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Commercial and Backup Power Monitoring
Monitoring the input, stability, and transmission of AC power can help avoid a cascade of troublesome events at remote sites.
Continuous battery monitoring ensures that the backup power supply of each facility is ready to support equipment in the event of a commercial power failure. Real-time monitoring of cell-by-cell battery conditions provides measurements and logging of individual cell voltage, cell resistance, string current, and temperature. This proactive management helps fix problems before they become serious.
The diesel generator can also be monitored for both maintenance and emergency purposes. Monitoring verifies that service technicians have started and operated the generator as scheduled, because automatic logs of sensor data have been recorded by the Network Controller.
Environmental Control and Monitoring
Guarantee that HVAC systems operate correctly. Using an automated control system, facility temperature can be put on an annual schedule that adjusts marginally to seasonal temperature fluctuations.
In addition to control, all HVAC points are monitored. Monitoring is a function best performed by the control system because the data is a byproduct of the control process. Readily available sensor data on temperature and humidity gets logged for historical access and reporting. Related alarm conditions are sent to operators or technicians when temperature or humidity fall outside of expected ranges.
Proper control and monitoring like this extends the life of HVAC equipment and sustains a correct environment for the network infrastructure.
Access Control and Monitoring
The aspects of both control and monitoring apply to site access as well. Buildings, gates, doors, co-location cages, and remote cabinets are required to be secure from unauthorized personnel.
Proper monitoring and control of these points gives the facilities manager the flexibility to program card and keypad access from an off-site location.
Programmatic access permits cost-effective management of special access privileges on a case-by-case basis. This eliminates the laborious process of replacing key lock cores, manual keypad changes, or issuing new access cards. Many incidents like this, costing $100 to $200 per call, can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Another facet of access previously missing from automation has been that of remote cabinets, where often there is no source of AC power. These are telephone equipment cabinets, secondary distribution frames, or any other types of public area cabinets. It is possible to program and automate cabinet locks for card access today. Through a single, dedicated pair of telephone wires, both power and communications drive an access system that typically would be found only in larger buildings, extending automation and remote management to the edge of the network.