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A start-up company tests their technology


Narrator:            This is Science Today. Wireless devices that can optimize power-hungry data centers for energy efficiency have been developed by a University of California-generated start-up company called SynapSense. Raju Pandey, an engineering professor at UC Davis and one of the company founders, says their wireless technology is being used and tested at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Pandey:            We deploy our systems in their main data center. They are at the forefront of whatever we do. In fact, our first deployment usually goes to the LBNL place and we will deploy our system there and we get incredible feedback from the LBNL community. They'll tell us what works, what doesn't work, how we should change our software, what changes we should make in the hardware, so they are a great feedback mechanism for us.

Narrator:            Pandey says their wireless devices can sense a variety of modalities, including temperature and how power resources are being used.

Pandey:            Once we have that information, then we can start to figure out how we should optimize the data center, so that it uses the most optimal amount of energy.

Narrator:            For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.