Water sensing, detection platform targets enterprise data center designs
July 23, 2008 -- Invetex says its Halotile and Aquapede products, in conjunction with its Invetex monitoring system, comprise a comprehensive water leak detection system aimed at enterprise data centers, as well as the IT/facilities management, HVAC, security systems and commercial contractors industries.
July 23, 2008 -- Invetex Corp. (Huntsville, AL) has designed a platform that detects water leaks and temperature changes above drop ceilings and at floor level. The company says its Halotile and Aquapede products, in conjunction with its Invetex monitoring system, comprise a comprehensive water leak detection system aimed at enterprise data center designs, as well as the IT/facilities management, HVAC, security systems and commercial contractors industries.
Water events are the second leading environmental cause of computer down time, maintains the company. Water from a multitude of sources can find its way into server and telecom rooms and cause costly damage and down time. Water leaks can originate from sources such as air conditioning units, cold-water chillers, water supply and return lines, clogged drains, damaged skylights or windows, construction errors, or condensation drips.
The company contends that its Halotile is the only product on the market that adequately provides complete water detection coverage in the suspended ceiling area of computer rooms. The Halotile detects water leaks and temperature extremes in offices and server room environments. It is made from a durable closed cell foam and fabric that offers excellent water and temperature change detection. Each 2' x 2' Halotile contains 36 water sensors for enhanced water detection. Each tile also contains a temperature sensor to detect temperature extremes. The Halo tile offers the ability to detect measurable amounts of water, thus avoiding false alarms or condensation build-ups that could trigger an alert.
The Aquapede is a modular floor water sensor, created to be snapped together to form large geometric shapes to provide areas of water detection on the floor or other flat surfaces. Each Aquapede link is constructed using durable plastic that is fitted with two floating metal blades that run parallel to one another under a durable plastic cover. The floating feature allows the blades to adjust to uneven floors and still maintain their full sensing capabilities. The company maintains that the Aquapede has an advantage over traditional cable sensors because of the flexibility of coverage and the elimination of memory re-coil that often occurs with cable sensors currently on the market. Cable sensors are also susceptible to cleaning agents commonly used in commercial buildings, notes the company. The Aquapede is a low profile blade that interlocks together to make virtually any geometric shape desired. The shapes are called "Aquapede pods." Multiple Aquapede pods can be linked together to cover designated areas of concern, thus virtually eliminating the concern of spreading water in sensitive or obscure areas.
The Invetex IMS Monitoring System provides visual and audio alarms as well as independent contact closures to interface to existing alarm systems, auto dialers, and computers for remote locations. Advanced notification and tracking applications are also available with the IMS 2000 RS232/USB/Ethernet/Wireless interface.
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