Managed or smart PDUs can allow for remote management of power, metering information, power outlet on/off control, and/or alarms. Some advanced PDUs allow users to manage external sensors such as temperature, humidity, airflow, etc.

A good example of a smart power switch is the LCP9. The advantage of this unit is it provides a wired and wireless connection to the gateway/router for remote management.
Power monitor diagram for LPC9

The LPC9 has a simple LUA based scripting language to customization functions of the power switch. See example below. See additional scripts here.

-- Cycle an outlet daily at 1:00am
function cycle_outlet_daily()
while true do
delay(60) -- prevent it from running more than once in the same minute

With the LPC9, you can achieve functions such as;
  • Control temperature with fans and temperature sensors (sample script)
  • Send notifications if network devices were rebooted (sample script)
  • Monitor critical outlets on the LPC9
  • Auto turn outlets off and on in case of freeze events of a network device with its auto-ping feature
The sensors compatible with the LCP9 include DS18B20 Digital Temperature Sensor and DHT11 Digital Temperature Humidity Sensor. Both have a 3.5mm jack that can be plugged into the LCP9.

Other power monitor devices useful especially for remote sites is ventev BTRM-200. It is designed to monitor battery capacity transparently to system operation and provide network-based notification should a battery fail or its capacity drop below a specified threshold level as well as set and monitor alarms such as door alarms.
Ventev GUI

Check out more on power control and comparison of other power monitor and control devices.

Contact an RfWeL Power Specialist for power monitoring system implementation at home, business or remote site.