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Environmental monitoring describes the processes and activities that need to take place to characterise and monitor the quality of the environment. An Environment Monitoring System is a device that monitors in real-time the parameters of many connected sensors used for detecting environmental and security conditions, and sends out alerts to personnel when a sensor goes out of range of a configurable threshold. Alerts are sent via various communication channels such as: email, alarm beacon, siren, web page, network management (SNMP), voice phone calls, and SMS messages. Rapid changes in temperature and humidity, water leaks, power outages, human error, and invasive intrusions are the most common environmental threats faced by businesses in any industry. An Environment Monitoring System is the most proactive way to reduce the unnecessary costs of expensive equipment replacement and unplanned downtime caused by environmental threats.
Environmental monitoring systems can be applied across a wide range of areas such as data centers, telecom, financial services, building operations, residential properties, restaurant, food services & cold storage, agricultural & greenhouses and livestock & poultry etc.In security, the most common form of environmental monitoring is a server environment monitoring system, where the Environmental monitoring systems prevent hardware damage to server rooms, data centers and network closets with critical condition alerts and remote reboot capability.
Environmental threats in a server room can cause a lot more damage than hardware or software problems. Redundant hardware, backup tapes, UPS battery arrays, generators and other fault-tolerance measures can all be rendered useless if the server room overheats or floods. Monitor Temperature. The most common environmental threat in any server room or wiring closet is heat. Detect critical rises or drops in temperature, and receive notifications when heating problems occur. Monitor humidity where it is possible to detect abnormal humidity conditions where humidity levels are defined that are appropriate for each sensor's environment.
An environmental monitoring system can also detect the presence of water and give notifications accordingly. It is also possible monitor physical security. Monitor "dry-contact" devices including motion sensors, door sensors, vibration sensors and smoke detectors and control power by remotely rebooting and controlling power (on/off) to servers and network devices.