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How Does IoT Help Secure Your Business During Natural Disasters?

Whether you have a small or large scale business, security should be one of the top priorities as an owner.

That’s why it’s better to be armed with technology that can give updates on almost everything without the need of human intervention.

Enter the Internet of Things (IoT) – a system of devices and living things that can connect and share information with each other securely through the cloud.

What exactly is IoT?

A lot of things out in the market today have an embedded chip inside. It can be your home appliances, your mobile phones, homes, cars, practically almost anything and everything under the sun can be embedded with a chip for IoT and sensor monitoring purposes.

Flood Warning Systems IoT Industrial Remote Monitoring USA Coast River Bridge Valarm Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels SensorsIoT allows various devices to connect to a common platform via the internet. IoT sensor devices upload data about products, how they’re used, their environmental conditions, and more. These data analytics are then used to provide meaningful information to improve our daily lives and businesses in many ways.

Here’s a more detailed look at how IoT works.

It all starts with an end device or node with sensors that do ground level information processing such as water monitoring, temperature gauges, RFIDs, and even your personal smart devices. Data from the end device or nodes are then sent to routers or gateways that do  information processing and sorting, securely via the internet (WiFi), Radio frequency, GSM cell networks, Bluetooth, and other networks. All of the IoT sensor information and data collected are then sent to various cloud-based applications and storage. It’s there where the data is processed, visualized, and analyzed to create predictions, alerts, and reports.

Why should business owners consider IoT?

It’s relatively easy to see the benefits of IoT for businesses. This technology allows business owners to track their products from start to finish. It also lets your organization monitor delivery and sales, as well as customer behavior at a tap of your finger. The IoT can even help businesses prepare for natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and wild fires.

With the information gathered, businesses and government organizations can optimize workflow, shipments, sales, and prepare an emergency action plan during natural calamities. The IoT can potentially help businesses earn and save more money and lives at the same time. Not bad, right?

Take this example on how IoT helps businesses. Let’s say you own a car brand. It’s a fact that most modern cars nowadays have several sensors in them to monitor each vehicle’s movements and condition.

In the event that the check engine light blinks on, it stores the data on what’s broken in the car’s computer chip. Depending on the model, the vehicle may send a signal to the manufacturer via the internet or by connecting to a console to let them know something has happened to your car.

With the information obtained from IoT sensors, devices can send a notification to the user that there’s something wrong with the car and that they need to bring it in the shop for repairs. In addition, the manufacturer can start producing the parts needed and send it to the suggested shop to make sure it’s in stock. All of this can happen long before the car owner arrives.

Valarm IoT Sensors Water Monitoring Systems Flood Warnings Industrial Internet of Things IIoT Tools.Valarm.net 2From a manufacturing perspective, business owners can track their products from the production stage, to delivery, and then to the sales cycle. This gives businesses valuable insights on how to make their company even more seamless while improving their products.

Small businesses can track which products are the best sellers, customer movements, temperatures, humidities, risks, and additional sensor variables. Like the other IoT scenarios given here, the data analyzed from IoT sensor devices is used to create a better business for you, your teams, and your organization.

IoT as an emergency alarm system

IoT-based disaster management systems can be used to protect business assets, and even lives, from natural disasters and calamities.

Water monitoring systems are used to predict if a simple downpour can turn into a flash flood. Temperature sensors, smoke detectors, cameras, and other alarm monitoring devices are also used to detect fires and hurricanes.

All of the precious data collected from the different kind of sensors can help you, your teams, your community, and/or your organization make important decisions, start evacuations, and develop action plans to aid in search and rescue, as well as the recovery efforts of your business and local communities.

Valarm IoT Sensors Water Monitoring Systems Flood Warnings Industrial Internet of Things IIoT Tools.Valarm.net 1Sadly, not every natural disaster can be predicted. Earthquakes can happen in a blink of an eye and without prior warning. That’s where disaster management using internet of things comes in handy. According to ScienceDaily, a 2004 earthquake left damages worth $10 billion USD and killed 227,300 people from different areas in Asia. IoT systems can be placed around your community by government agencies and other businesses in order to avoid devastation of that scale.

IoT as your business security solution

Aside from natural disasters, the IoT can also be used as a security system. Various alarm monitoring services can be used and connected to build a tight IoT security solution for your business. It can be anything from security cameras, temperature sensors, door and smoke alarms, etc., as long as it can emit a signal through the internet or communicate with each other.

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In addition, make sure that your devices and network are secured according to Networkworld. In 2016, a group of hackers successfully stole $81 million USD from the Central Bank of Bangladesh. The hackers managed to break into the bank’s system via a malware sent through email, which then lurked dormant for a time while gathering information about money movements at the bank. It also disabled the printer that printed the bank statements, buying the hackers time to steal the money.

Avoid this scenario from happening to your business by securing your Industrial IoT devices. When working with IoT, businesses and other organizations need to keep the best IoT security practices in mind.

With the many benefits of IoT, it only seems right that business owners make sure that they integrate Industrial IoT sensor monitoring systems in their operations. The data collected from IoT devices helps both small and large scale businesses track and improve their products and workflow, while providing an improved customer experience. In addition, this technology can also be used to make their business better secure from threats, as well as keep employees and local communities safe and sound.

A big special thanks goes out to Philip Masterson for writing up this guest blog post.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at Info@Valarm.net if you have any questions about Industrial IoT sensor monitoring systems.

Happy 2019 – Welcome to Your New Year of Water Monitoring

You made it. It’s 2019. Goodbye to 2018.

This is our 8th year helping organizations around the world to effectively monitor water and other assets. We’ve learned a bunch from our customers over the years. We’re grateful to share our experiences on how Industrial IoT sensors are helping organizations like yours to save time, money, and lives.

What’s been going on with your water so far this year?

In Virginia, government agencies and water officials are carefully monitoring water levels of dams after flood watches and warnings have been issued. Many dams are getting old and aren’t as structurally sound as they used to be. This is another excellent application of how today’s modern IoT sensor technologies can help save time, money, and lives if they are deployed for flood and water level monitoring.

IoT Monitoring Water Sensors Water Levels Valarm Tools Cloud Tools.Valarm.net Industrial M2M Telemetry IIoT 2Toxic chemicals have been found in the drinking water at homes in Michigan, according to this story. The Department of Environmental Quality has tested the water quality and found dangerous levels of toxins in the water. For some families, their homes had water with over 7 times the toxic levels according to the US EPA.

Water is becoming more and more scarce in the states. The U.S. government has just launched a project funding $100 million for helping to solve America’s water crisis. The research will include finding environmentally and economically sustainable methods for desalinating water in Smart Cities. Finding better, more effective ways to remove salt from water will provide us with a lot more safe, drinkable water.

You have technologies available today (like Industrial IoT, M2M, and sensor telemetry) that will help solve all of these issues above. We sincerely hope that you and your organization integrate Smart Water monitoring systems to help you save time, money, and lives.

Those are some highlights of what’s going on in your world of water monitoring this year. Happy New Year. May 2019 be an amazing year for you and your family.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions about monitoring water or anything else. I’m here and ready to help your organization deploy your most effective monitoring solutions.

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End of the Year Water Monitoring News

You’re almost to the end of your year.

What’s going on in your world of water monitoring?

Do we need more water monitoring systems to help us live safer and happier?

IoT Monitoring Water Sensors Water Levels Valarm Tools Cloud Tools.Valarm.net Industrial M2M Telemetry IIoT 1After recent wildfires in the US, like the fires in California, there is now a risk of dangerous water quality contamination. According to this story, water sheds may be contaminated making a critical need for more water quality monitoring systems.

Scientists don’t know exactly what combination of toxic organic compounds, metal mixtures, ash, debris, cars, industrial chemicals, paints, plastics, and other miscellaneous articles have found their way into our watersheds.

Rain and precipitation after wild fires have also caused mudslides and made roads impassable. This is another side of the wild fire issue, where flood warning systems and IoT sensors monitoring water levels are required to keep families and communities safe.

Tools.Valarm.net Water Monitoring Wells Depths Flow Meters Industrial IoT Internet of Things Applications Water Resources Management Sensors Map DashboardIn the southern part of the USA, around Louisiana, there are also dangerous water quality issues. Some folks have to drive for many miles to wash their clothes, do laundry, and buy bottled water since the water at their homes has been making their families sick for months.

Is flooding becoming more intense and dangerous? Heavy rains and flood water levels killed multiple people in Australia a few days ago. The city had a month’s worth of rain in less than 2 hours. What do you think about that?

How do we help? Fortunately, today’s water monitoring systems are more affordable, effective, and easy to deploy. Cloud-based IoT sensor monitoring software makes it simple to verify when everything is ok in our environment or when smart cities need to send out alerts and early warnings.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsThank you for visiting and reading. If you’ve got a tip, water monitoring news, articles you’d like to share, or have any questions about systems for monitoring water, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net.

Effectively Monitoring Water in the USA during November 2018

Where does our earth’s water come from? New research shows that our planet’s water might have come from gas and asteroid material that was left over from the formation of the Sun. Have a look at this article for more on the research findings.

Flooding around the world is becoming more intense. Water levels are rising and causing damage and destruction to various communities.

IoT Monitoring Water Sensors Water Levels Valarm Tools Cloud Tools.Valarm.net Industrial M2M Telemetry IIoT 3Want to know what’s currently going on with storms, in real-time? Now water levels sensors are sending you faster information about storms.

In this CBS news interview, Dr. Derek Loftis discusses how coastal Virginia, Hampton Roads, and the area around Chesapeake Bay are at risk for dangerous water levels. Derek also shows and explains how local authorities, schools, government agencies,  educational institutions, Smart Cities, and other organizations have installed flood warning systems with Industrial IoT sensors to effectively save lives, time, and money. It’s exciting to see how today’s monitoring technology protects you and your family’s health and wellbeing.

As Dr. Loftis says in the story above, their goal is more resiliency for dangerous water levels and being prepared for natural disasters like floods. Thanks to institutions and groups like NIST, Venture Smarter, Valarm, the Smart Regions Initiative, and NRDC, additional flood monitoring systems are continuously being deployed.

You can see why high water levels introduce risks to your family. Low water levels can also affect your health and wellbeing. Low water levels are causing chaos around the world, like in Germany where the transportation and agriculture industries are suffering huge losses.

Flood Warning Systems IoT Industrial Remote Monitoring USA Coast River Bridge Valarm Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels SensorsWater Monitoring is quite important for our future as humans on this planet. Not only water levels – monitoring water quality is critical as populated urban areas like those in Newark, New Jersey, are giving their citizens water infused with chemicals that cause cancer. Is clean water one of your basic rights as a human? Dirty water certainly harms you and your family’s lives. For these reasons among others, effective water quality monitoring systems have been deployed this year in states like Pennsylvania to keep the public safe.

That’s the fascinating news about water that we wanted to share with you in this story. Hopefully it is useful for you and your community if you’re looking to help make our world a better place. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions, suggestions, comments, or just simply want to say howdy.

Water Monitoring in October 2018

Citizens and scientists are asking for more water monitoring. Why do we need more monitoring? This example is sparked by the fact that the red tide has arrived as a surprise on the coasts and beaches of Florida.

Yes it was likely after a hurricane, but why didn’t they know when and receive an alert before it arrived? This is 1 of many reasons why there’s a need for early warning systems and more remote monitoring with water sensors.

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Additionally, millions of folks are in life threatening conditions due to poor sanitation and dangerously low water quality. More water quality monitoring systems are needed in the USA and all around our world.

As this article describes, water monitoring may be dull, however it’s absolutely necessary to keep track of all the numbers for making decisions that make sense. Specifically, groundwater well monitoring and observation techniques are needed for effective water resources management.

On the east coast of the US, more and more communities and schools are learning first hand the need for better water monitoring systems. Water quality emergencies continue to emerge and families need to boil water to keep their health safe. As NPR reports, people all over the country are asking for more information about drinking water, since toxins from wells may be negatively affecting our health.

Tools.Valarm.net Water Monitoring Wells Depths Flow Meters Industrial IoT Internet of Things Applications Water Resources Management Sensors Map DashboardSmart cities in the states have deployed water monitoring systems for their citizens. Have you done this for you and your community?

Here are customer success stories about water monitoring systems that use Industrial IoT sensors in the USA and around the world. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any comments, suggestions, or questions.

Early Warning Systems, Flood Monitoring, Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, and Measuring Water Levels with IoT Sensors

What time is it? It’s Hurricane season in the states and evacuations and flood warnings are already underway.

A lot of the east coast, especially the southern part, in the USA has been evacuated as Hurricane Florence is about to land. It’s a category 4 hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) with wind gusts of 130 mph and getting stronger.

Flood Warning Systems Customer Success Stories Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels Industrial IoT Telemetry Sensors Monitoring Flooding Alerts Virginia USAIt’s a big one, perhaps the size of the entire state of North Carolina. According to the New York Times, the interstate freeways and roads are being reversed for one-way traffic only in the direction that people get out of the dangerous areas.

Over a million folks have already been evacuated with their families.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 61What comes along with hurricanes?

Flooding.

Lots of water and huge increases in water levels.

How do you, your family, organizations and government agencies know what’s going on with water levels?

Flood Warning Systems IoT Industrial Remote Monitoring USA Coast River Bridge Valarm Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels SensorsEarly warning systems monitor water levels using Industrial IoT sensors. Flood warnings alert communities ahead of time that catastrophes and dangers are impending.

Imagine the world before we had the technology to predict and see what’s coming? Luckily, today’s technologies help keep you, your family, and your community safer.

Smart Cities on the east coast like Virginia are ready and have already deployed flood monitoring systems.

Have You? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions or need help with monitoring water.

Monitoring Systems and Water News in July 2018

Water quality is safer in some communities than others. How is Your water for you and your family?

Around the US, communities near Santa Barbara, California, have reported clean water that meets or exceeds water quality standards. Although, with water in lakes and swimming holes, the CDC cautions you and your family to take care.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 34Years after the Flint, Michigan, water quality crisis, the doctor who exposed the problems now has a book about the dangerous water events. Even today, communities in New York have had high water demand leading to problems with dirty, brown water flowing out of the taps that is dangerous to consume.  And as the next school year starts, schools in Flint will be using water jugs instead of water fountains.

Valarm Water Quality Monitoring Tools.Valarm.net 3While some communities and cities, e.g., Iowa, Wisconsin, and Maryland, are having flooding issues in need of flood warning systems, folks in North Carolina are required to conserve water due to the lack of rain.

Fortunately, today’s technologies, like Industrial IoT sensors, give government agencies and water authorities an easy and cost-effective way to monitor water levels and water quality.

Valarm Water Quality Monitoring Tools.Valarm.net 2For example, communities in Pennsylvania have installed new water quality monitoring systems to continuously monitor water factors, like conductivity / resistivity, in real-time. These systems help water management districts, municipalities, and smart cities to better serve citizens and keep families safe.

Valarm Water Quality Monitoring Tools.Valarm.net 1As water becomes a more important resource for you and your community, our world grows its needs for effective water monitoring systems. Whether it’s water quality, water levels, water usage, or anything else, we’re here to share our experiences with our customers in order to help your organization save lives, as well as your time and your money.

Water News – May 2018

What’s going on in your water world? Here are a few curious stories that we recently found intriguing.

Is California moving towards better water management? See this write-up about 2 new bills that change water policy and confront issues like water wars, supplies, recycled water, changing climate, droughts, and how to make compromises with stakeholders and administrations.

How is water management related to blockchain technology? Have a look at this story for more on how blockchain can help water resources management and distribution.

In Wisconsin, the US EPA and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are carefully performing environmental monitoring and measuring air quality, as well as monitoring water quality (full story here) , after fires and explosions at an oil refinery that caused evacuations.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsMeasuring, managing, and monitoring water resources is a critical challenge.

Today’s technologies like Industrial IoT sensors provide cost-effective monitoring systems for real-time monitoring and alerting for all things water, like:

Since 2012, we’ve been helping organizations deploy monitoring systems to save time and money, while improving operations and effectiveness.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got any questions about monitoring water, wells, air, industrial assets, or anything else.

News on Water – April 2018

It’s been 4 years since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Dangerous levels of lead contaminated the water supply after the city switched to using the local river as a water source. Meanwhile, in other parts of Michigan, permits have been granted for increases of water extraction for bottled water plants.

Tools.Valarm.net Industrial Internet of Things IoT Sensor Devices Air Quality Water Levels Applications Waters Resources Management Telemetry Remote Monitoring 3Who controls the water cycle? The latest science research says that vegetation regulates and controls the future of our water cycle. Vegetation plays a more critical role than we may have thought, when on water stress and our water resources.

New water testing equipment in San Diego, California, is being installed to have automatic, precise, real-time water measurement readings. These are in response to citizens complaining that they were being charged and billed for more water than they were actually using.

Do you use less water when there’s a drought and water levels are down? Since the California drought emergency has been called off by an executive order, are communities back to using as much water as before the drought? This story has more about how folks may have become lazy when it comes to water conservation, and what this means for you and your family.

Managing and Monitoring Water Wells in 2018

Water Well Management Systems are critical for you and your family to maintain happy and healthy lives. How do organization effectively monitor water wells, pumps, and water levels? How can natural disasters like hurricanes and flooding affect aquifer and water well health? That’s what we’ll talk about in this write-up.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 60Hurricane Harvey caused widespread damage in the US, especially in Texas. Local universities and educational institutions like Texas A&M are collaborating to offer free water well testing to private well owners affected by hurricane flood waters.

Since floodwater can have upstream substances like sewage from wastewater treatment plants or flooded septic systems, it’s critical to test flooded water wells before using wells for drinking, cooking delicious meals, or anything else. Many residents in various communities have had private water wells damaged by flooding and needed new tanks and water well systems. Fluorocarbons used at airports and for fire fighting foams can also end up in water wells and reek havoc on communities like this one in Minnesota.

This recent study has called attention to the fact that more and more water systems in the U.S. are violating health standards. Being cost-effective with your water management is key, as damaged water wells can cost thousands of dollars for government agencies, businesses, companies, and other organizations. However, new water management systems can save you millions of dollars a year as demonstrated here. You might now be wondering…

How Do You Effectively Manage and Monitor Your Water Well Systems?

Fortunately, today’s technologies, like Industrial IoT sensors, provide you, your teams, and your organization with easy-to-use, rapidly deployable water well monitoring systems.

Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 0You may already know that monitoring water wells and levels requires seamless integration of sensors like pressure transducers, pumps, and level sensors made by various hardware manufacturers like Flowline, In-Situ, McCrometer, EKM Metering, Eno Scientific, and Senix.

Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 1As you see in the photos here, production groundwater wells are effectively managed and monitored remotely with maps and webpage dashboards.

Managing water wells can be done from anywhere, and at any time. The water monitoring systems stay online 24/7/365 with mains power like 110V, or solar panel power, to provide you real-time information and alerts. You can quickly and easily answer questions like:

  • Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 3Are your water well pumps active?
  • What’s the water level in each of your wells?
  • How many gallons per minute (gpm) are flowing through the flow meters right now?
  • What’s the total water usage – How many total gallons have flowed through your flowmeters?
  • Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 2What’s your pump head room? Is your pump headroom at a dangerous or safe level?
  • What’s the depth to water and how much water is above your water level sensors, e.g., pressure transducers?

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsThat’s your quick summary overview of the latest in the world of water well monitoring systems, and how you can best manage your water wells.

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