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Remote Monitoring During Winter Weather

Jan 26, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Tate Engineering

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Facility maintenance professionals have a challenging job. When plant operators, lead facility technicians, and project managers can't be on-site, a facility maintenance professional’s job is even more challenging.

Many businesses have had to adjust to remote work environments since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. New technologies, such as video conferencing and team communication apps, have made this process a little easier.

Remote monitoring technology has helped facility maintenance professionals during this time as well. Even when the pandemic ends, these professionals can benefit from this technology when there's inclement weather.

Winter remote monitoring becomes necessary when employees aren't able to make it to the job site safely. By harnessing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), a job site can continue to operate at full capacity without a hitch when inclement weather, such as a snowstorm, makes it impossible to travel to the job site. With winter remote monitoring technology, your company doesn't have to skip a beat during inclement weather.

Related: Top 5 Reasons You Need Remote Monitoring Now

How Winter Remote Monitoring Works

When plant operators are on the job site, they have unfettered access to all the maintenance systems that keep a facility running. The lead facilities technicians can fix a problem and issue or make necessary updates to any piece of equipment with the simple press of a button.

When they aren't on-site, though, it's hard to do the job with the same efficiency. When a critical system goes down - and it inevitably will - all eyes will be on the maintenance staff to get it back up and running.

With winter remote monitoring technology, plant operators can do all of this - even when they aren't physically at the office. Through sensors, all the critical components will communicate with each other through a fully integrated system that's continually producing data and reporting to the appropriate employees.

This system is remotely accessible from computers and mobile devices through a wireless gateway set up on site. It allows employees to receive alerts when a problem occurs and gives them secure access to investigate and solve the problem.

This technology isn't just useful for winter remote monitoring. It also provides a much more efficient way of maintaining a facility's most crucial equipment, which runs 24/7 - even when employees aren't on site.

The Benefits of Winter Remote Monitoring

With cold weather comes the potential for issues related to freezing. If a boiler goes down and the heat shuts off, pipes can freeze and potentially burst. Remote monitoring technology puts the power of prevention in the hands of facility managers. When they're notified of a potential issue as it happens, facility managers can respond immediately before a catastrophe occurs. 

IoT solutions help identify temperature issues and the presence of leaks, as well as wiring issues and failures. If not addressed immediately, these issues can cause significant damage to a maintenance facility.

Winter remote monitoring technology is also highly scalable. As your business grows, your IoT solutions can quickly grow with it. New sensors can be added instantly and integrated within your current system.

You also don't have to worry about integration with newly acquired equipment. You can easily switch existing sensors to monitor the new equipment so that you never miss a beat. The technology allows you to set up customizable notifications to alert the right employees when any issues arise.

Set Up Winter Remote Monitoring

Since 1924, Tate has been serving customers in the Mid-Atlantic region, offering comprehensive industrial system solutions and field services. As the industry has changed, so have we.

Our commitment to safety, quality, efficiency, and technology is what keeps our customers consistently happy. Contact us today to find out how we can set up a winter remote monitoring system for your facility maintenance.

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Tags: Seasonal, Equipment

Written by Tate Engineering