Fishers, Indiana (PressExposure) April 15, 2008 -- On a recent Monday morning, Ben Becker, chief information officer for Carmel, Ind.-based TradeWinds, a truckload carrier, walked into work. When he stepped in front of the server room door, he noticed a strange noise coming from the room.
"It sounded like a high pitch jet engine sound," Becker says. "I proceeded to open the door and a blast of hot air came barreling out at me. The A/C had gone out overnight and the server room was approaching 100 degrees. Not a good way to start the week off."
Becker decided it was time to install a temperature monitoring system into the server room. After doing some Googling, Becker says that most systems were very expensive and had more functionality than what he needed. So he decided to build his own solution and make it available to other companies for under $100.
"I realized that this was a tool that would not only benefit me at Tradewinds, but also many other businesses that have the same needâ¦to be notified before disaster strikes is always something worth knowing," he says.
Becker created a web presence at http://www.temperaturescan.com where visitors can download a working demo and purchase the solution.
Temperature Scan includes the following features:
USB - a Plug and Play Sensor that works with any computer.
Un-tethered - readings are taken away from machine exhaust so as to get the ambient temperature of the room.
Paging / Emailing - the solution can alert a cell phone or Blackberry and e-mail accounts.
Customizable - users can specify a threshold to monitor and how often to monitor it.
Temperature Only - sophisticated data centers monitor other conditions such as humidity, but temperature is the element that businesses have the most control over and can do the most damage if it gets out of control, Becker says.
Cheap - for small carriers, the economic times do not warrant the luxury of throwing a rack mounted sensor in that does all kinds of fancy stuff, Becker says.