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MonnitSense Newsletter - June 2014
Featured Wireless Product

Monnit CDMA Cellular Gateways
With Battery Backup

Monnit Cellular CDMA Gateway - With Battery Backup

Monnit cellular (CDMA) gateways are the perfect solution for monitoring locations where existing Internet connections are unavailable or unreliable. But what happens if there is a power failure? Monnit's CDMA gateways are available with an internal rechargeable battery providing up to 24 hours of continued operation in the event of power loss.

Monnit Cellular Gateway Features:
    • Supports up to 100 Monnit wireless sensors
    • True plug & play, no hassles for internet configuration set-up
    • Optional 24 hour battery backup protects against power loss
    • 50,000 sensor message memory
    • Dual Band CDMA (800/1900 MHz)
    • LEDs with transmission and online status indicators
    • Remote software upgrade capability

Learn More About Monnit CDMA Gateways with Battery Backup »

In this issue

Schedule a meeting with us at Sensors Expo
Glimpse of the future
We Listened!

NIST Certified Wireless Temperature Sensors

Monnit has recently introduced NIST certification for wireless temperature sensors. Monnit's NIST certified products come with a Traceable Calibration Certification which meets the requirements and complies with ISO 17025. The Traceable Certificate indicates that the product is traceable to standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Government agency within the Commerce Department.

New NIST Certified Wireless Temperature Sensors

Features of Certified Temperature Sensors:

    • Available on all temperature
      sensors with 3 ft probe.
    • Probe temp range:
          -40°C to +125°C
          (-40° to 257°F).
    • Accurate to +/- 1°C (1.8°F).
    • FCC, CE and IC certified.
    • Lab calibrated.
    • Includes NIST certificate.

For more information on Monnit's NIST Certified Wireless Temperature Sensors see the following.

« NIST Certified Monnit Wireless Temperature Sensors

Web Special
Monnit Web Special

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. Due to the requests of our partners and customers, we are working on a new wireless "Energy Measurement" sensor that can help optimize energy efficiency in buildings by connecting to a current transducer to monitor and track power usage. 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

Laboratory Monitoring

Laboratory Monitoring

Keeping track of laboratory equipment and samples can be a chore. Monitoring for unauthorized access ensures that valuable equipment stays put, and that testing procedures aren't compromised. Maintaining optimal temperature in coolers ensures that samples are stored within regulated parameters. If the temperature falls above or below the optimal range, costly spoilage can occur. Monnit has saved laboratories and pharmacies hundreds of thousands of dollars in spoilage when using our low-cost, wireless monitoring solutions.

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 in sample coolers and receive notifications if below or above a set threshold.
Open / Closed Sensors Detect unauthorized access to lab and/or specific cabinets and areas.

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 Laboratory with Monnit Wireless Sensors!

Learn More About Remote Monitoring Solutions for Labs »

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Tech Tip of the Month

by The WiSe Guys

WiSe Guys

Using Monnit Control

This tech-tip is meant to give to give some suggestions for installing and using the new Monnit wireless control. For product documentation and additional help visit www.monnit.com/support.

Monnit Wireless Control allows a user to control either two separate 10-amp or two separate 30-amp relays, all through the iMonnit online sensors portal. Each of the unit's two relays (controls) can be toggled on/off by a paired wireless sensor (currently over 40 types) on the same network, or directly by the user through the iMonnit.com web portal.

Adding Monnit Control to Your Sensor Network

The control unit is added to the network like a sensor is. Do not power it on until it has been assigned to a network. From the iMonnit portal enter the ID and the Code.

    • Choose "Manage" from the main navigation.
    • Select the network you would like to add the control unit to.
    • Find the bottom of the section "Sensor List / Assign Sensor".
    • Enter the ID and Security Code from the back label of the control unit.
    • Press the "Assign Sensor" button.
Adding Monnit Control to Your Sensor Network

Once the control unit has been added to your network and before connecting the relay wires to any equipment, power on the control unit. Check that the bottom two LED indicators are illuminated green. In the iMonnit online software, verify that data is being received by viewing the history tab in iMonnit.

Monnit Control Data in iMonnit

Connecting the Relays

The relay acts as a switch on the line for your power source. The relays are by default NORMALLY OPEN, so there is no connection. (Indicator lights for the relays will be off to indicate this). Return to the edit page if you want the default state to be NORMALLY CLOSED. The relay is just allowing the current to pass through, so it will be installed inline on the power wire. It is not connected to power and ground.

Connecting the Relays

Naming and Pairing Control Relays with Wireless Sensors

Each of the unit's two relays can be paired with any Monnit wireless sensor (currently over 40 types) to activate the relay when the sensor detects user defined conditions (using the "Aware" state). To pair a relay with a wireless sensor, enter the sensor's ID from it's bottom label.

The control device will listen for messages from the iMonnit software, if a sensor reading meets the "Aware" state conditions, the control relay will automatically switch to the non-default state. When the sensor reports a reading outside of the "Aware" state conditions, the relay will switch back to it's default state.

Naming and Pairing Control Relays with Wireless Sensors

On Demand Relay Control

To test the functionality of the relays when connected to equipment, go into the iMonnit portal, click on the control unit information bar from the overview page, then click the "Control" tab:

On Demand Relay Control

Use the drop down to elect to turn the relay ON (close it), OFF (open it) or toggle the state. Once a selection is made, another field will appear allowing you to set a duration of time in seconds that the relay should be activated as commanded, after which it will switch back. If you want to simply switch the relay without a set time to switch back, leave the field empty. Once the Send Control command is sent, it will take the combined time of the gateway heartbeat and the poll interval to affect the relay. To speed up the process, force the gateway to communicate with the server and/or lower the poll rate (in the Edit tab).

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

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