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Martin Baricevic: I like solving complicated problems.
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I like, I’m a systems oriented kind of person.
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I like taking a bunch of complicated individual systems and seeing how they work and putting
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them together and building a process.
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Drazen Baricevic: At Arizona Facility Services we focus on data centers, financial institutions
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and merchant corporations.
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Martin: So in a data center a ton of data is being processed.
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in some instances they’e processing credit card data in some instances email, other instances
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some other application all together.
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Drazen: Typically, we don’t have the luxury of building a brand new data center from scratch.
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That means we are retrofitting live data centers that’s supporting mission critical data.
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We have to be able to maintain, service and in the event of a failure we still have to
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produce 100% uptime.
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Data centers that we work with the typically large data centers, from 10 mega watts to
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20 some even larger than that, which generates $300,000, $400,000 utility bill a month.
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So our ability to reduce the energy consumption by 2, 3, 4% the savings are huge.
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Martin: One of the nice things we found at AFS with working with Opto has been that they
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use non proprietary systems.
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A lot of our customers are used to seeing 5 different systems to manage 5 different
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pieces of equipment.
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Um, with Opto we’re able to integrate all of that into one system.
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With Opto we’re able to do BacNet Modbus, we’re able to do SNMP, we’re able to do
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any of the IP protocols.
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All of this backup infrastructure that maintains the data center we’re talking to it, we’re
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communicating, and we’re aggregating into a single display.
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The dual network interfaces allowed us to build redundancy directly into our infrastructure.
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We didn’t have to rely on complicated switching and networking systems.
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We just had it right there at the source.
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We are able to build new software on top of Opto because of the Restful interfaces for
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example.
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Sometimes I’m able to instead just dig in and build something completely new off the
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top of my head.
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Spend a weekend hacking and see where that takes me.
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We’re able to work together as a team, Opto and AFS, to produce something that is able
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to benefit our customers that much more.
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So its really important we found to make sure our displays really intuitive.
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We are also able to put together and model the actual equipment.
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So, that when an operator stands in front of a piece of switch gear and he goes to that
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display he’s seeing a one to one likeness.
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it looks like what it looks like when you’re out in the field.
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With Opto’s modular system what actually makes it easier for us is I can use 1 controller
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and build out whatever point infrastructure that I need.
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if I need this module I’ll get that module.
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If I need a different module I‘ll get that module.
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And, I’m able build not just digital/ analog inputs but also communication ports as well.
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And, today we are running 1000's and 1000's of points
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From a power side of things from a PDU we’re monitoring phase ABC, power, amps, uh KVA,
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power factor.
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We’re monitoring each and every one of those points times let's say 60 devices.
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Drazen: People come to work and expect uh 75 degrees, expect the lights to be on, and
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internet to be on.
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And, they think that things happen by accident.
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Actually, it requires a whole team of people to support and manage and maintain a facility.