Success Story about Icinga at InBio.
ICINGA in Action Keeping Arthropods Alive at INBio, Costa RicaThe National Biodiversity Institute PAPER TRACKING In a pilot study, Herson teamed ICINGA up(INBio) of Costa Rica seeks to ensure If Costa Rica contains 5% of the worlds with a TEMPerHUM temperature and humiditythe conservation of biodiversity and biodiversity in just 51,100 km², then INBio sensor, and a Sheeva-Plug computer in amake the world a better place. houses a large and very precious collection of standalone setup (see Figure 1).Along the way, ICINGA has been biological specimens. Maintaining optimalthere to help out. By monitoring the temperature and humidity is essential to their The sensor collected environmental data andenvironment of biological collec- conservation. connected to Ethernet LAN (IEEE 802.3) viations, ICINGA has been able to take the Sheeva-Plug computer to relay itsthe load off busy lab technicians. For INBio, tracking the environmental changes readings to the ICINGA Core. Herson wrote a of biological collections used to mean walking Sheeva plugin for this task, which he has to the thermostat and recording what was made available at INBios subversion server read on a sheet of paper on the wall. This of (svn://pulsatrix.inbio.ac.cr/temper_hum/). course could only be carried out intermit- tently. Sometimes air conditioning equipment From there the environmental readings failed and it was of critical importance that it configured at 5 minute intervals were saved inThe National Biodiversity Institute be detected immediately to prevent irrevers- a MySQL database for ICINGA Web to collect(INBio) of Costa Rica is a private ible damage. So a new solution was needed. data as requested by the client, and display asresearch and biodiversity manage- returned check results in its user interface.ment centre, established in 1989 to BOXES TO TICK In so doing, ICINGA has helped to keep thesupport efforts to gather knowledge Herson Esquivel Vargas, Systems Administra- diptera (otherwise known as flies) at INBio inon the country’s biological diversity tor at INBio took on the task. There were good condition.and promote its sustainable use. The plenty of solutions on the market- appliancesinstitute works under the premise with pluggable sensors, even with web HATCH TWO CHICKS WITH ONE EGGthat the best way to conserve interfaces. These often cost >US$1000 for the The two collections of arthropods withbiodiversity is to study it, value it, and main appliance and associated sensors cost varying environmental conditions, areutilize the opportunities it offers to US$200 or so. currently under ICINGA’s watch. At the sameimprove the quality of life of human time, a tool was required to monitor INBio’sbeings. However, as a non-governmental, non-profit various applications and servers in their data organisation, INBio required a solution that center. In a simple extension, two objectivesINBio is a non-governmental, was low cost in both hardware and software. were met with one tool.non-profit, public interest organiza- It needed to be easy to use and allow data totion of civil society that works in close be checked, away from the physical collec- LOOKING FORWARDcollaboration with different govern- tions. In the future, Herson hopes to integrate SMSment institutions, universities, the alerts, automated graphing and even a systemprivate sector and other public and ICINGA TO THE RESCUE to remotely control air conditioners andprivate organizations, both within and Luckily INBio was no stranger to free and dehumidifiers all in a smooth continuousoutside Costa Rica. open source software. INBio had even process. developed its own specialized tools and released it under free licences At the moment he’s growing his set up to over (http://informatics.inbio.ac.cr/projects.html). 20 hosts and 60 services. If anything is certain,WHAT IS ICINGA? In tune with their software philosophy and the monitoring project will grow to ensure theICINGA is an enterprise grade open thanks to its great community support, happy livelihood of a few more arthropodsource monitoring system which ICINGA was picked out to be the most collections.keeps watch over networks and any convincing monitoring system.conceivable network resource,notifies the user of errors andrecoveries and generates perfor- TEMPerHUM ICINGA MySQL ICINGAmance data for reporting. Scalable Sensor Core Database Web Internetand extensible, ICINGA can monitorcomplex, large environments acrossdispersed locations.ICINGA takes open sourcemonitoring to the next level. Figure 1: INBio Biological Environmental Monitoring Special thanks to: Herson Esquivel Vargas, Systems Administrator at INBio ICINGA - Open Source Monitoring | www.icinga.org | firstname.lastname@example.org