A primary combination of ICP DAS’s environmental monitoring modules, M-7000 I/O module series, PM-3133-100-MTCP 3-phase Smart Power Meter, MDC-714 Modbus Data Concentrator, GTM-204M Industrial 4G Modem series, and AVEVA Edge HMI/SCADA software enables server room upgrades with cloud connection. This solution comprehensively monitors power information, temperature & humidity, HVAC systems, and liquid leak events of the server room, as well as the door position of server cabinets.
“Taiwania 2”, situated in the National Center for High-Performance Computing, is Taiwan’s first AI supercomputer. In 2018, Taiwania 2 was ranked 20th on the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers and 10th on the Green500 List in energy efficiency.
Computing power and Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) are the two major performance metrics of the high-performance computing/data center. Taiwania 2 reaches 9 PFLOPS (performing 9 quadrillion floating-point operations per second), and its warm water cooling system achieves a PUE of 1.2 – hitting the Platinum benchmark.
Therefore, the server room housing this supercomputer requires thorough planning to monitor energy, temperature, and humidity information. ICP DAS provides a tailored environmental monitoring and energy management solution, obtaining real-time data on the temperature, humidity, and energy of server cabinets for data visualization in the control center. Simultaneously, the door position of server cabinets is also monitored to prevent unauthorized data access, ensuring file security. The solution helps clients achieve their goals of energy saving, preventive maintenance, and security and safety of server rooms. This case study illustrates how the ICP DAS solution assists clients in the real-time monitoring of the server cabinets.
ICP DAS Environmental Monitoring & Energy Management Solutions
DL-10 Remote Temperature/Humidity/Dew Point Sensing Module enables temperature & humidity measurement at measuring points in a specific space. The data collected by DL-10 are sent to MDC-714 Modbus Data Concentrator through Modbus RTU for environmental monitoring. Due to the small space of the server cabinets, the client adopts DL-10 – with a compact & space-saving design – for temperature & humidity measurement within the server cabinets.
M-7051D-G DI Module supports Modbus RTU and DCON protocols and offers 16-channel digital inputs catering for both dry and wet contacts. The maximum wiring distance is 500 meters for the dry contact. M-7051D-G also features 16 LED indicators for DI channel status monitoring. In this case study, the functions performed by M-7051D-G allow for easier door position monitoring and access control of server cabinets.
PM-3133-100-MTCP 3-phase Smart Power Meter features high measurement accuracy, and it is suited for the current measurement on the primary side carrying low voltage and the secondary side carrying medium and high voltage. These capabilities enable the acquisition of reliable and accurate data on energy consumption, as well as real-time monitoring and equipment operation. PM-3133-100-MTCP provides clip-on CT with a maximum current input of 400 A and a wide range of voltage input from 10 to 500 VAC, ensuring its voltage compatibility in countries with varying standards. In this case study, PM-3133-100-MTCP directly transmits data on the cooling system‘s energy consumption to the control center computer through Modbus TCP.
MDC-714 Modbus Data Concentrator offers numerous communication interfaces such as Ethernet, RS-232, and RS-485. The internal shared memory has four tables to store AI, AO, DI, and DO registers, respectively, and each table can store up to 9600 registers. The MDC-714 accepts Modbus TCP masters to directly read/write data from/to the shared memory, making the data transmitted in Modbus RTU sharable to multiple Modbus TCP masters.
The data, that is read back from different slave devices, will be combined into a continuous address format. The address format allows the host computer to read back the data of multiple slave devices at one time, which can replace the previous polling method and save the time of reading devices.
AVEVA Edge, a comprehensive software offering interoperability, is capable of developing full-featured HMI and SCADA applications. Additionally, AVEVA Edge supports all Windows runtime platforms. In this case, InduSoft Web Studio functions available in AVEVA Edge, together with HMI, are mainly used to provide the client with an easy-to-use & user-friendly HMI. Hence, the integration of data acquisition and industrial control & communication is achieved at once. Afterward, data collected from the equipment, network, and service layers are integrated for analysis and data visualization. Offerings include full charts, data storage, and other functions. Besides, through the connection with GTM-204M-4GE, alarm notifications can be sent in real time to administrators’ mobile devices in the event of equipment abnormalities.
GTM-204M-4GE Industrial 4G Modem offers 2G/3G/4G wireless connection for data transmission, allowing a variety of PLC and PC applications to take advantage of SMS and 4G/3G/2G connectivity. Considering security threats in this application, sending notifications through emails or LINE messages via the internet is not adopted once anomalies of server cabinets’ surroundings are detected. Therefore, GTM-204M-4GE is deployed instead to send alarm notifications to administrators, improving data security.
iSN-100 Liquid Leak Detection Module series and M-7051D-G DI Module provide the built-in dual watchdog timer. Through Host Watchdog settings, smooth communication between the host and the I/O module can be ensured. At the same time, the pre-configured safe value serves as a contingency mechanism when the I/O module does not receive commands from the host.
MDC series – the Modbus Data Concentrator supports the CSV configuration file – allows editing in the Excel worksheet or plain text file. Users can change the read/write register of Modbus RTU in the CSV file and then import the file into the MDC series to update multiple slaves’ read/write register of Modbus RTU at once. This capability makes device management more time-saving and efficient.
PM-3000 Smart Power Meter series supports various protocols, including Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU, EtherNet/IP, and CANopen. Users can choose the suited Smart Power Meter according to the protocols used in the field.
GTM-204M Industrial 4G Modem series works together with SMS to perform an alarm notification function. One can pre-configure the modem’s target phone numbers of the right personnel, enabling them to receive SMS alarm notifications in real time once anomalies in server cabinets’ operation or surroundings are detected.
AVEVA Edge offers various graphics and design tools, allowing users to create user-specific interfaces based on their application requirements. Besides, the software provides custom widgets and animation features, enhancing flexibility. Additionally, AVEVA Edge includes features such as historical trends enabling one to access information easily, custom alarms, reports in PDF and CSV, redundancy for information protection, built-in SQL database, multi-language, etc., to visualize the data.
Power Meter Concentrator (PMC) Series - the IIoT Edge Controller - fuses the functions of energy data & environmental monitoring devices management
Power Meter Concentrator (PMC) Series offers comprehensive and flexible integration capabilities for power meter modules. The product series reads and logs real-time information on power consumption measured by power meters. Its built-in IF-THEN-ELSE statement provides the execution of automated logic stably and efficiently. Once abnormal equipment voltage or current is detected, alarm notifications can be delivered in real time via emails, SMS, and LINE/WeChat messages to notify management staff.
Not every SCADA system has a power analysis function or interface. This is where the PMC series comes in handy. PMC series provides a built-in web server and statistical analysis of energy data, allowing administrators to access energy information via the browser for analysis—no additional costs incurred by software development.
PMC-2241M is equipped with two Ethernet Ports, meaning it has two IP addresses. One IP address is for the control center connection, and another independent IP address is for the PM series connection. Thus, the subnetwork is built for data protection. When the disconnection of the SCADA system in the control center happens, PMC-2241M’s communication with power meters and IF-THEN-ELSE statement still function in the normal operating state. This capability tackles the problem of unexpected events. Once PMC-2241M reconnects the SCADA system, its data recovery function allows for data transmission back to the control center, ensuring data completeness.
NS-205 Unmanaged 5-port Industrial Ethernet Switch integrates data transmitted in Modbus RTU/TCP, sending it to PMC-2241M Power Meter Concentrator. The data is then sent to SCADA systems for analysis, storage, and charting, visualizing the data for convenient data management and monitoring.
ICP DAS environmental monitoring and energy management solutions visualize the data on the temperature & humidity, liquid leak events, HVAC systems of server cabinets’ surroundings, and the server cabinets’ door position and power consumption. We support the client in accessing these data effectively. The solution is also implemented across a range of industries worldwide. Cases include a tailored server room environmental & power monitoring solution employed by an airline company in Taiwan and another customized environmental monitoring & access control management solution deployed by Turkcell Data Center in Turkey.
In the era characterized by the advent of automation, traditionally adopted manual processes are being replaced. Humankind in the modern world acquires data more efficiently, significantly saving on labor costs. With the employment of ICP DAS diverse modules, one can achieve 24/7 field monitoring and condition monitoring for predictive maintenance. We at ICP DAS enhance your readiness for smart factory transformation.
ICP DAS was established in 1993 and strongly focuses on innovation and the enhancement of industrial automation technology. ICP DAS continuously endeavors to develop a comprehensive selection of products ranging from remote I/O controllers, distributed I/O modules, I/O data acquisition boards, programmable automation controllers, industrial communication modules, web-related products, motion control systems, SCADA/HMI software to automation solutions for applications critical to energy management, motion automation, smart factories, intelligent buildings, and smart cities. Our ambition is to provide a wide range of high-quality products and versatile applications, together with prompt and efficient services, that can be implemented to assist in the continued success of our clients worldwide.