The goal of the environmental monitoring system is to detect and evaluate environmental factors using sensors and data-gathering terminals. It guarantees that the areas with the most significant environmental factors are maintained under control. Environmental monitoring systems are critical for preventing all kinds of disasters, whether it be in warehouses storing temperature-sensitive products, or a data center.
Basic Functions of Data Center Monitoring Systems
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Datacenter environmental monitoring systems enable you to centrally monitor and control your data centers environmental conditions. You may connect to, gather data from, and configure devices using HTTP, MQTT/S, SNMP, and other IP-based network protocols. Datacenter environmental monitoring systems may perform a wide range of tasks, and with so many data monitoring solutions to select from, it’s crucial to understand what features you should be looking for. Here’s a quick rundown of the features we think are essential or beneficial in a data center monitoring system.
Downtime in your data center may be extremely costly, as well as damaging to your company’s brand and client retention. As a result, the ability to monitor performance in real-time is critical. You must track your data center operations and systems in the physical computer room, as well as monitor network devices, to verify that the network infrastructure is healthy and functioning, and to guarantee that important systems and services stay online. Managing the infrastructure well from mechanical equipment to electrical systems is a must to maintain data center uptime. This may be accomplished without missing a beat or losing a single minute of time thanks to a real-time monitoring support.
Analytics And Reporting
With so much data coming across your network, manually tracking and interpreting, and analyzing each indicator may become complex and time-consuming. Data monitoring software platforms with analytics and reporting capabilities can help with this, allowing you to swiftly evaluate data and generate alerts when anything out of the ordinary occurs. Performance data may also be graphed using analytics software, making it easier to understand. Datacenter infrastructure management software (DCIM) is also widely used to manage the complete data center network, and infrastructure and monitor environmental conditions.
It’s a multi-step procedure to add additional servers or hardware to your data center, and it might affect multiple data center components. A data center monitoring system should be able to manage the server installation process, ensuring that all essential procedures are conducted and finished before any new software or hardware is made available to the public.
Change Management And Asset Configuration
It might be difficult to keep track of changes to your data center’s assets. After all, if one of your servers goes down, you need to figure out what’s causing it as soon as possible. This implies you’ll need to find the problem as fast as possible and obtain insight into its setup, which asset configuration skills may help you with. Change management utilities are also useful in a data center monitoring system because they allow you to watch systems that may have an influence on network performance and monitor infrastructure additions and configuration changes. DCIM software packages are also a useful tool for this type of capacity planning, asset tracking, and management.
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One of the numerous advantages of data center monitoring systems is that they enable capacity planning. Data monitoring solutions may help you maximize resource utilization, such as cooling and power, and make better-educated decisions about increasing data center resources by giving you access to previous data and proactively evaluating patterns.
You’re probably employing additional enterprise-grade IT solutions if you’re using a data center monitoring system. As a result, it’s critical that you pick a data center monitoring system that can readily interface with a variety of different technologies. Modeling tools, asset management tools, change management tools, and other third-party solutions may all be integrated to help you account for a variety of difficulties more readily.
Reasons Why Data Centers Need Monitoring System
The capacity to remotely access data on environmental parameters is the most common feature of an environmental monitoring system. It connects to any device with an internet connection and gives data like temperature, humidity, and airflow of the area to be monitored.
It’s also critical to be able to remotelymonitor any changes in parameters that may occur in facilities like data centers and warehouses that aren’t always accessible. With the monitoring system, it is simple to avoid the loss of irrecoverable data or to detect any security flaws.
It is critical that the environmental monitoring system be available from anywhere in order to avoid the detrimental consequences of even little changes in values in locations where environmental conditions are critical.
For enterprises with many branches and offices in different locations, the monitoring system allows environmental data to be tracked both from the head office and from the branch.
Push And Instant Notification
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The environmental monitoring system not only gathers data on environmental factors, but also alerts users to changes in those parameters, as well as earthquakes, fires, water leaks, and unlawful entry.
During the installation of the monitoring system, the values, tolerance ranges, and alert conditions that should be included in the parameters to be followedare determined. Alarm severity, communication method, and relevant contacts in the alarm state are all decided at the same time.
It also delivers siren calls in alarm circumstances and speedy action, in addition to contacting the essential contacts through email, SMS, and phone call, in case of immediate changes in environmental conditions.
As a result, the monitoring system enables you to quickly respond to certain situations by accessing your data.
In addition to avoiding labor and product loss due to environmental conditions, the monitoring system may reduce energy usage. Access to energy consumption data, which is one of the most expensive commodities for these organizations, guarantees that the energy management policy is properly formed. Businesses save a lot of money on electricity because they utilize it more efficiently.
Businesses, on the other hand, require huge personnel to monitor, regulate, and report on all environmental parameters. With sensors and data gathering terminals, the environmental monitoring system conveniently and independently executes these functions.
In industries like banking, where data security is critical, using a monitoring system to monitor data centers has become a need rather than a luxury. Nowadays, the most crucial requirement for consumers or users is data security. Businesses that put off allocating money to the monitoring system may suffer bigger losses in the long term.
Office environments, in particular, have a direct impact on productivity. Sudden variations in temperature and humidity, as well as inadequate values, make it difficult for employees to focus and diminish production. The monitoring system avoids this issue by preserving suitable values and sending an immediate signal when they are exceeded.
Because the environmental monitoring system keeps the environmental factors that negatively impact production and cause a decline in product efficiency under control, production continuity will be assured, and product efficiency will grow.
Due to the examination of energy consumption data using the environmental monitoring system, improvements may be made in facilities with inefficiency. It will be feasible to use energy more effectively and embrace ecologically beneficial practices in this manner.
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Temperature, humidity, and airflow are only a few characteristics the environmental monitoring system monitors. At the same time, equipment such as motion sensors, water leakage sensors, and smoke sensors allow control of circumstances such as illegal entry, theft, installation faults, power outages, fire, and earthquakes.
Because of the IP cameras attached to the door motion sensor, it is possible to collect photos of unlawful entrance in places where security is vital.
Because of the fast signals received from the environmental monitoring system, in the event of temperature, humidity, water leakage, or fire, quick action may be done to ensure client safety.
Real-Time Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Solutions
All of the advantages of an environmental monitoring system are included in AKCP Monitoring Solutions. Simultaneously, it complements the environmental monitoring system software with its own hardware, such as sensors and data gathering terminals (wired and wireless).
Areas, where environmental factors are monitored, can be represented as desired and put in line with the relevant area’s plan using the visualization tool. As a result, it provides a more effective and accessible method of environmental monitoring.
AKCPro Server is our world-class central monitoring and management software. Suitable for a wide range of monitoring applications. Free to use for all AKCP devices. Monitor your infrastructure, whether it be a single building or remote sites over a wide geographic area. Integrate third-party devices with, Modbus, SNMP, and ONVIF compatible IP cameras.
All deployed AKCP base units and attached sensors can be configured and monitored from AKCPro Server (APS). Base units communicate with the server through your wired local network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). Remote sites with no wired network send data to the server through the cellular data network* via a VPN connection.
AKCPro Server can be accessed on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Access is operating system independent, and viewable through the HTML5 user interface on any web browser.
SensorProbe devices, in a form factor that allows for 1U, 0U, and DIN rail mounting. A low-profile design that is economical on cabinet space. sensorProbeX+ comes in several standard configurations or can be customized by choosing from a variety of modules such as dry contact inputs, IO’s, internal modem, analog to digital converters, internal UPS, and additional sensor ports
sensorProbeX+ is compatible with all AKCP Intelligent sensors, making it an extremely versatile and cost-effective monitoring solution. From the data center to remote sites, industrial controls have you covered.
Environmental Monitoring Sensors
Wherever monitoring of environmental conditions is important to your daily operations and health of equipment, deploy sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, airflow, and water leaks.
Case Study: AKCP Monitors Simon Fraser University Data Center
AKCP, the world's oldest and largest supplier of networked wired and wireless sensor solutions, monitor Simon Fraser University data center.
The university recently updated their data center facilities, installing racks with rear door heat exchangers (RDHx) for high density computing. To guard against disasters caused by water leaks from the RDHx the data center administrators installed a leak detection system. AKCP rope and spot water sensors were deployed. Rope water sensors running down each aile under the rear doors will alert immediately should water leaks occur. This allows rapid response toguard against severe damage that water in the data center can cause.