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Helium Launches Internet of Things Environmental Monitoring Smart Sensor

26 April 2016

San Francisco-based start-up Helium has introduced a smart sensor for the Internet of Things (IoT) that is capable of monitoring the environment in smart buildings, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, data centers and more.

The Helium Green smart sensor, when coupled with Helium’s Pulse monitoring device, can measure temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, light and motion. The sensor allows companies to obtain data about their environment and create business insights using Helium scripting at the edge and in the cloud. Helium Green connects wirelessly and securely with zero configuration required, the company says.

The Helium Green smart sensor can be used for monitoring smart buildings, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, data centers and more. Source: HeliumThe Helium Green smart sensor can be used for monitoring smart buildings, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, data centers and more. Source: Helium Helium says one example where the smart sensor could be of use would be to monitor occupancy of a conference room by sensing motion in order to manage energy costs, comfort and utilization.

The smart sensors are deployed by pulling the battery tab and placing it on a ceiling or other surface. Once deployed, the sensors gather data wirelessly and can be easily upgraded over the air while being completely secure, Helium says.

The Helium Pulse, also introduced recently, is a monitoring and alerting application for both the Web and mobile platforms, allowing companies to receive data from anywhere, improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction. The Pulse application is designed to monitor and alarm Helium smart sensors to reduce false positives that can create alarm fatigue. Using smart sensors and intelligent monitoring allows for one or thousands of sensors to be monitored so that true enterprise scale is straightforward and manageable, Helium says. Alerts are delivered via e-mail, text or application-based notifications or integrated into existing business systems through Web APIs.

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