14 Dec

Monnit Corporation Launches New Sensors and Monitoring Software Enhancements

Kaysville, Utah – Dec. 14, 2010 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) today announced the immediate availability of three new low cost wireless sensors designed for commercial, industrial and consumer applications.  The new sensors compliment Monnit’s existing line of low-cost wireless sensors and include the following:

  • The wireless humidity sensor can be used to monitor relative humidity and temperature for critical applications with a low and high threshold setting.
  • The wireless dry contact sensor can be used to detect contact between two
    wired contact points.  This sensor can be used with an external mechanical switch or a contact plate.
  • The wireless analog sensor allows for integration of external sensors to the Monnit wireless communication protocol.  The system will output raw data from the user’s analog sensor.

In addition to the launch of these three new wireless sensors, Monnit has also enhanced its Sensor Monitoring Software to include a sensor mapping tool and an advertisement generation tool.

The sensor mapping tool allows  users to upload a graphic of their facility and graphically tag a sensor graphic on top of the facility image to serve as a visual map of where sensors have been placed.  By clicking on the sensor graphics within this tool you have immediate access to the sensors’  last readings and configuration data.

The advertisement generation tool allows Monnit resellers to create and push advertisements to their customers through sensor triggered events such as a water sensor that creates an on-screen or email advertisement for a local plumber in the event of leaking pipes.

“Sensors are so affordable now and really allow a business or consumer to monitor just about anything they want to,” said Brad Walters, Founder and CEO of Monnit.  “These new sensors are important because they address critical needs but they also help businesses and consumers that have already invested in old or outdated technology to benefit from the strength of our sensors and monitoring software.”

Monnit’s wireless sensors are designed to detect and monitor every function critical to business or personal life, including; the presence of light, water, humidity, temperature, movement and distress.   Monnit’s wireless gateways transmit data between local sensor networks and the MonnitSphere online monitoring and notification system.  Monnit’s software allows for user customization and notification of events via email or text messages.

These three sensors and advanced software features are available immediately by calling (801) 561-5555 or on the Web site, www.monnit.com.

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About Monnit Corp.

Monnit is a leader in the design and manufacture 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: access, presence of water, light, temperature, 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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06 Dec

Preventing Frozen Pipes with Monnit Wireless Temperature Sensors

Frozen Pipes

As we are in the thick of winter now, we are receiving a lot of calls requesting our wireless temperature and water sensors for use in both commercial and residential properties to help minimize the potential for damage due to frozen water lines.

When water freezes it expands putting pressure on pipes, valves, tubing, and hoses. The result is often costly and very time consuming to fix. In a matter of minutes a one-eighth inch crack can release 250 gallons of water and disrupt your life in ways you never imagined. It is always smart to insulate pipes that are exposed and where possible, turn off water lines and drain pipes that are not in use. However, these precautions are not always feasible and do not always work.

So, how do you ensure that your pipes don’t reach freezing temperature and know if there has been a break? We recommend using Monnit’s affordable wireless temperature sensors and wireless water sensors to monitor the temperatures around your water pipes and know immediately if there is a broken pipe leaking. There are no wires to worry about, and the setup process is amazingly simple. « View More Information.

Enjoy the winter holidays without worrying about the potential damage of broken water pipes.

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06 Dec

Optimizing Your Wireless Sensor Network

When dealing with wireless sensor networks, there are a lot of factors that affect the quality and reliability of transmission signals between your sensors and the gateway (receiver). We have compiled a list of useful tips to improve your wireless sensor network.

Position your Wireless Gateway in a central location
Whenever possible, position your wireless gateway in a central location within your facility or home. If the gateway is against an outside wall, the signal will be weak on the opposite side of your building.

Position your Wireless Gateway off the floor and away from walls or metal objects.
Floors, walls and metal structures such as heating ducts and file cabinets, interfere with your sensor network’s wireless signals. By avoiding these structural “Signal Killers” when placing your wireless gateway and sensors, you can ensure optimal performance of your network.

Use a Wireless Repeater.
Repeaters allow you to extend the coverage area of your wireless sensor network by repeating the signals between your wireless sensors and the wireless gateway. Place a Monnit Wireless Repeater / Range Extender halfway between your wireless sensors and the wireless gateway, and you will get an immediate boost in your wireless signal strength. The repeater will also act as a central access point for all of the sensors that are within it’s range.

Reduce wireless interference.
If you have cordless phones or other wireless electronics in your facility or home, your gateway might not be able to “hear” your sensors over the noise from the other wireless devices. To quiet the noise, avoid wireless electronics that use the 900MHz frequency. Instead, look for cordless phones that use the 5.8GHz or 2.4GHz frequencies.

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