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Monday, May 27, 2013

ServersCheck launches at CeBIT Australia its new generation of wireless sensors for server rooms & data centers

At this week's CeBIT 2013, ServersCheck launches with its distributor, Duons Australia, a new generation of probes: the “wireless temperature probes”.

Best practices recommend to monitor the temperature inside a rack in 3 different spots. This can be achieved with 2 external temperature probes connected to a SensorGateway, which also has its built-in temperature sensor.

However, thanks to the new wireless sensor, one SensorGateway can now control up to 30 wireless temperature sensors, or 10 racks.

A wireless temperature sensor can monitor temperature between -10 °C to + 85°C with an accuracy of 0.5 °C. A wireless sensor requires no configuration: once powered it automatically connects to the wireless base station. Wireless sensors have a battery life of one year.

Wireless Offers Significant Advantages
• The ServersCheck wireless temperature sensor is more compact compared to traditional wired temperature sensors and therefore easier to install with the use of magnets.
• No wiring is needed, simplifying the installation, requiring less labor and speeding up implementation.
• The shortage of IP addresses or their cost may hinder the deployment of conventional wired probes. With these wireless sensors, only one IP address per 30 probes is needed.

Depending on regulatory approval, the wireless sensors are expected to be available at the end of Q3 2013.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

BlueSky Samoa: ServersCheck and Huawei

 Bluesky is a mobile telecom operator active in Samoa and American Samoa. It is the third operator in the Pacific to go live with our solutions for monitoring mobile base stations (cell sites) from our sister company, BTS Monitoring.   BTS Monitoring has developed a series of sensors compatible with the ServersCheck Sensorgateway that are especially designed to monitor mobile networks and cell towers.  You can find more information about BTS Monitoring on

The launching customers for our cell site monitoring solution in the Pacific were OPT New Caledonia and Norfolk Telecom.  

The solution implemented for Bluesky Samoa was installed inside Huawei manufactured outdoor cell sites.  The implementation was done together with our Australia & Pacific Rim partner, Duons Australia.

The solution consists of:
1) a ServersCheck sensorgateway allowing for monitoring environmental conditions inside the outdoor cell site.  Temperature in tropic countries like Samoa may pose a problem for cell sites as the equipment, such as the one from Huawei, has to operate below a maximum operating temperature of 60°C (or 140°F)

2) the BTS Monitoring Quality of Service sensor probe.  This sensor monitors non-stop the availability and performance of mobile services from an end-user perspective for signal strength (RSSI), call completion, SMS roundtrip time and data.  It monitors it for both 2G and 3G networks.

The first cell site of Bluesky Samoa to be deployed with our gear was the cell site on top of the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi office building in Apia, Samoa. 

The cell site is an outdoor Huawei 3G cell tower consisting of a 19" rack with half of the rack made of a battery bank and top half consisting of telecom equipment.  With its 0U design, the orange ServersCheck and BTS Monitoring unit easily integrates within the outdoor cell site.  The units are connected through the Cisco switch with the NOC.