by Brianna Crandall — December 7, 2016 — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, recently introduced APC NetBotz 250 for more simplified data center physical security. This new low-cost, scalable rack access control and environmental monitoring appliance proactively monitors critical information technology (IT) assets in real time, protecting against physical threats, environmental risks or human error that can disrupt IT operations and reduce reliability.
NetBotz 250 can be used for IT deployments of varying applications, including environment monitoring only, rack access only or a combination of both.
Minimize downtime and business risk
NetBotz 250‘s advanced feature set and modernized user experience offers native support for NetBotz connected wireless temperature and humidity sensors for rapid and flexible deployment, while supporting additional wired sensors such as spot fluid, vibration and smoke detection.
These capabilities enable immediate detection of common environmental hazards, preventing outages and allowing for rapid response action to minimize downtime. NetBotz 250 is compatible with APC racks and StruxureWare Data Center Expert, seamlessly integrating into an existing install base for easy and efficient deployment, configuration and management to start protecting IT equipment within minutes.
Rack access control functionality is available in two handle kits, at 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz reader frequencies, and restricts rack access to only credentialed users. Configured alerts and outputs such as beacon alarms can be set up to notify IT staff in the event of a breach.
NetBotz integration with StruxureWare Data Center Expert enables efficiency and connectivity at every level of the data center. It provides centralized monitoring and management of the physical infrastructure and connected, networked devices to reduce energy consumption, protect system uptime, and improve planning and operational performance.
Ron Catanzaro, vice president of Rack System, Schneider Electric – IT Division, stated:
Safety, reliability and availability are the imperatives of critical infrastructure environments. Data centers are a strategic asset to organizations, and uptime is paramount for ensuring business continuity. As such, we are continuing to see a shift away from reactive toward proactive monitoring to anticipate and stop threats before they happen. NetBotz 250 addresses our customers’ needs for a more scalable, affordable, simple and efficient way to proactively keep threats at bay, enabling better and more comprehensive protection of data center systems to avoid the cost of downtime and deliver peace of mind.