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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.

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 Levels and Flooding News for February 2018

Are flooding risks getting worse? According to this New York Times article that’s an affirmative yes, water levels are rising and chemical sites are in the path.

What does this mean for toxic spills like those that happened in Texas during Hurricane Harvey and released lye from chemicals plants? Floods also cause emergency disasters like benzene escaping from Ohio refineries and phosphoric acid leaking from Florida fertilizer plants.

More and more scientific reports claim that flooding will worsen in the USA as a result of global climate change, rising sea levels, as well as increased hurricanes and coastal storms.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 56New FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) maps feature updates on flood insurance rates. This story describes the results and actions to take based on this knowledge in areas around New Orleans, Louisiana.

And on the other side of the country, there are flood advisories in effect for Oahu, Hawai’i. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings.

The increasing risk of flooding could also be due to decades of urban development, like office parks, roads, malls and neighborhoods growing even farther apart. This PBS story discusses how decisions by developers, individuals, local, state, and federal government have made for more flood risks over the decades in the areas around Houston, Texas.

What Can You and We Do About Growing Flood Risks and Rising Water Levels?

Smart Cities in the USA, like those in Virginia on the East Coast, continue to deploy more flood warning systems.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Industrial IoT Sensors Flood Warnings Water Levels Virginia Coasts Rivers USA Valarm 10These monitoring systems measure water levels of rivers, oceans, coasts, lakes, and other water bodies by deploying level sensors on bridges, marinas, beaches, and other locations.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Industrial IoT Sensors Flood Warnings Water Levels Virginia Coasts Rivers USA Valarm 2Industrial IoT sensor technologies give you, your family, your teams, your organization, and your community access to effective flood monitoring solutions.

Flood Warning Systems Customer Success Stories Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels Industrial IoT Telemetry Sensors Monitoring Flooding Alerts Virginia USAHave a look at these flood warning systems deployed in the field in the states.

These IoT system devices use ultrasonic and radar sensors to measure real-time water levels and upload readings to Tools.Valarm.net.

Flood monitoring systems are rapidly deployable. They are quite flexible since IoT water level sensor information can be uploaded to the cloud via mobile cell network, ethernet, WiFi or other internet connectivity options.

The water level monitoring systems are powered by the means that makes the most sense for the scenario, whether that’s standard 110V mains power or solar panel power.

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Thank you for reading about our increasing flooding risks and what we can do about dangerous water levels.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsPlease don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions about remotely monitoring sensors, flood warning systems, water wells, flow meters, water level telemetry, or anything else related to Industrial IoT.

What does your organization need to start building and setting up your infrastructure for Industrial IoT and remote monitoring systems?

First things first. Even with remote monitoring, sensor telemetry, and Industrial IoT.

And the 1st question usually is –

“What would you like to know about your business environment that you currently do NOT know, or find that information costly, slow, or dangerous to acquire?”

In response to that question above, organizations and businesses start saying –

“Can you monitor … X, Y, AND Z?!?”

The answer is always yes. And it is always, tremendously cost-effective compared to your current situation. Today, you can literally Monitor Anything, Anywhere!

How does your organization get started with Remote Monitoring and Industrial IoT?

valarm-tank-monitoring-solar-wifi-cost-effective-agrx-tanks-sensors-valarm-tools-cloud-0-1There are 2 key things to know from the beginning about the location of your remote monitoring deployment:

  1. Your power source
  2. Internet availability

Now how about those power sources?

Is there standard wall mains power, like 110V in the U.S., available to plug into?

Or will you need solar panels? If you need solar power, then how sunny is your location throughout the year? This will tell you what wattage and size of solar panels you’ll need. It’ll also determine the size and juice you’ll need for your back up batteries.

And how do you connect your industrial IoT sensors FOR REMOTE MONITORING?

How will the remote sensor monitoring information get sent to Industrial IoT Cloud Tools? If there’s no connection to the internet then you’re not going to be doing any Industrial IoT sensor telemetry.

Fortunately, the internet is available just about anywhere these days. So which internet connectivity is most cost-effective for you?

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsYour remote monitoring deployments might be stationary like those that monitor flood warning systems or water wells.

If you’re monitoring assets that aren’t going anywhere fast, then plain ol’ WiFi or ethernet will provide you with cost savings over satellite or GSM mobile cell networks.

If the assets you need to monitor are mobile, like vehicles, then mobile cell network connectivity will likely be your best bet.

Hope that gets you, your teams, and your organizations started with Industrial IoT and remote sensor monitoring. It’s quicker, easier, and more cost-effective than you think.

If you’ve got any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to me at Info@Valarm.net.