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How Remote Monitoring Services Assist Disaster Recovery Teams

After a client experiences flooding or a water-related incident, the space or items undergoing recovery procedures may need specific environmental conditions. A collection of valuable linens that experienced water damage, for example, may need low relative humidity levels and temperatures to prevent mold growth. Environmental control equipment with remote monitoring allows disaster recovery specialists to see the real-time conditions in a space, as well as check on the state of the climate control equipment throughout the duration of the project.

How Remote Monitoring Works

Remote monitoring involves the use of equipment that senses temperatures, relative humidity levels and dew points in a space. Some also relay information regarding power outages and weather changes. The size of the equipment and components vary by manufacturer and model. Integrating modern remote monitoring systems with environmental control equipment is cost-effective and simple, as it generally doesn’t require the use of special calibration equipment or complex electronic designs.

With flexible remote monitoring systems, recovery specialists can set parameters so the climate control equipment cycles off and on, as needed, to maintain ideal conditions and save energy. Some of the latest technologies are also customizable, allowing disaster recovery teams to receive alerts via telephone, SMS text message, fax or email. The alerts provide detailed messages regarding the location of the problematic environment, as well as the make, model and serial number of the climate control equipment in question.

Using cell signals to relay data, disaster recovery teams view real-time environmental conditions, set up response chains and configure the equipment via the Internet using a secure connection. The Web interface also allows technicians to ensure that the equipment operates effectively and efficiently. When a system includes a self-monitoring program, it collects data regarding equipment operation differentials for historical data collection purposes.

Proactively Monitoring Environmental Control Equipment

Remotely monitoring environmental control equipment provides peace of mind for clients and actionable information to disaster recovery specialists. When a client experiences flood damage, for example, a restoration team may need to use a generator to run dehumidification equipment. If the generator fails, the team receives an alert before mold sets in and more damage occurs, saving the contractor and client time and money.

Similarly, the monitoring equipment can alert technicians to changes in the environment, such as an increase in humidity. With this information, a technician can alter equipment settings remotely or in person, depending on the type of monitoring system used.

Polygon’s ExactAire® remote monitoring system is among the most advanced in the industry for observing the effectiveness of its environmental control equipment and providing reports about the conditions of a controlled environment. ExactAire® uses batteries and solar power to ensure ‘round-the-clock continuous monitoring. Whenever a problem arises, the system immediately alerts technicians, allowing a team to conduct repairs before the controlled conditions are compromised. Contact Polygon to learn more about ExactAire®or to request a free estimate.

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