21 Feb

How Can Monnit Remote Monitoring Solutions Help Your Business?

Use Case Example

Did you know Monnit has a collection of Use Cases for potential customers to browse through when deciding if Monnit is the right option for their needs? We have created these documents to show how real-world environments are affected and protected by Monnit wireless sensors. All of these use cases come from actual customers who are either installing a Monnit system because a recent incident took place, or are providing insights as to how their Monnit network is preventing avoidable disasters.

Monnit products cover the needs for countless applications and industries. The main purpose at Monnit, is to provide IoT technology for everyone! Whether monitoring a school or church, looking after foods stored in coolers and freezers, or tracking conditions of expensive wood flooring, Monnit wireless sensors have you covered.

Monnit use cases are actual stories from our customers that describe an issue they were having, what Monnit products were implemented, and how those products have helped the customers since. For example, Monnit was contacted by the manager of a large corporation’s internal data center that had a water issue during a weekend. While their existing system monitored for temperatures and humidity, there was nothing set up to detect water intrusion. A toilet ended up leaking outside of the data center, which caused water to cover the floor and seep into the server room. The water caused an electrical short which took down several server stacks and damaged a handful of servers.

This is not the way anyone wants to start a Monday morning!  This example perfectly illustrates how Monnit wireless sensors can help protect any business from unexpected disasters. No one could have predicted a toilet issue several yards away from the data center could cause such significant damage. A typical unexpected disaster can results in thousands of dollars in damage, while Monnit wireless sensors start at just $49. For only a few hundred dollars, this company was able to implement a solution to safe-guard against this type of unforeseen incident in the future.

Learn more about Monnit wireless sensors and be sure to view our Use Cases to see how Monnit can positively impact your business.

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16 Feb

Prepare for Warmer Spring Weather with Monnit

Protect your buildings from the spring thaw

As winter draws to a close and spring-time comes around the corner, don’t let the changing conditions catch you off guard! Be prepared for potential disasters such as water intrusion due to snow thawing. There are several solutions from Monnit to help detect potential disasters early! Monnit offers 4 different sensors for water detection: Water Detect, Water Detect Plus, Water Rope, and Water Puck. Each of these sensors report the same type of data, whether or not water is present, but are all slightly different with how that data is collected. Let’s start with the simplest options, Water Detect and Water Detect Plus. Water Detect uses a 3 ft wire (customizable) to detect when water comes in contact with the wire ends, sending a notification to the iMonnit system. This sensor covers the least amount of surface area but is ideal for attaching directly to pipes or placing on the edge of a central drain where water would most likely flow. An optional “Detect Plus” probe can be added to the end of the water detection wire, which can be positioned and mounted at a set distance above the ground, eliminating false alarms. Perhaps a drain pan needs to be guarded against overflowing, this probe can be placed at the ideal level to alert users when water is getting dangerously high. Monnit’s Water Rope Sensor is exactly what it sounds like, a water sensitive rope which comes in 10 ft. segments and can be extended up to 100 ft. This type of water detection sensor is great for safe guarding entire rooms, typically the rope is placed at the bottom of a baseboard or in a sub-flooring area. A great example of this would be a customer who had a toilet break over the weekend, causing major flooding which eventually seeped into their data center. Had a water rope sensor been placed around the floor and doorway to that room, an alert would have sounded the second water touched it and would not have been discovered on Monday morning when it was too late. Finally, the Monnit Water Puck sensor is for portability and durability. This sensor is completely water sealed and can be placed in any potential problem area, inside or outside of a building.

Monnit has plenty of other sensors as well depending on what “Things” you would like to monitor. Accelerometers can be used to track mechanical movement and send alerts if pumps or motors start vibrating excessively. Humidity is another environmental factor to keep an eye on as the weather changes. With over 50 unique types of wireless sensors available, whatever your needs may be, Monnit has a solution! If you don’t find what you need, contact our team to ask about custom sensor development.  Whatever your needs may be, Monnit is here to assist and help safeguard your buildings as the weather changes in the coming months.

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18 Jan

Winter Property Monitoring with Monnit Wireless Sensors

Winter property Management
As the holiday season comes to an end, families return home after spending valuable time with each other. All this travel can be hectic, and sometimes there are things forgotten as people rush to return to their everyday lives. Monnit wireless sensors are a perfect way to ensure the maximum protection of your property while away. From monitoring entrance ways to keeping an eye on potential water leaks due to snow and ice, Monnit has you covered.

Monnit wireless sensors are designed to help protect businesses, properties and homes. Open/Closed sensors can send notifications to your phone or email should a door or window be opened or left open for a set period of time. Motion sensors help keep an eye on entry ways, driveways or other more publicity accessible areas.

Unoccupied buildings and homes are more frequent this time of the year, increasing the risk for damage due to the cold and weather. As temperatures drop, energy costs go up and the potential for damaging water leaks is increased. Monnit’s most popular sensors are temperature sensors because of how flexible their application is. Individuals or property managers can record temperatures of the air (inside/outside), the temperature of water, temperatures inside of duct work, or any other place where knowing temperature fluctuations would be useful. Tracking temperature changes over time can give users insights into how equipment is working or help show inconsistencies with heating systems. A/C current meters are an excellent way to get precise readouts on energy consumption and are especially useful to track power spikes or fine tune heating costs during the winter months. Combining a couple of temperature sensors with an A/C current meter will allow users to get a comprehensive view of energy consumption by comparing temperatures in different areas of a home or building. Knowing when your heating system is using the most amount of power gives insights into if there is an environmental factor which can be better controlled. Finally, one of the more damaging problems caused during winter is unexpected water damage from rain, snow, or ice. Expanding and contracting water can be very dangerous if it is able to get into the wrong areas, Monnit water detection sensors help prevent this water damage. If water can be removed in time, there is usually not that much harm done. It is the unnoticed water which sits that causes the most trouble, a Monnit wireless sensor is able to send notifications to any internet enabled device immediately should H2O be detected.

Monnit wants to make sure your building or home and the assets inside are protected. All of the sensor data generated can be viewed on one centralized website or mobile app, with custom notifications being sent is any issues are detected. There is not 1 cookie-cutter solution when it comes to the sensors and gateways required, so all of Monnit’s sensors and gateways are mix and match. Build the solution that best fits your needs for well under $500. We encourage users to start with the basics and expand their system as needed, once the value has been realized. For specific inquires, contact our sales team at: (801) 561-5555. Monnit wishes you the best this winter season. Have fun with friends and family while enjoying the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home or business is safe and sound.

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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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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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20 Sep

Monnit Property Management Solutions

Monnit Property Management and Monitoring Solutions

A lot of things can go wrong when it comes to property management. Older apartment buildings always seem to have leaks, power consumption varies based on the season, and there are always people coming and going. These potential problems are compounded when there is not a dedicated property manager on-site to track and respond to issues. Want to be a landlord who can be everywhere at once? Monnit has the solution for you!

Unfortunately, Monnit does not create a sensor which forces tenants to pay rent on time. However, there are many things to keep an eye on while managing an apartment complex or remote office facility. A few of these would include temperature, power usage, and water leaks. Any issues arising from these readings being too high or too low could create serious issues. On top of the inconvenience caused to your tenants, repairs of this nature are very costly. Monnit wireless sensors are designed to send an alert to your phone via text and/or email to help avoid a little water leak turning into a major catastrophe.

What about some of the other things you can remotely observe through iMonnit? You might have thought about being able to track CO, air-humidity levels, or detect when a person enters an area that they shouldn’t be in, but never had the means to do so. Monnit already provides over 50 unique types of sensors and has the ability to custom engineer any idea you can think of. In addition to this, iMonnit (our secure online monitoring software), allows the user to create a layout specifically tailored to his/hers needs. Up to 100 wireless sensors can communicate with our secure cloud platform through 1 wireless gateway. Gateways transfer data through either an existing internet connection or using cellular data for locations without internet access. Simply choose which sensors you would like to add to your property and rest assured that you will know about issues as soon as they happen.

Bottom line, property management is all about providing a comfortable space for your employees or tenants while limiting any risk associated with large expenses. Properties are expensive to run and even more expensive to fix. Being able to monitor a variety of applications in real-time to prevent losses or damage will give you peace of mind. A property manager who is able to respond to issues in a timely manner, or even before an incident occurs is going to be invaluable to the people who call that place home.

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13 Sep

Internet of Things, What Does THAT Mean?!

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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