Of late, enterprises are more energy conscious while dealing with their day-to-day business operations. So demand for power distribution units (PDU) – which distribute electric power efficiently – has increased.
So too has the demand for PDU sensor tags that are deployed with PDUs, to help enterprises get power monitoring information easily.
Catering to these demands, RF Code, a company focused on real-time asset management and environmental monitoring, has rolled-out a new PDU sensor tag (News - Alert), the R170 PDU Sensor for APC.
The new product is a wire-free sensor tag custom designed to integrate with the APC 8xxx series PDU’s by Schneider Electric (News - Alert).
It is a joint solution developed by RF Code and Schneider, allowing monitoring data to flow over the RF Code radio frequency infrastructure. This in turn allows for the elimination of costly wired Ethernet connections to each PDU.
The company said that the power data collected from the PDU flows via the RF Code readers to the RF Code software Zone Manager, Asset Manager, and into other applications via new and existing integration modules for power monitoring and display.
Tailor-made for use with rack-mounted PDUs, the R170 PDU Sensor for APC (News - Alert) features battery-powered 433 MHz RF transmitters. It eliminates networking costs by using wire-free sensor technology to deliver outlet-level power usage data, including connected/disconnected status, active power, and apparent power usage.
Users are required to plug in the tag’s locking RJ-12 connector, peel off the tag’s adhesive liner, and attach the tag to the top of the rack. This ensures a clear signal transmission in metal-dense data center environments, eliminating costly Ethernet connections for each PDU in the data center.
Continuing the legacy of RF Code’s asset management and environmental monitoring dominance, the R170 PDU Sensor for APC tags periodically report their own unique ID, the PDU model number, serial number and PDU operational values, such as connected /disconnected status, active power, apparent power, and data collection start time.
To date, many DCIM vendors have been dependent on RF Code’s real-time management capabilities, from automating the audit process and tracking asset moves as they happen, to maintaining disaster-free environments while saving money through monitoring power distribution, thermal conditions and airflow.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson