29 Apr

Monnit Releases New Wi-Fi Analog Voltage Sensor

Monnit Wi-Fi Analog Voltage Sensor
Salt Lake City, Utah – April 29, 2014 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) today released a new Wi-Fi analog voltage sensor. The Wi-Fi analog voltage sensor is capable of measuring the voltage  off another device, battery, or sensor, up to 1.2 DCV by connecting the leads on the voltage sensor to the positive and ground terminals of the device being measured. Examples of interfacing devices include, but are not limited to: strain gauges, pressure transducers, RTDs, thermistors, thermocouples, piezo electric sensors, photoresistors, any kind of variable resistor or any kind of sensor that outputs a voltage, etc.

If the device being measured is passive, the user must supply their own excitation voltage, as the Monnit Wi-Fi analog voltage sensor is really just a “voltage observer”. This sensor cannot be used for AC voltage measurement.

Focused on simplicity, MoWi wireless sensors can be setup, gathering data and notifying users of concerns in just a few short minutes. This latest Wi-Fi sensor adds to the fifteen currently available MoWi (Monnit Wi-Fi) sensors that measure temperature, humidity, door and window (open/close), motion, water, activity, dry contact and a variety of other conditions that are critical to businesses. These sensors use an integrated, 2.4GHz – 802.11b/g, FCC/CE certified radio transmitter allowing them to communicate with new and existing Wi-Fi networks globally.

All Monnit wireless sensors include free basic iMonnit online sensor monitoring which aggregates sensor information and sends notifications via text or email if user defined conditions are met or exceeded.

Monnit also provides MoWi sensors to OEM’s and Reseller’s through OEMSensors.com, which allows for white labeling (private branding) of both the wireless sensor hardware and the online monitoring software.

For more information visit www.monnit.com.

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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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15 Apr

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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09 Apr

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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07 Apr

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!

Learn More About Remote Monitoring Solutions for Commercial Buildings »

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03 Apr

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.

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