Challenges in Multi-Site Environmental Monitoring
Balancing Standardization & Localization for Costs,
Risks and Best Fit

An FDAnews FREE Webinar • Sponsored by Vaisala
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

Centralizing a monitoring system on a single enterprise solution across multiple sites provides several benefits, primarily cost-savings and risk-mitigation. On the cost savings side, only one server (or set of servers) is required, with fewer licenses. Because only one server needs to be validated, implementation and administration costs are reduced. One system means single point-of-contact for technical support, which not only simplifies operations, it increases purchasing power with your system vendor. On the risk-mitigation side, a single-server set-up can be better protected in a corporate data center. Maintenance activities such as back-ups, disaster recovery, and change-controls also are easier to implement. Further, compliance risks are reduced with a controlled, centralized, and validated system. Of course, there can be downsides to enterprise-level systems and tradeoffs in every system implementation.

In this webinar, we give five key considerations in deciding the best way to set up an enterprise-wide monitoring system. We classify these into five areas: Security, Administration, Geographic Variation, Multiple Site Types, and IT Infrastructure. We use several industry examples to look at how these five areas present different challenges in different operational contexts, (and how best to overcome them?). To see how these challenges typically manifest, we categorize multi-site monitoring contexts into three broad groups: National Warehousers, Regional Hospitals, and Global Manufacturers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Multisite Security issues: when a one-size-fits-all solution works and when it doesn’t
  • System administration: delegation, workload sharing and configuring by site/application
  • International monitoring: tackling time zones, local languages, user interface solutions
  • Context-specific issues: networking a wide array of sensors without complex programming
  • IT Infrastructure: choosing connectivity — Ethernet, Wi-Fi, GSM, emerging RF technologies

Who Will Benefit

  • Quality managers
  • Facility managers
  • Validation Engineers
  • Project managers
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Meet Your Presenter


Paul Daniel

Sr. Regulatory Compliance Expert

Paul Daniel has worked in GxP-regulated industries for over 20 years helping manufacturers apply good manufacturing practices in a wide range of qualification projects. His specialties include mapping, monitoring, and computerized systems. At Vaisala, Paul oversees and guides the validation program for the Vaisala viewLinc environmental monitoring system. He serves as a customer advocate to ensure the viewLinc environmental monitoring system matches the demanding requirements of life science and regulated applications. Paul also shares his GxP experience through regular blog contributions, webinars, and seminars around the world. Paul’s expertise in the demanding GxP world is applicable to any industry where measurement is critical to product quality. Paul is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in biology.