20 Nov

Smart HVAC and Refrigeration Systems

HVAC with Sensor Icons

A recent article from The News talks about the Internet of Things and how emerging technology is making an impact in the HVAC and refrigeration industry. This is a great article which gives a high-level overview of what the “IoT” is and how these systems are being set up to maximize efficiency and increase safety. You can read the full article here.

One of the quotes in this article is said by John Johnson, owner at Nordvik Refrigeration, Inc. He states, “[The IoT for refrigeration] is a great time saver with more accurate diagnostics being able to web connect to a controller. Checking the defrost and temperature history tells you a lot about how the system is operating. The ability to remotely check evaporator superheat, coil temps, suction pressure, and many others is remarkable.”

This quote perfectly sums up the benefits of an IoT system. Before more advanced sensor technology, manual processes existed to record temperatures or check on failing equipment. These physical checks are more prone to human error and only allow for businesses to react to problems rather than receiving alerts if conditions happen to fall outside safe levels. The Internet of Things makes remote monitoring of environments or machines easy! Monnit provides over 50 different types of sensors to track any type of application. Temperature sensors are our most popular sensor because of the peace of mind they provide users. Walk-in refrigerators/freezers are constantly running, protecting valuable food, medicine, or other items. While these pieces of equipment are always on, there often is not personnel present to keep an eye on these systems around the clock. The costliest damage usually occurs at night when there is no one around to immediately handle any issues. With a Monnit remote monitoring system in place, maintenance staff or managers can receive alerts to any internet enabled device should custom set conditions be met or exceeded. Now you can rest easy at night knowing your business and bottom line is being protected 24/7.

In addition to real-time updates on running refrigeration systems, Monnit sensors and software can provide deeper insights into the inner workings of your business. Some of the equipment related to everyday businesses would include HVAC systems for medium to large buildings. With so many moving parts, problems can occur in a number of different places. Monnit has plenty of options to remotely monitor these components and can create a custom solution depending on your company’s needs. Five of the more popular sensors are A/C current meters, quad temperature, vibration meters, air flow detection, and duct temperature. You can use these sensors to not only detect potential problems (lack of air flow, high/low temperatures, limited or too much power consumption, excessive vibration, etc.) but also to see if these problems are caused by any variables in your environment. Are electricity costs high because your system is kicking on in the middle of the night when no one is in the office? Is there a specific time of day more energy is used compared to another? What is happening during those hours? If decision makers can greater understand why HVAC or other systems operate the way they do, direct correlations can be made to a physical environment. From there, any potential issues can be addressed and organizations save a bunch of money.

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09 Nov

Monnit Sensors for Pharmacies and Laboratories

Laboratory Monitoring

In every pharmacy or laboratory, strict standards exist when it comes to controlling the environment. There is special equipment to regulate, temperatures in refrigerators/freezers to monitor, personnel to track, and samples or medicine which needs to be cared for. Monnit wireless sensors can significantly help with supervising all of these in-depth processes. Mix and match sensors to create a custom solution for your needs and receive alerts to any internet-enabled device should conditions fall outside of safe levels.

It is no surprise that exposing vaccines or other medicine to high or low temperatures can reduce their potency and effectiveness, increasing overall risk. Fortunately, Monnit has a solution to the varying temperature fluctuations that can occur in pharmaceutical refrigerators and freezers. While our technology does not address the defects of faulty equipment, it does allow users to receive real-time updates on the status of freezers and refrigerators. Monnit wireless temperature sensors can be placed anywhere and are very customizable depending on your needs. For example, users can set custom temperature thresholds (like above 46°F or below 35°F) and receive alerts to any internet-enabled device should conditions go outside safe levels. Monnit sensors are able to record temperatures every 10 minutes and can check threshold levels up to 250 times between recordings. This is a lot more data being generated than the standard mandate of recording 2 temperature readings a day for vaccines and other medicine. All Monnit products are CFR 21 part 11 compliant, our sensors and software can completely replace the old-school method of manual tracking temperatures.

In addition to tracking refrigerators and freezers where samples are stored, Monnit creates wireless sensors to help with other areas of a laboratory. Special equipment such as centrifuges can be tracked using a vibration meter (accelerometer) to detect defaults in mechanical movement. You can also attach an A/C current meter to monitor power consumption and ensure equipment remains functioning even when personnel are not present. Motion sensors are perfect for hallways or at access points to restricted areas. Open/Closed sensors can be used to track access to certain rooms, cupboards or storage areas. Humidity, temperature, water detection, CO, and other sensors can help monitor a laboratory’s environment, protecting both equipment and workers. There are plenty of options to choose from whatever your company’s needs may be.

One of the easiest ways to implement additional safety into any laboratory or pharmacy is to adopt a wireless remote monitoring system. All of Monnit’s sensors and gateways can be implemented in existing infrastructure. There is no complicated installation required, most networks can be set up and start recording data in less than 10-15 minutes. This is really a simple solution which can save companies tens of thousands of dollars in spoiled inventory or lost equipment while providing the public with maximum peace of mind knowing medicine they receive is of the highest quality. Ensure your business remains profitable and operational by using a Monnit remote monitoring solution.

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08 Nov

Monnit Adds Frederic Luu to Support European IoT Expansion

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – November 8, 2017 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com), the leading provider of low-cost, remote monitoring IoT solutions, announced today the strategic addition of a top-level business executive to increase service in the European markets. Frederic Luu joins Monnit to escalate European sales and business development.

“Frederic’s experience and reputation is almost unmatched. He has a deep understanding of the European ‘Internet of Things’ markets. This is key to Monnit’s growth and success as we focus more on International sales and partnerships. His success speaks for itself. His extensive knowledge and expertise makes him an immediate contributor to our team. This is another great move by Monnit in cementing our position as the global leader in remote monitoring in IoT. We are excited to welcome him to Monnit”, said Brad Walters, Monnit Founder, CEO and Chairman.

Luu brings over 25 years of experience in the technology space, where he served most recently as the Vice President – Asia and EMEA, Sales and Marketing for Digi International. Luu is respected as a business thought leader in the Internet of Things, having contributed large revenue numbers and also participated several times as a keynote speaker for various International technology conferences.

“I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the Monnit team. Monnit’s market presence and breadth of offering along with their reputation for quality and reliability will make them a leader in International IoT”, commented Luu.

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 Corp. Contact:
Matt Moulton
(801) 561-5555

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01 Nov

More Than Sensors and Gateways

Most of the people who know about Monnit and regularly use our products are only familiar with sensors and gateways. These pieces of wireless technology are what Monnit is known for, but there are a couple of other lesser known products we wanted to highlight today in this blog post. Below are 4 additional offerings which could improve an existing network in your business today.

Local Alert
Local Alert
The Monnit Wireless Local Alert provides another way to receive critical notifications and sensor readings through your iMonnit network. Upon receiving a notification, the Local Alert can flash an LED light, sound an audible alarm, and display critical notification information. The Local Alert can also be used to display sensor readings from any sensor on the same account.

  • Provides audible and visual alerts when a wireless sensor notification is received
  • Three Alarm Types: Flashing red LED, buzzer alarm, and custom backlit message display (can all be used together)
  • Device and alarm settings are configurable through iMonnit
  • Stores and displays up to 10 notifications/readings
  • LCD displays device name, custom message or sensor reading, and time of notification/reading
  • The number of notifications and sensor readings saved on the Local Alert is reported in iMonnit

Wireless Control
Wireless Control
Monnit Wireless Control allows a user to control two separate power relays through the iMonnit online sensors portal. Automatically control motors or electrical devices when a condition is detected by a sensor or group of sensors. Relays can also be controlled manually through the online portal or mobile app.

  • Control 2 separate power relays through iMonnit
  • Available in 10-amp or 30-amp units
  • Allows for both manual and automated control
  • Allows for timed control function (ex. turn on for 10 minutes then turn off)

Wireless Range Extender
Range Extender
Monnit Wireless Range Extenders allow you to extend the coverage area of your wireless sensor network by relaying the signals between your wireless sensors and the wireless gateway.

  • Can double the wireless distance between sensors and gateway
  • AC powered, no batteries needed
  • Stores up to 30,000 messages if gateway is unavailable
  • Supports up to 99 wireless devices

Wireless Serial MODBUS Gateway
Serial MODBUS Gateway
The Monnit Serial MODBUS Gateway acts as a data concentrator for Monnit wireless sensor networks. This device incorporates Monnit’s Access Point Node (APN) and Serial RS-232C and RS-485 Interfacing hardware.

  • Works with Monnit Sensor Networking Solutions
  • Communicates with MODBUS RTU / ASCII Serial Protocols
  • Supports RS-232C / RS-485 Interfacing
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31 Oct

Monnit Releases New Wireless Water Detection Puck Sensors

Salt Lake City, UT – October 31, 2017 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) announced today the release of new, Wireless Water Detection Puck Sensors. The new “puck” type sensor is specifically designed to respond to the increasing demand for a quick and convenient way to monitor for water intrusion in crawl spaces and sub-floor areas, and will be available to order in the next 2-3 weeks.

Monnit - ALTA Wireless Water Detection Puck SensorThe ALTA Wireless Water Detection Puck Sensor detects when water is present by completing the circuit between the two probe points on the bottom of the puck sensor. The sensor can be set to detect either the presence or non-presence of water. The convenient water tight puck design allows the sensor to be placed anywhere needed whether dry or wet and can be fully submerged in water without damage to the internal electronics.

When water is present, the sensor will immediately transmit the data through an ALTA wireless gateway to the iMonnit Online Sensor Monitoring and Notification System, allowing the user to receive an SMS text, email, and/or phone call to let them know. The data is also stored in the online system and can be reviewed and exported as a data sheet or graph.

ALTA Wireless Water Detection Puck Sensor Features:

  • Water proof / fully submersible.
  • Immediately detects presence / non-presence of water.
  • Free iMonnit basic online wireless sensor monitoring and notification system to configure sensors, view data and set alerts via SMS text and email.

Monnit’s ALTA products offer four times the wireless range (1,000+ feet, non-line-of-site) and much stronger battery life than traditional sensors (up to 10 years). ALTA products also use Monnit’s new Encrypt-RF™ bank level security, featuring 256-bit exchange and AES-128 CTR for all data messages.

All of Monnit’s wireless sensors include free basic iMonnit online sensor monitoring with SMS text and email alerting.  For more information on Monnit’s ALTA sensors, gateways and remote monitoring software, call (801) 561-5555 or visit www.monnit.com/alta.

Monnit also provides products to OEM’s and Reseller’s through the IoTvantage™ business partner program which allows for volume discounts and private branding of both the wireless hardware and online monitoring software. Learn more at www.monnit.com/partner.

Additional Resources:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/monnitsensors

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit leads the Internet of Things by empowering businesses with easy-to-use, low-cost remote monitoring solutions. Monnit solutions can be used to: remotely monitor a variety of “Things” (i.e. temperature, motion, humidity, vibration, etc.); alerting you via text, email, and/or phone call when something goes wrong. More at www.monnit.com.

PR Contact:
Matt Moulton

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27 Oct

Monnit Partner Program, IoTvantage

IoTvantage - Monnit Internet of Things Reseller Program

IoTvantage is the premier Internet of Things (IoT) partner platform offered by Monnit. Monnit products are not just for our end users, we like to partner with other companies to provide an all-encompassing solution. Below are a few examples of the types of companies we can partner with and the value added in each opportunity. Should you not happen to find exactly what you are looking for, reach out to a Monnit sales rep today to find out if our team can come up with a solution that meets your needs.

Value Added Resellers

A value-added reseller (VAR) is a company that adds features or services to an existing product, then resells it (usually to end-users) as an integrated product or complete “turn-key” solution. Perhaps your organization has wanted to suggest sensors to their customer base at one point or another, but haven’t come around to it for some reason. Maybe the technology was either overly complicated for the customer to understand, difficult to install, or cost prohibitive. Monnit has tried to address all of these issues with our various kits. These kits are wireless, so simply install using the included mounting options. Monnit kits are also simple for the customer to understand and affordable, eliminating the price backlash commonly associated with sensor networking technologies today. Give your current and new customer bases a reason to stay, increase overall numbers by offering a useful solution that helps them prevent damage to assets they’ve worked hard to build or acquire.

Systems Integrators

A systems integrator is a person or company that specializes in bringing together component subsystems into a whole and ensuring that those subsystems function together. Typically these organizations have their own products or systems developed (or in development) and are looking for ways to increase revenue or enhance a product’s value proposition. Whether you are interested in Monnit’s wireless sensor hardware offering or our iMonnit online wireless sensor monitoring, Monnit is flexible enough to provide you with the right solution. Don’t feel like your company has to build it all from scratch. Do what you do best, and leave the rest to Monnit! We make it easy and cost effective to private label our wireless sensors, wireless gateways, and our iMonnit online wireless sensor monitoring and notification system.

Independent Software Vendors

An independent software vendor (ISV) is an organization specializing in making and selling software, as opposed to hardware, designed for mass or niche markets. Monnit provides a software integration platform for independent software vendors wishing to use our wireless sensing hardware with their own backend software application. Monnit wireless gateways can be directed to a custom host or IP address where they can communicate with your existing or custom software application using Monnit MINE software API as a translation layer.

Monnit MINE Features:

  • API in multiple languages for easy integration (.Net / Java)
  • Can be setup and receiving data in just a few minutes
  • Fully functional sample application with source included
  • Designed to work with Monnit’s diverse set of more than 48 different wireless sensor types, wireless control and robust, reliable wireless gateways
  • Can implement broad range of sensors and gateways into existing monitoring solution instead of having to implement one sensor at a time
  • Brings true low-cost hardware to existing monitoring infrastructure
  • Worldwide hardware offering with single software implementation
  • Data security and integrity maintained with strong encryption algorithms

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)

Monnit OEM sensors are a complete wireless sensor platform consisting of wireless sensors, gateways and monitoring software that you can manage, brand and own. Our products offer a complete sensing, data tracking and alerting solution that has been tried and tested in some of the most demanding industries. Monnit products are offered in an un-branded format for resale and private labeling. Board level sensors are perfect for companies interested in repackaging Monnit products into your enclosures.

To learn more about Monnit’s IoTvantage program and how to become a partner, visit www.monnit.com/partner.

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24 Oct

Preparing for Winter with Monnit Sensors

Warm Fire with Phone

The weather is starting to change in the northern hemisphere, winter is coming. As people begin to switch over from air conditioning to heat, it is important to take a minute to ensure your home or company’s system is prepared for the coming months. Now would be a perfect time to implement a couple of Monnit wireless sensors to provide maximum protection and comfort for your family or employees.

Boiler systems for larger companies can be cumbersome to maintain. These systems are not active for the entire year and sitting idle during the summer months increases their chances of malfunction when turned on. Not only are repairs costly, the lack of heat leaves occupants very uncomfortable. Fortunately, Monnit has a solution! Monnit has created a kit specifically for boiler rooms and furnace units. For under $800, any organization can purchase a gateway and sensors specifically designed to monitor temperature and power consumption in different areas. In addition to these more basic sensors, accelerometers can be placed on specific moving parts to confirm proper harmonic movement. The idea of a remote monitoring solution is to help prevent problems before they turn into expensive repairs. It is a lot easier and cheaper to replace a loose bolt or seal up a pipe than it is to deal with the potential damage of that bolt breaking or air/water leaking into problem areas.

Industrial boiler applications are quite a bit more expensive than the average sized home, but that doesn’t mean Monnit sensors are only for these applications. All of Monnit’s sensors and gateways are able to communicate with each other, it is very simple to set up a remote monitoring solution on a smaller scale. While larger boiler rooms tend to have certain standards and uniform properties to them, each house’s heating system is completely different based on numerous factors. Set up a system that will work best for your needs! All of our sensors can be viewed here. Feel free to chat with a customer service representative should there be any questions relating to your ideal set up.

The Internet of Things is changing the way people interact with machines around them. No longer do humans have to react to a problem when it arises, Monnit wireless sensors allow users to monitor their boiler rooms 24/7. Receive notifications on any internet enabled device should conditions go outside the set benchmarks. Preventing problems before they turn into big issues will keep the people you care about warm over the long winter season.

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13 Oct

Use Case: Crystal Springs Fisheries

Crystal Springs Fisheries

Monnit wireless sensors have a wide range of applications and can be installed in any environment. The internet of things can be used in any industry, there is no limit to what an IoT network can monitor in your environment. Should there happen to not be a standard version of the product you are looking for available, our engineering department can create a custom solution for your specific needs. One recent customer Monnit was introduced to is a fish hatchery in Salt Lake City, Utah that needed sensors for monitoring water temperatures. While their solution was not custom engineered, there were some specific atmospheric conditions to consider.

Josh with Crystal Springs Fisheries uses 180-degree geothermal water from a 1000’ well to breed and grow exotic fish which he then sells all over the world. The only potential issue is the geothermal water supplied from the 1000’ well requires piping to remain running and equipment to ensure proper temperatures. Due to the constant running water, there is much higher humidity inside the greenhouse compared to the dry outside air and Josh’s old temperature monitoring system was not able to remain functioning in these conditions.

There were a couple of hurdles to jump for this solution, and Monnit was able to set Josh up with a complete network for both his hatchery and store for around $1,000. Monnit’s water temperature sensors come with a three-foot probe and are able to record temperatures from -40°F – 257°F (-40°C – 125°C). This allowed Josh to place a temperature sensor directly where his well water exits the ground at 180°F and not have to worry about equipment damage or failure. Monnit also provided Crystal Springs Fisheries with a IP65, NEMA 4X, CE rated, sealed, and weatherproof housing capable of withstanding the high humidity levels.

Monnit creates sensors which are able to adapt to any company’s specific environment. Whatever your application may be, Monnit sensors will be able to track and record data. The real benefit of our system is not only the data generated, but the ability for users to set up custom notifications based on environmental conditions. For example, Josh will receive a text message on his phone should the water temperature drop below safe levels for his tropical fish. Monnit wireless sensors are not just a passive data collector, our technology will alert you of potentially dangerous conditions allowing for a quick response. For a fraction of the cost of repairs or damaged inventory, Monnit wireless sensors and secure cloud networks keep an eye on your home or business 24/7.

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10 Oct

Sensor Spotlight, Accelerometers

Monnit ALTA Wireless Acceleremoters

Monnit’s wireless accelerometer is a digital, low power, low profile capacitive sensor that is able to measure acceleration on three axes. Accelerometers are used in all types of electronic devices today, most notably in smartphones to change the screen orientation when rotated. Monnit offers 5 different types of accelerometers and these sensors can be extremely useful particularly in heavy mechanical environments.

The first type of accelerometer sensor Monnit sells is tilt. This accelerometer activates at a set time interval (defined by the user) and converts measurements to pitch and roll in terms of degrees. If you think about a flying plane, pitch would be up/down and roll would be referring to the clockwise or counter-clockwise rotation of the plane around the x-axis. Next is G-Force Snapshot and G-Force Max/Average. These sensors measure g-forces (up to 8G) on the X, Y, and Z axes. Based on the sensor you select, readings are displayed as either a single “snapshot” when the sensor activates at its set interval or the max/average of the movement since the last reading. Impact Detection activates the sensor and displays readings only when the sensor experiences sudden movement. This sensor can also be set to trigger above certain G-force levels, alerting the user of any unexpected movement. The last accelerometer sensor Monnit offers is a vibration meter. Similar to the other accelerometers, this sensor measures G-force on 3 axes to determine speed and frequency. Sensors can be set to only capture when a vibration occurs and sleep when no vibrations are present or to measure at a given assessment interval regardless of whether a vibration has occurred or not.

These accelerometer sensors are very useful for manufacturing environments as a primary use is to help predict mechanical failure. Monnit accelerometers make it easy to set up a system which can help predict failure. If a motor experiences increased vibration levels, it is a good indicator that bearings are worn and the motor is close to failure. Usually engineers are able to respond in time to a malfunctioning machine before it completely breaks, ultimately saving time and money.

A complete wireless network does not have to be complicated or confusing. Monnit wants to make it as easy as possible to implement a secure cloud network into your daily business operations. You do not have to be an engineer to set up accelerometer sensors! Simply place them on a few critical parts in your factory and evaluate the results over the first week to establish a proper rhythm. Once users know what is considered normal mechanical movement, notifications are sent to any internet-enabled device should conditions happen to change. A complete solution for a couple of machines can be set up for around $500, Monnit encourages companies to start small to realize the value and scale up from there. Gain deeper insights to your company’s machines today and help eliminate problems early before they become expensive and time-consuming.

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06 Oct

IoT Simplicity

IoT Questions

As IoT continues to grow and become a part of everyday life, the only real challenge to overcome is the variety of different networks, machines, equipment, and sensors to integrate with one another. There are thousands of products out in the market-place, many of which already work perfectly in their designated environment. How do companies turn existing systems into a full-blown IoT network? The answer is simpler than you may think.

Monnit wireless sensors can be placed anywhere. Currently, there are over 50 different types of standard sensors available in our online store. In addition to the standard sensors Monnit sells, our engineering department has the capability to develop custom sensors for any application imaginable. However, this is only half the story. What good is a bunch of sensors monitoring your environment without a way to view all of the data being recorded? This is where Monnit really offers value to your company. We offer software a user can access from any internet-enabled device, but for some larger organizations, having another application separate from existing networks is not efficient. There is not enough value added if managers have to check a separate system to receive updates, then turn around and make adjustments in the local environment. Monnit offers larger companies the ability to integrate our software into their existing network(s). Now organizations can place Monnit sensors wherever they would like and have that data be incorporated with industry-specific software applications. IoT solutions do not have to be separate, the idea is to use existing infrastructure to provide more information and enhance decision making.

There are a couple of specific examples which come to mind. First is a company called Lineage Logistics, a very large food importer in the U.S that monitors hundreds of cold-storage facilities around the country. They use Monnit temperature sensors to create heat maps of different warehouses which display in their existing software. You can read the full article here. Another example is Arrow Electronics, a massive technology distribution company. They recently launched a new service called “Arrow Connect” which focuses on 2-way communication between software and hardware. This is a way to integrate any piece of equipment with any software program, essentially implementing the core concept of IoT into any organization. The article is here.

IoT itself is not complicated, the biggest hurdle it faces is the massive amounts of variety already existing in each market. In the past, systems that integrate machines and software networks have been unique to industries and specific environments. Now, there is nothing custom needed to gain a better understanding of your business. Whether you are a small shop looking to monitor a few random things, or a global organization looking to gain real-time insights on locations all over the world, Monnit products and services support every type of consumer. The level of customization completely depends on your company’s needs.

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