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MonnitSense Newsletter - April 2014
Featured Wireless Product

Monnit Wireless Activity Sensors

Monnit Wireless Activity Sensors

Monnit Wireless Activity Sensors are available in various formats. Activity timers can detect vibrations when a machine or vehicle starts operating then start timing the event. When the machine or vehicle is no longer running, the timer stops and reports the amount of time the machine ran. Activity movement detection sensors detect vibration, sudden movement or non-movement of a given device or surface, and alert you of the change.

Monnit Activity Sensor Features:
    • Available in 900, 868 and 433MHz Frequencies.
    • Detect sudden movement.
    • Detect machine or vehicle vibration.
    • Time how long a machine or vehicle is running.
    • Replaceable 3.0V battery

Learn More About Monnit Activity Timers »
Learn More About Monnit Activity Movement Detection Sensors »

In this issue

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Glimpse of the future
We Listened!

MonnitLink™ Cellular Gateway with Battery Backup

We are nearing completion of our new MonnitLink™ Cellular Gateway (CGW2) with Battery Backup. The new cellular gateway will feature an internal rechargeable battery providing up to 24 hours of continued operation in the event of a power failure. The new gateway will be available for purchase by the end of this month.

MonnitLink™ Cellular Gateway (CGW2) with Battery Backup

MonnitLink™ Cellular CDMA Gateway Features:
    • AC powered with rechargeable
      backup battery
    • Battery backup will last up to 24 hours
    • Plug & play, no internet
      configuration needed
    • No PC required for operation
    • Low-cost cellular service packages
    • Remote software upgrade capability
    • Local status LEDs / indicators
    • Dual Band CDMA (800/1900 MHz)

If you would like to learn more about this product or be notified when it becomes available, please email us at sales@monnit.com

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Glimpse of the future

Crystal Ball

Let's take a look in our crystal ball to see what the future holds at Monnit?

Monnit's development team is always hard at work developing new wireless sensing products and enhancing our existing products based on customer feedback. We are currently working on an industrial version of our Cellular CDMA Gateway (CGW2). The industrial version of the CGW2 will feature a NEMA 4x rated enclosure that is water and dust resistant, allowing the unit to be used in industrial applications or outdoors. This new addition to the Monnit product lineup will be available in the very near future. If you would like to learn more about this product or be notified when it becomes available, please email us at sales@monnit.com.

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Application of the Month

Commercial Building Monitoring

Remote Monitoring
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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Tech Tip of the Month

by The WiSe Guys

WiSe Guys

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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