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  • Things I Can't Carry: The True Value of a Smartphone

    Things I Can't Carry: The True Value of a Smartphone

    LinkedIn has an interesting theme running with a few posts titled “Things I carry”. Still, the pockets, briefcases, and purses of today hold many of the same classic “contents” of the past. But where are the differences? The answer is simple: the cell phone. We don’t need to marvel at the cellular telephone as though it’s the 8th wonder of the world, but we’ll admit that smartphones are quite amazing nonetheless. They’re so amazing, in fact, that virtually every one of us carries a smartphone to work, to the gym, to the corner store, and even to the restroom. Fact is, these little boxes are windows, windows that gaze into our lives at every possible angle. From social networks to bank accounts, we can peer into our highly interconnected world.

    The focus on “Things I Carry” can be juxtaposed with “Things I don’t carry”. We don’t carry our bank accounts in our pocket; we carry a window into our account details and status. We don’t carry our social networks in hand; we carry a lens into our friendship circles and connections. The concrete device interacts with these abstract connections, our precious bank accounts and social networks, and gives us peace of mind about our connectivity and awareness. In short, we have access to important details and information (about our lives) at the touch of an app.


    comic courtesy of http://www.kipandgary.com/

    With that in mind, a carried smartphone is a safety net for the things that cannot be carried. Take a server room for example. You cannot carry your server racks to work or to the gym. The things we carry give us peace of mind, but how can we have peace of mind about a server rack that is immobile? How can we gain awareness of the critical information (for a failure or overheating rack for instance) without the server in our briefcase or pocket? If you have any critical piece of infrastructure how is ‘peace of mind’ even possible while the equipment sits alone in an office or warehouse? If it cannot be carried, how can it be monitored?

    Herein lies the hidden value of a smartphone and the “Things it carries”. While the smartphone does not enable (or encourage) me to physically carry my server rack in my briefcase, I am able to tap into the information and status reports from the actual source. By carrying my smartphone, in essence, I can remotely “carry” my infrastructure and be alerted to faults, failures, and other issues by means of a notification. Our iPhone and Android applications for Sensor Cloud follow the same theme; by carrying a smartphone application tied to a stationary system, customers can have peace of mind about their mission critical systems. From commercial freezers, to vaccine storage units, to even a home temperature monitor, a carried smartphone brings status updates and critical events that were only historically available on-site.The mobile device (tablet, smartphone, etc) monitors the immobile devices that we consider crucial to our businesses. The age of remote access is truly upon us, and as a result, alert waves and information streams are as efficient as ever.



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  • Android Smartphone Users now have Temperature@lert App

    Temperature@lert Cellular, WiFi and USB Edition Sensor Cloud subscribers who use Android smartphones can now enjoy the ease and convenience of checking in on their devices with our latest tool, the Temperature@lert Android App.  It's free and easy to use.  And most of all, it's based on over two years of history with our iPhone app and comes with all the experience and learning that comes with it.  To read the full press release and find a link to the app, go to our Press Room page at Link to full Press Release and App Link .

    And if you're a customer and not yet using our low cost, secure server based Sensor Cloud service for alert notifications including SMS text and voice, drop us a not at info@temperaturealert.com and we'll get back to you with the details.

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  • Temperature@lert Expands International Support for Cellular Edition

    Leading Temperature Monitoring Solution Now Offers Mobile Support in Europe, Australia and Canada

    BOSTON, Mass. – April 11, 2011 – Temperature@lert, a leading provider of real-time, cloud-based environmental monitoring solutions designed to enable businesses to mitigate temperature-related disasters, has expanded the reach of its Cellular Edition beyond the United States into Europe, Australia and Canada. Temperature@lert’s Cellular Edition, available in the U.S. since 2008, is a cost-effective, enterprise-grade product that provides alerts to multiple parties via e-mail, text message and phone calls. Connected to a mobile network, the cellular product stays online even during a power outage, making it ideal for businesses for which temperature monitoring is a critical function.

    Temperature change is a significant threat to companies around the world, especially in data centers, biotechnology/pharmaceutical/medical facilities and companies requiring cold storage. Temperature@lert’s temperature monitoring solutions provide both real-time and historic views of a location’s temperature through alerts and cloud-based temperature records at set intervals. This allows for speedy reaction to potentially disastrous temperature fluctuations, as well as historic temperature logs for regulatory and internal reporting purposes.

    The Cellular Edition contains Sensor Cloud technology, which stores a full report of monitored temperatures in the cloud for accurate record keeping and easy access. A plug-and-play solution, monitored data appears in the cloud once the device is connected to power—no phone line or Internet connection needed. The cloud system allows the user to view current temperatures and set email, text and/or telephone alerts for multiple threshold ranges. Additionally, users can merge alerts for power loss events.

    Temperature@lert’s international expansion means that companies with locations around the globe can have a complete view of their facilities on one Sensor Cloud screen, facilitating reporting and regulatory requirements and ensuring the integrity of on-site assets. These companies will be able to provide fault-tolerant monitoring of their critical environments via cellular networks at a lower price point, as well as accommodate more parameters than ever before.

    “There is global demand for cellular-based temperature monitoring, and this expansion takes the products proven in the U.S. to key international locations,” said Harry Schechter, founder and CEO of Temperature@lert. “The need to preserve a steady temperature in at-risk areas, coupled with the potential for disaster should electricity be unavailable, make the Cellular Edition a crucial tool for the data center, as well as biotech, pharma and medical companies and commercial refrigeration assets. This is only the beginning of global availability for this battle-tested product.”

    For more information about Temperature@lert, please visit www.temperaturealert.com.

    About Temperature@lert

    Temperature@lert’s temperature monitoring solutions provide both real-time and historic views of a location’s temperature through alerts and cloud-based records of temperatures at specific intervals. This information allows customers to immediately react to potentially disastrous temperature fluctuations, as well as provide temperature consistency for regulatory and internal process control requirements. Temperature@lert has more than 10,000 devices installed in over 40 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.temperaturealert.com.



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    Media Contact:
    Megan Lane
    SHIFT Communications
    (617) 779-1854
    temperaturealert@shiftcomm.com

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  • Cloud technology is the core of Temperature@lert's Cellular Business

    Temperature@lert's Cellular Edition combines wireless sensing and alerting technology with Cloud functionality through it's Advanced Alerting Dashboard.  The Cloud is not new here, we've been doing it for some time now protecting pets in RV's, biological materials and pharmaceuticals such as the H1N1 flu virus in refrigerators and freezers, and vacation homes where cold winter temperatures can freeze pipes and hot desert temperatures can threaten property and equipment.

    In today's press release ((link to full text)) the latest news about our Cloud technology and SaaS offerings are described.  And stay tuned for future announcements as our WiFi and USB Edition offerings enter the stratosphere.

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  • Advanced Alerting for Temperature@lert Dashboard Released!

    Let's say you need to receive a text message and an email if the temperature goes above 78 degrees F. What if you also need to let the building manager and your boss know by telephone if the temperature goes above 80 degrees F and the AC repair company know if the temperature goes above 90 degrees F?

    We've got good news! Temperature@lert Dashboard's new Advanced Alerting feature allows you to set multiple temperature thresholds and send alerts to multiple phone numbers, text message addresses, and email addresses. Now, when there's a slight change in temperature, you and your entire team can receive notification. Dashboard currently works with Temperature@lert Cellular Edition. Later this month, you'll be able to connect your USB and WiFi Temperature@lert devices to Dashboard as well.

    Check out this short video for an introduction to Advanced Alerting:


    Transcript:
    Hi, I'm Harry Schechter with Temperature Alert, here to introduce our new advanced alerting module.

    I'll go ahead and log into the website. See a list of my current temperature readings, temperature sensors, and we'll go view the new page.

    So you see that largely the top of this page is pretty much the same, but when you scroll down, you'll see that we've separated the device information and the alerts into two separate areas.

    Normally, in the old system, you would just edit the device, and you'd be able to edit your high and low alerts, and edit the single telephone, email, and text message addresses.

    However, now with our advanced alerting module, you'll see as I click through here, not only can you have multiple temperature thresholds, but you can have multiple alerts, multiple alert types.

    So let's go ahead and edit these and I'll show you how it works.

    So right now, we have a high temperature alarm if the temperature goes above 78 degrees, we're going to see an email, a phone call, and a text message come through.

    And if the temperature goes back in the range, we're also get one of each of those.

    However, in addition to being alerted myself, I also want to alert my system administrator.

    I can add that address in, then "Send on Clear", which means if it comes back in range, they'll also get a notification and save it.

    So now you'll see, not only am I being alerted, but we're also alerting our system administrator.

    Finally, let's say I also want to alert the building administrator. I'll just type in their fictitious phone number (clearly you'd put your own real phone number in there), and click save.

    Now, if the temperature goes above 78 degrees, all these people will receive notifications, as opposed to before when you could only alert one email, one phone, and one text message.
    In addition, you can specify the alerts for health check. 

    Health Check is a service that tells you if your Temperature Alert device ever stops reporting in.

    This was originally designed as a daily check to let you know if your temperature alert device ever stopped functioning.

    So I'll click on "Edit" to edit the health check alerts, and you'll notice right now, it's set to only email me. Of course you then add email phone or text message, if you prefer to receive that.
    And you can also "Send on Clear" when it resumes reporting.

    The condition up here, the reason we have 8 as a minimum is because this system was originally designed as a once-a-day check, and based on various conditions (network, firewalls, network latency, and cellular phone conditions) you may want to adjust this number as needed, so that you're not bombarded with emails.

    So that's it, that's a preview of our new advanced alerting system. If you have any questions about the new system, please feel free to contact us.

    Thanks very much!

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