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  • The New Face Of Hotel/B&B Management

    Differentiation is now the name of the game in hotel management (as well as B&B owners). For all of the flash and glitz, some hotels are taking extreme measures to create a circle of "special for themselves". Check out the Borgata Hotel and Casino in New Jersey, who recently announced the installment of in-room gambling systems (via TV). Guests can gamble up to $2,500 a day without ever leaving their hotel room. It's an extreme form of differentiation and while an ethical cloud hangs over the decision, the outcome is the same: Hotels are adding more and more abilities to their own "feature" list, and it becomes part of the appeal (for better or worse) to be exposed to the new. 

    Whether guests are searching for an extravagant outing filled with gambling and glitz, or the quiet stay in the countryside, the differentiation concept extends to all lodgings and venues. The question is, how are you shaping your own hotel or B&B for that 'extra appeal'?

    You have to ask yourself, what makes my lodging/location unique? Do you have a nearby attraction or sightseeing opportunity? Have you rebuilt your lodgings and outfitted them with automation systems? If I stayed at your lodging once, will I expect the same service/experience in the second time around? All of these questions are centered around differentiation, that is, making your lodging unique and personalized to your guests (as much as you possibly can).

    Though many owners and operators may not include a gambling angle to their "offerings", the Borgata shows how hotels are changing their focus. No longer are flat screens, designer bedding and "room" service part of the premier hotel experience. These are now considered to be 'standards'. The new age of hotels and lodgings are making incremental improvements to make each guest have a unique experience. There are larger changes, like building automation systems and other monitoring devices that are useful for allowing guests ultimate control over their hotel rooms, or rather, the convenience of an easy-to-use system that allows you (the owner) to make their stay more comfortable and personal. While there are a variety of improvements to make, both guest-based and owner-based, the same concept drives the need for these changes: differentiation. For hotbed tourist areas that include Inns and Hotels in close proximity to one another, this concept becomes even more necessary to consider. If a tourist spot or sightseeing attraction is nearby, then mere proximity to a 'national landmark' for example, may be a standard offering for other hotels and inns in the area. The key here, is to seek to differentiate yourself to drive appeal with static attractions that other hotels or inns may have.

    On the one hand, building automation systems (that is, differentiation by management style) can be an important key to unlocking the personalized guest experience. On the other hand, preventing difficulties and avoiding annoyances are an extra benefit that these systems provide. As B&B's and hotels are shaped largely by their customer reviews, a line like "pool was freezing cold during our August stay" can be seriously damaging to your reputation. Logging and monitoring temperatures in pools, rooms, food refrigerators and other guest-based comfort zones (like a sauna) can be an extra safeguard against that type of negative experience. Guests are particular, guests are expectant, and most of all, guests can be sensitive to abnormalities or embarrassing mistakes. Don't be one to find out that your pool's heating system is broken by reading an angry customer review. Prepare yourself for these issues, and lean towards the new and improved "B&B 2.0". Make full use of automation technologies and guest-focused improvements and offerings, and sometimes even the smallest additions can make the largest difference. 


    What improvements, changes, and/or upgrades are you making to your lodging to improve your appeal?

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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, e-mail info@temperaturealert.com.

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  • Tip: The 10 Worst Places For Your Device (Not Your Sensor)

    Often we are approached and asked for recommendations on where your Temperature@lert device can actually be placed. Of course, there are always new and unique ways to use your device via different sensors and enclosures. Being innovative is a trait Temperature@lert prides itself on so we always want to find a way to meet unique user needs. So here's some of the popular ones we've been asked about along with some solutions:

    (1) Chicken Coop
    Growers have to keep their chickens warm during cold days and nights. With factors such as the number of chickens, sunlight, ground heat, and other electrical devices to take into consideration, growers have a lot on their plate. However, chickens tend to peck everything they come into contact with, not to mention the feathers that gravitate towards electrical devices.

    WIFI or Cellular Device + Ruggedized Temperature Sensor + NEMA Enclosure = Prosperous, happy, healthy chickens

    (2) All Animal Barns
    Chickens are smaller than steer and other larger barn animals; therefore, one must take into account whether the animal could stomp our Temperature@lert device into itty bitty pieces.

    WIFI or Cellular Device + Ruggedized Temperature Sensor + NEMA Enclosure (Mounted on a Wall) = Well-maintained large barn animals

    (3) Sauna
    Relaxation is the key purpose of a sauna, but one must maintain it at the perfect temperature, in order to reach maximum relief. The device itself can't be put inside the sauna because at 120°F, lithium ion batteries stop functioning correctly, so keep it outside of your steamy sanctuary. It's hard to be relaxed when you're concerned about fluctuating temperatures!

    WIFI or Cellular Device + Stainless Steel Tip Temperature Sensor = Relaxed body & restful mind knowing your temperature is monitored

    (4) Freezer
    Of course our sensors can go in your freezer or fridge to monitor the temperature. We have standard, stainless steel tip, and extended range sensors for all your different applications. We can make custom lengths so your sensors will be able to reach your device. Just remember that the backup battery for your Cellular device cannot recharge below 23°F, so keep the device away from the cold.

    WIFI or Cellular Device placed outside of the freezer + Stainless Steel Tip Sensor ran inside the Freezer = No frozen device + Well-monitored frozen items

    (5) Refrigerator Truck
    Breaking or even interrupting the Cold Chain is the fear of many suppliers relying on refrigerated-trucks. In order to provide the right storage of everything ranging from agricultural produce to pharmaceuticals, the driver is responsible for properly monitoring the temperature. However, how does one monitor a refrigerated truck cabin without placing the device inside that refrigerated cabin?

    Cellular Device inside Driver's Cabin + Stainless Steel Tip Temperature Sensor ran inside Refrigerated Cabin = Happy trucking + Well monitored goods

    (6) Strapped to a BBQ Smoker
    Smoked meats, cheeses, and whiskey are a summer favorite for many. However, in order to make sure your foods and beverages are smoked properly, monitoring the temperature is essential to making that perfect smokey taste. Whether you're cold smoking, hot smoking, smoke roasting, or smoke baking you would need to monitor the temperature closely so that you can achieve your desired flavor.

    Cellular Device + NEMA Enclosure (to protect the device) + Expanded Range Temperature Sensor = Non-melted device nearby your Smoker of preference (Offset, UDS, Vertical Water, Propane, Smoke Box, or Commercial Smoke House) + Tasty smokey flavor achievement

    (7) Lightning
    As awesome as Sensor Cloud sounds, it does not monitor lightning. None of our products, virtual or physical, should be placed near lightning. Lightning is detrimental to the device and sensor. Especially if it's Cloud-to-Ground Lightning which often results in small fires.

    Keep your device & sensor far away from lightning strikes BUT a Pressure Sensor could help to predict inclement weather (compatible with our Cellular Device)

    (8) Open Fire (Bon Fires and Camp Fires)
    Whenever building a fire for enjoyment or other purposes, one should always visually monitor the fire to make sure that they can handle a fire of that magnitude. Whether you're building a Tipi, Lean-To, or Log Cabin fire your device can still melt or catch on fire if placed in too close of a proximity to the fire. If the flames are anything more than just visibly red (980°F) then your Temperature@lert Expanded Range Temperature Sensor would melt and probably catch on fire.

    Keep your device & sensor far away from fire AND visually monitor the fire

    (9) Incinerator (Thermal Treatments)
    As noted previously, your device can melt and burn. If you thought about the type of damage an open fire could do to your Temperature@lert device, imagine what a waste management thermal treatment plant's incinerator could do to it.

    Keep your device & sensor far away from fire AND keep yourself at a safe distance from the incinerator

    (10) Explosives Chamber
    It's someone's job to have to monitor explosives. Obviously in 99.9% of the cases where an explosion occurs, your device and sensor are destroyed or at least severely damaged. However, monitoring the temperature of such explosive materials is crucial in order for proper storage of such hazardous materials.

    Cellular Device + Certified Spark Proof Temperature Sensor = Effectively monitored explosives (however your device + sensor will not survive through a direct explosion) 

    Innovation is at the heart of Temperature@lert. As you can see, there are multiple uses for our devices in a number of different industries. We hope you continue to challenge us with new uses. Remember, if we don't have something on the website, don't hesitate to contact us for a recommendation (info@temperaturealert.com) because we're always here to help.

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