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Intelligent PDUs, combined with rack equipment and infrastructure alarming and monitoring, are offering a new perspective on power management

roadcasters can cost- effectively monitor and manage power usage across facilities with InSite,

meaning if one item goes down, the rest of the equipment is protected and stays up.” STAYING AWARE InSite discovers and connects to IP devices and, over SNMP or Modbus, harvests and displays both control and alarm status. Alarms and notifications are delivered via email or SMS. “What’s really changing now is that combining these tools gives you quite a powerful sustainability story,” adds Quade. “There are a whole range of standards and directives emerging around power usage. “In broadcast, whether utilising existing on-prem racked hardware, or looking at migrating to the cloud or hybrid, you are using significant amounts of power in what the guidance and coming regulations will consider to be data centres. As a result, standards like ISO 30134-2 about the power usage effectiveness (PUE) of data centres – specifically targeted around contributing to the

UN’s sustainable development goals 9, 11, 12 and 13 – will apply to you. “There is an EU code of conduct on data centre energy efficiency,” continues Quade, “which is currently best practice guidelines, but is anticipated to become a set of directives. There is also the Albert Studio Sustainability Standard for productions, particularly relevant to TV and film companies and the broadcast industry. The key measure is around the carbon footprint of a production – and power usage is important here, possibly the number one element in that carbon footprint. “Broadcasters need to be aware of these regulations and guidelines, especially as a lot of installations will fall under data centre regulations. If you have a server room big enough, it’s considered to be a data centre.” TAKING ACTION Two things needed to be done, according to Quade: “Firstly, to be able to report against these various directives and requirements, whether carbon emissions or raw power usage. InSite supports you to be able to do that and we are consulting

TSL’s proprietary software standards- based monitoring, reporting and alarm notification UIIM (universal intelligent infrastructure management) system that runs in-browser. Its configurable, virtualised infrastructure management system can remotely monitor multiple facilities wherever they are located. It is non-vendor-specific to avoid vendor lock-in. When combined with TSL’s new intelligent power distribution unit (PDU) range, it can also facilitate a reduction in power usage and cost by as much as 30%, thereby supporting sustainability goals and compliance requirements. “For many years, TSL has had a range of PDUs and also a DCIM software solution, both of which were primarily purchased as risk mitigation tools,” says TSL CEO Matthew Quade. “In terms of surge protection, all of our PDUs have individually fused outlets,


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