Smart sensor system for environmental monitoring

IoT connected sensors provide insight into environmental parameters in smart buildings such as temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.

Helium has announced the launch of Helium Green, a smart sensor with multiple environmental sensing capabilities for monitoring smart buildings, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and data centres. Coupled with the Helium Pulse monitoring and alerting system, Helium Green can measure temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, light and motion, offering the smartest configurable environmental sensor in the IoT market.

“At Helium, we are constantly expanding the types of smart sensors that enterprises and industry can use to make sense of their things,” said Rob Chandhok, president and chief operating officer, Helium. “We developed the Helium Green smart sensor based on feedback and input from production deployments with various restaurants, hospitals and smart building management companies to provide the most flexible and powerful environmental monitoring system.”

The battery-powered Helium Green smart sensors connect wirelessly and securely with zero configuration required. Helium Green adds the capability to monitor five core characteristics of any environment in a single package:

Temperature – Measures in the range of -4F to +140F (-20C to +60C)
Humidity – Measures 0 to 100 percent RH
Barometric Pressure – Measures 300 to 1100 hPa
Light –    Relative light brightness by default, ranging from 0 to 100%. More sophisticated sensing can be programmed over-the-air
PIR Motion Sensor – Detects motion at a distance of up to 5m (16.4 feet) including 64 detection zones.

“There is a palpable evolution occurring in the Internet of Things industry, which will likely be led by enterprise-based systems and applications like smart sensing,” said Bob O’Donnell, technology research analyst and founder, TECHnalysis Research. “In fact, smart edge-based sensors, like the new products from Helium, are critical elements in some of the top Enterprise IOT applications, according to our new research on the topic.”

One example use of Helium Green is to monitor occupancy of a conference room by sensing motion in order to manage energy costs, comfort and utilisation. Helium smart sensors are deployed simply by pulling the smart sensor battery tab and placing them on a ceiling or other surface.

Once deployed, Helium Green smart sensors fit seamlessly into any Helium deployment to easily add new ways to sense existing things. The smart sensors combine data intelligently to make monitoring both sophisticated and simple. All the edge components of Helium, including smart sensors, can be easily upgraded over the air and are completely secure. Most smart sensor deployments will see up to three years of battery life from two standard AA batteries, as the Helium platform optimises how often sensors send and receive data for the best battery life possible.

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