Branch circuit power meter delivers data center power-quality data

April 22, 2015
BCPM 2.0 is part of TrendPoint’s portfolio that enables monitoring of all data center power-equipment pieces on a single platform.

TrendPoint Systems Inc. recently launched Branch Circuit Power Meter 2.0, the newest version of its branch circuit power meter (BCPM) product that the company says “delivers utility-grade power data.” TrendPoint provides a monitoring platform for high-density power consumers including data centers.

“BCPM 2.0 is the latest evolution of TrendPoint’s exceptional technology, delivering power quality data down to the branch circuit level,” the company said when announcing BCPM 2.0 at the Data Center World exhibition. “The BCPM 2.0 meter is the first of its kind to offer waveform capture, along with harmonics. [It] improves upon the industry’s method of using three-phase PQM meters for switchgear, switchboards, and distribution panels. The new version also removes complexity from metering platforms, by enabling TrendPoint customers to monitor all pieces of power equipment in a data center on one platform at equal-to or better price points than competitors.”

Jon Trout, TrendPoint’s chief technology officer, commented, “With BCPM 2.0, TrendPoint is achieving the next level of simplicity and comprehensive visibility for power monitoring. Most other BCPM products on the market cannot even deliver utility-grade power data. Our BCPM 2.0 is delivering even more of this high-value power quality data, including harmonics and waveguide capture.

“BCPM 2.0 also works better as part of an overall metering platform. We can implement one power meter, one platform, one system in one piece of equipment, and provide all necessary data points with less complexity for communication, integration, and device management.”

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