Good alarm notification software might seem a riddle. If your alarm system responds quickly to an issue at your site, and gets its message to the right people without generating a lot of “traffic”, people out of the loop might not even be aware the alarm was triggered, or that it’s even there.
The best alarm systems are accessible and unobtrusive, seen and heard only when needed. They’re a first line of defense, keeping a watchful eye on the day-to-day. They do more than let you know when something’s gone wrong; a present and engaged alarm system that you trust is your assurance that things are going right at any moment.
WIN-911 has dedicated itself to seamless integration with other systems, whether it’s through our direct connectors for major SCADA platforms or adapting our technology to the growing use of mobile phones and tablets for project management. Our workflows ensure the correct people for a given scenario are contacted, preventing miscommunication and unnecessary actions that can ultimately prevent a fast resolution.
But systems integrators, site managers, and technicians aren’t the only people who benefit from the safety and reliability that WIN-911 brings to the table.
Here are five everyday things used by people, regardless of where they live or work, that are kept safe and reliable by WIN-911’s remote alarm notification software
Water is, without a doubt, the most essential of basic resources. And we use a lot of it. The average American family between drinking, showers, gardening, and doing the dishes, uses up 300 gallons of water in the home per day on average. The burden placed on water and wastewater treatment plants to ensure the treatment and potability of our water supply is immense. It’s no surprise to us, then, that the water/wastewater industry was among the first adopters of SCADA systems and continuously update their systems to keep up with the modernization of technology.
The municipal treatment plan for Iowa City, Iowa treats up to 15 million gallons of water per day to serve a population equivalent to 120,000 people. WIN-911 runs 1900 alarms, ranging from monitoring tank levels and flow failures to building temperatures and rises in plant conditions
With WIN-911, plant operators were able to automate the overnight operations of the treatment, reducing their on-site staffing to 10 hours per day. A streamlined process for a clean, constant stream of potable water to the homes of thousands of Iowans.
2 Ice Cream
Since it was introduced to French nobility by the Italian Catherine de Medici, ice cream has captivated our appetites and whimsy. Many of us at WIN-911, and surely some of you reading this can remember chasing after the jingle of ice cream trucks on hot summer days.
The ice cream business has evolved a bit since them, moving from local creameries to world-class production facilities that maximize output while ensuring rigorous standards of taste and texture. Ice cream has very specific needs regarding storage temperature — not cold enough and it melts, too cold and it becomes “freezer-burned”.
Nestle uses WIN-911 to oversee its ice cream freezing facility. WIN-911’s mobile capacities allow plant operators to acknowledge alarms as they occur, reducing response time and preventing the unnecessary escalation of alarms for minor, easy-to-address issues. WIN-911 also allowed technicians to sort alarms through cause and severity, reducing a lot of the guesswork involved in responding to an alarm. With ice cream, time is of the essence, and Nestle relies on WIN-911 to make every second count.
Zoos and aquariums contribute $17.4 Billion to the US economy, fielding tens of millions of visitors annually (one figure puts annual visitors of US zoos at 175 million, which would be almost half the US population).
The animals in zoos and aquariums aren’t a product or commodity in the way ice cream or water is. They’re living, breathing creatures, and any alarm system put in place to keep them safe needs to enable staff to respond to the variety of issues that can arise with living animals — escape, injury, sickness, etc.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which houses more than 10,000 animals across 650 species, uses WIN-911 to preserve the temperature and other environmental conditions of the animal’s exhibits and living quarters. Meanwhile, the Monaco Oceanographic Museum relies on our strategic partner MicroMedia to observe and maintain 90 tanks containing 350 species of fish, preserving specimens of aquatic life and ensuring visitors can understand the splendor and diversity of ocean life.
In the digital age, where many of our jobs and personal lives revolve around electronics, the availability of regular, sustainable electric power is a critical commodity we can sometimes take for granted.
Businesses, like Vermont lumber supplier Bethel Mills, and regional municipalities like Ontario Power Generation alike rely on WIN-911 to help them maintain a regular power distribution to their services. Our mobile app allows for plant operators to respond to serious issues that, when not addressed in time with traditional audiovisual alarm systems, could lead to systemic power failures.
Similarly, our strategic partner Micromedia has enabled the Orly Airport Power Plant, which provides power to the airport and to the commercial power grid, to expedite resolutions through mobile platforms.
In a sense, data determine who are and how we move in the world. We rely on the sanctity of our data to make purchases, receive paychecks, and travel (in addition to the passwords and profiles on all the social media sites and other apps we use day to day).
It’s a resource that is precious and precarious and needs the most advanced, state-of-the-art security systems to safeguard them.
Companies like Google and Microsoft utilize WIN-911 to help monitor their data centers, which are rigorously tested and scrutinized to prevent leaks, the smallest of which can lead to devastating consequences for individuals and businesses alike.
Alarm notification software helps protect the world around us every day.