01 Mar

Which Monnit Software Platform is Right For You?

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In addition to the numerous wireless sensors, gateways and other devices offered by Monnit to connect your devices to the Internet of Things, Monnit also provides several software solutions to view all the data being collected. Gathering data is only half of the equation, the other half is a software solution for viewing and analyzing this information so you can optimize systems or respond to issues in a timely manner.

The most widely used software option is the iMonnit Online solution which is accessible by any internet enabled device through the Monnit web portal. iMonnit is a secure cloud-based monitoring and notification system dedicated to Monnit Wireless Sensors and Gateways. The system allows for complete configuration and customization at a sensor, local network, or client wide level. iMonnit allows for management of sensor data as well as the ability to setup alerts via SMS text or email to one or many people. iMonnit Basic is included for free with all wireless sensors, providing basic features for you to configure and monitor your sensors online. iMonnit Premiere allows for enhanced functionality of your wireless sensors and includes an advanced software feature set, all starting at a low annual cost of $39.00 a year. Some of the additional Premiere features include:

  • Unlimited user accounts for system configuration, monitoring and notifications
  • Sensor heartbeats (check-ins) down to 10 minutes
    • Timed sensors (i.e. temp) can be user set to check against alert thresholds up to 256 times between heartbeats
    • Triggered sensors (i.e. motion, door/window, etc.) record data as it happens, regardless of heartbeat
  • Advanced sensor configuration options
  • SMS text and email notifications sent from the system when sensor thresholds are exceeded
  • Unlimited data storage
  • Sensor Mapping Tool
  • iMonnit API commands for integrating into 3rd party applications

iMonnit Express PC Software is an alternative to online monitoring that runs as a standalone PC application without the need for an internet connection. This system is meant to provide a simple and effective way for customers to manage a smaller network of sensors using on-screen alerts and email notifications to remotely signal the user. iMonnit Express allows for the same basic sensor network configuration and customization as the online version and can be used with most Monnit wireless sensors and gateway products.

iMonnit Enterprise is available for large organizations with specific data usage requirements. It provides the same feature set as the iMonnit Premiere online system while allowing the organization to host and maintain their own sensor data, on their own server, behind a company firewall. iMonnit Enterprise also allows for a virtually unlimited number of sensors and gateways and sensor heartbeats down to 1 second (limitations are based on company’s server resources).

If you have your own software platform and would like to use Monnit wireless products, Monnit has a few options available. APIs/Webhooks can be used from within iMonnit to push sensor data to your software. If you want to completely integrate Monnit wireless sensor networks into your application, Monnit Mine enables true IoT functionality by enabling integration of Monnit wireless sensors networks with existing or custom software systems by providing a translation layer between the two.

Note: In order to use Monnit wireless sensors with iMonnit Express, iMonnit Enterprise or Monnit Mine,  wireless gateways will need to be unlocked, allowing them to be directed to your custom host or IP address.  iMonnit Enterprise, Premiere, and MINE can also be white-labeled to match your company’s branding and colors.

Click here to compare software options in greater detail, or feel free to reach out to a sales rep anytime to discuss further at (801) 561-5555.

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27 Sep

Security and the Internet of Technology Industry

IoT Security

As the new industry of IoT emerges, there are budding concerns about the security of these devices and the vulnerabilities of the machines they attach to. Any new industry will have competitors racing to get as much of the market-share as possible, but this rapid development has left consumers wondering what corners were cut. Since there are no industry standards in place right now, there is little resistance to create and sell IoT devices. Anyone can make a sensor, but are they producing a product which is vulnerable to outside hacking attacks too? This is a big concern considering how rapidly the IoT industry is growing. The more devices with little or no security standards being sold to the public only makes it easier for unwanted attacks to occur.

A new bill has recently been proposed to the U.S senate which begins to address some of these security concerns. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 has 4 basic rules which begin to help regulate IoT vendors and the products they produce. They are:

  1. IoT devices are patchable
  2. IoT devices do not contain know vulnerabilities
  3. IoT devices rely on standard protocols
  4. IoT devices do not contain hard-coded passwords

While these rules are relatively straight-forward, they are an excellent starting point to begin the conversation about IoT security standards. It is important to follow these 4 general guidelines to ensure the IoT industry does not spin out of control. Just like any new technology, there will be security risks to address upfront, but as time progresses a few companies will emerge to set the industry standard.

Monnit wants to be a part of this industry standard and has already taken steps to ensure our products are some of the most secure sensors and gateways available on the market. Monnit ALTA products are patchable, capable of over-the-air updates which allow for remote software/firmware upgrades. ALTA products currently have no known vulnerabilities, and are ready to adapt to any potential future threats with over-the-air updates. ALTA products have better than standard protocols in place, data is transmitted between wireless sensors and gateways using integrated bank level security (256-bit exchange and AES-128 CTR) on every message. Local sensor network data is communicated to the iMonnit cloud software using SSL encryption with user access to the software requiring a unique ID and password as well.

Monnit doesn’t just want to be one of the first companies to hop into the IoT industry, we have been working on our technology platform for some time. Monnit realizes in order to create a sustainable business, there needs to be an emphasis on doing what is right, not what is easy. Our engineering department has been hard at work not only creating extremely secure devices, but doing so in a way which keeps overall costs down. Monnit wants to set the industry standard both in terms of security and price. By taking the time to produce a higher quality product now, we insure our ever-growing customer base remains satisfied both today and well into the future.

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03 Jun

Stay Safe From The Heat With Monnit Sensors

Heat Wave In The City And Hand Showing Thermometer For High Temp

According to Weather Underground, many areas along the West Coast of the United States are going to reach highs of 104 – 120 degrees Fahrenheit. With summer right around the corner, these temperatures are going to continue to rise. Hot weather can cause several issues within buildings or homes. As temperatures increase, cooling and HVAC systems need to maintain proper temperatures for both comfort and protection. Maintaining an optimal temperature around your buildings, data centers, coolers, storage units and other temperature critical areas are essential to preventing damages and discomfort.

Are you prepared for the heat? Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions help you maintain proper temperatures for your buildings by alerting you when temperature levels become too high and allow you to address any issues before costly damage occurs.

» Maintain optimal temperatures with Monnit Wireless Temperature Sensors »

Read the full article here: https://www.wunderground.com/news/excessive-heat-expands-danger-west

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12 May

Protect Your Business with Monnit and the “Internet of Things”

Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions for Businesses

I hate to break it to you, but someone left the back door open and some of your inventory just walked out, the toilet is leaking in the men’s bathroom, and the AC unit just stopped working. It may be unlikely that all of these things will happen at the same time, but any one of these (or more) mishaps can be costly for your company, and it’s reputation. You trust your employees to handle issues as they arise, but while your staff is busy dealing with shoppers, it’s hard for them to see what’s going on in other areas of the store. Simple little issues can add up, so it’s important to prevent financial surprises when you can.

Problems Facing Business Management

Business owners of all types and sizes have experienced unexpected problems before. Some of these problems may affect your customer’s and employees’ experiences or safety, and others may affect your building, inventory or assets. Maybe it’s too hot in your building since your HVAC system broke down; a storage shelf is holding more weight  than it can contain and could collapse soon; the bathroom is beginning to flood, and the surrounding areas are now slippery and may be ruining merchandise.

In the past, these problems were difficult to predict. If you didn’t hire expensive routine maintenance some of these problems were inevitable. Not only is calendar maintenance often ineffective, but problems can arise at any time between inspections. These problems have become so common for many business owners that they have often become complacent, considering these variable costs as mandatory. Suddenly, things have changed thanks to the Internet of Things! read more

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28 Apr

3 Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Cooler

Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions for Walk-In Coolers

An essential part of many restaurants, cafeterias, and convenience stores is the popular walk-in cooler. Proper maintenance to your walk-in cooler will not only save you money and frustration but may also keep you in business. As you know, your walk-in refrigerator is not like your standard fridge at home. Not only are they larger, but they also manage their temperatures differently and require more maintenance.

Problems Arising From Walk-in Cooler Failure

Restaraunt owners know that having your walk-in cooler fail may not only negatively affect your business but your reputation as well. You can save time and money by performing regular maintenance using a system that automatically monitors your facilities, and you can focus on what matters most: growing and improving your business. Your staff will be confident knowing that their food and resources will be protected from cold damage, spoilage, and will solidify your reputation as a reliable business and individual.

Here are three simple steps to stay up and running, prevent food waste and keep your utility bills low.

  • Cleanliness: Keep your floor and surrounding areas free of debris, and clean up any spills as soon as possible. Turn the fan off and clean with a soft cloth. Overworking your fan will shorten the life of your cooler. To prevent your fan from breaking down or raising your utility bill, you can monitor its energy consumption by using a Monnit Wireless AC Current Meter. Perform quarterly maintenance on evaporator coils and blades, as well, and replace damaged items as needed. Keeping these things clean will also allow proper airflow for your unit.
  • Hinges & Closers: Most kitchen employees are too busy to ensure the cooler doors closes properly. Monnit Wireless Open/Closed Sensor can provide information on the status of a door. This sensor will allow you to know if a door has been left open. 
  • Monitor Temperatures: For the most accurate temperature reading for your cooler we recommend the Monnit Wireless Temperature Sensor with the Glass Bead Temperature Buffer Vial. This wireless sensor will buffer any momentary fluctuations in temperatures that may be caused by standard operations (defrost cycles, the opening of doors, and fans circulating air). This sensor allows more accurate temperature data to be captured and prevent false alarms from being sent.

All Monnit Wireless Sensors can send notifications through text, voice and email with no monthly fees required. Our Local Alert Device is recommended to notify others if temperatures are fluctuating or if the door is ajar too long in your cooler. The local alert system has an LCD display for custom messaging and sensor reading, as well as an audible alarm and flashing LED. read more

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31 Mar

Get Ahead in Property Management with Monnit and the Internet of Things

Monnit and the Internet of Things for Property Management Every successful property manager has common traits that got them ahead in the industry:  they notice problems, and they find ways to fix them before everyone else. Because they are assertive, not complacent, in solving problems, their business is more efficient, reliable, and profitable. If you are looking to get ahead in today’s highly competitive industry, then you will need to do the same and Monnit can help.

 

Problems Facing Property Management

Managers of hotels, commercial properties, residential properties, and foreclosed properties, have all experienced the same problem: monitoring properties is expensive. Every year, there are billions of dollars in losses due to property damage, mechanical failure, theft, energy waste, and more.

In the past, these problems were difficult to solve. If you didn’t hire expensive maintenance teams to do regular, manual checks on every facet of a building’s infrastructure, problems were inevitable. Thanks to the Internet of Things, everything has changed.

The Internet of Things (IoT):  the network of physical objects (“things”) embedded with sensors, software, electronics, and network connectivity, which enables them to collect and exchange data.

The IoT Solution

The Internet of Things enables people to monitor and track various conditions in any environment. Previously, available solutions were expensive and difficult to use.  This has since changed with Monnit’s affordable remote monitoring solutions, which make it easy to monitor multiple aspects of your facilities, from anywhere, at any time.

Example: In the United States alone, the annual cost of water damage is over 2.5 billion dollars. Whether from a frozen pipe bursting, water heater breaking, or just a simple toilet or faucet plumbing issue, water damage is likely to occur if not caught quickly. Generally, the cost of treating and repairing water damage is about $10 to $15 per square foot on average. If you are a property manager, you know how quickly these costs can add up. Wireless temperature sensors can alert you if the temperature falls below freezing and water detection sensors can alert you the moment a water leak is detected.

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22 Mar

Monitoring and Protecting Your HVAC/Boiler Systems

Keeping temperatures in your building comfortable can sometimes put your heating and cooling systems to the ultimate test. Often, we take them for granted, just assuming that they will work without any problems. Unfortunately, your furnaces, HVAC units, and boilers are constantly at risk. If you have experienced problems with this in the past, you know how expensive these failures can be, especially if not caught in a timely manner. Luckily, that’s where we come in.

Problems Facing Property Management

Managers of hotels, commercial properties, foreclosed properties, offices, or any other building, have all experienced problems with their HVAC, heating, and/or boiler systems. If there is anything irregular with the temperature, electrical current, and/or humidity around your machinery, they run a higher risk of costly failure.

In the past, these problems were difficult to solve. If you didn’t hire expensive maintenance teams to do regular maintenance checks on these systems, problems were inevitable. Further, calendar maintenance checks are often ineffective, as problems can arise at any moment. Because these problems are so common and have been around for so long, many people/businesses became complacent, considering these variable costs as mandatory. Then, along came the internet of things, and suddenly everything changed.

The Internet of Things (IoT):  the network of physical objects (“things”) embedded with sensors, software, electronics, and network connectivity, which enables them to collect and exchange data.

The IoT Solution

The internet of things enables people to use sensors to monitor different conditions in any environment, which when paired with your machinery, can potentially save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary damages.  For a long time, the available solutions were too expensive and difficult to use.  This has since changed with Monnit’s affordable remote monitoring system, which makes it easy to monitor all of your machinery at once, from anywhere, at any time.

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07 Jan

Setting Up and Using iMonnit’s New Voice Call Alerts

Recently Monnit made voice call notifications available in both free and Premiere iMonnit accounts. If you would like to add voice call notifications to your account, there are a few simple steps to get them working.

Purchasing Notification Credits

In order to use voice call alerts you will need to purchase “notification credits” for your account. Credits can be purchased directly from your iMonnit account by going to “My Account” and clicking on “Purchase Notification Credits”. Alternately, credits can be purchased from the Monnit website under the products accessories page. If purchased from the Monnit website, you will receive a redemption code to enter into iMonnit to activate the purchased notification credits.

Purchase Notification Credits in iMonnit

Setting Up Voice Call Notifications

Once you have your credits, it’s time to setup the phone number you’re going to use. Start off by going to “My Account” then select the account under “Users”. From the user information panel, select the “Notification Settings” tab (1). Enter the phone number to the “Voice Call Number” text box (2) and select your country. To use the voice call feature for notifications, check the box next to “Voice Call” (3).

Setup Voice Call Notifications in iMonnit

Set Alerts to Use Voice Calls

Now that the voice notifications are activated, it’s time to apply them to notifications. Select the “Notifications” tab from the main menu. You can create a new notification or apply voice calls to existing notifications. To apply the “Voice Call” function to an alert, select the “People to Notify” tab for that notification. For any user’s selected to receive the alert, you will now see a phone icon, click the phone to turn it on (green) or off (grey) for the selected notification and user.

Add voice call function to a notification

For more information on using Monnit wireless sensors, visit the support section of our website.

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04 Sep

Using The New Scheduled Reports (Beta) in the iMonnit Online Software

This tech-tip is meant to give instructions for creating and scheduling sensor or network reports in the iMonnit online sensor monitoring software. For product documentation and additional help visit www.monnit.com/support.

Monnit has recently released to Beta a new “Scheduled Reports” feature for our iMonnit online software customers. The scheduled reports function allows users to setup a one time or recurring report to run at a set time. Scheduled reports are sent via email and include a system generated CSV file containing the specified sensor(s) and network(s) data.

To create a new scheduled report, login to your iMonnit account at https://www.imonnit.com.

Clicking on “Reports” in the main navigation will bring you to the reports section of the iMonnit system.

iMonnit Scheduled Reports

Select “Schedule New” from the left navigation on the Reports page to create a new scheduled report.

iMonnit Scheduled Reports - Schedule New Button

Click on “Schedule” next to the type of scheduled report you want to create.

Sensor : 24 hour – Reports data from a specific sensor for the previous 24 hours.

Network : 24 hour – Reports data from all devices in a specific network for the previous 24 hours

Account : 24 hour – Reports data from all devices on the entire account for the previous 24 hours.

iMonnit Scheduled Reports - New Report

Name the report and select the schedule and time of day to run the report, then select all other options that you want to include in the report. When you are finished, click the “Save” button.

iMonnit Scheduled Report Settings

You can also choose to send the report immediately by choosing the option under “Report Schedule”. Choosing the immediate report option generates a one-time report and sends it to the specified email.

After clicking the “Save” button, you will see a verification page for the report settings. At the bottom of this page you can select user’s on the account to receive the report. If you are using the free iMonnit software there will be no other user’s on your account. By default the logged in user creating the report is already added. To select additional user’s, check the box in front of their name and click the arrow button to move the users to the recipient list.

iMonnit Scheduled Report Users

Any time a recipient is added or deleted, the list is automatically saved and the report remains active.

With the report created you can Activate/Deactivate the notification by clicking on the report icon in the left navigation (1). You can also view the report settings and edit which users will receive the report by clicking on the report name (2), and can make changes to the report settings by clicking the edit icon (3).

iMonnit Scheduled Report Navigation Edit

For more information on using Monnit wireless sensors, visit the support section of our website.

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06 Aug

Using The New Notifications Features of the iMonnit Online Software

This tech-tip is meant to give instructions for creating and editing sensor or gateway notifications in the iMonnit online sensor monitoring software. For product documentation and additional help visit www.monnit.com/support.

A few weeks ago, we updated our iMonnit online software to include some new features. Some of the new features have to do with how notifications are created and managed.

Notifications for a single sensor can be created, deleted or edited by clicking the “Notifications” tab in a sensor’s detail view.

Connecting battery health Sensor to your battery

Notifications can be created, deleted or edited for any sensor or group of sensors by clicking on “Notifications” in the main menu.

Monnit Battery Health Sensor Data in iMonnit Software

When creating a notification, you will need to select the type of notification to create.

Connecting battery health Sensor to your battery

Sensor Reading Notification – Reading notifications are sensor specific (i.e. water sensor = trigger alert when water present, temp sensor = trigger alert when temp is above 70F, etc.). When creating a sensor reading notification, you will need to choose the sensor type you are creating the alert for. The select box will only show sensor types that are currently being used on your sensor network.

Battery Notification – Allows users to define a battery power percentage level that will trigger an alert from the system, warning them to replace batteries.

Inactivity Notification – Set-up “Inactivity” notifications to alert you when your sensors have stopped communicating with the servers. Failure to set up an “Inactivity” notification will result in no email/SMS text being sent should your sensors stop communicating with the servers.

Advanced Notifications – Allows the user to set notifications based on advanced rules, such as comparing past data points with the current one to determine if a notification should be sent.

Existing Notifications – Use notifications that have already been created on your account with the selected sensor.

Notification Settings

This area allows the user to set notification parameters such as naming the notification, customizing the notification message and setting sensor conditions that will trigger the notification.

Monnit Battery Health Sensor Data in iMonnit Software

People to Notify

The list on the left shows all available users on the account. You can type into the search box to filter large lists of users. Select the user(s) to receive the notification and click the arrow button to add them to the recipient list. By default, email notifications are activated. Clicking the notification delivery method icon toggles them on and off (green is on, grey is off). If the user should receive text message notifications, click on the phone icon to turn it green.

Connecting battery health Sensor to your battery

Sent From

Allows you to assign devices (sensors and gateways) that will cause the notification to be sent. When a notification is sent from the system, it will automatically include the device name and the data that caused the notification to be sent. A single notification can be assigned to multiple sensors or gateways. Sensor reading notifications can only be assigned to sensors of the same type. General notifications such as “battery status”, can be assigned to any or all sensors.

Monnit Battery Health Sensor Data in iMonnit Software

Devices to Notify

If you have a Monnit Control or Notifier A/V device on your network, you will also see a “Devices to Notify” tab. This will allow the notification to interact with these types of devices. Select a device from the list on the left and click the arrow button to add it to the recipient list. Clicking the control icon toggles their setting.

Connecting battery health Sensor to your battery

Note: Control devices have two relays per device that are controlled separately. You can turn a relay on, off or toggle the state. You can also set a duration by clicking on the timer icon. This will perform the selected toggle (on/off/toggle) for a set duration, then change back.

For more information on using Monnit wireless sensors, visit the support section of our website.

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