Packet Power - Wireless Monitoring

Wireless Data Centre Power and Environmental Monitoring

Packet Power's wire-free radio power and environmental monitoring systems are easy to use, cost effective and ideal for new or existing data centre and server room facilities. Through its flexible and scalable architecture, detailed power, temperature, humidity and differential pressure information is easily captured and collected in small single locations sites as well as large multi-site operations.

Understanding critical power and cooling information is the key to optimising your data centre, regardless of the size. By viewing energy consumption, environmental trends such as peaks and troughs that may cause hot spots or other undesired situations, adjustments to the infrastructure, cooling and power distribution can be made. Optimising to prevent these peaks and troughs will save you energy and extend hardware life. Data can be viewed through Packet Power EMX Energy Portal or third party building management systems (BMS) or data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions via SNMP or Modbus TCP/IP. Depending on the type of system used, power usage, temperature maps and differential pressure maps are available for the entire data centre all the way down to individual racks or even at server level.

Most of the products can be easily installed without the need of an electrician or the need to removing existing equipment. The wireless protocol is a frequency hopping self-configuring load-balancing radio mesh network working on frequencies between 860 and 930MHz depending on regional location. Optional 128-bit encryption is available allowing several independent installations within a close proximity like those found at ISPs or Colocation sites. Unlike many other systems, Packet Power have very fast reporting and depending on the frequency of readings required, up to 150 monitoring units can be used per gateway although multiple gateways can be used for backup and redundancy. Only gateways require an IP address, which means only 1 IP address per couple of hundred monitors is required. As it is so easy to install, it is simple to start off with a small number of devices and expand as you require a more detailed information in your data centre.

Highlights Packet Power Wireless Monitoring

Smart Power Cable

  • Easily attaches to IT equipment, PDUs and busway plug-ins
  • Support for IEC, NEMA, Hubbell, Russell Stoll and further connectors
  • 1 or 3 phases with 120 and 208-240V  for 10 up to 100A
  • Data collection: V, A, W, power consumption, factor and peak
  • Compatible with GUIs from different vendors
  • Wireless communication designed for data centres

Environmental Monitor (EM)

  • Wirelessly collects temperature and humidity data
  • Several hundred of measurement points possible
  • Wireless data transfer to SNMP or Modbus gateway
  • Real-time comparison of actual and set point values
  • Detects different temperature zones at rack level

Gateway

  • Data consolidation capabilities for up to a couple of hundred monitoring units
  • Wireless-to-SNMP or Modbus gateway 
  • Transfers power and environmental data to DCIM solutions
  • Complete  monitoring features using only 2 IP addresses

EMX Energy Portal

  • Management tool for EM monitoring units and Smart Power Cables
  • Manages thousands of monitoring points, also facility-wide
  • Captures, analyses and reports the data gathered at room, circuit, rack, PDU and device level
  • Real-time display of power consumption values, temperature, humidity and air pressure
  • Dynamic charts and diagrams show power and environmental values
  • Trend reports on power use, electricity costs and CO2 emissions
  • Configuration of hierarchical access levels
  • Free name assignment for wireless monitoring modules
  • Predefined limits and alerts
  • Access via (local) software, web and/or cloud service

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