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Fighting Bacteria with the DataNet in Europe

Fourier spoke to Marcial Ferro from MF Instruments, Spain, about the leading applications he is finding for the DataNet multi-unit wireless system. In a hot country like Spain public buildings, labs, government offices, hotels and hospitals must take all available precautions against the spread of bacterial infection, particularly through water. Water towers and systems serving all of the listed industries have turned to MF Instruments to implement the DataNet system to provide trusted wireless temperature and humidity monitoring across large networks.

Monitoring public water with the DataNet. A particular concern MF Instruments have noticed is the spread of the bacteria – lechionella – and clean, hygienic water is essential to battle this. Hospitals, with weak patients, open wounds and intrusive treatments such as intravenous drips or catheters make for high risk from bacterial infections. However, public buildings where many people share facilities also face similar and increasing risks. Microorganisms have range limitations and live in an optimal temperature niche. Therefore the temperature of refrigerators, water towers or systems must be kept low.

Marcial Ferro tells us the format becomes relatively uniform when dealing with these types of application. External temperature PT-100 probes are used with the DNL920 DataNet unit, usually inside water towers and storage units. Repeater distances required are high due to the size of the buildings in the applications. Usually PC Receivers can be seven or more floors away, or even in another building. On the whole clients have selected receipt of alarms by email and SMS. Thus far Marcial Ferro tells us he has applied the DataNet system in dozens of different applications, but all responding to the same bacterial challenge. Government buildings, large chain hotels, museums, hospitals and public buildings across Northern Spain, Italy and France – all experiencing high temperature throughout much of the year – have found the DataNet to be a key solution.

MF Instruments have founds laboratories to be another leading application that has opted to solve their specific monitoring challenges with the DataNet system. Today laboratory working procedures, data quality assurance and storage must be as safe, reliable and efficient as possible. Whatever the field, Pathology, Phlebotomy, Cytology, Hematology, Microbiology or Mortuary Science, all laboratories must meet accreditation standards. Again, Marcial Ferro explains that once the application has been sourced the implementation pattern becomes uniform. One DNL920 DataNet unit per lab room can control temperature and humidity with an external PT-100 probe in every storage unit, climatic chamber, refrigerator and microbiological oven. So far five leading Spanish laboratories across the country are applying the system and the results appear positive.


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