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  • Dogs in Your Vehicle: Temperature Monitoring From RVs to Police K9 Units

    Dogs in Your Vehicle: Temperature Monitoring From RVs to Police K9 Units


    Temperature monitoring and control of stored food and server equipment is crucial for a number of reasons, but failing to monitor temperatures for dogs in RVs, police cruisers (K9 Units), and other civilian vehicles can ultimately lead to one severe consequence. This fear of losing a pet exists in the mind of every pet owner, and failing to monitor temperature in a car or RV unit can easily turn that fear into a reality. But is this really a huge concern for all traveling dog owners? How hot does a RV or police car get, and at what point does this become a critical issue to address with monitoring devices and alerting procedures? If you’ve asked any of these questions (as a dog owner), you’ve taken the first step towards preventative methods that can save the life of your beloved companion(s).

    To boil these numbers down into a rule of thumb, consider that if the average temperature outside is 75 degrees, the temperature within the car or RV will rise 20 degrees (F) in approximately 10 minutes, and approximately 30 degrees(F) in a half hour. This is especially true in the southern states where humidity may act as a multiplier for these temperature readings. Police dogs are equally sensitive to high temperatures, and hours in a hot cruiser during the shift can easily lead to dehydration. As officers of the law, police dogs require special environmental conditions to stay in top form, and without temperature monitoring, police cruisers can be deadly heat boxes. A quick Google search for "police dogs and high temperatures" yields a shocking list of K9 deaths due to exposure to extreme temperatures. In these situations, the temperatures inside the car had exceeded a critical point (often over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), and the dogs were unable to survive as a result. These news snippets serve as reminders that temperature monitoring devices are an important consideration for all police departments with K9 units. 


    Your dog(s) may be a best friend, a loyal companion, an officer of the law, or just another traveler, but the inherent dangers of rising temperatures are not to be forgotten or ignored. Be sure to consider a temperature monitoring system (and alert system) for RVs, police cars, or in other vehicles during long road trips and extended vacations. Confined dogs rely on the environment of the vehicle to survive, and the environment needs to be firmly controlled for peace of mind (for you, the owner) and for the safety of your dog(s).

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  • Preparing a House for Vacation: 3 Points of Concern

    Prepare a House for your Vacation

    Especially for northeast dwellers, the spring and summer months are the ideal seasons for vacationing, leisure, and relaxation. Still, leisure and relaxation can be difficult to achieve if your home isn't protected. Simple points like temperature and security represent the main concerns to keep in mind before leaving your home. Keep your priorities straight: prepare your house for your vacation before you leave, and stay informed while you're away.

    1. 'Observed' Security: There are many different considerations for security in a vacation house, but we'll focus on a few key areas. We can all imagine the horror of a vandalized/infiltrated home when returning from vacation, and the points of concern extend far beyond a simple 'door alarm'. A dark house with an empty garage can draw attention to your home for a burglar, even if you've coated the windows with 'Protected By' stickers. Ultimately, the observed security, or the "look" of an empty house can play a large role in protection. By installing lights for doors, paths, and window areas, the house will appear "highlighted" versus a dark house without illumination. For a burglar, anything that is highlighted or illuminated is an inexpensive deterrent to their operations.  Motion detectors are an excellent example of 'observed' protection; the spotlight flash from the sensor works like a visual alarm, pushing would-be snoopers away from doors, windows, and other exterior parts of the home. Again, there is a reason that most burglaries occur at night, so be sure to use light to your advantage whenever possible. 


    2. Helping Hands: This is a highly underrated concept, and unfortunately, not enough homeowners have trusted/active relationships with their neighbors. When preparing a house for vacation, a trusted neighbor is an incredibly valuable lifeline. If you do have a good relationship with your neighbors, exchange contact information and provide them with a set of keys. If you have pets, this is preferable to giving a key to a house sitter or dog walker (whom you may or may not know). A trusted neighbor can hear, see, and report anything irregular or concerning. This level of human protection can be very helpful, and with a friendly neighbor, you avoid hiring a house/pet sitter that may come from an unknown source. Further, if you ever have a 'Kevin!' moment, an urgent change or forgotten duty is literally a phone call away. Don't place too much reliance on the neighbor for overwatch; this is merely an extra line of human defense while you're taking a vacation.

    3. Automation Technologies: Even an attentive and responsible neighbor may miss a critical problem or issue. For all of the safeguards that one can have, automation technologies and alerting systems are a 24/7/365 shield against fire, flooding, and humidity. Especially during the summer months, a flood may go unnoticed to even the most responsible of neighbors/house sitters, and by the time of discovery, it may already be too late. In preparation for a vacation, keep your home protected by flood, temperature, and humidity sensors for added safety. Alerts are the unbiased window into the status of your home, and with a trusted neighbor, you can divert immediate attention to the problem as it occurs and prevent further trouble/disaster. On the other hand, temperature sensors can provide insight into the status of many other systems in your home (air conditioners, etc), and abnormal temperature readings can indicate a variety of problems. Specifically for pet owners, high temperatures can be suffocating and can endanger the pets over time. With an automated temperature alerting system for flooding, temperature, and/or humidity, you can stay fully protected against a disaster as you relax on the beach or countryside. When preparing your house for vacation, monitor as many sensitive points as possible.

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  • What Can You Monitor with Temperature@lert?

    When deciding on a Temperature@lert solution, generally you would have something in mind for the application prior to purchase.  Of course we have our standard industries that require the use of our products; however, there are many imaginative ways consumers have thought up that have opened a new world of monitoring possibilities.  

    Here are some of the innovative uses that have been implemented:

    • R/V pet monitoring 
    • HVAC systems
    • Warehouses
    • Wine storage
    • Ovens 
    • BBQ Smokers
    • Cryogenic Freezers
    • Food Trucks
    • Reefer Trucks
    • Kennels
    • Police K9 vehicles
    • Water Tanks 
    • Ponds
    • Farms/Barns
    • Chicken Coops
    • Portable bio-pharmaceutical cooling units
    • Steam Pipes
    • Incubators
    • Boiler rooms
    • Crops
    • Greenhouses
    • Explosives
    • Vacation homes
    • Candy factories
    • Vacant commercial property
    • Boiler rooms
    • Crawl spaces
    • Outdoor Cooling Units
    • Saunas
    • Hot tubs

    Of course these applications would not be possible without our smart sensors:

    • Temperature
    • Humidity
    • Flood
    • Expanded Range Temperature
    • Tank Level
    • Pressure
    • Leaf Wetness
    • Soil Moisture
    • Wind Direction
    • WInd Speed
    • Rainfall
    • CO2
    • O2
    • Dry Contact
    • Stainless Steel Temperature
    • Wine Bottle Temperature

    With the implementation of our smart sensors, the possibilities are endless in discovering solutions for your monitoring needs.  If you need a solution for your monitoring we're here to help, just send us a quick quote request: Quote Inquiry. Or if you have an interesting way you use your device, we'd love to hear about it, email info@temperaturealert.com.

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  • What do RVs, Pets and Temperature@lert Have in Common? We're all in this month's MotorHome Magazine

    We have a diverse group of customers, ranging from IT professionals to vacation homeowners to hospitals and medical offices to farms, and all tell us how much they appreciate our products.  None is more loyal and complementary however than a small but growing, highly complementary flock of pet owners who travel in their RVs and motor homes in the warm summer months.

    Author and Chief Content Officer Bob Livingston explains why in the November 2011 issue of MotorHome Magazine, where in his TechSavy Hands On section he describes his experience with RV owners tool of choice, our Cellular Edition.  Describing the Cellular Edition as, “a very powerful tool that’s not only fun to use but is also a dandy device for keeping tabs on critical information,” Bob discusses his experience and conclusions after extended testing.

    To read more about why the Cellular Edition is attracting more and more loyal RV and motor home customers, especially those traveling with beloved pets, read Bob’s full review at Full MototHome Review

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