NEW YORK (May 17, 2010)RF Code, Inc, today demonstrated the newest features of its wire-free environmental monitoring solution at its booth (#504) at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2010 in New York City. Foremost are those that bring added usability to the wealth of environmental data captured by the solution’s active sensors and managed by the solution’s easy to use Sensor Manager software, which manages the sensor information.

Data center and facilities customers of RF Code’s Environmental Monitoring Solution include some of the world’s largest technology, ecommerce, aviation, financial services, pharmaceutical, and government organizations.

First introduced last year, RF Code’s environmental monitoring solution provides comprehensive sensor-based monitoring of the conditions that can adversely affect the efficient running of data centers and facilities and the assets they house. Such conditions include heat, temperature, humidity, the presence of conductive liquids (detected by the market’s only sensor with an instant on-off capability), the failure of dry contact-enabled heating and cooling equipment, unauthorized access to assets and more.

Unlike wireless solutions operating at higher frequencies, RF Code is extremely effective and efficient around metal, which is ideal for equipment-dense spaces including data centers. Unlike wired solutions, there is no costly cabling to install and reinstall if conditions change. Moreover, it is the market’s most affordable environmental monitoring solution because of its:
  • Low cost sensors powered by small, inexpensive and long-lasting batteries
  • Quick and easy “peel and stick” approach to deployment, requiring little to no “expert” help in implementing, usually within a few hours
  • Dual-use infrastructure that can be leveraged to quickly add asset management capabilities without having to add additional infrastructure
  • Flexible software that users can easily configure to meet their unique monitoring needs. This reduces the time it traditionally takes to learn and use software to respond to individual customer needs.
Because of the extensive array of environmental monitoring information the solution handles, we focus on helping customers avoid information overload,” said Chris Gaskins, RF Code VP, Product Development. “We’re always looking at ways to make the data more usable so that customers have the knowledge they need to run more efficient data centers and facilities. The new enhancements announced today provide customers the ability to fine-tune how, when and where they want to receive the environmental data that will help them run greener, more energy efficient facilities.

About the New Features

  • A BIRT-based Advanced Reporting Module that enables users to turn different types of environmental data into easy to view and read bar charts, scatter grams, pie charts and more. (BIRT is an open source Eclipse-based reporting system.). This allows users to quickly visualize the existing conditions within a facility or data center. Users can also now compare different reports, highlight anomalies in conditions, customize the look and feel of reports and more. ·
  • The capability to create and bookmark frequently accessed filters and views, enabling fast access to frequently used data
  • Interactive, on demand graphing that enables users to quickly create graphs that help users spot trends and emerging situations without having to drill down to create a full report. Multiple attributes can be mapped on the same graph to get a richer feel of the environmental conditions within a facility or data center. Information can appear arranged by location, environmental condition and more ·
  • Thresholding that allows scheduling monitoring alerts for specific dates and times only. For example, if a user wanted to be alerted if a door to a data center were opened on Sunday between 4 and 5 p.m., it would now be easy to do this.
Besides demonstrating its environmental solution at the Uptime Symposium, RF Code’s solution will be among those demonstrated in the Modius booth (#419), where Modius is spotlighting a broad set of customer resource management solutions provided by members of its Technology Alliance Program. These solutions have been lab-certified that they can be integrated easily with the Modius OpenData platform.