The ability to capture and transmit an extensive range of data is easily facilitated by today’s power quality devices, including UPSs, power distribution units, power meters and branch circuit monitoring systems. The information can be communicated either locally (for example, through LED displays or Ethernet ports) or remotely (through easy-to-use connectivity accessories such as communication interface cards, proxy options and direct Ethernet connections).
While the evaluated data varies by model and vendor portfolio, we have compiled an overview of the basic information categories you can expect to receive from a power monitoring solution.
● UPS Status —Get an up-to-the-minute snapshot of all basic parameters, such as operating mode, if the UPS is on battery or bypass, and protected and unprotected loads.
● Voltage Details —Monitoring will communicate input and output voltage levels, as well as frequency, battery status, load level and other aspects.
● Power Usage —Organizations can use these details to gain awareness into how specific business units consume power and how to allocate costs among those units and/or customers.
● Environmental Conditions —Power monitoring delivers key details on temperature, humidity, vibration, moisture and dust within the room, as well as alerts for fire, smoke and intrusion.
● Event Status —Pinpoint every power event in the operating environment including sags, swells, transients and harmonic distortion. Status information with time-stamping among devices also helps correlate events for better troubleshooting and diagnosis.
● Security —Get notification about potential security issues, including when a door is open to a rack or UPS, if the cover is off switchgear, or if motion is detected in a restricted area.
● Trending Data —Use load profiling information to proactively avert developing problems or to support organizational energy planning.
● Basic Relay Device Status —Dry contact sensors can transmit signals indicating statuses such as when a door or breaker is opened or closed, and when a device is on or off.
In our next blog, we will delve into the broad range of advantages that can be achieved with power management software for UPS systems.