Comms Room Monitoring – Case Study

Background 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen building occupancy levels fall to an all-time low. With such a reduction in numbers and with increased restrictions, the number of staff allowed on-site at any one time was greatly reduced. Even though most staff were and still are working remotely from home, there is still a reliance on the company’s onsite IT infrastructure. The Comms Room now plays an even more pivotal role in keeping work colleagues connected and preserving access to their work-related materials.  

Business Challenge 

With a reduction in numbers onsite, this means less opportunity for on-site inspections of Comms Rooms, which is seen as a necessary preventative measure to help reduce the likelihood of outages caused by heat or water related damage. We were tasked with developing cost-effective ways of remotely monitoring for Heat and Water damage in real-time. 

How we Helped 

By first conducting a comprehensive review of our clients Comms Rooms, we were able to identify key areas within the room that should be monitored. Air intake and outtake vents of the servers are monitored for temperature with thresholds set in line with manufacturer guidelines. This not only ensures that the room is not too hot, preventing overheating and the possibility of critical damage, but also that the air is not to cold and that money is not being wasted by overuse of the Air Conditioning system. 

We are also monitoring any potential leakage zones for water; these sensors are calibrated for real-time monitoring as water damage of any kind can be catastrophic to server functionality. 

We have also made this system extremely cost efficient with twenty-four-hour monitoring in place with corresponding auto allocation to on-site and out of hours on-call facilities services giving peace of mind and clarity of data to our clients during uncertain times. 

Contact Us

Colm Flanagan
Business Development Manager
T +353 086 140 9888
E colm.flanagan@acacia.ie

Additional IoT Technology reading material

Building Information Modelling (BIM): What is it and why is it used in facilities management?

The intersection of technology and facilities management (FM) is becoming increasingly inevitable. Sustainability is a consistent theme in FM and the use of BIM is a way in which resources can be managed and optimised in advance. Building Information modelling (BIM)...

When is Non-Core Mission Critical?

If the first time you notice something is when it stops working, does that mean it’s core or non-core? Some parts of the running of your organisation will probably be invisible to you until they affect you personally. This is probably because your facility manager...

Why have workers been more productive working remotely?

Working from home is working. The surprise development of mass remote working has been that there has been an increase in productivity for some workers. A survey carried out by CPL (2020) surveyed over 1,000 remote workers across Ireland and of those surveyed, 89%...

Using Sensor Technology to improve our Facilities Management services

Sensor technology has been around for many years however it is becoming more prevalent due to the improvement in sensor type, range and function. We are seeing greater client interest in adopting this technology especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as there is a...

What is Comms Room Monitoring?

With our cost-effective IoT package specifically designed for Comms Room monitoring, we check for both Temperature and Humidity fluctuations as well as Water Leaks in real-time.

IoT Revolution Around Us

2020 is an excellent time to think about the future. With every passing year, we come across new technology and new and interesting ways to improve the workplace and increase efficiencies.

Russell Cooley
Russell Cooley