Vaisala, the global leader in environmental and industrial measurements, has received the national Quality Innovation Award for its viewLinc Monitoring System. The Quality Innovation Award is an annual, international competition for innovations and ideas, granted in eight categories. The national award is granted to Vaisala by Laatukeskus Excellence Finland in the Business Innovation category for large companies. The national winners of each category - Vaisala among them - continue to the international stage of the competition.
Truly customer-focused, Vaisala's viewLinc Monitoring System, released in April 2018, was innovated together with customers throughout the whole development project to ensure the storage conditions of critical assets, such as medicines and vaccines in pharmaceutical warehouses and labs. Based on Vaisala's decade-long technological experience, the system combines industry-best sensors with wireless technology and data loggers that monitor different parameters, such as temperature, relative humidity and dew point, sending alarms to users, if the monitored parameters deviate from permitted values. The data loggers transmit the measurements to connected access points, forming an easy-to-use, truly reliable wireless and browser-based monitoring system that provides gap-free and easily-auditable data.
"Winning the Quality Innovation Award by Laatukeskus Excellence Finland is a great honor and a testament to our customer-focused approach. At Vaisala, we are sincerely driven by curiosity for our customers' business," says Liisa Åström, Vice President, Products and Systems of Vaisala Industrial Measurements. "Customer focus was at the heart of viewLinc that was co-created together with over 40 companies, enabling us to gain truly deep understanding of our customer's needs. In the end, our system exceeds customer expectations by hiding the complexity of a large system behind interactive and informative user interfaces," she continues.
Vaisala's viewLinc's exceptional performance is based on the reliable Vaisala's VaiNet Wireless technology. It hosts superior signal strength, all thanks to the sub-GHz frequencies that are less vulnerable to interference than the more heavily-trafficked GHz bands. Used low frequencies at 900 MHz enable VaiNet to reach ranges that extend well over 100 meters in typical indoor conditions, even in obstructed environments such as pharmaceutical warehouses, where barriers such as concrete walls and metal vaults can impede the higher-frequency signals.
"After the release, we have received nothing but positive feedback from customers. Due to its flexibility and high-quality wireless technology, the viewLinc Monitoring System is easily expandable, as additional data loggers are easy to install. Even though it was designed for use in pharmaceutical and other regulated environments, the system can be used to monitor conditions in a variety of applications," Åström concludes.
"We were impressed with Vaisala's systematic and collaborative approach. The customer needs behind the innovation were clearly recognized and the customer journey was mapped together with the stakeholders. Also the use of low-frequency and long-range signal, penetrating different materials in warehouses and versatile conditions, showed true innovation," the Quality Innovation Award assessors explain.
The Quality Innovation of the Year Award has been arranged in Finland since 2007 and has grown into a large international competition, with national and international winners in eight categories. After the preliminary assessment, the finalists were sent to the competition jury in Finland, consisting of impartial quality, technology and innovation experts that represent Finnish companies and public sector. The Finnish award ceremony was organized as a satellite event of Slush on December 4, 2018. Vaisala's viewLinc goes on to the international competition, in which the jury of all participating eighteen countries vote for their favorites. The international award winner and two applications that receive honorable mentions in each category are announced later in December 2018. The international award ceremony will be organized on 27 February 2019 in Beijing, China.
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