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industry news 78 per cent of data centres aren’t compliant with best practice ASHRAE thermal guidelines According to new research from EkkoSense, almost eight out of ten UK data centres are currently non-compliant with recent ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments. EkkoSense recently analysed some 128 UK data centre halls and over 16,500 IT equipment racks – the industry’s largest and most accurate survey into data centre cooling – to reveal that 78 per cent of UK data centres currently aren’t compliant with current practice ASHRAE thermal guidelines. The ASHRAE standard – published in the organisation’s ‘Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments – 4th Edition’ – is highly regarded as a best practice thermal guide for data centre operators, offering clear recommendations for effective data centre temperature testing. ASHRAE suggests that simply positioning temperature sensors on data centre columns and walls is no longer enough, and that data centre operators should – as a minimum – be collecting temperature data from at least one point every 3m to 9m of rack aisle. ASHRAE also suggests that unless components have their own dedicated thermal sensors, there’s realistically no way to stay within target thermal limits. This latest EkkoSense research follows on from recent findings that suggested the current average cooling utilisation level for UK data centres is just 34 per cent. For further information: www.ekkosense.co.uk and www.ashrae.org 8 | August 2017 GTT Showcases Emergency Vehicle Preemption Solution and Analytics at Fire-Rescue International 2017 At this year’s Fire-Rescue International (FRI) event in north Carolina, Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (GTT) staff have discussed how Opticom Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) and a new analytics tool can help reduce response times and increase safety for fire departments. GTT delegates demonstrated how fire departments can harness data related to their emergency response trips and use it to make operational improvements. Opticom Analytics is a new software tool which helps departments assess intersection performance, reveal problem areas and make corrections to provide a faster, safer emergency response. Data logs from the vehicle equipment are securely uploaded to the analytics platform via a Wi-Fi or cellular connection. The information is then compiled into a web-based application that can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. Users can sort and view performance metrics based on date, speed, travel time, vehicle type, preemption usage and more, and can consequently make adjustments to improve operational productivity and response performance. GTT’s Opticom EVP system works alongside intersection controllers to help ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections rapidly and without incident. When an emergency vehicle needs to navigate an intersection, the Opticom system on-board the vehicle sends a request to the intersection’s controller ahead of its arrival, which requests a green light, clearing a path to enable the vehicle’s expedited passage. For further information visit: www.gtt.com Third of the UK Public are not aware of the Security Policies implemented by their company According to a recent survey conducted by Expert Security UK, almost a third of the UK public are not aware of the safety and security policies implemented by the company they work for. With latest news of the global Petya ransomware attacks from Ukraine and NHS ‘WannaCry’ cyber-attacks, it should come as no surprise. For businesses, the consequences are clear: It is imperative they introduce a robust security culture and ensure their staff abides by them. To help businesses get on the right track, Danny Schofield, managing director at Expert Security UK and a team of business experts have created a guide on why it is important to establish an all-around, effective business security culture and encourage staff to embrace security with robust processes put in place to protect the company. Danny Schofield, managing director ЁЁMɥU,ѕa)͕̰ͥѡɔɔ䁽܁ͽѥ́ѡЁɔͥѼɕٕ)͕ɥ䁉ɕ̃Lɽѕ́ѼɅ͠ѕѕɑ̸]Ѡ)مѕ́ɕͥͽѥѕѕՕ́ӊéՍѡ)͕ͥ́х䁽ѕd)ȁѡȁɵѥ٥ܹ͕ͥɥլլ