CHALLENGE: Keeping data centers cool. (Click image for larger version)
Federspiel Controls, which provides consulting services and specializes in smart energy management systems, teamed up with Dust Networks to create a smarter way to manage data center cooling. Dust's wireless mesh networking modules are embedded in the Federspiel Advanced Control System (FACS) and hung from the data center ceiling. Sensor probes placed to measure temperature at critical locations are connected to the wireless modules, relaying the temperature of each aisle to the FACS, which automatically adjusts the temperature and amount of cold air produced by the cooling units. Because the modules are wireless, reconfiguring the server room layout is easy. According to Federspiel, initial engineering analysis indicates that for a 38,000 sp. ft. data center, FACS can save 1.6 million kWh of cooling energy per year. Says Cliff Federspiel, founder and president of the company, "The value for our customers is the data center trifecta—save money, improve reliability, and maintain flexibility."
Contact Dust Networks, Hayward, CA; 866-289-3878.