When the power goes out at your facility, threatening important inventory, data and property, how long does it take you to find out? If your business requires immediate notification of a power failure, consider installing a remote monitoring system. A remote monitoring system provides continuous monitoring of all environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, and water leaks. But what many people don’t realize is that it can also function as a power outage monitoring device.
When a power outage occurs, the system immediately sends an alert to the appropriate personnel. If you own a business with round-the-clock employees, a power outage monitoring device is probably not necessary. But for businesses that are left vacant during evenings, weekends and holidays, a remote monitoring system can offer many benefits.
Don't Underestimate the Risk of Power Failures
Do you have important equipment that's critical to your operation? Are you storing items that must be kept at a certain temperature? If you answered yes to either of the above, you need a power outage monitoring device like a remote monitoring system.
A power failure can do a lot of damage to your business. Unexpected power outages can cost you thousands of dollars in lost revenue. According to Information Technology Intelligence Consulting Research, 98% of businesses say that a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000. The monetary losses vary depending on the type of business and these factors:
- Time of year
- Product or service offering
For places like hospitals or research facilities, a loss in electricity can be a huge issue. These organizations rely on refrigerators and freezers to keep vaccines, pharmaceuticals and other samples at the right temperature. A power outage lasting several hours could compromise vaccines and samples and result in significant losses.
Prepare for and Respond to Power Outages
Remote monitoring systems provide early detection of power outages, so you can act quickly. When the system detects an outage, it sends an alert to the proper personnel via phone call, text message or email. Without a monitoring system, you might not learn about a power failure for hours or even days. And by then, it may be too late to save your inventory.
A monitoring system is ideal for use in all types of facilities and applications, including:
- Medical refrigerators and freezers
- Food cold storage
- Heating and A/C systems
- Data centers and server rooms
- Livestock facilities
Systems are available with hardwired or wireless sensors, depending on your needs. A wireless power failure sensor eliminates the hassle of running wires. Additionally, these sensors are designed with a backup battery to ensure uninterruptible power supply during an outage.
A power failure can happen at anytime, so you need to be prepared. A remote monitoring system offers peace of mind and can help you prevent financial losses and reduce downtime. To learn more about remote monitoring systems and how they can also function as a data logger, read our blog Data Logging: A Monitoring System Does That and More with Improved Efficiency. Let us know if you need a recommendation or have any questions.