- Created By : 09-Mar-2016
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One of the most important issues of a physical security of a server equipment as well as a security of the entire IT-infrastructure is tracking and controlling access to server rooms. A tracking system must notify system administrators and technical specialists about any access to a server room or protected object 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a possibility to browse a history of events in any moment of time. Such way of informing allows system administrators to control an access to the object without using expensive access control systems, which contain different types of electronic locks, components of employee identification via electronic maps, coded key locks and other security elements.
In this article, an example of organising the system of tracking access to server room on the basis of NetPing device and a monitoring system PRTG Network Monitor will be examined. The essence of the system is in monitoring a door opening/closing sensor, which is connected to a NetPing device by means of the PRTG monitoring system, as well as building a graph of opening a door within different time intervals.
NetPing global Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of original equipment for monitoring and remote controlling of a power supply via Ethernet/Internet network, announces issuing of a new item – temperature sensor (T811) for measuring temperature values in °C. A temperature sensor (T811) is built on the basis of a digital single-chip thermometer TCN75A, with a possibility to change an address of a temperature sensor manually. It is manufactured as a board, installed into a plastic case, with a four-wire loop, which transmits the information about temperature in a digital form.
To control and monitor a corporate IT environment, it is possible to use the product from the Microsoft company named System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), which is included in the integrated management platform System Center. This product allows combining the information about the operability from different components of IT infrastructure, providing its generalized representation in one console. SCOM allows tracking services, devices and operations for many PCs in the network. Operators can rapidly estimate a state of IT environment and its IT services, run different systems and workloads using multiple representations, which show the information about a status, operability, and performance.
Previously, we examined an example of integrating NetPing devices with a cloud service dweet.io. A distinguishing feature of the service is a lack of the need to sign up or configure anything to work with it – data from your devices can be transmitted at once. You can watch changing data from sensors in the view of graphs via the address:
On the basis of a developed functionality of sensor monitoring devices and remote controlling of NetPing power supply, it is possible to implement collecting information in different systems of monitoring and accounting. First of all, it is necessary to watch important parameters in the field of interest, as well as building various reports and charts for a specified period of time.
Receiving the information from NetPing devices can be flexible when based on the support of an SNMP protocol and specialized HTTP API commands. Everything necessary to do is to have a NetPing device with connected sensors, certain software or a script and a little time for configuring.
In the previous publications on an integration of NetPing devices, two examples with cloud services of Internet of things concept (IoT) were examined: xively.com and thethings.io. Now it is a turn for the integration of NetPing devices with a similar service dweet.io to be examined.
A distinctive feature of this service is the fact that there is no need to sign up or configure something to work with it – data from your devices can be transferred at once. The service is built on the principle of objects named "things", into which a data is transferred through HTTP requests. In case if there is no object with such name, it is created automatically. A name for a future object must be unique.
The service thethings.io offers a full range of solutions for the market of Internet of Things (hereinafter IoT) (Internet of things concept), as well as a simple and flexible API for the developers of IoT applications. This service is not related to any certain hardware platform and can be integrated with almost any device if it supports one of the next protocols: HTTP, Websockets, MQTT or CoAP. More detailed information on the issue can be learnt at this page of the project.
- Provides a platform (backend) for integration with other devices: a service is not connected to any certain hardware platform, instead it uses a standard HTTP API mechanism – this allows easy integrating of any device;
- Can serve a platform for developing own applications: in the section for developers there are ready libraries for writing applications, including mobile ones, on different programming languages for different hardware platforms;
- Offers a possibility for automation – triggers: a service allows interacting between different devices through the mechanism of HTTP POST requests
Devices for remote monitoring of sensors via Ethernet network and remote controlling of power supply sockets with a built-in GSM modem have a feature of sending periodic SMS reports about a status of sensors and relays to service staff. These SMS reports allow to be constantly informed even of those monitoring objects that do not have a local data transfer network. Receiving the information on conditions of equipment operation, attempts to access the object or any other unplanned actions in time allows to avoid accidents at the object, thus eliminating equipment downtime and financial loss of business.
NetPing company reports about issuing firmware updates for devices NetPing 2/PWR-220 v3/ETH NetPing 2/PWR-220 v1/SMS NetPing 2/PWR-220 v4/SMS. New firmware versions for devices allowed to make working with devices more stable and functional.
What has been changed in the latest versions?
TRASSIR software, which is developed by the Russian company Digital Security Systems Lab (DSSL), is a leader in the area of developing professional software for digital video surveillance systems. A possibility to integrate monitoring devices of a server room and NetPing remote power supply monitoring devices is implemented in TRASSIR software. In this case NetPing devices serve as executing devices and allow to increase a functionality of the system TRASSIR, as well as expand the applicability of the devices NetPing in different automated systems and video surveillance complexes.
In this article, connecting NetPing devices to TRASSIR software will be examined.
NetPing global Ltd. announces a release of firmware updates for the devices NetPing 2/PWR-220 v3/ETH, NetPing 2/PWR-220 v1/SMS, NetPing, 2/PWR-220 v4/SMS. New firmware versions for devices allowed to make their operation more functional.
What have been changed in the last versions?
NetPing global Ltd. as a developer and a manufacturer of original equipment for monitoring and remote management via Internet network, announces a release of a new product – a relative air humidity sensor WS-2 for measuring a relative humidity in % with a built-in temperature sensor. WS-2 Humidity Sensor has got improved specifications compared to its predecessor, thus allowing to take readings of higher quality. It is made in the form of a board, installed into a plastic case, and a four-wire loop, which transmits an information about humidity and temperature in a digital form.
The most typical issue of monitoring server rooms is controlling climate and environment while a computer equipment works. Tracking temperature parameters and making a decision on results may be automated.
Let us consider an example of automation for controlling a climate in a server room based on Microsoft PowerShell script.
Crestron is a system of management and automation for homes, offices, schools, hospitals, hotels and other objects. With the help of a module of management of NetPing devices, Crestron can manage a NetPing 2/PWR-220 v3/ETH device (for the moment, only this model is supported).