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Have You Got Networkable Power Meters?

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in FacilityBlog, Technology, Topics

Published on October 03, 2008 with 2 Comments

Earlier this year, I traveled with several other journalists to attend a high tech event in Germany. While I was on that trip, I met a brilliant man named Brian Chee from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. In his capacity with the University, Chee not only builds and tests innovative power management solutions for server rooms and data centers, he also writes about the results and shares his findings freely with anyone who can benefit.

Currently, Chee is looking for facility professionals who would like to monitor their organizations’ energy usage through a free, Web based tool. The only requirement is that participating facilities must have networkable power meters.

Chee explains that the goal of the project is to “build a Web based system for displaying both live and historical power utilization. It’s my hope that the project will be adopted throughout the university, including 10 campuses and 30 research institutes. I will eventually be donating the source code to the public domain (open source).”

Chee is using power monitoring devices from a Portland, OR-based company called Obvius, but he is looking for partners using any type of networkable power meters. Sample tables and graphs for the project can be found at the following link.

Anyone interested in participating in this project should contact Chee directly. Here is his contact information:
Brian Chee
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST)
2525 Correa Road, HIG 500
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: 808-956-5797

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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There are currently 2 Comments on Have You Got Networkable Power Meters?. Perhaps you would like to add one of your own?

  1. Are you speaking of smart meters like the
    ABB Alpa+ with modems?

  2. I’m actually trying to find out what kinds of power measurement devices are out there in the world that are networkable so that I can possibly work towards adding a profile to my software to accommodate them.

    I’m starting with the units from Obvius since that’s what the University of Hawaii is using, but long term my question is: “What units should I be including in the system?”

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