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  • The Concerning Environmental Conditions in Your Server Room

    Scorching temperatures, flooding, and humid conditions all come together to form the perfect storm. However, this doesn't occur in just nature. This can also occur in your server room! Servers are expensive pieces of equipment and the last thing you want to have is a server meltdown.

    Last week we discussed how temperature plays a significant factor in maintaining the lifespan of your server. When monitoring your server room, you need to be aware of the various conditions from temperature to humidity to flooding. Reason being that any of these environmental hazards can seriously damage your servers.

    Power outages, air conditioner failures, water leaks, or high humidity can cause an array of problems. Together, these conditions can shutdown or even melt server room equipment. Flooding and high humidity can cause electrical shorts as well.

    Air conditioners and cooling units are neccesary to prevent your server room temperatures from reaching scorching temperatures. Nevertheless, power failure can happen to anyone. When the power fails, the cooling units stop cooling. Without fully-operational cooling units, server temperatures can reach catastrophic extremes. According to ASHRAE, you have about 15 minutes before a temperature problem arises, mostly due to the high rate of change. In summary, Proper cooling systems, air conditioning units, and solid monitoring practices are important for any server room.

    Tune in next week to learn more about how to effectively monitor your server room or learn more now from our free E-Book.

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  • Floodwatch: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and Flood Sensors

    The Story

    For Hurricane Sandy victims, deterrance against mother nature was largely impossible. Large manmade structures were washed away, countless citizens were displaced, businesses suffered catastrophic damage. Even after a few weeks removed from the disaster, there are already many forgotten stories.

     

    The Damaged

    Take this story from the Huffington Post; in a small slice of life, a man returns to his Mochi ice cream factory to find thousands of dollars in melting ice cream in his freezers. Once a business with $1.5 million in yearly revenue, Yoshiaki Yuyama found himself surrendering to the realities of mother nature. Countless other businesses have been forced to rebuild, shut their doors, and in most cases, are squeezed into a legal battle with the insurance companies. Flood insurance is a tricky and complicated legal issue, and is the next unfortunate step for many of these business owners as they attempt to recoup their losses.

     

    The New Reality

    The scope of Hurricane Sandy was overwhelming for many small business owners and homeowners, and as the legal processes begin and the fingers begin to extend the blame, what can we learn from this disaster? Temperature@lert recognizes that while news outlets and Weather.com can give us the basic information on a storm; the possible effects, after-effects, and the strength of the system, businesses and homeowners must take both practical and legal steps to protect their assets. While all businesses in potential flood areas should have (at least) standard flood insurance, a legal agreement is not the only step to take. Floodsmart.gov notes that the average flood insurance claim is around $75,000, a testament to the damage that can be caused by flooding. For some smaller businesses and homeowners who are beyond danger zones, the legal option can often feel like an unneccesary extra. Hurricane Sandy's power extinguished that philosophy, as some are witnessing the costly consequences of flooding. 

     

    What you can do:

    Aside from the insurance question, and beside the massive damage reports of up to $50 billion, how can those in lower-risk areas prevent a disaster in the future? How can we save the businesses and homes that are outside of the sweet spot of a disaster, but within the "strike" zone? 

    -Review all emergency procedures
    -Keep steady communication: Establish means of communication (Phone, E-Mail, Social Media) with family members, employees, and superiors.

    -Use alerting devices to respond quickly.
    -Raise electrical components above projected flood levels.

    As a provider of Flood Sensors, Temperature@lert indeed believes that the value of installing any flood sensor can be invaluable in deterrance of flood damage. Flood Alert devices can provide smaller businesses and those outside the "sweet spot" with an extra level of confidence; reponsive flood sensors will alert owners to a flood problem almost immediately. From there, depending on the situation, owners and individuals can respond to their flooded zone in a timely fashion. In these cases, the difference between instant response and delayed discovery can be a blank check. See the infographic for more information on protecting your home or small business.

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    Depending on the size of your business or home, and the proximity to a disaster, a flood sensor is one way to protect yourself.

    Conventional door alarms work by circuit completion; if an alarmed door is opened, the circuit between the sensors is broken and an alarm is sounded.

    Flood Sensors work in the opposite mechanical fashion. Metal contact points are installed onto the bottom of the sensor.

    FloodSensor

    Once two of the metal contact points are in contact with water, an electrical circuit is completed and the device sends a flood alert. These devices are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and are typically resistant to distilled water or other non-flood substances. 

    When using a flood sensor, it's important to test the device regularly to ensure that it's functioning properly. Malfunctioning flood sensors can lead to severe damage, especially if there is pump automation involved, as seen in the (still) developing Kempsey situation.

    The Temperature@lert Flood Sensor is a low cost method of ensuring flood protection and alerting. Download our Free E-Book to learn more about Temperature@lert's monitoring solutions and flood sensors.

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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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  • Cellular Edition users can now order Water Leak sensor

    Our customers have asked, and we've listened.  IT customers, those managing server rooms and data centers use Temperature@lert's Cellular Edition as their fault-tolerant lifeline to let them know when things are getting warm. They've mentioned the need for a water leak sensor, and we've responded.

    Our latest smart, plug and play sensor is our Flood Sensor, a device that lets IT Professionals, Property Managers, Warehouse and Laboratory Facilities Personnel know when there's a water leak due to a leaky roof, pipe, chilled water unit, or sprinkler very quickly, allowing to take action before things get worse. 

    Following our legacy of products designed for real world applications, the Flood Sensor is engineered to prevent alerts due to naturally occurring condensation, helping prevent needless alarms. 

    The Flood Sensor can be added when ordering a new Cellular Edition unit or added to an existing device.  Just click on the Accessories Tab on our Cellular Edition product page to order.

    A full announcement of the Flood Sensor can be found in our Press Release section: Link to full Press Release


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