13 Sep

Internet of Things, What Does THAT Mean?!

September 13, 2017 2:43 pm

Monnit Internet of Things Solutions

The term “Internet of Things” is not new. In fact, it has been around as early as 1982 when Coca-Cola installed the first modified vending machine which was able to report on inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold.  Even something this simple was a revolutionary idea. What if humans could get machines to talk to each other, then let us know if there happened to be a problem? Coca-Cola suddenly was receiving information without having to physically send someone to check on the machine. On top of consolidating resources, there was instantly more data to analyze.

Today, the thought of setting up an IoT system can be scary. What infrastructure do I need? What machines can talk to each other? How is data tracked on the backend and how do I use that data to make more informed decisions? Monnit has the answer to all of these questions.

Monnit does not require any additional infrastructure changes to a company’s existing environment. All of our solutions can be integrated into your location as is. You don’t have to worry about thick walls or existing networks, Monnit sensors and gateways communicate within the 900 MHz frequency (North America or 868 and 433 MHz frequencies for other areas of the world). Monnit’s wireless sensors are able to communicate with gateways from over 1,000 feet, non-line of sight.

One of the great things about Monnit is that you can use any one of over 50 readily available sensors and instantly attach it to one of your existing machines. Some of the more popular sensors include temperature, humidity, water detection, infrared motion detection, vibration and voltage sensors. All of our sensors can be attached to any machine, in any location where it is still able to communicate with the gateway. In addition to the sensors we already commercially produce, Monnit has the ability to custom engineer a solution which will work for your company’s specific needs.

The physical data produced by your machines and the display of that data is ultimately what is most important. Once a wireless sensor network is set up, data beings recording immediately. Monnit’s software provides two key features. The first is our alert system which will notify users via email, text message and/or voice call if a condition you specify is met. A simple example of this would be a temperature sensor in a walk-in cooler. You could set the safe zone of 36 to 44 degrees and if the sensor detects a temperature outside of that safe zone, an alert would be sent to your phone, allowing you to take action to correct the problem.

The second key feature is data tracking. Sensor data is accessible within our secure cloud network for up to a year. This allows companies to not only prevent immediate problems, but monitor trends within a business environment. For example, using one of Monnit’s A/C current meters, you can track power consumption for walk-in refrigerators, HVAC units, entire floors of office buildings, etc. Not only does this give you data on how to cut costs in the future, but can also be a preventive measure for “predictive maintenance.” Say you know a walk-in freezer consumes X amount of power, but is suddenly using more than usual. Monnit sensors can alert you if a fridge or freezer compressor starts drawing more power, a tell-tale sign the compressor is about to malfunction.

IoT doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. Monnit’s all-encompassing solution is designed with the end consumer in mind. We don’t want there to be complicated steps or hoops to jump through. Questions are welcomed, feel free to reach out to one of our dedicated sales reps at (801) 561-5555 for a free estimate on how we can help your business.

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