Engineered Systems Magazine

Environmental sensor

January 28, 2010

Until now, environmental monitoring of remote replicated sites, such as ATMs, fast food restaurants, or convenience stores, required the deployment of a dedicated Environment or Building Monitoring System at costs of $5,000 or more per site.

To help make BMS-style device monitoring affordable at smaller remote sites, Chloride North America suggests the use of its Environment Sensor accessory module as an affordable add-on to any Chloride UPS systems fitted with company's ManageUPS™ NET adapter - an SNMP/WEB card with event logging, network server shutdown and other features.

Conventionally, the Environmental Sensor is to continuously monitor ambient temperature and relative humidity levels in UPS rooms, communications closets or IT racks fitted with  Chloride UPS and ManageUPSnet adapter. However, since each sensor can also read status of volt-free contacts, and multiple sensors can be deployed up to 300-feet away from the ManageUPS NET adapter, the Chloride UPS Management system can bring BMS-like remote monitoring capabilities to any device that communicates status via standard volt-free ("dry") relay contact points ­-  including enclosure doors, generators, air conditioning units, light sensors etc.- all for a small fraction of the cost of a stand-alone standard BMS.

Several additional sensor modules can be connected to enable the monitoring of multiple zones or devices from a single UPS network adapter, an ideal solution for monitoring critical systems in large campus or remote site environments.

Once deployed, the Chloride system plays the role of a mini-BMS, scaled for small remote sites. It is easily configured via the WEB interface to: set high and low threshold alarms for temperature and relative humidity;define alarm severity - critical or warning;name the input relay to represent the device it is connected to; define whether the normal relay state is open or closed;customize emails to send alarm/status information upwards to a central NOC, IT Help Desk, or text message to mobile phone.

Or, they integrate with Chloride ManageUPS CIO, central monitoring platform - allowing 100s of sites to be continuously monitored as a distributed asset pool from a central location.

For information on Chloride North America, please call 847 990-3623. Or visit www.chloridepower.com/usa.