A hospital in Florida lost an entire supply of skin grafts because the refrigerator they were stored in malfunctioned, and a freezer malfunction in Massachusetts severely damaged a third of the world's largest collection of brain samples being used to study autism. The above are worst-case scenarios but proof as to why environmental monitoring is an important outcome/application of situational awareness - and not just for hospitals. Sensors exist to monitor just about any thing in any environment. If all of your sensors and environmental controls are integrated with SARA, then real-time alerts will be generated if a system fails, a sudden change occurs, or a hazardous substance is detected. With alerts detailing the situation delivered to responders via their designated communication devices, potential threats to people, property, business operations and convenience/comfort can be investigated and hopefully fixed before an emergency occurs, inventories are lost, or someone is inconvenienced.
Temperature monitoring/logging improves health and safety
compliance, helping to protect blood, medication and food. For example,
an enhanced line of temperature sensors works in tandem with SARA to log data at the desired intervals.
View these event histories through the SARA user interface and generate
official reports to demonstrate compliance. Temperature monitoring has
applications in hospitals plus senior living facilities, as well as hotels/resorts, schools and grocery stores where food storage could be compromised.
Lighting, air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and water heating are major energy drains. An energy-efficient operations and maintenance program represents an opportunity to reduce costs by 10 to 15 percent, according to studies. Through SARA, you can monitor and regulate lighting, temperatures and other energy and environmental controls to improve efficiency, a simple yet powerful means of cutting costs without impacting operations. But if a system fails, alerts immediately go to personnel who can investigate and remedy the situation. You also can schedule proactive alerts, such as reminders for preventative maintenance, including replacing light bulbs, filters, batteries, etc.
In addition to providing integrated
alarm management for environmental controls, SARA also can increase the ROI of
those individual systems. For example, if a building management system only sends emails, integration
with SARA enables alerting via other designated communication end points,
providing redundancy and escalation. Following are examples of the system integrations and possible sensors used with SARA for environmental monitoring: