The importance of environmental monitoring within a sensitive infrastructure setting has long been acknowledged. However, because of the speed at which damage can occur as a result of excessive heat or moisture, simply monitoring the environment is not enough – something has to be done about it.
Netshield SA achieves this with the Netshield Neviromon unit which builds on Netshield’s network management, surge protection and wireless communications expertise to incorporate a combination of SNMP-based management and GSM-based communication, thus taking environmental monitoring to the next level.
Netshield MD Inus Dreckmeyr points out that network failure can result from any number of external disasters – power surges and outages, floods, fires and even auxiliary equipment failure such as air conditioning units.
Developed specifically for South African conditions, the expandable 2U rack-mountable Netshield Neviromon, which comes with its own battery back-up, monitors environmental conditions and alerts key personnel to changes which occur outside pre-determined parameters. It can even be used to detect the presence of flammable and dangerous gases or abnormal vibration levels of sensitive equipment; and to monitor the identify of individuals entering and leaving sensitive areas of the site.
Should anything untoward be detected, an alert is sent via GSM or SNMP trap to the cell phone of the first name on an escalatable response list.
If that individual does not receive the alert or acknowledge receipt of it, the alert is automatically escalated to the next name on the list and so on until a response is received.
“In this way, management can monitor more than just fault occurrence. They can also see how the fault was dealt with, by whom and how quickly,” he says.
Authorised managers and administrators can adjust the parameters at which alerts should be sent, as well as the list of respondents to those alerts, at any time via the Internet.