It all started with a sunken boat. Twice in the same year, Ken Blanchard’s unattended boat sank while docked in Somers Point, New Jersey. The bilge pump failed after stormy weather, and the vessel took on water. As luck would have it, Ken was an engineer. He began to think of a way to create a remote device that could monitor conditions and notify people when their boat was in trouble while they were away.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged businesses and government facilities in unique ways. Many have to operate under conditions where employees are working off premises. Others have had to limit their on-site staff in order to follow social distancing requirements. Many commercial buildings sit empty, while essential businesses like utility plants must remain operational. It has become more important than ever to monitor these workplaces around the clock to mitigate threats to facilities, equipment and inventory.
If critical vaccines and other pharmaceuticals are stored at an unsafe temperature for too long, they can lose their potency. For patients with chronic illnesses, taking a damaged dosage can be life-threatening. But even common medicines can break down and have harmful effects, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between a compromised product and a safe one. That's why pharmaceutical and vaccine providers must take appropriate measures to ensure all pharmaceutical products are stored at the correct temperature.
Medical tissue samples, critical vaccines, pharmaceutical products and other frozen or refrigerated inventory can be ruined if the exact temperature is not maintained while in storage. Or they can fall out of compliance if their temperature is regulated. In addition, several regulating bodies provide temperature standards, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, and state and local health departments. Storing cold pharmaceutical products presents additional challenges.
HVAC equipment represents a large portion of a building or manufacturing plant’s energy usage and operating expenses. HVAC monitoring systems can help minimize these costs by continuously tracking environmental conditions. They also monitor the performance of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.
When growing cannabis, it’s important to maintain the best growing environment if you want to keep your plants alive and healthy. Temperature extremes can cause physical damage to plants, and excessive moisture can lead to mold and powdery mildew. This means facility managers and personnel must constantly monitor environmental conditions and equipment status to protect valuable crops. However, continuous monitoring can be challenging and time-consuming, especially after hours or during the off-season.
Server rooms and data centers are full of expensive equipment. Keeping an eye on equipment status is critical to preventing downtime and saving a significant amount of money on repairs.
Systems for collecting wastewater and stormwater are complex. They use a series of downstream pipes, pumps, and controls to prevent wastewater from entering our fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.