Remote temperature monitoring is most commonly used in telecommunication or IT environments where computer equipment must work with high reliability and high visibility for many years. This kind of monitoring protects your network against thermal shutdown, not to mention irreparable and expensive damage to your network. Ultimately, it avoids lost revenue that results when systems fail.
While "too hot" is the most common issue when dealing with computer systems, "too cold" is also a very real problem in some climates.
The right temperature monitoring system should allow you to keep track of critical temperatures at all of your sites, server rooms, and data centers that contain important gear. Instead of turning to installing new climate control systems, you'll be able to use intelligence to solve temperature-related problems.
When you think about remote monitoring, words like "protocol" and "alarm output" might worry you; however, unlike direct monitoring of equipment alarms, site temperature is one of the easiest things to keep an eye on from a distance.
For this kind of monitoring, all you need is one or more temperature sensors and an RTU to send the information back to you. If you have a medium or large network, you can use an alarm master station to send alerts to your phone, email, or other devices.
Electronic equipment naturally creates large amounts of heat. If this heat is not monitored adequately with temperature sensors, thermal shutdowns will happen sooner or later.
Deploying temperature sensors at your sites will help you dodge service downtime and damage to your gear. These sensors are relatively cheap, simple, and quite compact.
Imagine the situation: your HVAC system stopped working and you didn't have any temperature sensors at your remote sites. You had absolutely no idea that the temperature was rising until it was too little too late. Both your customers and bosses won’t be happy with equipment damage and/or emergency shutdowns, right?
I can't say enough how vital it is to monitor the temperature at your remote sites, if you want to avoid having your electronic equipment cooked by excessive heat - or frozen by excessive cold. Temperature sensors should cut your costs and protect your revenue by alerting you at the first sign of trouble at your site.
That's a very valid question when you start planning your monitoring system. In general, there are two types of sensors to choose from:
Digital temperature monitoring will only tell you if the temperature is above or below a predetermined value. The major drawback of this sensor is that you won't be able to know how much the temperature has risen or fallen beyond the temperature threshold you specify. This means that if your alarm threshold was set to 85 degrees F, the sensor might indicate that the temperature was above your set limit, but it won't indicate if it's 86 F or 186 F.
Analog sensors are superior to digital sensors, because they measure the actual temperature at your site in near real-time. Instead of knowing that your temperature was just "too high" or "too low," you would know that the temperature was, for example, 96 degrees F. You can also use your analog values to send alarms based on user-configurable thresholds.
Analog sensors are the best option when setting up remote monitoring systems because they provide more visibility. However, if you don't need all the features of the analog sensor, a digital sensor is more useful than not having any type of visibility.
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