Tech Corner: Tim Geier
Environmental Monitoring Units (EMU)
If you are responsible for the climate in your Telecom, Labs or Server Rooms, with summer on the way it seems appropriate to illustrate the value of Environmental Monitoring Units or EMU's as they are sometimes called.
EMU's come in many different sizes, shapes and features and can monitor many different conditions including Intrusion, Temperature, Humidity, Electrical Loading and Water Infiltration just to name a few.
Many of these devices can initiate an action such as closing on board relays that are linked to supplemental HVAC units or blinking beacon lights. In addition to starting or stopping equipment they can send SMS text and email messages to designated personnel when alarm set points are reached.
Click here to read about one of the most advanced providers of these devices, and they started it right here in Austin.
I awoke aboard a boat, just before daybreak, which was weird. The last thing I remembered was being in San Francisco s Moscone Center, wrapping up a four-hour Google I/O keynote liveblogging session. My last recollection was of Google CEO Larry Page taking questions from the audience and promoting a vision of a utopia where society could be free to innovate and experiment, unencumbered by government regulations or social norms.
I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out some new things and figure out, he had said. What is the effect on society? What s the effect on people? Without having to deploy it into the normal world.
I realized I was the only one aboard, and the boat was driving itself.
It hit the shore at first light, approaching from a perfect angle that allowed the sun to just peek out over the back of the island. I hopped over the side, and watched as the boat slowly put itself into reverse, turned, and headed back out to sea.
The soft, froggy voice startled me. I turned around to face an approaching figure.
We had a great IFMA Work Day at Sammy s House after the luncheon on Thursday, May 9th. It was a wonderful volunteer experience and much was accomplished.
Here is a quote from the Executive Director of the Center, Isabel C. Huerta.
Thank you sooooo much for bringing the IFMA guys!
The playscape is wonderful, we waited 13 years to get one. On Friday, in the rain the kids went nuts.
It was so great having the IFMA team come out and literally save the project. We were afraid were not going to able to complete the project...and that would have been horrible. Please extend our thanks to everyone who came out to help. They were truly appreciated"
"Laying down the barrier"
"Spreading the Cover"
All in a Day's work for today's versatile Facility Management Professional