Retrofitting a Data Center with an Environmental Monitoring and Control System
Data center environmental control is essential in managing reliability and capacity, as well as reducing cooling costs. Any hot spot could result in an expensive product failure and any cool area means capacity isn’t being realized.
A solutions provider for critical cooling environments needed to inexpensively and non-invasively collect temperature and humidity data from its customers’ relevant data center space. Their proprietary software uses that data to make autonomous control decisions about which cooling units to cycle on and off, providing a precisely-controlled amount of cooling to each area of the data center.
The wireless mesh network solution met all of the requirements the data center needed. Wzzard Mesh delivers a low-power, reliable, resilient and scalable network solution including network management and security features. Nodes can be battery powered, dramatically reducing installation cost. In this application, battery life exceeds five years. Wzzard mesh nodes are available in indoor and ruggedized IP67 versions suitable for outdoor installation in harsh environments.
When the solutions provider first approached Advantech, the data center was using a proprietary solution that was more costly to purchase and install than the Advantech hardware. It was also difficult to source. Advantech had a hardware solution that was close to meeting the customers’ needs, but with design-to-order capabilities it was able to customize the solution to meet all needs—it also made the total solution more affordable. Advantech’s world-wide design focus and supply chain also ensured that the product could be sold internationally without concern.