Telecom companies need to beat the heat
Friday, Aug 21st 2015

Staying connected has become the cornerstone of modern times. Although such a level of connection is relatively recent, it's hard to think of a world without it. And while many people might jump to social networking as the main form of communication, it is the widespread use of the cell?phone that has allowed people to stay connected to one another unlike during any other time in human history. The Communicator estimates that around 1.12 billion people currently have a mobile phone, meaning that a large number of people around the world are affected daily by telecommunications. 

With that in mind, it's easy to see why telecom equipment is so vitally important to maintain properly. And in this constant battle to keep equipment functional, perhaps the most dangerous of elements working against telecommunications is heat. Temperature monitoring of telecom equipment is absolutely essential to the proper operation of these devices. As mentioned in an article put out by Hartford Steam Boiler, today's telecom equipment is really not much different than complex computer systems. And, just like any other computer system, telecom equipment is extremely sensitive to heat and other environmental variables. 

Telecom equipment needs special care 
The reason for this is simple: Modern telecom equipment puts off a lot of heat when working. HSB noted that equipment that consumes about 10 kilowatts of electrical energy will release that energy as heat, which in this example would equal about 34,000 BTU per hour. That's quite a bit of thermal energy to be compensated for. 

And it certainly does need to be considered, along with a temperature monitor of the equipment, because heat is extremely bad for electronics. There are many kinds of material necessary to make modern computing equipment, all of which cannot suffer physical or chemical degradation. The sad fact of heat is that a temperature rise speeds up chemical reactions. HSB specifically said that for every 10 degrees Celsius of increased temperature, chemical degradation doubles. 

For this reason it is absolutely imperative that telecom companies keep a detailed log of temperature data. Without knowing how much the temperature of components is changing, it is absolutely impossible to know what kind of degradation the equipment is going through. Thankfully, ITWatchDogs has created a simple solution to this problem. Its vast assortment of handy temperature monitors can make temperature data logging a breeze. Its text-alert system allows even the busiest of telecom professionals to receive up-to-date information about the conditions equipment is currently facing.