Customer Profile: Using Data Loggers To Win A Museum Grant

A few weeks ago, a Dickson customer called in to ask a question about the alarm functionality of DicksonOne (page 2 has more info on alarms!). After his question was answered, and as he was just about on his merry way, he mentioned something that made us smile: DicksonOne had helped him win a grant.

This customer was the curator for a small museum in the heart of the country, and had always wanted to update the HVAC and temperature control system in his facility. He had noticed that temperature fluctuations from one room to the next within his museum were unpredictable, especially as his old HVAC system became creakier and creakier. But, as with a lot of museums, money was always tight, so it never happened.

Many artifacts need to be kept in an environment with consistent and safe levels of temperature and humidity, otherwise their deterioration process speeds up exponentially. Next time you are at a large history museum, take a look inside some of the display cases. What do you find? A data logger or temperature sensor. Museums want irreplaceable artifacts, remnants of the past, to stay in their current state as long as possible. Extremely high or low temperatures, or extremely high or low humidity, can cause precious paintings to fade and documents to turn yellow.

This Dickson customer took a leap from antiquated chart recorders and the time-consuming USB data loggers to DicksonOne, which allows users to access their data anywhere. Not only that, but DicksonOne offers robust features like phone, text, and email alarms, a Reporting Suite, customizable device pages, and location management. But most importantly for him, DicksonOne is easy to use. The data is presented clearly, making temperature and humidity analysis a breeze.

Which is what this customer did. He monitored his facility in a few key locations that he thought were getting too hot or too cold, looked at the data, and saw that his current facility was not equipped to handle the volume of artifacts it currently held. So, he gathered all his data and the conclusions that he had drawn, and applied for a grant.

And he won it.

His museum is now getting money for some much needed HVAC updates, which we think is pretty cool.