|A hospital in Florida lost an entire supply of skin grafts because the refrigerator they were stored in malfunctioned, and a freezer malfunction in Massachusetts severely damaged a third of the world's largest collection of brain samples being used to study autism. The above are worst-case scenarios but proof as to why environmental monitoring is an important outcome/application of situational awareness - and not just for hospitals.
Sensors exist to monitor just about any thing in any environment. If all of your sensors and environmental controls are integrated with SARA, then real-time alerts will be generated if a system fails, a sudden change occurs, or a hazardous substance is detected. With alerts detailing the situation delivered to responders via their designated communication devices, potential threats to people, property, business operations and convenience/comfort can be investigated and hopefully fixed before an emergency occurs, inventories are lost, or someone is inconvenienced.
In addition to providing integrated alarm management for environmental controls, SARA also can increase the ROI of those individual systems. For example, if a building management system only sends emails, integration with SARA enables alerting via other designated communication end points, providing redundancy and escalation.