Remote temperature monitoring and 4IR

Temperature Monitoring Industry 4.0 amidst Covid 19 is a paradigm shift for the workforce using real time monitoring solutions to enable remote management.

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Considering how quickly, and by how much, technology continues to advance, it’s worth exploring remote temperature monitoring solutions and their role in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). In emerging economies, like South Africa’s, the progression of IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) is creating both fear and excitement all at once. This is happening because with the new opportunities presented by such technology, it’s intensifying the obsolescence of a growing percentage of the country’s workforce.

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Is real-time remote temperature monitoring a 4IR technology?

Yes. Being able to remotely access data in real-time, and make instant business decisions as a result, is very much in line with capabilities that 4IR is bringing about around the world. This being said, though, most 4IR technology presents challenges for workforces in developing nations.

Why would 4IR technology present challenges?

4IR technology, like our advanced temperature monitoring solutions, understandably raise concerns in developing nations’ workforces. Often it’s assumed that such technology takes advanced education to operate and benefit from, so it’s this perception that invites resistance. Basic needs like healthcare, housing and education are works in progress in developing nations, and with that comes a lack of understanding about the benefits of such technology, and how easy it is to work with it.

The COVID-19 pandemic is teaching human society many harsh but valuable lessons, instantly making all advancements in social mobility redundant. It’s forcing us to investigate how we live out our daily lives, and explore opportunities for new ways of doing things. Take shopping, for example: a few years ago standing in a queue at a supermarket was the norm. Now, if you’re not shopping online, you’re a social dinosaur. The exact same thing is happening to business processes: since it’s a risk to manually place staff on site to measure temperature, humidity, oxygen, monitor how long your doors are left open in your facilities etc., you can do all of this remotely and in real-time.

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What’s so advanced about remote temperature monitors?

Here at Ikhaya Automation Systems, we get excited about the kind of value our advanced temperature monitoring solutions are providing to our clients. Instead of risking exposure for staff, real-time remote temperature monitors are placed along every key facility and process, so the data is still being recorded even when no staff are on site. The data is at your fingertips at any time of night or day, and you get to control who’s alerted when an intervention is required. 

You get to automate your reports and view your entire business’ data set with just a few clicks. It’s not just the connected state of the technology: it’s what it unlocks for your business that counts the most. Consider the time and resource saving:

  • No need for 24/7 on-site specialist maintenance teams. 
  • No data gaps when staff are not on site: sick leave, annual leave, maintenance periods – your data is still being logged throughout everything.
  • Your entire facility and all your transport vessels can be monitored simultaneously and continually: no data gaps or inaccuracies.
  • You can spot areas for improvement in up to 80% less time than when relying on manual human data logging.
  • Your operational costs are going to drop, to the delight of your shareholders and board members: more profits and you can keep a smaller staff complement and pay them more, to keep them happy and motivated.
  • Your temperature, humidity, oxygen, door status and other reports are configured and generated through the system, which means you won’t be late with them again. Less time on admin; more time on what really matters.

Why companies are investing in remote temperature monitoring:

Remote temperature monitoring fits into the flexible and remote work model that more and more businesses are adopting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Data that was previously only accessible to people working on site is now available through any Internet-enabled device. This aligns with the new purpose and meaning of remote operations.

In addition to this, the level of accuracy in data logging is far superior in custom-calibrated technology than it is when human beings are responsible for it. Data logging through 4IR technology can be calibrated to a single central business standard, to eliminate inconsistency in product quality throughout any number of operational regions. With a single temperature monitor from our IkAS offering lasting more than ten years, the system pays for itself thousands of times over.

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Remote Real-Time Temperature Monitoring

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Where is remote temperature monitoring used?

Remote temperature monitoring is currently being used in many industries, from mining to healthcare to Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). Let’s consider the healthcare industry through the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, and why remote temperature monitoring could be a lifesaving investment:

  • Temperature, sound, humidity, oxygen and other monitors, all provided through Ikhaya Automation Systems, can be placed in any medical facility. 
  • Optimum comfort levels for patients’ speedy recoveries can be created by regularly checking the digital dashboard to see whether there are any deviations, or relying on the various real-time alerts which can be configured.
  • Sterile environments come with the strictest regulatory requirements, which can be provided more by monitoring these in real-time using our 4IR technology.
  • Medications (drips, vaccines, capsules, gels, ointments, tablets and more) all require unique temperature ranges for stability, longevity and product efficacy. This is no barrier for a business using our always-on data loggers.

Because monitoring these environments no longer needs human beings to do the work, we no longer need to risk the lives of staff who would usually be tasked with this: no more using pen and paper to log the data by walking in and out of facilities, at the highest levels of risk exposure during COVID-19. If you need help getting this system in place, all you need to do is contact us and we’ll help you save lives, save costs and keep delivering on your company’s promise of high-quality products.

Does remote monitoring require change management?

It’s not essential but it’s beneficial. With any process change, it brings about the need for new skills and new jobs to be created. Incidentally these jobs can be fulfilled anytime and anywhere, thus obliterating the need for more expensive office buildings with hundreds of people crammed in a room.

So, are you ready to embrace new technology and improve your operational model? Click here to connect with us and get started.

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