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Real-time Environmental Monitoring Solution for DataVita

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 Real-time Environmental Monitoring Solution for DataVita - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - RF Transceivers
  • Sensors - RF Meters
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
Applicable Functions
  • Facility Management
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Leakage & Flood Monitoring
  • Outdoor Environmental Monitoring
  • System Integration
The Customer
About The Customer
DataVita is at the heart of Scotland’s digital economy, offering innovative, agile services from the world-class Fortis data center. Opened in 2016, the Fortis data center is Scotland’s largest and most advanced purpose-built colocation facility. It is also the first facility in the UK to be Tier III certified for both design and construction. Operated by DataVita, the site can accommodate up to 2,000 racks, all powered by 100% renewable energy. With a PUE of 1.18, the center can provide significant cost savings to major organizations who choose to move away from inefficient in-house computer rooms to agile colocation solutions.
The Challenge
DataVita, a leading data center, faced a significant challenge in maintaining their service level agreements (SLAs) with clients. The company guarantees 100% uptime, and any drop in availability, even for a second, would result in a 25% return of a customer’s quarterly fees. To uphold this commitment, DataVita needed a cost-effective solution for rack-level temperature and humidity monitoring in their 4,000 sq. m. data center. The company sought an experienced partner to design and deploy a monitoring solution that would protect both their customers and their revenue.
The Solution
DataVita partnered with RF Code, a company with expertise in integrating with the systems and technologies specified by DataVita. RF Code provided a solution that included the necessary equipment and reporting capabilities to meet DataVita’s needs. The solution involved deploying 300 sensors across all 200 racks under management in all live data halls involved in the project. These sensors monitored temperature, humidity, hot aisles, returns, ducting, and cooling systems. The team then fully integrated RF Code’s real-time data capture with the data hall cooling controls in parallel with the building management system. The scope of the project expanded to include holistic environmental monitoring and alerting, enhanced physical security and monitoring, integration of RF Code as the primary control system for the cooling solution, and implementation of dashboard-based service desk monitoring and alerting.
Operational Impact
  • The partnership with RF Code allowed DataVita to move from simply monitoring the building management system controllers to utilizing RF Code's real-time sensor data to dynamically control the cooling systems. This resulted in improved visibility and auditability of operations. The real-time technology provided by RF Code gave DataVita complete transparency, enabling them to show their customers that they were meeting their SLAs. The environmental monitoring upgrade required a partner like RF Code that understands critical operational concerns and is able to validate the design at the time of commissioning to ensure no downtime during the project.
Quantitative Benefit
  • 10% improvement in cooling equipment efficiency from not overcooling the environment and wasting energy
  • Protection of SLA 100% uptime guarantee with easy temperature and humidity measurement and monitoring
  • Immediate notification of issues to the network operating center (NOC) to prevent downtime

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