13 Oct

Use Case: Crystal Springs Fisheries

Crystal Springs Fisheries

Monnit wireless sensors have a wide range of applications and can be installed in any environment. The internet of things can be used in any industry, there is no limit to what an IoT network can monitor in your environment. Should there happen to not be a standard version of the product you are looking for available, our engineering department can create a custom solution for your specific needs. One recent customer Monnit was introduced to is a fish hatchery in Salt Lake City, Utah that needed sensors for monitoring water temperatures. While their solution was not custom engineered, there were some specific atmospheric conditions to consider.

Josh with Crystal Springs Fisheries uses 180-degree geothermal water from a 1000’ well to breed and grow exotic fish which he then sells all over the world. The only potential issue is the geothermal water supplied from the 1000’ well requires piping to remain running and equipment to ensure proper temperatures. Due to the constant running water, there is much higher humidity inside the greenhouse compared to the dry outside air and Josh’s old temperature monitoring system was not able to remain functioning in these conditions.

There were a couple of hurdles to jump for this solution, and Monnit was able to set Josh up with a complete network for both his hatchery and store for around $1,000. Monnit’s water temperature sensors come with a three-foot probe and are able to record temperatures from -40°F – 257°F (-40°C – 125°C). This allowed Josh to place a temperature sensor directly where his well water exits the ground at 180°F and not have to worry about equipment damage or failure. Monnit also provided Crystal Springs Fisheries with a IP65, NEMA 4X, CE rated, sealed, and weatherproof housing capable of withstanding the high humidity levels.

Monnit creates sensors which are able to adapt to any company’s specific environment. Whatever your application may be, Monnit sensors will be able to track and record data. The real benefit of our system is not only the data generated, but the ability for users to set up custom notifications based on environmental conditions. For example, Josh will receive a text message on his phone should the water temperature drop below safe levels for his tropical fish. Monnit wireless sensors are not just a passive data collector, our technology will alert you of potentially dangerous conditions allowing for a quick response. For a fraction of the cost of repairs or damaged inventory, Monnit wireless sensors and secure cloud networks keep an eye on your home or business 24/7.

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10 Oct

Sensor Spotlight, Accelerometers

Monnit ALTA Wireless Acceleremoters

Monnit’s wireless accelerometer is a digital, low power, low profile capacitive sensor that is able to measure acceleration on three axes. Accelerometers are used in all types of electronic devices today, most notably in smartphones to change the screen orientation when rotated. Monnit offers 5 different types of accelerometers and these sensors can be extremely useful particularly in heavy mechanical environments.

The first type of accelerometer sensor Monnit sells is tilt. This accelerometer activates at a set time interval (defined by the user) and converts measurements to pitch and roll in terms of degrees. If you think about a flying plane, pitch would be up/down and roll would be referring to the clockwise or counter-clockwise rotation of the plane around the x-axis. Next is G-Force Snapshot and G-Force Max/Average. These sensors measure g-forces (up to 8G) on the X, Y, and Z axes. Based on the sensor you select, readings are displayed as either a single “snapshot” when the sensor activates at its set interval or the max/average of the movement since the last reading. Impact Detection activates the sensor and displays readings only when the sensor experiences sudden movement. This sensor can also be set to trigger above certain G-force levels, alerting the user of any unexpected movement. The last accelerometer sensor Monnit offers is a vibration meter. Similar to the other accelerometers, this sensor measures G-force on 3 axes to determine speed and frequency. Sensors can be set to only capture when a vibration occurs and sleep when no vibrations are present or to measure at a given assessment interval regardless of whether a vibration has occurred or not.

These accelerometer sensors are very useful for manufacturing environments as a primary use is to help predict mechanical failure. Monnit accelerometers make it easy to set up a system which can help predict failure. If a motor experiences increased vibration levels, it is a good indicator that bearings are worn and the motor is close to failure. Usually engineers are able to respond in time to a malfunctioning machine before it completely breaks, ultimately saving time and money.

A complete wireless network does not have to be complicated or confusing. Monnit wants to make it as easy as possible to implement a secure cloud network into your daily business operations. You do not have to be an engineer to set up accelerometer sensors! Simply place them on a few critical parts in your factory and evaluate the results over the first week to establish a proper rhythm. Once users know what is considered normal mechanical movement, notifications are sent to any internet-enabled device should conditions happen to change. A complete solution for a couple of machines can be set up for around $500, Monnit encourages companies to start small to realize the value and scale up from there. Gain deeper insights to your company’s machines today and help eliminate problems early before they become expensive and time-consuming.

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06 Oct

IoT Simplicity

IoT Questions

As IoT continues to grow and become a part of everyday life, the only real challenge to overcome is the variety of different networks, machines, equipment, and sensors to integrate with one another. There are thousands of products out in the market-place, many of which already work perfectly in their designated environment. How do companies turn existing systems into a full-blown IoT network? The answer is simpler than you may think.

Monnit wireless sensors can be placed anywhere. Currently, there are over 50 different types of standard sensors available in our online store. In addition to the standard sensors Monnit sells, our engineering department has the capability to develop custom sensors for any application imaginable. However, this is only half the story. What good is a bunch of sensors monitoring your environment without a way to view all of the data being recorded? This is where Monnit really offers value to your company. We offer software a user can access from any internet-enabled device, but for some larger organizations, having another application separate from existing networks is not efficient. There is not enough value added if managers have to check a separate system to receive updates, then turn around and make adjustments in the local environment. Monnit offers larger companies the ability to integrate our software into their existing network(s). Now organizations can place Monnit sensors wherever they would like and have that data be incorporated with industry-specific software applications. IoT solutions do not have to be separate, the idea is to use existing infrastructure to provide more information and enhance decision making.

There are a couple of specific examples which come to mind. First is a company called Lineage Logistics, a very large food importer in the U.S that monitors hundreds of cold-storage facilities around the country. They use Monnit temperature sensors to create heat maps of different warehouses which display in their existing software. You can read the full article here. Another example is Arrow Electronics, a massive technology distribution company. They recently launched a new service called “Arrow Connect” which focuses on 2-way communication between software and hardware. This is a way to integrate any piece of equipment with any software program, essentially implementing the core concept of IoT into any organization. The article is here.

IoT itself is not complicated, the biggest hurdle it faces is the massive amounts of variety already existing in each market. In the past, systems that integrate machines and software networks have been unique to industries and specific environments. Now, there is nothing custom needed to gain a better understanding of your business. Whether you are a small shop looking to monitor a few random things, or a global organization looking to gain real-time insights on locations all over the world, Monnit products and services support every type of consumer. The level of customization completely depends on your company’s needs.

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29 Sep

Monnit Releases iMonnit Enterprise Appliance – Internet of Things Software Solution In-A-Box

Salt Lake City, Utah – September 29, 2017 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) today, announced the availability of their new iMonnit Enterprise Appliance, for companies that want the added features and benefits of running an on-premises, dedicated version of the iMonnit Internet of Things software platform, without requiring an existing server environment or the hassle of configuring an existing server to work as an IoT optimized system. Simply put, the iMonnit Enterprise Appliance is a ready-to-use Internet of Things software and database solution that comes pre-installed and pre-configured on an optimized PC. The solution is specifically designed for companies that do not allow for external data communications due to sensitive information or regulations, such as national laboratories, where information systems need to remain behind advanced security protocols and firewalls. Coupled with Monnit’s award winning ALTA® wireless products, the solution provides everything needed to monitor and track business critical processes and environments.

iMonnit Enterprise - Complete Solutions

Note: Sensors sold separately. iMonnit Enterprise Appliance does not include screen, keyboard or mouse.

 

iMonnit Enterprise Features:

  • Sensor heartbeats (check-ins) down to 1 second.
    • Timed sensors (i.e. temp) can be user set to check against alert thresholds up to 256 times between heartbeats.
    • Triggered sensors (i.e. motion, door/window, etc.) record data as it happens, regardless of heartbeat.
  • Supports all advanced sensor configuration options.
  • Unlimited user accounts for system configuration, monitoring and notifications. *
  • Unlimited number of sensor networks. *
  • Unlimited sensor data / history. *
  • Licenses available for 250, 2000 and unlimited number of wireless sensors.
  • Supports Monnit and ALTA wireless gateways.
  • Supports Monnit and ALTA wireless sensors.
    Learn more about iMonnit Enterprise

* ‘Unlimited’ items and features are still subject to limitations of the host PC system resources and storage capacity.

Monnit’s new ALTA products offer four times the wireless range (1,000+ feet, non-line-of-site) and longer battery life than traditional sensors (10+ years on two AA batteries). ALTA products also use Monnit’s new Encrypt-RF™ bank level security, featuring 256-bit exchange and AES-128 CTR for all data messages. https://www.monnit.com/alta.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit leads the Internet of Things by empowering businesses with easy-to-use, low-cost remote monitoring solutions. Monnit solutions can be used to: remotely monitor a variety of “Things” (i.e. temperature, motion, humidity, vibration, etc.); alerting you via text, email, and/or phone call when something goes wrong. More at www.monnit.com.

Press Contact:
Matt Moulton
(801) 561-5555
press@monnit.com

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27 Sep

Security and the Internet of Technology Industry

IoT Security

As the new industry of IoT emerges, there are budding concerns about the security of these devices and the vulnerabilities of the machines they attach to. Any new industry will have competitors racing to get as much of the market-share as possible, but this rapid development has left consumers wondering what corners were cut. Since there are no industry standards in place right now, there is little resistance to create and sell IoT devices. Anyone can make a sensor, but are they producing a product which is vulnerable to outside hacking attacks too? This is a big concern considering how rapidly the IoT industry is growing. The more devices with little or no security standards being sold to the public only makes it easier for unwanted attacks to occur.

A new bill has recently been proposed to the U.S senate which begins to address some of these security concerns. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 has 4 basic rules which begin to help regulate IoT vendors and the products they produce. They are:

  1. IoT devices are patchable
  2. IoT devices do not contain know vulnerabilities
  3. IoT devices rely on standard protocols
  4. IoT devices do not contain hard-coded passwords

While these rules are relatively straight-forward, they are an excellent starting point to begin the conversation about IoT security standards. It is important to follow these 4 general guidelines to ensure the IoT industry does not spin out of control. Just like any new technology, there will be security risks to address upfront, but as time progresses a few companies will emerge to set the industry standard.

Monnit wants to be a part of this industry standard and has already taken steps to ensure our products are some of the most secure sensors and gateways available on the market. Monnit ALTA products are patchable, capable of over-the-air updates which allow for remote software/firmware upgrades. ALTA products currently have no known vulnerabilities, and are ready to adapt to any potential future threats with over-the-air updates. ALTA products have better than standard protocols in place, data is transmitted between wireless sensors and gateways using integrated bank level security (256-bit exchange and AES-128 CTR) on every message. Local sensor network data is communicated to the iMonnit cloud software using SSL encryption with user access to the software requiring a unique ID and password as well.

Monnit doesn’t just want to be one of the first companies to hop into the IoT industry, we have been working on our technology platform for some time. Monnit realizes in order to create a sustainable business, there needs to be an emphasis on doing what is right, not what is easy. Our engineering department has been hard at work not only creating extremely secure devices, but doing so in a way which keeps overall costs down. Monnit wants to set the industry standard both in terms of security and price. By taking the time to produce a higher quality product now, we insure our ever-growing customer base remains satisfied both today and well into the future.

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20 Sep

Monnit Property Management Solutions

Monnit Property Management and Monitoring Solutions

A lot of things can go wrong when it comes to property management. Older apartment buildings always seem to have leaks, power consumption varies based on the season, and there are always people coming and going. These potential problems are compounded when there is not a dedicated property manager on-site to track and respond to issues. Want to be a landlord who can be everywhere at once? Monnit has the solution for you!

Unfortunately, Monnit does not create a sensor which forces tenants to pay rent on time. However, there are many things to keep an eye on while managing an apartment complex or remote office facility. A few of these would include temperature, power usage, and water leaks. Any issues arising from these readings being too high or too low could create serious issues. On top of the inconvenience caused to your tenants, repairs of this nature are very costly. Monnit wireless sensors are designed to send an alert to your phone via text and/or email to help avoid a little water leak turning into a major catastrophe.

What about some of the other things you can remotely observe through iMonnit? You might have thought about being able to track CO, air-humidity levels, or detect when a person enters an area that they shouldn’t be in, but never had the means to do so. Monnit already provides over 50 unique types of sensors and has the ability to custom engineer any idea you can think of. In addition to this, iMonnit (our secure online monitoring software), allows the user to create a layout specifically tailored to his/hers needs. Up to 100 wireless sensors can communicate with our secure cloud platform through 1 wireless gateway. Gateways transfer data through either an existing internet connection or using cellular data for locations without internet access. Simply choose which sensors you would like to add to your property and rest assured that you will know about issues as soon as they happen.

Bottom line, property management is all about providing a comfortable space for your employees or tenants while limiting any risk associated with large expenses. Properties are expensive to run and even more expensive to fix. Being able to monitor a variety of applications in real-time to prevent losses or damage will give you peace of mind. A property manager who is able to respond to issues in a timely manner, or even before an incident occurs is going to be invaluable to the people who call that place home.

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13 Sep

Internet of Things, What Does THAT Mean?!

Monnit Internet of Things Solutions

The term “Internet of Things” is not new. In fact, it has been around as early as 1982 when Coca-Cola installed the first modified vending machine which was able to report on inventory and whether newly loaded drinks were cold.  Even something this simple was a revolutionary idea. What if humans could get machines to talk to each other, then let us know if there happened to be a problem? Coca-Cola suddenly was receiving information without having to physically send someone to check on the machine. On top of consolidating resources, there was instantly more data to analyze.

Today, the thought of setting up an IoT system can be scary. What infrastructure do I need? What machines can talk to each other? How is data tracked on the backend and how do I use that data to make more informed decisions? Monnit has the answer to all of these questions.

Monnit does not require any additional infrastructure changes to a company’s existing environment. All of our solutions can be integrated into your location as is. You don’t have to worry about thick walls or existing networks, Monnit sensors and gateways communicate within the 900 MHz frequency (North America or 868 and 433 MHz frequencies for other areas of the world). Monnit’s wireless sensors are able to communicate with gateways from over 1,000 feet, non-line of sight.

One of the great things about Monnit is that you can use any one of over 50 readily available sensors and instantly attach it to one of your existing machines. Some of the more popular sensors include temperature, humidity, water detection, infrared motion detection, vibration and voltage sensors. All of our sensors can be attached to any machine, in any location where it is still able to communicate with the gateway. In addition to the sensors we already commercially produce, Monnit has the ability to custom engineer a solution which will work for your company’s specific needs.

The physical data produced by your machines and the display of that data is ultimately what is most important. Once a wireless sensor network is set up, data beings recording immediately. Monnit’s software provides two key features. The first is our alert system which will notify users via email, text message and/or voice call if a condition you specify is met. A simple example of this would be a temperature sensor in a walk-in cooler. You could set the safe zone of 36 to 44 degrees and if the sensor detects a temperature outside of that safe zone, an alert would be sent to your phone, allowing you to take action to correct the problem.

The second key feature is data tracking. Sensor data is accessible within our secure cloud network for up to a year. This allows companies to not only prevent immediate problems, but monitor trends within a business environment. For example, using one of Monnit’s A/C current meters, you can track power consumption for walk-in refrigerators, HVAC units, entire floors of office buildings, etc. Not only does this give you data on how to cut costs in the future, but can also be a preventive measure for “predictive maintenance.” Say you know a walk-in freezer consumes X amount of power, but is suddenly using more than usual. Monnit sensors can alert you if a fridge or freezer compressor starts drawing more power, a tell-tale sign the compressor is about to malfunction.

IoT doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. Monnit’s all-encompassing solution is designed with the end consumer in mind. We don’t want there to be complicated steps or hoops to jump through. Questions are welcomed, feel free to reach out to one of our dedicated sales reps at (801) 561-5555 for a free estimate on how we can help your business.

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05 Sep

Monnit CEO Named to CRN Top 30 IoT Executives to Know

Recently, Monnit CEO Brad Walters was named in “30 Internet of Things Executives Whose Names You Should Know” article on CRN. This article discusses the top companies within the IoT industry and a brief background on each CEO’s current undertakings. In June 2017, Monnit announced the premiere IoT partner program, IoTvantage. Many IoT companies are looking to increase their number of partner channels to leverage existing customer relationships and gain further vertical market knowledge within those specific industries.

Read the full article on CRN’s website.

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01 Sep

IoT Channel Strategy at Monnit

The Channel Company Logo

Monnit CEO, Brad Walters, recently discussed partner strategy with CRN’s Lindsey O’Donnell. IoT startups are at an all-time high regarding funding, increasing by $186 million comparing the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. A majority of this growth has stemmed from the increasing number of partner channels. These are invaluable when it comes to leveraging existing customer relationships and their vertical market knowledge. “While we sold direct at first, as we matured we found that partners who were vertically oriented were important for our strategy,” said Brad Walters. Monnit recently signed Ingram Micro and Arrow Electronics as distributors.

Read the full article on CRN’s website.

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30 Aug

Monnit Releases Mine 2.1 – Internet of Things Software Platform Update

Salt Lake City, Utah – August 30, 2017 – Monnit Corporation (www.monnit.com) today, announced the availability of Monnit Mine version 2.1, an update to the popular open software platform for connecting Monnit wireless sensors and gateways with 3rd party software systems. The update provides support for Monnit’s latest wireless sensors platform, ALTA which features 1,000+ feet, non-line-of-site wireless range, 10+ year battery life with two AA batteries, and Monnit’s new Encrypt-RF™ bank level security, featuring 256-bit exchange and AES-128 CTR for all data messages. The update also provides support for .Net and Java frameworks.

Monnit Mine

Monnit Mine Features:

  • API in multiple languages for easy integration (.Net/Java)
  • Can be setup and receiving data in just a few minutes
  • Built in security with end to end encryption of data
  • Support Monnit Standard and ALTA Ethernet, Cellular and USB Gateways
  • Supports Monnit Standard and ALTA Wireless Sensors and Wireless Control
  • Can implement broad range of sensors into existing monitoring solution instead of having to implement one sensor at a time
  • Brings true low cost hardware to existing monitoring infrastructure
  • Worldwide hardware offering with single software implementation

Monnit Mine is designed to work with Monnit’s standard and ALTA wireless products which include more than 50 different wireless sensor types, wireless control and robust, reliable wireless gateways that are available in commercial and industrial platforms.

Monnit also provides products to OEM’s and Reseller’s through the IoTvantage™ business partner program which allows for volume discounts and private branding of both the wireless hardware and online monitoring software. Learn more at www.monnit.com/partner.

About Monnit Corp.
Monnit leads the Internet of Things by empowering businesses with easy-to-use, low-cost remote monitoring solutions. Monnit solutions can be used to: remotely monitor a variety of “Things” (i.e. temperature, motion, humidity, vibration, etc.); alerting you via text, email, and/or phone call when something goes wrong. More at www.monnit.com.

Monnit Contact:
Matt Moulton
(801) 561-5555
press@monnit.com

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