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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.

Your Water Monitoring, Remote Sensor Telemetry, & Industrial IoT News – December 2017

You probably know that your water is a precious resource. You and your family can’t live long without water. We’ve been in the trenches, working closely with our customers, to learn through years of experience – what’s the most effective way to remotely monitor water and other sensors? Below we’ll share some recent industry news that you’ll likely find helpful.

Is your water safe? Pipeline companies need to remove diesel contaminated slurry from quarries near water wells in Ohio. Many of these projects costs billions of dollars to mitigate after violations have been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency. Do you think any of these dumpings, like slurry for lubricating equipment, go unnoticed?

A photo by Aidan Meyer. unsplash.com/photos/nvj-PDU98WUIn Idaho, dairy companies pump excess wastewater into canals where contaminated water leaks into your residential water wells. How do you effectively monitor your water wells?

Meanwhile, the water outlook is ok in some parts of the US, like the mountain west, yet lack of rain and water around Los Angeles, California,  has contributed to catastrophic wild fires and the highest ranking fires of all time.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 7Some U.S. counties and towns have had to declare a state of emergency and ask for emergency funding after a disaster caused them to lose their water wells. And on the other side of the globe, the world’s most ambitious water transfer program is under way in China. However, this water way aqueduct is not enough according to this Bloomberg analysis.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometers VW Vibrating Wires Lorenzo EdwardWhere does this leave us today when it comes to your water crisis? Effective water monitoring systems are crucial for proper management of our precious water resources.

Today’s Industrial IoT and remote sensor monitoring technologies give you, your teams, and your organization the most cost-effective ways to save your money and time with automatic water monitoring systems.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsFrom water wells, pumps, flow meters, and water usage to water levels and flood warning systemsremote monitoring software and dashboards help you stay on top of what’s important to you, so you won’t be chasing after your problems, before you have an issue you’ll have a solution.

Please feel free to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions about remote monitoring systems.

Does Poor Air Quality Hurt You and Your Family’s Health? Does Air Pollution Cause Alzheimer’s Disease

Does Bad Air Quality Cause Health Problems like Alzheimer’s Disease?

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What do you think? Surprisingly, this article details how a 10 year study tells you the link between Alzheimer’s Disease, Air Quality, and Pollution.

The results show that when you breathe polluted air you increase your likelihood of developing dementia. Poor air quality and particulates can be caused by a variety of sources like exhaust from vehicles, buses, cars, and trucks.

You might have figured that air quality and pollution negatively affect your health. Particularly when it comes to health risks and problems like lung disease, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Now you’re seeing how smog and poor air quality also hurt your brain.


Where in your world are the best and worst countries for air quality indexes and pollution?

When it comes to air quality, how does the U.S. stack up vs. China, the European Union and other countries around the world?

You probably guessed that China has some of the worst issues with air quality indexes. You’d be right as far as this story says. The article lists the good, the bad, and the ugly on air quality in countries around the world. Results are included based on findings by organizations like the World Health Organization / WHO.


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What will you do about air quality and pollution?

air-quality-monitoring-3d-pollution-map-mapping-pm2-5-ozone-nitrous-oxides-sulfur-dioxide-so2-no2-nox-o3-pm1-pm10All of this information looks pretty grim for you and me. However, we’re also lucky that right now, at this instant, it’s easier than ever to remotely monitor air quality!

With Industrial Internet of Things / IoT Sensors and Devices there are rapidly deployable, effective Air Quality Monitoring Systems like these.

You, your community, teams, and organization can effectively monitor anything, anywhere, with Tools.Valarm.net. Whether you  need to monitor Ozone / O3, Sulfur Dioxide / SO2, Nitrous Oxides / NOx, Metal Oxides, Nitrogen Dioxide / NO2, Hydrogen Sulfide / H2S, Dust, Particulates and Particulate Matter Like PM1, PM2.5, PM10. Or anything else!


Questions?

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsPlease don’t hesitate to talk to me, Edward, at Info@Valarm.net!

I’m happy to talk with you and your teams about monitoring anything your organization needs to monitor. Whether it’s air quality, pollution, water, fluids, water quality, tanks, water usage, industrial fleet vehicles, trucks, trailers, equipment, and/or any other assets.

 

Air Pollution Around Our World – How Do You Measure and Monitor An Air Quality Index?

Air quality pollution index remote monitoring Industrial IoT Internet of Things IIoT Sensors Devices Measure PM2.5 Ozone Ammonia Sulfur Dioxide Nitrous OxidesHow bad is your air quality getting to be? It’s clearly a problem in our world that’s getting more attention.

In Oslo, Norway, diesel cars and vehicles have been banned for days due to acute hazardous air pollution. And this write-up explains how all of northern India fails to meet basic air quality standards.

Air quality indexes and standards are based on what sensors measure in the environment. Gnarly gases and things like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Particulate Matter (PM2.5), Ozone (O3), Nitrous Oxides (NOx), Ammonia (NH3), and Sulfur Dioxide (SO2).

Why care? Would you believe that in Europe more people die each year from air quality problems than  from car, vehicle, and road traffic accidents? Sounds crazy to me, but this report explains to you how that’s true.

What can you do to help? Changes in society are will help. No one wants to be told what to do, but it’s mentioned in this article that you can help by eating less meat, driving less cars, taking public transit, and other things that may seem obvious. Lifestyle changes are difficult, yet walking more might help your health too.


  • air-quality-monitoring-3d-pollution-map-mapping-pm2-5-ozone-nitrous-oxides-sulfur-dioxide-so2-no2-nox-o3-pm1-pm10How does air pollution contribute to your air quality index?
  • How do your and your organizations know what your current air quality is?
  • What can be done to measure and monitor air quality?

Fortunately, Industrial Internet of Things / IoT sensor devices give you a cost-effective, affordable way to monitor air quality in many locations. Measurements happen in real-time and can be used for alerts, analysis, and predictions.

RemoteMonitoringAirQualityBoxMeasureAirPollutionIndex Sensors Industrial IoT PM2.5 VOCs Ozone Ammonia Nitrous OxidesHave a look at this air quality monitoring systems and solutions page with stories on how private, public, and government agencies like Air Quality Management District / AQMD in California effectively monitor air quality.

Please don’t hesitate to talk to me at Info@Valarm.net about how we can work together to monitor air quality and make our world cleaner and safer.

Remotely Monitoring Water, Fluids, IoT Sensor Devices, and Environmental Issues

Water Monitoring

water-monitoring-industrial-internet-of-things-devices-sensors-cloud-gateway-valarm-telemetry-remote-monitor-fluids-assets-2Water is your precious resource. For you, your family, your business, teams, and organizations. Are we running out? If so, when?

How can you and I help with effective water monitoring?

You’ll learn more in the stories about water innovation and conservation. Get ready to get wet with water issues.

According to this article 80% of California’s water is used for agriculture. Lake Cachuma, a giant reservoir near Santa Barbara, California, is almost empty. Reservoirs like this 1 are critical for your drinking water.

Now in many states such as Texas, Nevada, and California, water rate hikes are happening. This story explains how small businesses are suffering and water bills and prices are spiking.

The state of Maryland has given West Virginia full access to the Potomac River’s water. Here the WSJ tells how this 400 year old fight has ticked off consumer products companies like Procter & Gamble Co.


How can you and your organization effectively monitor water and fluids?

Take advantage of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and sensors!

You can easily monitor water, fluids, air quality, vehicles, trucks, trailers…any assets.

Twater-monitoring-industrial-internet-of-things-devices-sensors-cloud-gateway-valarm-telemetry-remote-monitor-fluids-assets-1oday’s technologies make it easier and more cost-effective than ever to literally monitor anything, anywhere. IIoT gives your organization rapidly deployable monitoring solutions for whatever you need to monitor with water, whether it’s:


What Now?

Please don’t hesitate to Send Me A Message if you’ve got any questions about monitoring water, air quality, assets, or anything, anywhere.

You And Your Family’s Health and Death Caused By Pollution And Bad Air Quality In Your Community?

Air Quality Exposures, Dangers, & Risks

Could you and your family be at risk for early death due to air quality?

air-quality-monitor-pollution-pm2-5-gases-ozone-nitrogen-oxides-airquality-monitoranythinganywhere-comA recent European Environment Agency, EEA, stated that Italy and the United Kingdom have the highest estimated early deaths caused by poor air quality.

Your health is harmed by air quality factors like:

  • NO2 – Nitrogen dioxide
  • PM2.5 – Fine particulate matter
  • O3 – Ozone

The EEA report analyzed air quality information over a 14 year period, from the year 2000 – 2014.

Harmful things like NOaffect your respiratory system. Bad air quality hurts your health and cuts your life short.

Over 7 million people die every year as a result of illnesses from pollution.

See the full story here on the recent EU air quality study. You’ll be surprised at how damaging your environment can be if you’re in an area with bad air quality.


What will you do about it?

Each day air quality will become a bigger focus for communities around the world. Here are a few ideas for you to help you, your family, and your community’s health:

What are your ideas? Tell me and let’s work together to help out.