Facilities Monitoring and Response solutions
Facilities monitoring and response solutions cover two main areas:
1) Building Management Systems; and
2) Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Systems
A Building Management System (BMS) consists of Software and Hardware and is a computer-based control system installed in buildings to control and monitor the mechanical and electrical components inside a facility e.g.ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems.
These systems are critical in today’s environment where managing energy demand is vital.
Building Management Systems also include a facility’s external environment with access control, closed-circuit television (CCTV) and motion detectors managing security aspects. Fire alarm systems and elevators are often linked to a BMS, for monitoring and response in case a fire alarm is triggered.
The term ‘Building Management System’ encompasses solutions for large and small facilities and often includes:
- Power system
- Lighting system
- Electric power control system
- Heating,Ventilation and Air-conditioning HVAC System
- Security system with alarms and CCTV
- Magnetic card and access system
- Fire alarm system
- Home Automation System
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is the term used to refer to the integration of information technology (IT) and facility management disciplines allowing for the centralised monitoring, management and intelligent capacity planning of a data center's critical systems. It consists of two parts:
- Management Software
- Network planning and installation of, for example, sensor systems, power management solutions and monitoring.
Interconnect Systems has established partnerships with various solution providers, including APC by Schneider Electric. Their system offers extensive DCIM capabilities; Capacity Planning, Real-Time Monitoring, Environmental/Energy sensors and integration well with various types of external management systems and data sources.
The term ‘Converge IT’ refers to the convergence of Data Centre Management across the traditional logical and physical layers.
An effective Facilities Monitoring or DCIM enables data center managers to measure energy use, enabling safe operation at higher densities. In addition to enabling the comprehensive real-time monitoring, these tools also aid in facilitating long-term capacity planning; dynamic optimization of critical systems performance and efficiency; and efficient asset utilization.