Helium debuts smart sensor for environmental monitoring; Helium Pulse for healthcare monitoring and alerting

Helium launched Monday Helium Green, a smart sensor with multiple environmental sensing capabilities for monitoring, among other things, smart buildings, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and data centers.

Coupled with the Helium Pulse monitoring and alerting solution, Helium Green can measure temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, light and motion, offering the smartest configurable environmental sensor in the IoT market. With Helium Green, companies can capture rich data about their environment and create business insights with Helium scripting at the edge and in the cloud.

Helium Smart Sensors bring the power of cloud computing to the edge of the network, providing the flexibility and intelligence to monitor, analyze and alert for conditions of interest and importance. With power management and secure wireless built-in, Helium Smart Sensors can be deployed wherever monitoring is required.

The battery-powered Helium Green smart sensors connect wirelessly and securely with zero configuration required. Helium Green adds the capability to monitor temperature in the range of -4°F to +140°F (-20°C to +60°C); humidity between 0 to 100 percent RH; barometric pressure lies between 300 to 1100 hPa. The  Light Relative or light brightness by default, ranges from 0 to 100 percent. The more sophisticated sensing can be programmed over-the-air for special applications. PIR Motion Sensor  Detects motion at a distance of up to 5m (16.4 feet), with horizontal and vertical detection ranges of 94° x 82°, and includes 64 detection zones.

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Once deployed, Helium Green smart sensors fit seamlessly into any Helium deployment to 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 optimizes how often sensors send and receive data for the best battery life possible.

Helium also launched Helium Pulse monitoring and alerting application. Available for both web and mobile clients, Helium Pulse enables monitoring and alerting from anywhere so that companies can save money, improve efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction.

The Helium Pulse application is designed to monitor and alarm using one of several Helium smart sensors. Helium Pulse comes with customizable alerts out of the box that reduce false positives that can create alarm fatigue. Helium’s emphasis on smart sensors and intelligent monitoring means its alerts are both immediately useful and powerful enough for the most complex environments. These complex alert rules can be applied to one or thousands of sensors easily so that true enterprise scale is straightforward and manageable.

Real-time alerts can be delivered through email, text or app-based notifications or integrated into existing business systems through modern web APIs. Pulse handles management of the smart sensors from the cloud and provides reporting and data visualization for all sensors in the system.

Helium Pulse is currently in trials with various customers in the restaurant and healthcare industries. By adding Helium smart sensors to existing refrigeration units, restaurants can use Helium Pulse to continuously monitor internal temperatures, better adhere to compliance and regulation guidelines and alert staff to any significant deviations. By continuously monitoring storage conditions, restaurants can ensure health and safety standards are met and avoid spoilage, risks to customers, or lost inventory.

Helium is partnering with hospitals and healthcare organizations to continuously monitor medical refrigeration units using Helium Pulse, reducing risk and improving patient safety. This includes inventory monitoring of refrigerated items, such as medications, vaccines, tissue samples and other medical products to prevent loss of samples and to ensure compliance. Helium is currently in trials with several of the top 10 hospitals in the U.S.

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