"The expenses multiplied every time we jumped on a plane, and often our travel was delayed due to extreme temperatures or restricted nighttime travel," said Roland Briggs, IT Specialist for Lake and Peninsula School District.
"The repairs could take up to three days after thawing the equipment and dealing with the water damage.
We would always figure out how to get things running again but would end up with a lot of damage and debt.
We began searching for an IP serial unit we could hook up over the Internet to my serial devices in the boiler rooms for remote monitoring and control, using the school district's existing network.
That's when I came across Barix
After researching the Barionet, Briggs contacted DataNab, an IP systems programmer and Barix reseller based in Burnsville, Minnesota.
designed a series of custom software applications for remote monitoring and control/automation that has simplified life for Briggs
and the three-man maintenance staff.
This allows Briggs
to log onto the network - from King Salmon or anywhere else in the world - to identify the problem.
can then quickly locate a teacher or village technician to address the situation and prevent a catastrophic failure.
"Alarms typically activate the e-mails from the Barionet, and then the system in danger flashes in red or another color on the GUI," said Briggs