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Automated Temperature Monitoring Protects Valuable Biological Samples

In a recent article, the Boston Globe reports on a medical monitoring catastrophe: “A freezer malfunction at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital has severely damaged one-third of the world’s largest collection of autism brain samples, potentially setting back research on the disorder by years, scientists say. One freezer contained about 150 brain samples from people who had died with a neurological or psychiatric condition.”

The full article can be found online at http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/06/11/freezer_failure_at_brain_bank_hampers_autism_research/?page=1.

Accsense A2-05 Ethernet Temperature Data Logger from CAS Dataloggers.

Experiencing surprisingly common alarm and freezer failures, academic labs and biorepositories across the country are increasingly turning to automated temperature monitoring to safeguard their high-value life science samples, and CAS DataLoggers has the ideal solution with the Accsense A2-05 Ethernet Temperature Data Logger. Now organizations have an affordable device to monitor wide ranges of temperature in their medical fridges, freezers and liquid nitrogen chambers, utilizing advanced alarming capabilities allowing staff to respond the moment temperatures go out of specification, offering unmatched safety and convenience.

Accsense Ethernet wired data loggers measure and record temperature data at high accuracy by connecting to medical refrigerators and freezers with inputs for 2 RTDs and a Type T thermocouple to measure temperatures from -199°C to 400°C. The pods’ trouble-free operation means no expensive training sessions - staff just plug them in and let them log. Sophisticated alarm capabilities continually monitor for user-set values and send out email, text and even phone alarms whenever temperatures suddenly go outside critical ranges, increasing safety measures and decreasing staff response times while automatically sending their data to secure Accsense servers. Users can also login through any Web browser to view reports and graphs of their data or configure the system from anywhere Internet connection is available.

Each data logger supports power over Ethernet for low-cost monitoring and also includes a power adapter and Ethernet cables. The system’s maintenance is much lighter compared to traditional wiring, so personnel quickly become knowledgeable in its operation. In the event of a power failure or network connection loss, A2-05 pod keep running for another 6 hours on their internal lithium batteries, during which the data loggers will continue to buffer data.

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