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August 2012 Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 7




The Endless Possibilities with the Release of Dry Contact Smart Sensor

Temperature@lert has recently developed a dry contact smart sensor. We had previously developed adapter boards for industrial agricultural sensors, such as soil moisture and wind speed. Expanding beyond the agricultural industry, our latest adapter board can integrate into most monitoring and alarm systems that have the capability for dry contact concatenation.

Through expansion and integration, the Temperature@lert Cellular Edition will be able to alert users to fire alarm panel signals, air conditioning unit state changes, doors/windows opening and closing, etc. Dry contact is essentially a switch where it has two basic outputs that are relevant to individual applications. Dry contact will produce an output of either: “open” or “close”, “on” or “off”, “is” or “isn’t” to name a few. For example in commercial refrigeration, an user can be alerted if a refrigerator door has been “opened” and have the alert triggered to notify when the door has been “closed”.

“These outputs can translate into numerous possibilities for Temperature@lert’s latest smart sensor,” notes CEO and President, Harry Schechter. Temperature@lert Cellular Edition Users will be able to connect their devices to their current alarm systems where dry contact is available. Schechter also notes that, “users will not only be able to be alerted to temperature, humidity, and floods but in addition they can monitor doors, windows, lights, and power for generators among others”. The potential for integration with numerous systems and Temperature@lert Cellular Edition’s ease of usability puts Temperature@lert at the forefront of innovation in monitoring beyond the basic monitoring offerings for IT server rooms, commercial refrigeration, biopharmaceutical and medical supplies, energy management, and property management.

For more information about our new dry contact smart sensor, please email info@temperaturealert.com.




Tip: Don't Leave Your Vacation Home Unprotected

It's that time of the year again, summer is ending and it is time to leave the summer homes. Between the fears of an infestation of mold to the freezing of pipes, there's a plenitude of changes in your seasonal home's mini weather pattern that can significantly damage your seasonal escape. 

There are a couple of different ways to protect your vacation home from traditional to new methods. Traditionally, many have year-long neighbors that can check in or a property management company that looks in from time to time. However, this requires dependence on others and their availabilities. This method of monitoring may not always be the most effective in preventing damage because of this. Contemporary methods require extensive expensive security systems or auto-dialers. Although they are fairly new innovations for monitoring your seasonal home, they may not be the most cost effective and may not function properly during a storm or outage. 

This is where Temperature@lert steps in to save your summer home. By using our Cellular edition, you would be able to monitor your vacation home remotely without worrying about unnecessary costs or failures due to storms and power outages. By placing sensors near the fastest changes in temperature in your home, you will be alerted in time to prevent damage. Thousands of dollars of damage can be caused by humidity and temperature changes. By placing a Cellular Edition in your home with a temperature/humidity combination sensor, you can return to your home knowing that your home away from home is safely protected. Feel free to check-in via iPhone or Android apps or any browser (including mobile browser) at any moment to make sure that there is no issues. With multiple alerts available, you can alert yourself as well as a friend or neighbor to check-in when a threshold has been reached.

If you would like help deciding on what is the best set up for monitoring your summer home, please submit a request and we'll be able to assist you in finding the perfect solution. Don't forget to enjoy the rest of your summer!
 



Temperature@lert Integrates with Cacti

Here at Temperature@lert, we really love integrations. So we were ecstatic to hear about a new one for Cacti from our Twitter follower @cturra. Cacti is an open-source, web-based network monitoring and graphing tool used as an industry-standard data logging tool RRDtool. @cturra developed it for WIFI users for both temperature and temperature/humidity monitoring.



Of course we had to inquire about this because integrations really just open the possibilities of open source graphing for our WIFI users. So we reached out to Chris to find out more:


"We had purchased a number of Temperature@lert WiFi Edition devices for each offices 'network closet' and in each cage in our data centers. We had an extensive Cacti setup for monitoring a number of services already, so it seemed like a logical location to collect and graph information about temperatures for each location. By integrating our Temperature@lert with Cacti we were able to use our standard alerting/reporting mechanisms. Plus, it was cool to watch and trend the graphs over time :) Attached is a snapshot of how the graphs look in Cacti."



 

Want to monitor/graph your Temperature@lert WIFI device in Cacti? Check it out: https://github.com/cturra/temp-alert-cacti. Thanks Chris for the awesome integration and allowing us to share with our users! 

Anyone else with integrations? Please contact us directly at info@temperaturealert.com because we'd love to hear about it! 




Who's Who Update: Meet Dobroslav "Slava" Slavenskoj, Support Samurai

Bear evasion and IT support are just two of Slava's skills mastered during his support samurai preparation that began in the quiet north woods of New Hampshire. Equipped with an ALB degree from Harvard, he expeditiously slashes through the Temperature@lert support queue while providing over-the-phone support to users in need. His life code: helping people and seeing the results of his work. When Slava hangs up his katanta for the day, he enjoys hiking, biking, devouring books, wine and beermaking, and playing three musical instruments (but not at the same time) as well as target shooting. Calm and collected in nature, Slava opts for a pleasant 17 Celsius, because Fahrenheit never could catch him.

Welcome to the Temperature@lert Team Slava!