Environmental Monitoring Systems

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It is very important to pay attention to Viruses, spyware, and network threats, but environmental factors like heat, humidity, airflow, smoke, and electricity can be equally devastating to IT equipment, and thus to a company’s operation.

Keep an eye on network closets, server rooms, and enterprise level data centers with fully scalable environmental monitoring solutions that State Fire and Safety has to offer. Configure alert notifications to receive Email, SMS, SNMP or voice call alarms to notify you when something goes wrong.

When you’re responsible for critical information technology equipment, you need instant notification of environmental problems that can impact your server rooms and data centers. State Fire can outfit your company with devices that simultaneously monitor both the network environment (temperature, power, humidity, etc.) and TCP/IP devices (servers, routers, gateways, etc.), and communicate alarm messages to remote personnel. Through comprehensive infrastructure-wide monitoring, IT managers can react to interruptions in the network before it’s too late. This enhanced system availability helps prevent the loss of millions of dollars and unrecoverable employee productivity caused by system failure.

Remote environmental monitoring is critical to ensure that server rooms and network distribution facilities are protected from extremes in server temperature, power fluctuation, humidity, and even unlawful break-ins especially when staff is not on site.

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Monitoring systems can monitor the following:

Temperature
An optimal environmental monitoring strategy includes multiple temperature sensors. A probe near the room’s thermostat can help monitor what the thermostat is ‘seeing’ as it controls the air conditioner.

Humidity
High humidity may lead to corrosion on electronic components and low humidity levels may cause issues with static electricity.

Airflow
Make sure air is flowing through the racks in addition to monitoring A/C vent intake and outtakes.

Water
Moisture and humidity sensors should monitor for leaks inside cooling equipment, potential leaks that come from nearby pipes, or water caused by a flood or disaster.

Voltage
Voltage sensors detect presence or the absence of line voltage.

Power
Electrical failures can cause air-conditioning equipment to shut down even while an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) ensures that servers stay up and running a sure recipe for overheating a server room in short order. .

Smoke
Smoke alarms can trigger power shutdowns. Also, they’re usually not tied to an alerting system that contacts IT personnel. Alarms may be noticed by facilities managers—or the local fire department—but the maintenance of sensitive server equipment is not their top priority. Here, the best approach is to wire the smoke alarms directly into the climate monitoring and alerting system, essentially extending the functionality of the climate sensors to the smoke alarm.

Doors
Dry-contact sensors that detect the opening and closing of a door should be installed at the room entry points and on the doors of server and UPS cabinets. On a busy day, these sensors can send alerts numerous times and present a time-consuming irritation, but managers can configure alerts to account for weekday vs. weekend operations, work hours vs. overnights, and other factors to help reduce the number of alerts sent and pinpoint unusual activities.

Video Surveillance
Real-time surveillance of sensitive areas in the data center and tie into the Web-based console, so administrators can get a first-hand look at the environment wherever they may be.

State Fire and Safety’s years of experience designing, installing and servicing fire suppression, air quality and environmental control systems provide creative solutions for the complicated safety requirements of the commercial and industrial property management industry. We intent to earn every dollar you spend with us and we work hard to ensure you believe we have. The professionals at State Fire and Safety are Minnesota natives. Our work quality and ethical treatment of our customers must be a testament to the values this region is so well known for. We believe in treating our customers with the same level respect and fairness that we expect for ourselves. We take pride in our community and make every effort to use local vendors and suppliers. A strong community is a happy community and we like to be happy.