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Tridium and Frost and Sullivan: Intelligent Enterprise Platform - Connecting Devices to the Enterprise

April 19, 2011
The future of pervasive device communication is envisioned to be so powerful that everyday devices will be able to identify each other's presence and role, and interact in a manner that benefits our way of life. Such communication-rich environments will lead to embedded computation abilities, where information can be collected by devices and sensors, and processed to generate an intelligent response and coordinated actions. This white paper focuses on the benefits of integrating devices with enterprise and business processes and the importance of having holistic visibility over operational data.

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Liebert: Power and Cooling Best Practices for IP Communications

April 19, 2011
IP telephony and power over Ethernet (PoE) are driving the requirement for increasing uptime levels, power capacity, and the need for dedicated precision air conditioning across the network. High-availability environments, such as data centers and computer rooms, may have the power and cooling infrastructure in place to handle these changes, but in many cases, equipment rooms and wiring closets do not. This white paper provides specific guidance on ensuring proper power and cooling support for the Cisco routers and switches operating in network closets and equipment rooms.

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Future Facilities Inc.: Simulation to Improve Data Center Efficiency

October 6, 2010
This paper describes a new CFD-based modeling capability and design methodology that overcomes the limitations of conventional guidelines and traditional CFD-based approaches and is effective at addressing equipment related cooling and efficiency problems in the data center.
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Optimum Energy, LLC: Setting New Standards for Ultra High Performance HVAC

October 6, 2010
This paper explores the common challenges of maintaining the performance of today's complex HVAC systems and the benefits and limitations of current methodologies for improving energy performance.
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Reducing the Cost of Keeping Office Data Centers Cool

March 17, 2010
This paper will examine the benefits of using portable spot air conditioners as a less-expensive alternative to precision-cooling systems and mini-split.
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Liebert: Managing Extreme Heat - Cooling Strategies For High-Density Systems

February 24, 2010
As computer manufacturers pack more and more processing power into smaller packages, the challenge of data center cooling becomes more complex - and more critical. New servers and communication switches generate as much as ten times the heat per square foot as systems manufactured just ten years ago.. This white paper describes the new strategies and technologies that must be implemented to provide the cooling high-density systems require for reliable operation.
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APC by Schneider Electric: Increasing Data Center Efficiency By Using Improved High Density Power Distribution

February 24, 2010
This white paper describes a new approach to power distribution for high density server installations that saves floor space, simplifies power cabling, saves capital costs, reduces weight, and increases electrical efficiency.
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Johnson Controls: Creating a Safe, Sustainable Community in a Challenging Economy

December 9, 2009
While new technology advancements are helping communities execute services faster and more efficiently, many local governments are having trouble finding the funds to implement them. According to Gartner Research, virtually all IT project investments within local governments will undergo a value-for-money reassessment beginning this year. Many will take advantage of the new economic stimulus funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment act. But will the stimulus offer enough help?

This white paper addresses how technology is now able to deliver meaningful ROI data and why a well-planned implementation of technology initiatives will deliver the strongest public value impact. The strategy is showcased in success stories from two local governments who were able to serve their constituents by making their communities more efficient, even when financing looked impossible.
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Lochinvar: Lime Scale Accumulation: The Energy Thief

December 9, 2009
Water is used in a wide range of commercial applications. Every day, businesses and facilities heat water to serve the needs of their customers and patrons. While restaurants, laundromats, hotels, and car washes all require very large amounts of hot water to stay in business, nearly all companies rely on hot water in one way or another. Each year, a significant portion of their overhead is allotted to the fuel required to heat water, and everyday that allotment becomes slightly larger. However, many do not realize what they lose each year due to the negative by-products of heating water such as lime scale buildup, which cause efficiency losses, malfunctions, total equipment failure.
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ECO-MAX™: Adsorption Chillers for Global Cooling

November 12, 2009
Adsorption chillers are a unique approach to achieving air conditioning and process cooling. Adsorption chillers are driven by hot water rather than from large amounts ofelectricity like conventional air conditioners. Capturing and using waste heat could be one of the largest conservation and green house gas reduction opportunities. Heat recovery is an opportunity to recycle energy that is typically wasted.
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