Manual vs Automated
When is manual monitoring best? When is automated monitoring best? Which is more economical when total costs are considered?
Manual is favored for …
- Short-term projects with minimal reporting requirements.
- Projects where the monitor must be relocated frequently.
Automated is favored for ..
- Longer term projects where stationary monitors are suitable.
- Locations that cannot be accessed easily or require special safety precautions, such as tunnels, railways, etc.
- Measurements: Same as automated.
- Reports: No reports until measurements are offloaded to PC and processed.
- No alerts unless technician is watching the unit and informs site engineer.
- Measurements: same as manual.
- Reports: Reports provided automatically at regular intervals.
- Alerts: Alerts provided automatically to smartphones and PCs. On-site alarm and strobe unit is also available.
Manual hands-on tasks
- Set up, operate, break down.
- Transfer data to a PC.
- Run PC software to generate reports.
- Send out reports, archive data.
- Charge battery overnight.
Automated hands-off tasks
- Equipment stays on site, runs continuously.
- Automated data transfers.
- Automated reports.
- Automated distribution of reports.
- No nightly battery charging.
Manual Monitoring Costs
- Direct costs are about 33% less than automated.
- Indirect costs can be significant, increasing with the number of monitors, the complexity of monitoring, the reporting requirements, and the hourly rate of a technician.
Automated Monitoring Costs
- Direct costs are about 50% more than manual.
- Cost savings are significant, since a technician is rarely required.