Wireless Environmental Monitoring: Is it right for you?


It seems that every year there are new products to monitor temperature, relative humidity, and other conditions that affect collections. Wireless, networked, cloud, and NFC are terms used on product specification sheets but what do they mean and are the new products really different than just a few years ago? Units are available that can text alarms to your phone, transmit data back to your desktop or monitor sealed environments, however, do you have the need, budget, and IT savvy to make them right for you? This webinar is an update on the Connecting To Collections 2012 program on the topic. Join presenter Rachael Perkins Arenstein to learn what new products have come on the market in the last few years. She’ll cover the basics of environmental monitoring, but the webinar focus will be on the technology used in wireless monitoring. A solid understanding of the terminology which can be translated to new products as they emerge will allow you to determine which monitoring method and product is right for your institution. The goal is to make the choice of a monitor or monitoring system and data collection easy so you have more time to spend on determining what your conditions mean for your collections and how to advance your preservation goals.


Rachael ArenstienRachael Perkins Arenstein is a founding partner in A.M. Art Conservation, LLC a NY-based private practice with specializations in object conservation and preventive care. She is the co-author of the National Park Service Conserve-O-Gram on Dataloggers for Museum Monitoring and has extensive experience presenting workshops and webinars on the topic of environmental monitoring. She has been responsible for implementing or maintaining environmental monitoring programs at the Bible Lands Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the American Museum of Natural History, and institutional and private clients both nationally and internationally. Rachael’s degree in art conservation is from the University of London. She is Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and active in several professional organizations including positions as the E-editor for the AIC and the Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group. She enjoys tinkering with dataloggers and other technology products!

Recorded: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Duration: 1 Hour 31 minutes


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