Environmental Monitoring Systems (EMS) play a crucial role in helping Universities & Research Institutes achieve compliance and maintain the visibility of their work by monitoring factors such as temperature, humidity, and air quality and can further ensure that these facilities are operating safely. By monitoring their environment, they reduce the risk of compromising any temperature-sensitive assets within their facilities.
Below is a list of suggested best practices for Universities & Research Institutes to take into consideration when selecting an Environmental Monitoring System (EMS):
Develop a Monitoring Plan:
Developing a monitoring plan is the first step when implementing an effective temperature monitoring system. The plan should outline the specific parameters that need to be monitored, the frequency of monitoring, and the exact location of the devices required to do so effectively.
Use the Correct Monitoring Equipment:
To ensure accurate monitoring, Universities & Research Institutes must use the correct monitoring equipment. For instance, a cellular-based temperature monitoring system for a Laboratory can provide real-time temperature data, without the need for any client-maintained infrastructure such as WIFI, Ethernet, or Servers, this allows staff to quickly respond to any temperature fluctuations and reduce the risk of product loss. Without the correct Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) in place, the risk of these assets being compromised is much higher, ultimately leading to product wastage, financial losses, and quality control implications.
Analysing data can help Universities & Research Institutes identify trends and patterns that may indicate environmental issues. For example, ambient temperature data may show that some laboratory regions consistently operate at higher ambient temperatures than other areas, indicating the need for corrective action. Selecting an automated device that uses cutting-edge technology such as Autima’s cloud-based portal, allows for real-time data collection that provides full visibility, reliability, and redundancy. Those responsible will have peace of mind that their temperature-sensitive assets are being continuously and accurately monitored; manual logging is not as reliable and runs the risk of human error.
Communicating The Findings:
The ability to communicate the data and, more importantly, the findings, is important for keeping stakeholders informed and ensuring that appropriate action is taken to address any environmental issues. With an automated monitoring system, reports can be generated much quicker, summarising data and allowing for accurate and reliable readings over selected periods. With advanced technology, such as Autima’s ColdCloud™™, a cloud-based management platform, users can easily identify trends within their facility and receive notifications via email, SMS, and Smartphone App, which enable them to take the necessary action to prevent the loss of products and specimens.
It is essential for those that work within the Universities & Research Institutes sector to communicate the results, for example, to staff, researchers, and other stakeholders as required to maintain transparency and ensure that they are continuously meeting the relevant regulations to remain compliant.
Environmental Monitoring Systems (EMS) benefit Universities & Research Institutes in several ways, including:
- Helping institutions identify environmental issues that may affect their operations
- Allowing institutions to make data-driven decisions
- Encourages communication and collaboration through the sharing of data collected
- Mitigates the risk of incurring costly fines and reputational damage by notifying the relevant people when there is a controlled environment excursion
How Autima Can Help You
Autima is a leading provider of Automated Temperature Monitoring Systems, with solutions that give complete visibility of monitored environments.
At Autima, we provide Hospitals, Laboratories, Food, Bio and Pharmaceutical facilities, and University & Research Institutes with Monitoring and Alarming solutions for:
- Fridges, Freezers, and Cryogenics
- Ambient Room Temperature and Humidity
- Differential Pressure for Clean Rooms and Growth Cabinets
- Oxygen Monitoring for Cryogenic Storage
Our solutions are designed to be user-friendly and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of individual institutions and facilities. For more information on our suite of technologies, including our remote monitoring devices and a leading cloud-based portal, contact one of our experts today.