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Qualcomm is a worldwide provider of 3G wireless technology and services, with operations and customers around the globe. Qualcomm's data center is located in a corporate park in North Carolina's Triangle. Once the company took ownership of the five-story building it wanted to take its building systems off the corporate park's master network and onto its own network. It chose Automated Facility Solutions, Trend's North Carolina technology center, to install a Trend IQ system that incorporated all the building systems into a single building management system (BMS) that monitored everything. The biggest challenge facing Automated Facility Solutions was to integrate all the data center systems and equipment into a single, cohesive control and monitoring system. Qualcomm's fire protection system, chiller plant, power distribution, and in-rack cooling system would all be incorporated into the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system and centrally controlled. Automated Facility Solutions installed a Trend HVAC system that not only migrated easily from the previous network to Qualcomm's own network, but also integrated several other building systems and thousands of control points. Qualcomm now enjoys centralized control of the multiple building systems and devices inside its mission-critical data center. Most importantly, the Trend system effectively monitors all the different systems that generate redundancy, which is the most important contributor to keeping a data center up and running 24/7.
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