WiFi is a Problem We've laid out a pretty good case for why WiFi isn't a great solution for conservation-focused environmental monitoring. If you haven't got a chance to read the article yet, here's the summary. Collection spaces are large and WiFi coverage is difficult. No surprise there, but what's the solution for collections that want to remove all the hassle from their environmental monitoring and use wireless?
Nathan has always been fascinated by history, and especially by the artifacts that mark milestones in our past. He grew up in Michigan, close to Detroit, the eldest child in a family that was closely connected to the auto industry.
Sustainability matters. Conserv is on a mission to help preserve our shared cultural heritage for future generations. Part of that mission involves creating a sustainable business model where we can serve our customers well and profitably while also limiting our environmental impact. A business model with sensor hardware has the potential to create a negative environmental impact, and we have some ideas on how to overcome the challenge.
There's a reason why your collection doesn't have wireless sensors for environmental monitoring We’ve spent a lot of time lately talking with conservators, collection managers, registrars and other museum pros about their needs. One of the questions we always ask is “Why don’t you have wireless sensors in your space already?”. While the answers fall into a few broad categories, the short answer is that while wireless sensors are great, WiFi is a bad solution for collections. Here's what we've heard.