Cost-effective remote monitoring
By gathering information on plant and environmental conditions and making it available on web pages from a secure server, the t-mac system enables facilities managers to reduce the costs associated with maintenance and management.
‘Intelligent maintenance’ software which facilitates remote Internet monitoring and control of equipment and assets has been developed by t-mac Technologies. The company says that users can have a t-mac system fully installed and running in a matter of minutes for under £700. The t-mac system can help facilities managers reduce costs in three key areas: protecting materials and equipment; reducing labour costs and lowering infrastructure expenses. There is no longer any need to visit a site to monitor critical conditions first-hand or hire employees to manually monitor systems from a central location. Through constant monitoring, t-mac can offer damage limitation, reducing equipment maintenance costs by identifying and diverting potential hazards at a very early stage. Data is transmitted by general packet radio service, Ethernet or telephone line over the Internet and at regular intervals to a central server. Warnings are made if conditions fluctuate outside predefined limits. It can report on conditions such as indoor and outdoor temperatures, operation of heating and air-conditioning systems, boiler efficiency, humidity, pressure, flow rates, HVAC&R controllers, power failures, lighting levels and many more. Information collected by the t-mac system is stored in a central database and accessed through a secure web page. Users do not have to log in to every individual unit to view its collected information. Each t-mac talks to the secure server and consolidates information to a single point of reference. The system is listed on the Carbon Trust’s Technology List.