What does an Automated Disaster Prevention System look like?

Having reached the conclusion that an Automated Disaster Prevention System would be a worthwhile investment for your company, the following descriptions discuss some typical installations of the technology for consideration in planning for your own site's survivability.


One practical implementation uses a distributed approach to disaster prevention by dividing the responsibility for the automated effort between a control program which runs on the protected host system and an intelligent hardware Front-End-Processor that stands between the protected host computers and a variety of environmental sensors installed about the room. This method makes the protected Host aware of environmental conditions and a participant in its own protection scheme. It allows for maintenance of history logs, communications with users and managers, and the graceful termination of host operations if room conditions become critical. The intelligent F-E-P monitors for irregular conditions and communicates them to the protected host, activates alarms, digital (modem) and synthesized voice auto-dialers, verifies the integrity of host communications, and is capable of taking protective actions in the event of a host computer failure.

DPS = Disaster Prevention System

P = Power Qual. Mon.

A = Air-Flow Sensor

S = Smoke Detectors

H = Humidity Detector

T = Temp. Sensors

I = Intrusion Detectors

W = Water Detectors

The hardware interface of such a system is depicted in the Front-End-Processor's rear panel diagram which shows connections for Host CPU and remote Modem communications, independent temperature, humidity, UPS and air-flow sensors; bussed water, smoke/fire and intrusion detectors; and control outputs for voice auto-dialer, alarm bells, and Host Power Control capability.


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