DustSensor measures the degree of contamination in the data center and IT rack

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Idar-Oberstein, 11. July 2019 +++ KENTIX GmbH, manufacturer of professional Smart Building Security solutions for the physical security of business critical infrastructures, has developed a new sensor for the detection of dust/dirt contamination in technical facilities such as data centers, IT distributors or technical rooms. The small sensor, measuring only 79×44 mm, optically measures dust deposits on a surface. As with other KENTIX expansion sensors, it is connected via RJ45 directly into the KENTIX system socket. The detection sensitivity can be adjusted directly on the sensor.

Data centers, IT rooms and IT distributors are business-critical infrastructure and form the basis of smooth business operations. The maintenance, repair and cleaning of these areas is important to avoid errors and maintain their value. Furthermore, there are areas such as raised floors or IT distributors that cannot be regularly visited or checked in daily operations, especially in these environments. But also requirements to a foresighted or event-oriented maintenance become more and more important for the operators.
It was precisely from these requirements that KENTIX, together with a leading logistics company, developed the DustSensor. The requirement was to detect and report contamination in IT distributors in the logistics area by cardboard dust, tyre abrasion from forklifts and robot vehicles and other sources of contamination. Around 50 IT distributors in the area of a logistics centre are necessary for smooth operation and supply of the infrastructure. Failures of individual distributors due to contamination would lead to interruption of operations, which must be avoided under all circumstances. KENTIX MultiSensors in the individual IT distributors already take care of environmental monitoring such as climate monitoring, unauthorised opening, power supply and vibration. Together with the DustSensor, which is simply connected via the system socket of the MultiSensor, an effective detection of the degree of contamination could be realized. The messages are sent directly via SNMP to the operator’s management system. The advantage for the operator is that he can use the resources for the inspection much more precisely and detect partial contamination more quickly.
Compliance with guidelines is an important topic in IT operations; in standards such as ISO 27000 or EN 50600, the maintenance and cleaning of systems is an integral part of successful audits. To meet these requirements, the KENTIX dust sensor is an ideal extension for environmental monitoring, which quickly pays for itself thanks to its low investment.

Press Contact: Patrick Becker (p.becker@kentix.com, Tel.: +49 6781 562510)

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