Room Alert Helps the U.S. Coast Guard Protect Historic Montauk Point Lighthouse

Proactive environment monitoring platform helps protect one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States, originally commissioned by President Washington in 1796

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AVTECH Software (AVTECH), the leading provider of Room Alert environment monitors, sensors, and software, announces that its products are helping to protect the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse from damage caused by water leaks and humidity.

Now celebrating its 35th year in business, AVTECH manufactures Room Alert, the world’s most popular environment monitor for business continuity plans, outage prevention, and workplace safety. Room Alert is made in the USA and proactively monitors environment conditions such as temperature, humidity, flood, power, smoke, and more. Room Alert is currently used in 187 of 196 countries by organizations ranging from thousands of small businesses to Boeing, Sprint, Microsoft, over 80% of the Fortune 1000, the United Nations, and many government agencies. 

The historic Montauk Point Lighthouse was originally constructed beginning in 1792 and was commissioned by President Washington in 1796, making it one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States. The lighthouse has been undergoing renovations and repairs to return it to working service, and during the repair process, the Montauk Historical Society identified concerns over water permeating the masonry in the interior of the tower. Due to the coating on the exterior of the tower, moisture was not able to escape naturally, causing excess condensation inside the tower and on the critical equipment needed to operate the lighthouse by the Coast Guard.

Prior to installing Room Alert along with a Direct Air Cooling unit supplied by fellow Rhode Island manufacturer Schrofftech (a wholly-owned subsidiary of RF Industries LLC), the Coast Guard was using an off-the-shelf humidity monitor that needed to be read manually. This monitor gave sporadic readings at best, leading to concerns over future moisture damage to the lighthouse. Room Alert is now used with Schrofftech’s DAC unit to reliably – and verifiably - control the environment in the lighthouse, allowing the historic Fresnel lens (built in 1902) to be returned to service.

"A request from the Coast Guard had been in the works for quite some time that we return a 3 ½ order Fresnel light to service," said Jason Walter, the Site and Maintenance Manager at Montauk Point Lighthouse. "In February of 2023, we installed Room Alert to start baseline data collection and develop some trends. Room Alert sensors were placed near the area in the lantern room where the 3 ½ order lens has been returned to service. Room Alert immediately proved itself. We can now share environmental data very easily, as well as set up specific custom notifications to immediately address issues if conditions arise that could jeopardize the integrity of the lens. The historic Fresnel lens is now installed and operating due to the confidence that the Coast Guard has in the AVTECH monitoring together with the Schrofftech DAC system." 

“Room Alert has been installed in countless facilities across the world and knowing that it is helping protect one of the longest-serving lighthouses in the United States is truly an honor,” added Richard Grundy, AVTECH’s President & CEO. “We are extremely proud that our award-winning Room Alert platform can help ensure the success and longevity of the Montauk Point Lighthouse. It is especially gratifying to know Room Alert is working in concert with products from Schrofftech, another leading company here in Rhode Island we have been honored to partner with once again.” For more information, please visit


AVTECH Software (AVTECH), a private corporation founded in 1988, is a computer hardware and software developer and manufacturer based in Warren, RI with an international sales office in Dubai, UAE as well as an international distribution facility in Shannon, Ireland. AVTECH’s Room Alert products are made in the USA and proactively monitor critical facilities and assets for conditions such as temperature, humidity, power, flood/water leakage, smoke/fire, air flow, room entry, motion, cameras and more. Room Alert is in use in over 185 countries and can be found in over 80% of the Fortune 1000, most state and federal agencies, and all branches of the U.S. military.

Media Contact:
Russell Benoit
AVTECH Software
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Warren, RI 02885
Ph: 401.628.1600

Source: AVTECH Software, Inc.