One Sightsolutions were contracted to supply, install and commission a control and monitoring system complete with aM&T monitoring for a new Data Centre being constructed within one of the London Stock Exchange buildings in the City of London.
The scope was to provide a system with an ‘open’ architecture to allow all items of plant being installed as part of the Data Centre build to be connected via an integrated solution. The system now incorporates not just the data hall information, but critical alarming systems and the BMS system.
A Niagara AX Supervisor has also been provided to allow engineering and technical staff view all items of plant connected via may different protocols. This facility provides the common interfaces for alarming, history logging and many screen views across the entire site.
The Data Centre was to incorporate Switchboards manufactured by Mardix, UPS systems supplied by Socomec, CRAC AC units supplied by Denco and Rack Monitoring System by PDI. The challenge for One Sightsolutions was to be able to install a system that was capable of picking up the various protocols that were being supplied with each of the products.
One Sightsolutions being an OEM distributor for the Niagara Framework, proposed this platform as the system of choice due to the number of ‘open’ protocol drivers that exist within the Niagara Framework. Having commissioned many projects requiring a variety of protocols, One Sightsolutions were confident that the solution would be able to provide all of the necessary monitoring, alarming and history logging that would be required from the Data Hall environment.
The solution consisted of a Niagara Supervisor, which provides operator’s with a window into the entire system. A network of Jace 660 controllers and a variety of Modbus I/O modules were also installed to cope with the requirements of field equipment.
An eSight aM&T system has been installed as part of the overall project and collects energy data from the AX Framework on a 30 minute basis. The data is collected using the oBIX IP interface direct from the eSight system on an automated schedule (adjustable between 1 minute and months). The aM&T system provides the LSE with a lot of relevant data from all areas of energy usage to allow a proper assessment of how much power is used across the various equipment within the data centre.
Real time ‘live’ data can also be seen direct from all screens associated with all plant connected to the Niagara Framework. The finished project met all expectations and provided a totally ‘open’ platform. The system is already being extended to other areas within the building with the BMS being upgraded and being incorporated within the Niagara Framework.