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Museums Leverage the Internet of Things to Protect Antiquity

Swift Sensors Incorporated, makers of industrial Internet of Things wireless plug-and-play Cloud-based sensors is helping museums preserve the past for future generations. Museum staff typically has to play permanent vigilante in checking for nature’s elements such as light, humidity that may completely destroy an irreplaceable museum piece from a glorious past. Due to this, museums end up wasting hundreds of man-hours as the staff has to walk around manually to record current conditions of antiquity. With the Internet of Things’ sensor technology, staff can monitor museum environment online, receiving alerts if readings go off the range, helping them dedicate their time to other important tasks.

Sensors are the size of key fobs, hence can be placed in remote, unreachable corners easily. Adler Planetarium recently deployed the capability consisting of 81 wireless that takes 240 measurements routinely. The data coming out of this can be reviewed by museum staffers on PCs, mobiles & tablets.

Christopher Helms, collections manager at the Adler Planetarium, said, “The 24/7 monitoring of our collections with Swift Sensors ensures I’m alerted of any changes in temperature or humidity that could damage our exhibits. The system saves me 1.5 hours each day from no longer manually logging temperatures and humidity throughout the museum.”

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Swift Sensors CEO and founder Sam Cece said wireless IoT technology is an ideal solution for museums. “Protecting collections in any museum is critically important, but operating budgets for most museums fluctuate based on visitor revenue and philanthropic donations. Because our sensor system uses low-cost wireless and cloud-based technology, deployment and maintenance costs are low.”

The company’s starter kit helps museums try out the new technology.

The kit includes –

  • Two temperature, humidity and dew point sensors
  • A bridge to collect data and store it in the cloud
  • A cloud-based system console
  • Swift Sensors Professional Cloud Subscription

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