TORONTO — Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has announced the launch of Tracer™ XT, a platform based on GE software technology designed to improve the performance and efficiency of data centers. Trane said the Tracer XT was developed in response to data center customer requests for more ways to reduce energy consumption, improve building operations, and optimize system management.

The world’s data centers are expected to consume 19 percent more energy in the next 12 months than they have in the past year, according to results of a global industry census conducted by DatacenterDynamics.

Tracer XT combines Trane’s Tracer building controls and HVAC expertise with GE Intelligent Platforms’ Proficy® Software platform for visualization, advanced analysis and modeling, remote monitoring and diagnostics. This solution also uses Proficy Process Systems for integrated software and high-availability control systems applications for industrial and redundant-control requirements.

Tracer XT is the first solution that Ingersoll Rand and GE are introducing as part of a cooperative agreement to develop intelligent offerings that combine the industrial solutions of GE and the HVAC expertise of Trane. Tracer XT is based on the Proficy Software platform, which is GE ecomagination® qualified for improving overall process efficiency, reducing waste and defects, and reducing energy usage. According to the companies, the Tracer XT software application allows users to improve energy use and uptime, reduce operational costs, optimize lifecycle costs across building systems, and increase profitability.

“Leaders of data centers and other critical indoor environments need fast, integrated information to most effectively manage their facilities,” said Joel Lehman, global portfolio manager, system controls for Trane. “By collecting real-time data and providing actionable information at incredible speeds, Tracer XT integrates with existing Tracer controls to allow for faster decision making about management of data center functions, including critical systems.”

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Publication date: 01/02/2012