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Battery-free RFID sensors boost data centre efficiency

Posted: 03 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EPC Solutions Taiwan? Farsens? sensor? DCIM? data centre?

EPC Solutions Taiwan Inc. has introduced a DCIM solution with fully passive RFID tags and sensors. What's different from the recent offering is that the company has included RFID sensor tags that do not need batteries to monitor temperature, pressure and humidity of equipment remotely.

"This system aims to establish a set of real-time control parameters to remotely change room equipment environment," said Edward Sung, VP at EPC. When the system detects abnormal parameters, it will immediately start the backup facility and send alert notification messages and records related to maintenance and operation personnel or any other related processing units.

Servers with RFID tags

Processing needs and power-hungry equipment have made the power bill one of the primary costs of running a data centre. The increased OpEx can easily exceed the hardware cost of the server during its operational lifespan, which is why tools such as data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) or thermal monitoring systems are so important to control data centre costs and improve efficiency.

With an estimation of a one per cent energy saving for each degree the AC temperature is raised, being able to control temperature in real time has a very significant impact in the energy budget.

EPC is using Farsens' battery-free RFID sensor tags for their system implementation.

The DCIM solution claims to be an intelligent battery-free RFID system composed of a patented flexible antenna and passive metal tags. The system provides not only assets inventory status and location, but also temperature, humidity and pressure monitoring of the environment on a real time basis for the data centre.

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