Warmer weather is here at last! Spring is an exciting time of renewal and growth. But it is also the busiest time of year for commercial greenhouse growers.
The Sensaphone Sentinel has found a home in many varying applications...from monitoring valuable greenhouse inventory to monitoring the temperature in refrigerators storing critical vaccines during a pandemic. The Sentinel also monitors many pump and lift stations that keep the water running in your community and to the livestock in farms and barns. Most often our products are installed by trained installers or electricians, but they are actually simple enough to be installed by most do-it-yourselfers.
Food processing plants require large amounts of water for multiple activities, including washing, rinsing, cooking, disinfecting, bottling, canning and packaging. Incoming water must be treated to ensure safety and quality before it comes into contact with food products. And wastewater generated from food production must be treated before it is used or discharged.
Greenhouse operators, landscapers, horticulturists, golf course managers, farmers, cannabis growing facility personnel and other commercial growers all need to manage irrigation. Remote monitoring can help use water more efficiently by measuring the amount of water in the soil and alerting when moisture conditions fall outside the desired range. This instant notification can prevent under- or overwatering, minimize water usage, promote growth and increase crop yield and quality.
New COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have brought to the public’s attention the importance and challenges of maintaining ultra-low temperatures for vaccines and other pharmaceuticals. Both vaccines have to be kept at very low temperatures and can be shipped and stored in a specialty freezer for up to six months. In addition, specialty freezers containing the Pfizer vaccine can’t be opened more than twice a day and needs to be closed within one minute of opening. And once it’s thawed, the vaccine can only be stored in a refrigerator for five days.
The Sensaphone company got its start because of a sunken boat. Twice in the same year founder Ken Blanchard’s unattended docked boat sank because the bilge pump failed after stormy weather, and the vessel took on water. Ken, an engineer, was motivated to develop a remote device that could monitor conditions and notify people when their boat was in trouble while they were away.
Sensaphone customers have been using the WEB600 for over 11 years. The long life it provides has made it a reliable resource for users monitoring businesses, residences, hotels, HVAC interests and many other applications. The WEB600 comes with six universal digital or analog inputs, so you can monitor conditions such as temperature, humidity and water detection. Like many other Sensaphone products, it provides one output and also monitors for power failures on the circuit where it is installed.
Maintaining an ideal growing environment for cannabis plants is not an easy task. Personnel must monitor a variety of factors to ensure their plants stay healthy. Temperature, humidity, equipment status, CO2, and lighting are only a few of the conditions that need to be monitored 24/7.