel and Samsung.

Monnit is the world’s best remote monitoring solution allowing users to track and monitor potential issues before they become costly problems in food service, property and asset management, pharmacy or labs to name just a few of its applications.

Preparing for the winter months, homeowners seal drafty windows, check the plumbing and get boilers serviced. It’s no different for business, but such things are often overlooked. In celebration of the 2016 Yuletide season, Monnit offers a wireless monitoring solution for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

  1. No More Burst Frozen Pipes
    Monnit remote wireless sensors provide temperature change alerts before the cold has a chance to freeze your pipes.
  2. Extend Your Workforce
    When winter storms prevent your employees from getting to work, or your engineers can’t be everywhere at once, Monnit remote wireless solutions can be on location when you or your staff can’t be.
  3. No Leaks
    Monnit remote monitoring sensors help you avoid costly water damage in sensitive areas.
  4. Safely-Lit Paths, Walkways and Parking Lots
    Winter weather can make life slippery, which is why Monnit sensors maintain safely-lit paths, walkways and parking lots to help prevent expensive and time-consuming litigation.
  5. Trespasser Control
    Monnit motion activated sensors help to ensure your premises remain trespasser free.
  6. Theft Deterrent
    Knowing what’s happening at your business when you’re not there provides management insights and a great deal of peace of mind.
  7. Asset Protection
    Temperature, voltage, and climate monitoring are vitally important to preserving the value of your perishable assets.
  8. Vacant Premises
    Keep an “eye” on your vacant properties during winter months, with Monnit remote wireless sensors anytime, from anywhere.
  9. Warehouse Peace of Mind
    Sensor alerts can reduce spoilage from uncontrolled variations in warehouse temperature.
  10. Boiler Damage
    Boilers can breakdown during winter after long periods of non-use, but Monnit wireless sensors can detect a faulty thermostat or clogged valve before the boiler fails.
  11. Animal Environment
    Animals feel winter cold, especially when the heating and air systems aren’t working or monitored with care.
  12. No Hassle Installation and Preventive Maintenance
    Monnit system ease-of-use and painless installation will help lower your costs to maintain and manage commercial properties.

Freezing winters add risks to businesses that include ice, snow and temperature hazards responsible for a wide variety of property damage, employee injury and slowed productivity. This makes loss prevention crucial to maintaining a successful and profitable business.

It doesn’t matter where you are, or what time it is, Monnit’s low-cost wireless sensors and monitoring solutions will connect you to your business from anywhere, anytime. Please visit www.monnit.com for more news, global product updates, and best-in-class support.

Happy Holidays from Monnit 

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07 Dec

Monnit Named One of CRN’s Internet of Things 50

Wireless Sensor Company Recognized for Standout Contribution to the Emerging Internet of Things Industry;

Monnit recognized in IoT 50
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – December 7, 2016 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) today announced that CRN has named the wireless sensors company to its 2016 Internet of Things 50 list, which recognizes organizations whose innovative offerings are helping connect objects, computing devices, infrastructure, data storage and data analytics to transform and improve the way we work and live. Monnit was the only Utah-based company to be recognized in the “20 Coolest IoT Hardware Vendors” category, which consists of many Monnit partners and other technology leaders such as Cisco, Dell, Intel and Samsung.

“We are honored to be named in this elite group for the second year in a row,” said Brad Walters, CEO, Monnit. “It’s a strong confirmation for the Monnit team – and our clients worldwide – that we are providing relevant solutions that are truly making a difference in today’s business world.”

CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, recognized Monnit for its breadth of IoT wireless sensors, gateways and control devices. Monnit currently provides more than 50 unique sensor types for commercial and industrial applications as part of a complete, remote monitoring solution, which features online monitoring software and real-time alerts via SMS text, email or phone call when a user-defined condition is detected.

The magazine also recognized Monnit for its business partner program, which allows OEM’s, systems integrators, independent software vendors and resellers to sell Monnit-branded products or private-brand the solutions as their own.

“The emerging Internet of Things market holds enormous creative potential, with the capacity to touch and streamline nearly every aspect of our daily lives,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Internet of Things 50 list celebrates vendors who are exploring this potential with utmost energy and ingenuity. On the very cutting edge of innovation, their offerings are poised to transform the way we live and work with an unprecedented level of interconnectivity. We congratulate each of these vendors on the vision and creativity that has earned them a spot on our 2016 list.”

The Internet of Things 50 list is featured in the December issue of CRN and on CRN.com at crn.com/iot50.

About CRN

CRN is the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel, providing up-to-date technology news, IT vendor and product reviews, channel partner resources and more.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit is a global 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.

Press Contact:
(801) 561-5555
press@monnit.com

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06 Dec

Monnit IoT Sensors Help Protect U.S. Food Supply

Lineage Logistics uses Monnit Corporation’s IoT temperature and vibration sensors to cut energy costs and protect billions of pounds in warehoused food.

Food safety is a priority if you warehouse and ship billions of pounds of food destined for Walmart, Costco and local grocery stores in the U.S. Product must be protected in the most energy-efficient way.

This is a daily challenge for San Francisco food processing, warehousing and distribution company, Lineage Logistics, a Top 2 North America temperature-controlled warehousing company with more than 518 million cubic feet of freezer and cooler capacity, serving roughly 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. third-party cold food chain.

IoT Sensors Protect Food and Reduce Energy Costs

Due to the size of their refrigerated warehouses, Lineage was seeing temperature gradients from one side of the warehouse to the other. Doors opening and thermal load from rooftops can cause temperatures to vary outside ooptimal range in some areas of the warehouse. Rather than lowering the temperature of the entire warehouse to account for warm spots, they use Monnit’s wireless temperature sensors to create a heat map of the warehouse and adjust airflow to address the warmer areas without needing to over cool the entire building, providing significant cost savings.

Lineage is also using Monnit vibration sensors to monitor refrigeration compressors, helping them predict issues and avoid high repair costs and compressor breakdowns. Monnit sensors can also prevent another common refrigeration problem called “liquid hammer,” a pressure spike caused when fluid in the refrigeration pipes is forced to stop or change direction suddenly.

Lineage currently uses approximately 1,500 AA battery-powered wireless sensors from Monnit across a few of its facilities, and they look to expand that into many more buildings in the near future.

Click here to read the full article on Network World’s website.

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26 Nov

Hershey’s Ice Cream Uses Monnit and IoT to Keep Food Safe

Hershey's Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of the world’s most favorite treats. Have you seen the face of a child that accidentally drops their ice-cream? It usually ends in crying and a temper tantrum. Just like a child that loses their ice cream, manufacturers of the same delicious treat don’t like to lose theirs either. That is why they are using Monnit’s remote monitoring solutions to track cooler and freezer temperatures and to detect if cooler doors are left open.

The Hershey Creamery Company was founded in 1894 by Jacob Hershey and his four brothers: Isaac, Paris, Ephraim and Eli Hershey (no relation to Milton S. Hershey of the Hershey Company). Since 1894, Hershey’s® has strived to “guarantee quality products, provide excellent service, establish competitive prices and provide a true value to the customer.”

Hershey’s Creamery wanted to update their cold storage temperature tracking and reporting process, which previously used old style tachographical charting (where a pen connected to a physical thermometer scribes a mark on a round chart) to record freezer temperatures. They wanted a reliable and accurate temperature monitoring system that could provide alerts if something was wrong and also relay temperatures back to their headquarters quicker. Their previous process did not provide alerts and took about 3-4 days to manually change out the charts and mail them to their headquarters for review and record keeping. In testing, they found that their existing charts were less accurate in tracking temperatures to Monnit’s wireless temperature sensors which are accurate to within 1-2 degrees.

They are currently using Monnit sensors at 5 of their production locations and will push out to an additional 28 locations in the coming months. Since installing Monnit’s solution this year, the system has already helped them at least 2 times, one of which was a refrigerated storage truck cooler failure where the system alerted them, saving ~$10,000 worth of ice cream.

< Read More About Hershey’s Use of Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions at Food Quality News

< Learn More About Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions for the Food Service Industry

 

 

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