Geist Mobile App

Geist Mobile App

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The Geist Mobile App provides full visibility of the PDU and its power consumption data down to the phase and circuit levels right at your fingertips.

Using Visible Light Communication technology, Geist’s Upgradeable line of PDUs optically transmit information to your handheld device providing easy, secure, and instant access to data at the cabinet or rack.

The VLC function encodes information into specially designed 2D barcode and streams them between the LED display and the camera on a smartphone, allowing users to "scan" a PDU and populate the unit's status and activity in an organized, legible format over the Geist App.

Special Features

Real-time Capture of Comprehensive PDU Data

Capture data instantly on a smart device (<3 seconds) and export or email as necessary.

Automation of PDU Inventory Management

Scan and export PDU information including serial numbers, device names, and power usage data on CSV attachment via email.

Secure & Interference Free Wireless Data Transmission

Due to the high directionality of narrow light beams, VLC can enable secure and interference-free wireless links.  For customers who cannot share network connectivity or physical access, it is possible to have a managed capture device which can be controlled to ensure only users with appropriate permissions can access data from the Geist PDU.

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Geist's FAQ section aims to answer specific questions related to this product offering. If you need further support, please contact Tech Support directly.

Geist Mobile App FAQs

How does VLC work?

The VLC function works by, at a press of a button, projecting a stream of non-human readable characters in rapid succession on the local display that can be interpreted from a mobile device camera and translated into a human readable format.

This allows significantly more information from the PDU to be displayed in a more legible manner than the simple LED display can achieve. The mobile device (phone or tablet) can save this information and export to CSV.

This level of information would normally only be available over a unit's web interface or via software provided the device settings and IP address were configured. No prior configuration is required to access this data over VLC. The benefit of being able to populate a rack's power consumption and sensor data at a quick scan is enjoyed by all who have physical access to the rack and want a quick summary of the unit.

What information is available when I use VLC to scan my unit?

Utilizing the Geist App, the following fields are populated:

  • Serial #
  • Volts
  • Amps
  • Watts
  • VA
  • kWh
  • Breakers (by breaker)
  • Phase (Volts, Amps, Watts, VA, kWh by phase)
  • Circuit (Volts, Amps, Watts, VA, kWh by circuit)
  • Aggregate power readings