Over the last week or so we have received a number of questions regarding SensorSimple and I would like to provide a clear picture of what it is and the many different ways it can be used for remote monitoring and alerting. Because there are almost countless applications for SensorSimple sensors and Cloud monitoring I will break this up into a 2 or 3 part series.
There is a local non profit organization in our community that provides daily meals for the Seniors in our community, Meals on Wheels. The meals are delivered by caring volunteers who are in many cases not just providing food but also serve as a well being check on individuals who are totally alone and don't have any other visitors. In some instances the food delivered by Meals on Wheels is the only food they have that day, and yet it happens often that a senior will write a letter of thanks not only for the meal, but more importantly for the conversation a volunteer provided.
Pet Food Express is one of the country's leading independent pet food and supply retailers.With 62 stores located throughout California. They strive to provide the highest quality pet foods and supplies at competitive prices along with personal and knowledgeable service to help take the best care of your pet. And a part of that care is making sure the food they serve stays fresh and wholesome. See how RI helps Pet Food Express with their goals below.
We are pleased to announce the availability of SensorSimple Cloud accounts connected to a live grocery store sensor network. Demonstration account access access is now available. Just make an account access request below.
Are you interested in a wireless temperature alarm? Would you like to receive email, text, and/or voice alerts, but only for REAL problems? Would it be helpful if the product is so easy to install tools are not required and it takes only seconds to set up and configure? Do you think that robust temperature graphing features with user defined alert parameters would be useful?
When we planned the new SensorSimple solution at RI, we wanted to combine the latest advancements in IoT sensors with a robust Cloud monitoring application. We have offered a preview of this approach in previous posts, but now we are pleased to announce SensorSimple TEMP-WiFi and SensorSimple Cloud are now available for a select number of free product evaluations. While both products have already undergone extensive development and testing, it is the various user experiences that we would like to evaluate for future changes, enhancements and upgrades. The initial Cloud experience will offer SMS and Email alerting, a range of graphing functions with various reporting and configurable dashboard features.
Monday to Friday the team at RI is developing, building, testing and shipping products. We take pride in our work and all share a sense of fulfillment each time we see one of our products in action as we shop our local markets. While this sense of accomplishment is rewarding, it can't compare to what we have experienced recently while volunteering in our community.
In part 1 of this blog, I recounted how the idea for Thermo-Simple as a product came about. In this post, I'll illustrate how the path from idea to product can be less than straightforward.
Like any real life story, product development can have its ugly side and is a roller coaster ride not for the faint of heart. You can be certain of two things. The first is that whatever you think it will cost, you can be certain it will be more, double, triple or much worse. The second is that there will be highs and lows. My uncle gave me great advice many years ago, "never let yourself get too high, or too low" - you need to try to keep your emotions somewhat on an even keel to be able to get through such a process.
In my life I have been both blessed and cursed with the "idea bug". Almost everyday I can be working on something with great focus, and suddenly the bug bites and my mind has to switch gears and begin daydreaming about a "new" way to do something, or a "new" idea. And when I say new... I mean new to my brain. Some are paper worthy, some are quickly forgotten when it's realized it won't work or it's already been done.
Almost every article and presentation on the Internet of Things (IoT) seems to start with an assertion about scale - x billion connected devices, y Zetabytes of data collected and so on. While such "gee whiz" data is eye catching, it seems worth looking for the more subtle, but groundbreaking changes in how the IoT paradigm affects the fundamental nature of many businesses - including that of Refrigeration Innovation (RI).
Ask any of your friends what refrigeration is all about, and you are likely to get many interesting and widely varied answers. For some refrigeration has to do with keeping things cold. For some it has to do with keeping things frozen. And for others its just a necessary evil - with an outside impact on utility bills!.
What if I told you that refrigeration is actually all about heat? Keeping things cold or frozen is the subjective end goal, but the process is actually just moving heat from one "place" to another. From a scientific point of view, this whole topic would be termed thermodynamics - but lets keep things simple and understandable for the purposes of this discussion.