The best way to prevent damage to your collection is to create stable environments that minimize 1) variations in temp and relative humidity, 2) unsafe cumulative light levels, and 3) excessive vibration.
Your team is using (or considering using) the Conserv Smart Conservation Platform, an end-to-end environmental monitoring solution that combines sensor hardware and web and mobile analytics.
The solution is designed with a very small technical footprint. You will need to plug in and connect a LoRaWAN gateway to your local network (more on this later). There is no on-premises software or servers to install, and the sensors don't need to be plugged in or wired.
The solution uses the LoRaWAN (Tech Specs) radio technology to wirelessly collect data.
LoRaWAN has a number of advantages over other radio technologies common in this space - namely it's long-range, can penetrate difficult structures, and requires very little power - a perfect for combination for environmental monitoring in art and cultural collections.
We're using the Tektelic Micro IoT Gateway (Spec Sheet) to collect sensor data.
The gateway is connected to internet locally over LAN or WiFi, and it comes with cellular backup and a backup power supply in case of emergency. Typically one gateway can cover a very large and/or difficult space - and this is one of its primary advantages over WiFi.
The Conserv v1 sensor measures temp, RH, light (infrared, UV, and visible), and vibration.
Because the sensor transmits over LoRaWAN we expect the batteries to last at least 30 months. With long battery life and a long range radio it's easy to just stick the sensors up on the wall and move them around as needed.
Spec Sheet on the way. The first version of our sensor launched on July 31, 2019.
For our beta customers, we've deployed the Tektelic Kona All-in-One Home Sensor (Spec Sheet). These sensors will be replaced with the Conserv v1 sensor in early August 2019.
Sensors have a lifecycle meaning over time they become less accurate and need to be re-calibrated or replaced. As part of your subscription we will replace sensors that need to be re-calibrated and we will refurbish the old devices so that they don't end up in a landfill. Too many solutions in this space are simply thrown away at the end of their life.
Our software is delivered as a service with a web application (app.conserv.io) and a mobile application for Android and iOS (release date: July 31, 2019).
Our application provides unlimited data storage and unlimited users.
We are on a continuous release cycle, where we continuously listen to our customers and release features to improve the product.