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May 2011 Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 3

In this issue:


Tip: How Often to Check Your Temperature

 

We're a Finalist in the American Business Awards!


Introducing the Weatherproof Cellular Edition


White Paper: Sensor Response and Reporting Frequency Considerations for Critical Applications

Need Help with a Unique Application for your Temperature@lert device? We can help!

 

Tips: How Often to Check Your Temperature

 

All of our products offer temperature monitoring intervals lower than 5 minutes, but is that necessary for you? For specific applications, knowing how quickly the temperature can change is important when planning corrective action. If a temperature threshold is crossed, and a problem indicated, do you have five minutes to resolve the problem, or five hours before significant damage occurs? In some instances, you may even want to slow down the rate of change you are monitoring. Here are some facts about rates of temperature change to help you decide:


Data Centers and Server Rooms
IT equipment generates a lot of heat. During a cooling failure, heat builds up at an incredibly high rate. You should frequently monitor the temperature in IT server rooms to provide the maximum amount of reaction time. According to ASHRAE, you may have as little as 5 minutes before things start to get really bad. And remember, the air temperature inside the equipment is MUCH higher than the room as a whole.

Food Distribution/Service Sector
In walk-ins, air temperature changes very fast when the door is opened. But food has a much higher thermal mass than air, so it changes temperature more slowly. To accurately measure food temperature, use probes that are set inside 2- or 3-ounce vials filled with glass beads in combination with an air temperature sensor. The beads act as a buffer, slowing the rate of thermal change to a rate similar to food.  The air temperature sensor will alert you earlier to head off problems before they get worst, say a door is inadvertently left opened, or the electric power is interrupted.

Pharmaceutical/Medical Sector: Drug and Vaccine Storage
You will see moderate rates of temperature change in each vial when the door is opened. Outside the vials, however, air temperature changes will be much higher.  Again, two temperature sensors may be best, one in air, the other in a vaccine vial filled with a buffer material to track actual vaccine temperature.

Commercial Property Management
Thanks to the large thermal mass of most properties, the rate of change is fairly slow relative to other temperature-sensitive items. (But this will not be true if you use a stainless-steel-foil-taped sensor on a steam pipe.)

Seasonal Vacation Homes
Thanks to the large thermal mass of most properties, the rate of change is fairly slow relative to other temperature-sensitive items.

Wine Storage
Unlike a server room, wine cellars usually don’t contain heat-generating equipment. But measuring the rate of temperature change is moderately important, especially if you live in a warmer climate.  Temperature@lert offers a wine bottle cork sensor, just fill an empty bottle with water and place the sensor into the liquid to monitor what the wine sees. And an air temperature sensor is used in combination for early warning, before problems occur.

Pets and Working Animals in Vehicles
Temperature conditions in a confined space with windows can change incredibly fast due, thanks to the greenhouse effect. A monitoring frequency of five to 15 minutes should be set to ensure that you’re able to take corrective action in time.

Agricultural Sector/Frost Alerts
Weather conditions change quickly. Be sure that you’re monitoring conditions at least every 15 minutes – if not more often. Early detection and warning of frostinducing conditions is important to allow for fast corrective action.

 

We're a Finalist in the American Business Awards!

 

Temperature@lert Cellular Edition has been named a Finalist in the New Product or Service of the Year - Computer Hardware category in The 2011 American Business Awards or "Stevies". The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit entries - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Read the full release here.

We're up against some great companies such as Blackberry and Atmel - you can help us take the people's choice award by voting here.
 

Introducing the Weatherproof Cellular Edition

 

We've launched the Weatherproof Cellular Edition, a weatherproof, solar-powered temperature monitoring device ideal for remote locations and outdoor operations. The Weatherproof Cellular Edition continues reporting temperature readings via its Sensor Cloud technology, regardless of available electrical sources.

This announcement comes on the heels of Temperature@lert’s expansion of the Cellular Edition beyond the United States into Europe, Australia and Canada. This continued innovation and growth in reach and functionality demonstrates the product’s traction, as well as Temperature@lert’s understanding of, and dedication to, meeting its customers’ needs.

This incarnation of the cellular product includes updates to Temperature@lert’s Sensor Cloud technology with all new sensors, providing users with the ability to monitor all devices and locations from a single screen, anywhere in the world. Additionally, the Environmentally Hardened Cellular Edition offers extended-life battery power, plus the latest software to ensure the device operates effectively and efficiently while remaining up to date. Like the original, this version of the product also transmits data over mobile data networks, meaning that it is not reliant upon a traditional Internet connection to continue monitoring and reporting temperature changes. Over-the-air updates are also available, allowing for remote software upgrades no matter where sensors are located.

“Our customers are concerned with energy consumption, as well as with the endgame of protecting vulnerable assets at a desirable price point,” said Harry Schechter, founder and CEO of Temperature@lert. “The latest incarnation of the Cellular Edition meets high demands for uptime, reliability and renewable energy usage, while being tough enough to operate under extreme weather conditions. Additionally, the 360-degree view of all devices is a must for large, outdoor operations such as commercial farming, energy efficiency, green energy monitoring and property management. Our solar-powered option means customers are no longer tethered to any power or communication grid.”

 

For more information about the Weatherproof Cellular Edition, contact us at info@temperaturealert.com.

 

White Paper: Sensor Response and Reporting Frequency Considerations for Critical Applications

 

Excerpt: "Temperature sensors are remarkable devices. When properly selected and configured, today's modern sensors can be used to measure temperatures from the super cold cryogenic range of liquid helium (B.P. - 269°C or - 452°F) to liquid aluminum (M.P. 660°C or 1220°F). Most common applications use very reliable thermocouples, thermistors and RTDs (Resistance Temperature Detector). All of these materials use the change in the electrical properties (typically resistance) of the components from which they are constructed to sense temperature change, which is then detected and converted to a temperature reading. For most applications, Temperature@lert uses an RTD sensor capable of measuring temperatures between -25°C to +125°C (-67°F to +257°F) with a rated accuracy of ±0.5°C from -10°C to +85°C (±0.9°F from +14°F to +185°F. The following two key considerations are not specified: the materials' compatibility with the environment in which they'll be used, and the speed at which the sensor responds to temperature change."

 

Click here to download this white paper and see our other whitepapers.

 

Need Help with a Unique Application for your Temperature@lert device? We can help!

 

Our solutions group can help assist you with semi-custom and custom product modifications to meet any challenge or operating environment. If you need help with your application, feel free to contact us. Send us an email at info@temperaturealert.com to see if we can come up with a solution for your application.