Wireless Environment Monitoring – How can it save you time and money?
The monitoring of environmental parameters is commonplace in many industries and is used to provide a record of a variety of measurements to ensure safety and quality.
In many organisations this is still a huge burden and carries a significant cost and unnecessary inefficiency due to the way this data is collected. In some cases, this is still a clipboard and pen.
What if you could eliminate human intervention on a day-to-day basis where you can have the confidence that data is being collected at a regular interval and stored securely. Access to your data is extremely simple and is readily available day and night wherever you are in the world.
In your workplace you are responsible for ensuring that your product is stored correctly under the right conditions to preserve its quality. This could be chilled food product in a refrigerated warehouse, samples from patients in a hospital pathology laboratory or valuable books and artefacts in a museum. You could be running a conference centre where you need to provide good air quality for your delegates. In all these cases the costs of monitoring are potentially very high and the cost of failing even higher.
The limitations of a clipboard and pen are obvious. An individual is required to wander around your site at regular intervals to take measurements either from multiple wall mounted devices or from a single portable device. Inevitably the measurements are open to manipulation or human error. Can you be sure your operator is taking measurements correctly or, worse still, recording them correctly? Then there is the physical limitation of the number of measurements that can possibly be taken during the day. Two, three maybe.
Even taking measurements more regularly using fixed data loggers has its pitfalls. Whilst they may take measurements more regularly, perhaps every 15 minutes, they still require downloading. This requires an individual to take time to perform this task and then sort the data into a useful structure for easy recall in the future.
The main issue with this type of data logging however is that whilst you have a view of what has happened in the past, it is now too late to do anything about it. The recording of historical data may have its uses in some applications but where high risk, high value products are stored this simply is not good enough. Being able to take action quickly in the event of a problem is invaluable and could mean the difference between saving or losing a batch of product.
With the advent of the “Internet of Things” there is a new way of measuring and handling data which takes away all the issues of traditional monitoring methods. The phrase Internet of Things or IoT may strike fear into many people and certainly there are many areas where its use is highly complex. But when applied to environmental monitoring it really is a simple way of generating and storing high quality data in an easily accessible format.
A Wireless Environmental Monitoring system such as the OVA system from Nokeval provides all these things and more.
A typical system comprises a battery powered wireless transmitter at each point where measurements are required. These are generally temperature sensors but can include humidity. Other variables can also be monitored such as VOC’s and carbon dioxide levels which are important factors for air quality monitoring.
The signals from the transmitters are collected by a centralised receiver and from this point the measurements are transmitted to a secure Cloud based database using the 3G/4G mobile telephone system where they are automatically sorted and instantaneously available for viewing.
Viewing the data is as simple as opening a web browser, logging in and choosing the channel you wish to view. Historical data is easily found and viewing a particular period in more detail is quick and easy. At no point can the measured data be manipulated, ensuring complete security.
But what happens in the middle of the night when your freezer fails? In a nutshell you or a nominated person will receive an immediate notification either by email or SMS text message that a fault has occurred giving you the opportunity to resolve the issue. The immediate resolution may be to move stock from one freezer to another, saving £1000’s of produce whilst the problem is rectified later.
To summarise, the benefits of a OVA Wireless Environment Monitoring system from Nokeval include the following:-
- Time saving data collection. No manual data collection required.
- Low cost of ownership.
- Low installation cost.
- Secure calibrated data.
- Automatic download.
- Easily accessible from anywhere at any time. Standard web browser on anything from desktop PC to smartphone. No more lever arch files!
- Alarms based on location and flexible to handle de-frost cycles.
- Completely independent of your IT systems.
- Monitor a wide range of parameters in many different industries.
- Proven design with well over 500 installations across Europe.
- Self-monitoring of sensors. Alarms for low battery and out of date calibration.
- Possibility to integrate hand held sensors for portable measurements.
- Flexible and scalable. Systems tailored to your requirements. Easily expandable at any time.
This article is intended as a guide and does not replace our own free technical assistance which is always readily available.
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