Choosing a Wireless Temperature Monitoring System

Choosing a Wireless Temperature Monitoring System

Jan 15, 2016

Did you experience a failed cabinet and lose expensive inventory over the holidays? Was your staff forced to make daily trips to various locations, so they could manually record the temperatures of your cabinets? These are things that you don’t have to worry about if you have a proper wireless temperature monitoring system.

When looking at various temperature monitoring systems, here are a few points that you should consider:

  1. Can the system operate in your specific environment and industry?
    • Do the components have conformal coating, to protect them from high humidity and moisture?
    • Depending on what equipment you want monitored, can the temperature monitoring system withstand extreme high or low temperatures?
    • Does the system comply with specific industry standards like HACCP, The Joint Commission, FDA, or whatever other specific standards you may need in to comply with.
  2. Can the system grow with your needs?
    • How current is the technology being used?
    • Is the system scalable, meaning can you expand by integrating new sensors to the existing system?
  3. How long has the company been around?
    • Make sure the company has been around for a while. You have no way of truly knowing the reliability and credibility of a company that is just starting out.Using a company that has been around for many years ensures that they have a credible reputation in the industry. Also, a company that has been around for a long time, is more likely to stay in business and support you.
  4. What is the real cost associated with the system?
    • This involves more than just upfront hardware costs. Some companies may sell the hardware for cheap, but then charge an exuberant amount of money for annual hosting and support fees.
    • Look at the total cost, which includes the initial upfront costs, future expansion costs,recurring hosting/software license and maintenance costs.
  5. Can you view the system remotely from anywhere at any time?
    • Can you log in from your home computer to view your operation?
    • Is there a free app that you can download to view your operation from any smart phone or tablet?
  6. Ask for references and call the references. A fellow customer will tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly about the system. You can gage if you will be happy with the system based on how they answer your questions.
    • Ask questions about the entire temperature monitoring system experience, from requesting a quote, to receiving a quote, to ease of purchasing, length of time to ship and install hardware, and training. Also find out if the system performed as expected and whether customer service and tech support is easily accessible.

Use the tips above to help you make a choice with regards to picking the right temperature monitoring system for your operation. Once you have the perfect system in place, you will be able to finally take a vacation with the peace of mind in knowing that your product is being protected.

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