Environmental monitoring describes the tools and processes used to track, monitor, and maintain quality in an environment. Air, water, and soil monitoring, and other natural applications, tend to be the most common applications, but environmental monitoring can also be applied to facility management and security. In the context of facility management, this can range from integrated call systems and real-time inventory tracking to automated temperature monitoring and more. Here are a few important environmental monitoring applications across industries:
1. Server Room Monitoring
Data centers and facilities large and small across industries rely on environmental monitoring to maintain a stable environment for their server storage. Just as computers and other electronics can be damaged by moisture, temperatures that are too hot or too cold, dust, and more, the same is true for the equipment in a server room, tech closet, or data storage room.
Not only does this equipment need to be kept in a clean, low-light environment with a stable temperature, but it also needs to be secure. Servers contain valuable data and are essential for running a facility’s databases, devices, and more. Environmental monitoring in these areas often includes access control alerts, temperature monitoring, humidity monitoring, connectivity monitoring and alerts, etc.
2. Refrigerated Product Storage
Environmental monitoring is one of the security solutions for warehouses and it only becomes more essential when it comes to refrigerated product storage. The inventory tracking and facility management capabilities of a good environmental monitoring system improve safety, security, and efficiency across commercial warehouses.
When it comes to sensitive items, like refrigerated products, environmental monitoring can help ensure the storage area stays within the appropriate range and can be customized to send alerts and trigger other systems when issues are detected.
3. Blood or Organ Storage and Transport
In healthcare, blood or organ storage and transport are essential operations. Environmental monitoring is a useful solution for maintaining a stable storage environment and for tracking these assets in real-time. This is one of the essential applications of environmental monitoring in healthcare.
Within a healthcare facility, a robust environmental monitoring solution can keep track of amounts, types, and more in addition to monitoring the storage environment. As long as the system is integrated correctly and staff uses it appropriately, it can also track items in real-time throughout the facility for location data and more.
4. Water Temperature Monitoring
Water quality and temperature monitoring are important across various applications, from residential to commercial to healthcare. It only becomes more important the more delicate the environment needs to be.
Not only can environmental monitoring systems monitor, detect, and alert issues within the facility, like frozen pipes, leaks, etc., but they can also be set up to monitor temperature settings and to integrate with other systems to monitor quality.
Outside of facility management, smart water monitoring is being used in water and waste management, water conservation, pollution monitoring, and other conversation applications.
5. Body Temperature Detection
In assisted living, senior living, and healthcare facilities, in particular, body temperature detection is a useful capability to be integrated with environmental monitoring. Self-screening kiosks or thermal cameras can be installed to automatically monitor and detect temperature as part of a visitor management strategy.
This information can also integrate with other security systems, including environmental monitoring to assist in facility management as well. Automated temperature monitoring is one of the important access control security solutions during a pandemic or any type of outbreak and can assist with disease control in healthcare environments.
6. Nurse Call System Management
Nurse call systems improve patient safety, reduce call times, improve efficiencies overall, and more. A comprehensive nurse call system integrated with environmental monitoring can help you build a reliable, fast, and accurate nurse call solution. With centralized alerts and reporting, staff can quickly view, claim, and respond to calls while also reducing false alarms, alarm fatigue, and more.
In addition to monitoring alerts and responses, you should also be able to generate and review reports to improve efficiencies, patient safety, staff safety, and more. Good reporting is one of the things to look for in incident management software and can integrate with environmental monitoring solutions to help you manage and improve your facility effectively.
Integrated Systems Are Integral to Environmental Monitoring
These are just a few important environmental monitoring applications across industries. When it comes to facility security and management, environmental monitoring solutions can help you get comprehensive security for your facility and maintain the level of safety and efficiency your operation needs. They can also help increase efficiency and provide all the benefits of effective asset management.
If you’re interested in updating the security for your facility, contact Northeast Protection Partners at 1-800-736-1456 to schedule a site assessment.