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Remote Environmental Monitor for Unattended Computer Operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099624D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 101K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Spohn, DJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

The remote environmental monitor (REM) for unattended computer operations is a microcomputer program which collects environmental data from unattended computer rooms and transmits that data to a separate, external computer network management system.

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Remote Environmental Monitor for Unattended Computer Operations

       The remote environmental monitor (REM) for unattended
computer operations is a microcomputer program which collects
environmental data from unattended computer rooms and transmits that
data to a separate, external computer network management system.

      The environmental data collected by the REM program consists
of, but is not limited to, the following:
      1.   Power supply conditions
      2.   Air temperature
      3.   Relative humidity
      4.   Presence of smoke/fire/flood
      5.   Ground motion (earthquake)
      6.   Room and building security

      The data is transmitted to any separate automated system used
to remotely operate and control the computers contained in the room
being monitored.

      Transmission of the data may occur:
      1.   Automatically, at regular predetermined intervals
      2.   On demand, in response to a command issued from
          the separate system used to operate the computers
          in the room being monitored
      3.   Upon any of the environmental factors exceeding a
          predetermined threshold (e.g., room temperature
          exceeding 80oF, detection of smoke or fire) AB: The data
transmitted may be either only the most recent environmental
measurements or a set of accumulated measurements of each factor.

      REM Functions: Please refer to the figure for this discussion
of REM functions.  The REM program resides and operates in a
microcomputer located in a remote unattended computer room. Attached
to the REM microcomputer are multiple environmental sensors.  A set
of hardware interface programs continuously obtain data from the
sensors and provide that data to the REM program.

      The REM program obtains the sensor data from the hardware
interface programs and compares those data values to predetermined
threshold values for each environmental factor.  If any obtained
value equals or exceeds the associated threshold value, then the REM
program transmits an alert to the n...