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Sensor Types

An optimal environmental monitoring strategy includes multiple temperature sensors. These should be placed on top, middle, and bottom of individual racks to measure the heat being generated by equipment, and at the air conditioning system’s intake and discharge vents, to measure efficiency. Probes should also be placed around critical devices, because the temperature inside a rack-mounted device could be as much as 20 degrees higher than the surrounding area. A probe near the room’s thermostat can help monitor what the thermostat is ‘seeing’ as it controls the air conditioner.
High humidity may lead to corrosion on electronic components and low humidity levels may cause issues with static electricity.
Make sure air is flowing through the racks in addition to monitoring A/C vent intake and outtakes.
Moisture and humidity sensors should monitor for leaks inside cooling equipment, potential leaks that come from nearby pipes, or water caused by a flood or disaster. Water sensors should be placed at the lowest point (wherever water would tend to puddle) on the floor, and underneath any pipe junctions. Air-conditioning condensation trays should also be equipped with sensors to detect overflow.
Voltage sensors detect presence or the absence of line voltage. Identify the frequency of brown outs for measuring uninterruptable power supplies and service provider performance.
Electrical failures can cause air-conditioning equipment to shut down even while an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) ensures that servers stay up and running a sure recipe for overheating a server room in short order. The best approach is to monitor current coming into the data center, and arrange for an orderly shutdown of IT equiment in case power is knocked out. The hour or two of downtime is far preferable to the widespread device failures that would result from an overheating condition.
Smoke alarms can trigger power shutdowns. Also, they’re usually not tied to an alerting system that contacts IT personnel. Alarms may be noticed by facilities managers—or the local fire department—but the maintenance of sensitive server equipment is not their top priority. Here, the best approach is to wire the smoke alarms directly into the climate monitoring and alerting system, essentially extending the functionality of the climate sensors to the smoke alarm.
Dry-contact sensors that detect the opening and closing of a door should be installed at the room entry points and on the doors of server and UPS cabinets. On a busy day, these sensors can send alerts numerous times and present a time-consuming irritation, but managers can configure alerts to account for weekday vs. weekend operations, work hours vs. overnights, and other factors to help reduce the number of alerts sent and pinpoint unusual activities.
Real-time surveillance of sensitive areas in the data center and tie into the Web-based console, so administrators can get a first-hand look at the environment wherever they may be.
Determine how much power a specific device or power strip is consuming to help keep an eye on overall energy usage and prevent overloading of power circuit breakers. Turn outlets on or off on alarm or manually through the web-based GUI.
For nearly a decade, ITWatchdogs has manufactured climate and power monitoring systems that enable administrators to monitor server room conditions through a web browser with live video feed and current measurements of temperature, humidity, air flow, light, sound, power, water leakage and door position, showing current and historical data through HTTP and providing SNMP/Email alarming under abnormal conditions. Use for SNMP based monitoring of temperature, airflow, humidity, noise, dew point, smoke, water detection, power detection and monitoring.

Additional analog or digital sensors available on some of the models for checking additional temperature readings, humidity, dew point, air flow, light, sound, water sensor, door contact, power monitoring, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm.

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WatchDog 15
WatchDog 15 - USD list price: $199
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The WatchDog 15 is a self-contained unit with on-board temperature and humidity/dew-point sensors. It comes in both a PoE and non-PoE variant.

Up to four digital sensors can be connected using a standard splitter. A variety of optional plug-and-play sensors are available for use with the WatchDog 15 including but not limited to, temperature, humidity, airflow, power usage and more.

The WatchDog 15 is a compact solution weighing less than half a pound and sized to fit in a 1U space at 4"L x 1.5"H x 1.5'W, which is perfect for space restricted racks. With an operating range of -20° to 85° Celsius (-4° to 185° F), the WatchDog 15 can be used to monitor temperature, humidity and other environmental parameters in a variety of applications including IT, telecom, healthcare, food supply and others.
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WatchDog 15-PoE
WatchDog 15-PoE - USD list price: $229
Temp/Humidity, built-in PoE, expansion capability
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The WatchDog 15 is a self-contained unit with on-board temperature and humidity/dew-point sensors. It comes in both a PoE and non-PoE variant.

Up to four digital sensors can be connected using a standard splitter. A variety of optional plug-and-play sensors are available for use with the WatchDog 15 including but not limited to, temperature, humidity, airflow, power usage and more.

The WatchDog 15 is a compact solution weighing less than half a pound and sized to fit in a 1U space at 4"L x 1.5"H x 1.5'W, which is perfect for space restricted racks. With an operating range of -20° to 85° Celsius (-4° to 185° F), the WatchDog 15 can be used to monitor temperature, humidity and other environmental parameters in a variety of applications including IT, telecom, healthcare, food supply and others.
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WatchDog 100
WatchDog 100 - USD list price: $299
Climate monitor with on-board temp/humidity
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The WatchDog 100 is a self-contained unit with on-board temperature and humidity/dew-point sensors. It has an input capacity of eight external sensors and an output of one NO/NC relay contact for triggering external devices like an auto-dialer.

Like with all other ITWatchDogs environmental monitors, the WatchDog 100 allows users to keep an eye on remote conditions from a secure web interface and receive SNMP, E-mail, text message and voice call* alert notifications when user-adjustable thresholds are exceeded.
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WatchDog 100-PoE
WatchDog 100 PoE - USD list price: $329
Temp/Humidity, built-in PoE, expansion capability
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The WatchDog 100 is a self-contained unit with on-board temperature and humidity/dew-point sensors. It has an input capacity of eight external sensors and an output of one NO/NC relay contact for triggering external devices like an auto-dialer.

Like with all other ITWatchDogs environmental monitors, the WatchDog 100 allows users to keep an eye on remote conditions from a secure web interface and receive SNMP, E-mail, text message and voice call* alert notifications when user-adjustable thresholds are exceeded.
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MiniGoose XP II
MiniGoose XP II - USD list price: $349
Climate monitor with 16 digital and 3 analog ports
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The MiniGoose XP II environmental monitor provides Web-based remote surveillance, logging and graphing of temperature and connected sensors. The rack-mountable MiniGoose XP II comes equipped with 16 digital sensor ports and 3 analog sensor ports (add additional analog sensors with CCAT analog-to-digital converter). It is especially useful for monitoring environmental conditions in critical applications such as data centers, server rooms, network closets, laboratories and other critical facilities.

Easily view and log temperature and other connected sensors over the intranet or the Web. No software required - securely access the graphical user interface from a web browser. Mounts with four screw holes. Power adapter included. Supports both digital and analog sensors. MiniGoose XP II supports the IOE and Remote Power Manager X2.

SNMP, Email & SMS Alerts

The MiniGoose XP II can trigger escalating alarms if temperature and other measurements fall outside of specified thresholds via SNMP (v1, v2c, v3), email and SMS messages (e-mail to SMS gateway). For example, specify an email notification to one or more users at 70° F, add another layer of personnel to an additional email alarm at 80° F, add your third party contractor at 85° F...specify up to 200 alarms per unit.
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WeatherGoose II
WeatherGoose II - USD list price: $499
Climate monitor with built-in temp, humidity, airflow, light
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The WeatherGoose II environmental monitor provides Web-based remote surveillance of temperature, relative humidity, dew point, airflow, light, sound and additional sensors connected to the unit. It is especially useful for monitoring environmental conditions in critical applications such as data centers, server rooms, network closets or other critical facilities.

Easily view and log temperature, relative humidity, dew point, airflow, light, sound and more over the intranet or the Web. No software required - securely access the graphical user interface from a web browser. Power adapter included. Supports both digital and analog sensors. WeatherGoose II supports the IOE and Remote Power Manager X2.

SNMP, Email & SMS Alerts

The WeatherGoose II can trigger multiple/escalating alarms if temperature or humidity fall outside of specified parameters via SNMP (v1, v2c, v3), email and SMS messages (e-mail to SMS gateway). For example, specify an email notification to one or more users at 70° F, add another layer of personnel to an additional email alarm at 80° F, add your third party contractor at 85° F...specify up to 200 alarms per unit.
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RelayGoose II
RelayGoose II - USD list price: $599
Environmental Monitor w Relay Output Control
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The RelayGoose II environmental monitor provides Web-based remote surveillance of temperature and additional sensors connected to the unit. It comes equipped with 4 digital and 6 analog sensor ports, LCD display with scrolling measurements, built-in audible alarm and 3 relay output ports. It is especially useful for monitoring environmental conditions in critical applications such as data centers, server rooms, network closets or other critical facilities. The relay outputs allow for automatic response upon alarm.

The RelayGoose II has three relay output ports that are controlled by the alarm conditions you select. The relays can trigger an external auto-dialer, flashing lights, back-up a/c (via contactor) and/or other external devices. The three relays can be programmed for any combination of sensor, and high or low set points, as well as alarm conditions triggered by contact closures. The relays can also be programmed to turn off when conditions return to normal, or programmed to remain latched and require a manual reset. Additionally, you may energize or de-energize a relay anytime over the web interface.
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