Trend Control Systems - Data Centres
BEMS - PUE Ratings - BMS - Building Management System - IQ3xcite Controller - Comms Rooms
Trend Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) are proven to significantly improve resilience for data centres, whilst at the same time minimising energy consumption. Trend systems monitor and manage a data centre intelligently to deliver market leading PUE ratings, with installations in some of the world’s most reliable data centres.
With a worldwide distribution and support network covering over 50 countries, Trend Control Systems is a major international supplier of building energy management solutions (BEMS). In the UK, Trend enjoys a larger installed system base than any other brand. The vast majority of Trend’s control systems are supplied, engineered and commissioned by approved systems integrators, a number of which specialise in the data centre arena.
An effective BMS can allow buildings to perform seamlessly and thus free-up businesses to focus on operational issues. This can have a significant impact on operational cost, which is often underestimated in design. The Royal Academy of Engineering estimates the cost ratio for a new building as 1:5:200 for construction, maintenance and operation. Any system, which can help to reduce the operational element of the cost base will significantly reduce the whole life cost of the building
Building Management System
The latest range of IQ3xcite controllers are fully configurable distributed devices, specifically designed to run on TCP/IP networks with embedded XML web capability to allow remote interrogation by web browsers.
This infrastructure makes interrogation of the BMS simpler since any PC residing on the site IT network could be given access to BMS data. A variety of user interfaces are available for the Trend system, including the 963 supervisor, which is a Microsoft Windows based graphical supervisor with a full suite of BMS software functions.
Graphical displays in web page format reside in each controller and can be accessed by a full colour touch screen display or by web browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, which allows live and historic system information to be accessed and analysed either by the Facilities Management team, Energy Manager or any other building user via a standard PC with web browser, without the need for proprietary BMS software.
The 963 and touch screen interfaces present graphical information as web pages, making it possible, perhaps for the first time, to allow all of the building users to interact with the building’s systems and providing an excellent tool to promote staff awareness.
The BMS connectivity and its capacity to share information with other systems is greatly enhanced, opening up the potential for a variety of standard connectivity formats:
- TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) - language of the Internet
- SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) - IT network standard
- SMS (Short Message Service) - text messaging
- XML (extensible Mark-up Language) - format of data on the Web
- Open protocols such as ModBus, BACnet & LON
Application is not limited to BMS supervisory software. The data can be used by proprietary maintenance packages (PPM), monitoring and targeting software (M&T), business software such as Microsoft Office, and business systems such as SAP and Oracle.
Security of Supply
The Trend BMS has an extensive track record of controlling the critical environment in data centres throughout the UK. The IQ system is ideally suited to provide the close control required in a computer hall and the 963 SQL database provides an audit trail for the management and analysis of system performance. The BMS can also be readily integrated with common datacentre plant such as air-conditioning units, Chillers, UPS and PDUs. This is commonly achieved at a network level to provide extensive point monitoring to inform proactive maintenance functions. While datacentres tend to be standalone operations, banks will also have a large number of distributed critical areas in the form of comms rooms.
The BMS infrastructure can be used to provide a resilient means of managing the environment and plant within distributed comms rooms. Alarms can be handled by an in-house bureau or retransmitted to outsourced FM providers.
Trend critical area monitoring utilises a Trend IQ3xcite controller with an on-board web-server. Remote alarm reporting and interrogation is via the IP Ethernet connection on the bank’s network or ADSL modem router.
The system monitors temperature and humidity conditions in the comms room as well as providing alarm conditions for plant such as UPS, air-conditioning, fire, gas-suppression, leak detection and generators.
Chartwell Case Study: Significant energy reductions at high profile European data centres
A well designed BEMS is crucial for any organisation which has business critical systems. Chartwell have implemented designs utilising the Trend technology in a number of data centres across Europe that recognise the importance of energy reduction whilst ensuring that the BEMS is robust and that operating temperatures outlined in their service level agreements (SLAs) are adhered to… Read this and other Case Studies in Full