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Internet of Things Sensors in Action

How Do IoT Sensors Help The Physical World Interact With The Digital World?


IoT sensors

A lot of people are curious about sensors and how they interact and work with the internet of things. In simple terms, sensors detect or measure things in the physical world and give the data to the digital world. When you combine that technology with the internet of things, you can get many great benefits to which you would otherwise not have access. Combining the right sensors and equipment can improve your daily operations and help maximize your profitability.

No matter the industry in which you operate, you can make use of the Internet of Things technology to boost your productivity and cut your overhead expenses. If you want to work more efficiently than you once thought possible, learn how sensors work with the internet of things.

Pressure

Pressure sensors measure liquid and gas pressure in the environment or enclosure. If you manufacture pipes or plumbing systems, pressure sensors can help you detect leaks and other defects before you put a damaged product on the market. The pressure sensor can pick up on these changes and report them back to your network, and you can get notifications on a computer or smartphone as soon as errors occur.

You can use this technology to record and compare pressure readings over time. Use that information to discover what manufacturing methods or materials give you the best results at the right price, and you will safeguard your bottom line.

Humidity

It’s vital for many industries to monitor the humidity in the environment so that they don’t encounter problems that cost them money to address, and keeping humidity at the proper level is much cheaper than dealing with the issues that occur if you don’t. For example, too much humidity in a server room can damage expensive equipment and cause data loss.

Even if you don’t have sensitive electronics, too much humidity can cause mold to grow in your building. Humidity sensors connect to your network and let you read humidity levels at any time. Also, you can set your sensor to send you alerts if humidity levels become so harmful that they could cause lasting damage. Some sensors connect to dehumidifiers and automatically activate them if humidity levels get too high, which can save you thousands by keeping your equipment out of harm’s way.

Temperature

Many industries require temperature control to produce the best results without going over budget. If you need to monitor or control the temperature of your environment or equipment, add temperature sensors to the internet of things. These sensors ensure that equipment runs at the ideal temperature to avoid damage and produce the best results.

The right sensors will adjust equipment settings to keep your equipment at the perfect operating temperature at all times. You can also enjoy the benefits of temperature sensors if you work in the agriculture or health care industry. In agriculture, temperature sensors can read the temperature of your soil and let you achieve optimal crop growth. Temperature sensors can help health care professionals monitor the health of patients under their care.

Optical

Optical sensors are a great tool you can use in almost any industry. You can connect optical sensors to lights to turn them on and off based on the amount of light in the environment. If you want to keep your industrial area bright without overpaying on your power bill, optical sensors are a fantastic option.

Optical sensors can also detect movement by detecting changes in a light source. If you work in an industry with a lot of moving parts, you can use optical sensors as a safety device. The sensor will stop the moving gate or equipment if anything gets in its path.

Water Quality

Water quality sensors detect chemicals and other contaminants in a water supply, and they are helpful in water treatment facilities and swimming pools. For water treatment facilities, water quality sensors detect harmful contaminants and measure the effectiveness of water filters.

The sensors alert facility workers if contaminants make it past the filtration process and into the supply of clean water. These sensors also help workers spot problems in the filtration system, allowing workers to address those issues before they allow dirty water to make it to the other side. In public pools, water quality sensors ensure that the water has enough chemicals to kill harmful pathogens.

Infrared

Infrared sensors measure the amount of infrared radiation in the area, and you can use them to read the temperature or detect movement. Unlike optical motion sensors, infrared sensors can detect movement in total darkness. You can use infrared sensors in automatic lights and security systems.

When an infrared security device detects the amount of heat the human body gives out, it triggers the alarm and alerts you of the situation. Infrared security alarms won’t work if the temperature in the environment exceeds 100 degrees, which is why you must keep your needs and situation in mind each step of the way.

Getting Started

You can use the Internet of Things sensors to improve your operations no matter your industry. If you would like to start or grow your internet of things, use a proven platform. Most IoT platforms fail, but Davra has a success rate of more than 95%. Contact us today to learn more about what our platform can do for you and your business.

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Brian McGlynn, Davra, COO

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