Data collection, connectivity (IoT), and remote monitoring have revolutionized nearly every industry. Manufacturing equipment can be monitored to allow for predictive and preventative maintenance and minimize or prevent downtime. Warehouses can pick and ship more products with greater efficiency and less cost while improving inventory accuracy. Consumers are reaping the benefits too: They can hail a cab, order dinner, and monitor their home security systems from a smartphone app, and their refrigerators can tell them if they are low on milk. Even with so many industrial and consumer items connected to the Internet, experts predict that there will be billions of new connected devices in the future, and many industries are continually finding new ways to leverage this connectivity.
The fire suppression industry has yet to take full advantage of this technological capability. If properly implemented, remote connectivity holds considerable value. Data can be shared across systems so that the overall health of the fire suppression system can be monitored both on site and remotely. This is becoming an increasingly crucial capability in an era where COVID-19 has resulted in fewer employees being consistently on site. Taking full advantage of data collection, connectivity, and remote monitoring can help to create the safest, most reliable fire suppression system possible. Remote monitoring can add considerable value by reducing risk, limiting liability, and increasing the value of any pertinent capital investments.