While wired temperature monitoring systems are a common tool to monitor temperature in cold storage warehouses, newer remote temperature monitoring systems are a much better way to measure, collect, and wirelessly transmit data for warehouse temperature and other storage conditions.
Continuously monitoring your cold storage warehouse temperature is essential to ensuring the safety of temperature-sensitive goods like fresh food, produce, or medicines and vaccines. Small changes in temperatures can cause huge problems, which is why remote temperature monitoring systems are crucial to maintain both the safety of stored goods. They are also invaluable to prove that a warehouse follows strict quality control processes if needed.
What is a Remote Temperature Monitoring System?
A remote temperature monitoring system is a set of temperature sensors that are set up to monitor temperatures and other conditions, such as pressure and humidity, to fit your specific needs. Once these measurements are collected from the sensors they are transmitted to a readable format on a dashboard in which alerts can be sent when conditions move outside preset ranges. The system can be set up to flag any spikes in ambient temperature and send customized alerts to a central warehouse monitoring system or to individual stakeholders through an alert on any device. This data is also sent and stored in the cloud where the data can be shared or acted upon.
Wireless Temperature Sensors VS. Wired Sensors?
There are 3 important factors to consider when choosing what system is right for your warehouse:
- Cost – Make sure you keep installation in mind when thinking of cost.
- Scalability / Flexibility
Wired and wireless sensors each have their own pros and cons, for most cold chain warehouses wireless temperature monitoring systems are the way to go.
Lower Installation and Operating Costs
There’s no need to install any wiring make any major changes to your warehouse. This ease of installation makes it easier to install wireless remote temperature monitoring systems in shared warehouse space or older warehouses that my not be conducive to changes. Improvements in connectivity and better manufacturing processes have also reduced the costs of remote wireless temperature monitoring systems.
Easy to Install, Modify, and Scale
All you need to set up a wireless warehouse temperature monitoring system are the sensors and access to the internet. The compact nature of the sensors and no need for wiring makes them easy to install a wireless temperature monitoring system in areas that may not be accessible to a wired temperature monitoring system.
Increased Deployment Time
New technology such as Bluetooth mean that battery powered wireless temperature sensors can run for months, or perhaps even years before needing a change in batteries. The cost of powering a wired temperature monitoring system, especially in a large warehouse space, would be much greater than the cost of running a wireless remote temperature monitoring system.
Much More Reliable
Unlike wired temperature monitoring system, a wireless remote temperature monitoring system doesn’t have to be in constant contact with a central system. Problems with wiring or power outages will cause issues with a wired temperature monitoring system, but a wireless remote temperature monitoring system can store sensor readings until connectivity is restored. This means no gaps in monitoring and the safety of your data.