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Making the case for facility monitoring

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Packet Power Team

You know that your operations team can use energy usage data to help ensure your entire facility runs more smoothly. Monitoring can also save money by reducing costs and extending the life of critical equipment. It can identify inefficient energy use and times when buildings are approaching peak demand usage triggering peak utility pricing. Monitoring can highlight ways to safely reduce cooling costs. Monitoring delivers the data to help in capacity planning. It can help identify when additional capital expenditures will be needed or that such investments can be delayed.

Even though we know the benefits of monitoring, it can still be viewed as "non critical" when budgets are constrained. Here are a few tips to help make the case for adding power and environmental monitoring to your critical facility.

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Topics: data center monitoring, Packet Power, wireless monitoring, cost allocation, environmental monitoring, power monitoring, Wireless technology, Facilities monitoring, reduce energy costs

Bowling balls and one-way mirrors:  The physics of provably safe and secure monitoring systems

Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Paul Bieganski

Security and safety are the foremost concerns of anybody deploying and managing an energy and environmental monitoring solution within a data center or any other networked environment such as a building or factory floor. The system being monitored and the systems performing the monitoring deploy exceedingly complex technologies. Unfortunately, complexity tends to lead to side effects and unintended consequences.

We have all heard of the original Internet worm, Stuxnet, ransomware and dozens of other public and not so public incidents involving accidental or malicious disruptions spread and delivered through computer networks. At times, the complexity of the problem seems very daunting, despite the acronym soup of safe-sounding certifications and assurances from vendors. Luckily, there are some basic rules that ANY technology has to obey.

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Topics: Packet Power, wireless monitoring, Wireless technology, wireless security

IoT convenience doesn't require sacrificing security

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Paul Bieganski

The rise of the "Internet of Things" (IoT) has made it possible to monitor and control an incredibly wide range of devices using wireless connections. This convenience can create security concerns. But not for Packet Power.

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Topics: IoT, Wireless technology, wireless security

Does wireless really work in data centers?

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 by Alan Katz

One of the most frequently asked questions we get is:  "Does your wireless technology really work?"  This is generally followed by:  "Is your wireless technology really secure?"

The short answer to both questions is "yes." Here's why we are sure our wireless technology really does work and really is secure.

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Topics: Packet Power, Wireless technology

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