Environmental Monitoring in Your Data Center


Environmental monitoring is essential for business continuity, especially in remote locations.Opengear’s
EMD5000 environmental monitoring device monitors environmental conditions and connects to any serial port on any Opengear IM7200, IM4200, CM7100, ACM5500 or ACM5000 models. The EMD 5000 contains internal temperature and humidity sensors and supports external general purpose status sensors (smoke detector, vibration sensor, water leak detector, and door open/close).


Hi I am Michel Daviller, sales engineer at Opengear. Today we will speak about our Environmental Monitoring with our EMD sensors — part of the Opengear Out-Of-Band solution. Environmental Monitoring is essential to ensure business continuity, even more remote site without presence. Knowing temperature humidity level, with a history graph, be alarmed if the trigger is reached and are open. Receive alarms in case of fire or water leaks. This will help you to know what’s going on, on your remotes sites and act properly in case of environmental problems.

Environmental Monitoring provides you with other advantages like:
being warned by alarms in case of problems
Very fast responsiveness using automation
You don’t rely on other service departments to get the info when you need it. It chooses the same Out-Of-Band infrastructure to open the remote site or session of IP for management. So it is simple and easy to put in place.

About Cabling. The EMD5000 is connected to one of the serial ports of the Opengear console server using a straight CAT5 cable , max 10 meters, and the provided detector. The EMD5000 already provides temperature and humidity, then you can add up to two other sensors using DIO ports.

You can___ (1:28) configure range? courtesy of the EMD5000 as well as a list of Opengear sensors connected to the DIO ports of the EMD5000. Smoke detector, door contact, vibration sensor, water leaks, and other sensors compatible with 20mA 5 volts. The EMD5000 cannot drive relay.

Because of pinout differences between Opengear products, we can have one or two DIO sensors per EMD5000. Opengear console servers with x2 pinouts can only have 1 DIO sensor per EMD5000. Opengear console servers with x1 pinout can have 2 DIO sensors per EMD5000.

In my demonstration, I will use the EMD5000-01 with a smoke detector on DIO 1 and a door contact sensor on DIO 2. I will then connect the EMD to port 15 of my IM7216 using a straight CAT 5 cable, max 10 meters or 33ft.

First, I will open a session as root. And I will continue to use serial port 15 to put to EMD. So the EMD is already connected to my IM. I will just define the name. Then I will define the pinout. I will choose X1 to be able to use 2 DIOs. If I select X2, I will only be able to use one DIO. And then I will define the type. It is environmental. Then I’ll apply. At this time, the green light on the EMD should turn on. Let’s go to the environmental page and add the new EMD on port 15. I will click EMD-15 on port 15. I can adjust the temperature and humidity by putting in offsets. I can put a label for DIO 1 and 2. DIO 1 is a smoke detector and DIO 2 is a door sensor. I will then log the status and put 10 minutes between the samples. Then apply.

And we can check the values in Environmental Status. Now we can see the values for temperature and humidity and the state of the DIOs. So the smoke detector is open and the door contact is closed, so the door is closed. Now I can open the door. I refresh and now I see the door contact is open. I can see the log of the EMD-15 with a graph with the humidity, temperature and the logs. Now we will see how to set up an alarm in case of a temperature trigger reached, for example. So we go to the Auto-Response page. Auto-Response is our automation feature. I will add a new line. Temperature High, for example, for the name. And it will be Environmental Temperature on Port 15 for a temperature of 28. Above the trigger value.

We can specify a hysteresis factor that can be applied to environmental measurements. For example, if an auto response was set up with a trigger and it’s temperature everything above 28 degrees, with a hysteresis release of 4, then the trigger condition will not be seen as being resolved until the temperature was below 24 degrees.

Now we have to create an action. So when the trigger will be reached we will send an e-mail. E-mail temperature. Of course the SNTP settings must be done in able to send e-mails.

To finish the video I have done the new Auto-Response configuration to be alarmed when the door on rack 3 is opened or closed. So right now the door is closed. We see the status as normal. I will open the door. So now if you refresh, we see that the status is triggered and we will get an email. So the door is open. I will now close the door. So the status is now normal and again I will be warned. So the door is closed.

Thank you for attending this video.