How to Monitor Data Room Temperature

September 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Data Center 

Data room temperature monitoring can involve more than just hanging a thermometer on the wall. Temperature measurements should be taken from at least two locations.

It isn’t as simple as monitoring temperature with a single sensor. There a little issue called airflow monitoring that needs to be in places as well, especially for data centers and server rooms. If you already own a BitSight or SensorProbe, you probably have a spare port.

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Add another temperature sensor for across the room or an airflow sensor so that you have a more ambient environmental monitoring solution for very little money. It will be worth monitoring your assets for potential environmental hazards.

- Mike

Ravica Sensor Probes help at the WaterPark

September 23, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: environmental monitoring, water leak monitoring 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about how I helped a local amusement park solve an overheating problem with Ravica’s sensor probes. Luckily, I schedule follow up calls to make sure that everything is working as planned. I found out that they have another issue that I can help with.

This amusement park has an attached water park with 20 plus rides. The water for all of these rides is supplied from three pumping stations. Each pumping station has a small data center. The pump section of each of these units has all the emergency equipment that you could ask for, but  the data center lacked. Read more

The Future of Air Conditioning and How the Rest of the World Can Monitor Temperature

September 18, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: temperature monitoring 

air-conditioner-main_FullI just found an entry on Slashdot about a deal between IBM & Carrier to create and market a web enabled air conditioner. Apparently you are able to gain complete control of the unit via the simple web interface. Being a geek, this intrigued me. What about everyone else who cannot obtain one of these units?

Being able to log in and monitor the environment is something you can do with the Ravica line of SensorProbes. I would suggest getting one of the temperature and humidity probes to start with. From my research, high humidity plays a big role in the cost and operation of your air conditioning units. Being able to trend and be alerted during these times can be beneficial.

Next, I would use the airflow probe to tell me when the AC unit is on. I know, it is an odd way to detect the air conditioners state, but trust me, it’s logical. You can use an airflow sensor on any type of unit. Like the one in the above picture or built-in industrial type. With an airflow sensor, you are not limited to testing current flow or temperature.

Last, but not least, I would use the Sensor Controlled Relay to be able to turn off the unit when the temperature is optimized.

So the good news is that you can implement Ravica’s environmental probes in various ways to help monitor your environment. What’s even better is that this technology is available to every one.

- JimmyD

How to Reduce False Positives and Frequent Temperature Alerts

Previously, I wrote about managing the sensitivity of your motion detector to prevent or reduce false positives from normal environmental motion, while maintaining the security that the motion detector sensor provides. I thought I would elaborate on the subject by providing some tips on how to limit frequent alerts and false positives for any environmental monitoring sensor, like temperature.

As I mentioned before, the “continuous time to report,” or “rearm” as it is called on the SecurityProbe, are an excellent way to say, “Don’t alert me as soon as a sensor goes into a ‘warning’ or ‘critical’ status. However, if it has been in a ‘warning’ state for 30 seconds, let me know.” Read more

Environmental Monitoring Requirements in Universities, Colleges and Research Labs

September 3, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: environmental monitoring 

studentOften times, there are various departments on a campus which house and display wet/dry work areas. There are research labs, reference libraries, conference rooms, administrative offices, computer labs, etc. that ideally should stay within an optimum environmental range.

Our product’s primary function is to meet the teaching and research needs of the schools. Because the risk of inappropriate humidity and temperature levels exists, having those work areas monitored for items such as temperature, humidity, water, smoke, power outages, etc., reduces the risk of valuable work and/or equipment loss. Poor environmental conditions can negatively impact the education infrastructure, students and lectures.

To prevent these hazards, a small network of sensors monitoring various resources can help avoid catastrophes by alerting key staff members.

- Mike

Mount Wilson Observatory In Danger From L.A. Fire

September 2, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: General, SensorProbes, smoke detector 

observI just read this post on Slashdot:

Mount Wilson is in danger from the Station fire burning near L.A. Their servers have gone offline, but there’s a temporary mirror cam. It doesn’t look good. Picture twenty-four on the L.A. Times photo gallery shows the observatory from the air. If anyone has any inside news on the condition of the facility, I’m sure there are lots of people on Slashdot that would love to hear it.It got me wondering about what type of SensorProbes they have.

Most companies will never see this size of fire, but even a tiny fire can put a server room out of commission. That is why it is so important to use sensor probe technology to monitor our environment and alert us when something is wrong.

Let’s use the fire in California to remind us to check our home and office fire detection systems.

My prayers go out to all of the fire fighters, the people who have lost their homes and the people who have lost their lives.

- JimmyD

The Importance of Monitoring Airflow in the Office

September 1, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: airflow monitoring, temperature monitoring 

In a previous blog, Mike mentioned the importance of monitoring the airflow in your data center, but recently we were reminded of just how important airflow is in the work environment. Normally, our office is quite chilly. However, yesterday, the employees of Ravica were treated to a nice toasty office to work in. It was certainly a welcome change. Read more