This software helps save energy

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Last Updated 26 June 2012, 19:25 IST

With several IT firms chanting ‘Go Green’ mantra, a software developed by city-based Vigyanlabs, helps tech companies save massively on power consumption.

A US Patent granted about two weeks back for ‘Fine-grain non-intrusive distributed information technology infrastructure power management system (patent number US 8201007)’ is an added feather in the cap for Vigyanlabs founder Srinivas Varadarajan. The patent was filed on January 6, 2010, and was granted on June 12, 2012.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Varadarajan said the company has developed ‘IPMPlus’ incorporating the patent to help tech companies, for whom IT infrastructure comprising servers and desktops consume nearly 10 per cent of energy costs.

He said several IT companies use more than 1,000 systems at a time. Many a times, users leave without turning off the computers causing a loss to the firm. 

In other cases several equipment are idle as not many people use them, which also eats into the profits. In such cases, the app would give complete details on how many systems are in sleep mode, on or off state and inactive.

It also gives the peak power consumption and average power consumption on all the nodes in a network.

Users can enter the amount paid for each unit in the application and know how much power has been consumed or saved and also track the Carbon-di-oxide emissions saved.

Varadarajan said a recent study revealed that 10 to 15 per cent of systems are kept idle in an organisation. Monitoring detailed reports given out by the application would help companies know about power usage in terms of multiple buildings and departments in an organisation.

While initial focus was on improving energy efficiency among computers, Vigyanlabs is now focussing on improving energy efficiency of smartphones and tablets.

Citing an example, Varadarajan said many of smartphones have multiple components, which can be shut down individually.

Smartphone and tablet users can heave a sigh of relief, as Vardarajan said the patent can be used help keep smartphones charged for a longer duration.

Those interested to know more about saving power on computers may visit www.vigyanlabs.com.

(Published 26 June 2012, 19:25 IST)

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