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For Healthcare Providers, Disaster Recovery is a Matter of Life or Death

Prolonged power outages can be costly to any business. But when healthcare providers fail to recover quickly from disaster, it literally can cost lives. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities rely… Read more »

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How To Leverage Cloud-Based Building Management Systems

Historically, enterprises with multiple facilities have been challenged to manage their buildings effectively – especially at the corporate level. Even where building controls are in place locally, achieving a corporate… Read more »

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World Backup Day is March 31st… Is Your Building Management System Protected?

The world generates a massive amount of data. According to a study by IDC, we broke the zettabyte barrier back in 2011. Each year, we’re generating over 1.8 zettabytes of… Read more »

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Be Proactive: Implement a Preventive Maintenance Strategy to Reduce Data Center Downtime

Many if not most organizations rely so heavily on their data centers that they must flawlessly operate 24×7. Organizations build in redundancy in an effort to avoid downtime, but various… Read more »

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3 Steps to Kick Off Your Cloud-Based Building Management System

So. You’ve decided you need a Cloud-based building management system (BMS) to manage multiple facilities across your enterprise. You’re well aware of the challenges you face on a daily basis… Read more »

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Analytics: A Window into Your Cloud-Based Building Management System

Running with the metaphor from my last blog post in this series, a Cloud-based building management system (BMS) is like a sundae. You can derive many benefits from enjoying it… Read more »

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The Right Renewable Energy Catch

When it comes to renewable energy, companies might feel a little like a contestant on “The Bachelor.” Like the lead on the popular reality-TV program in which one man (or… Read more »

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6 Benefits of a Cloud-Based Building Management System

The cloud is an ideal platform for multi-site facilities management. Why? In a nutshell: it is easy to deploy because the technology is outsourced, able to collect and process data from… Read more »

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What do a Deck of Cards and a Services Oriented Drive Have in Common?

Everyone has played a card game at least once in their life, so everyone knows what a deck of cards is: an ensemble of fifty-two “pieces of paper” with four… Read more »

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Good corporate citizens? How Sustainability and Energy Management Can Impact the Bottom Line and Reputations of Finance Industry Giants

In recent years, it’s safe to say that the finance industry hasn’t emerged with the best reputation for corporate stewardship.  While the news stories may have temporarily tarnished some images,… Read more »

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Energy Action: Energy performance projects of Schneider Electric sites around the globe

This blog series is about the Energy Action Program through which Schneider Electric has reduced its energy consumption by 9.2% since 2011. The blog series will focus on the energy… Read more »

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Upgrade or replace? Discover the most suitable option to modernise an ageing electrical switchgear

Ageing switchgear can hamper continuity of services in industrial facilities, and thus impact customers in terms of reliability, affect employee safety, and cause financial losses. In addition to potential risk… Read more »

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15 Energy Data Management Resolutions for 2015

Three weeks into the new year and there’s no shortage of articles on resolutions. Here, here, here and here are just a few interesting ones, though most of these are geared toward… Read more »

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Outsourcing data center operations for increased confidence and peace of mind

The ground-level expectation of outsourcing multi-vendor service contracts and optimizing data center operations is that your infrastructure will receive the care and expertise needed to operate efficiently and with minimum… Read more »

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Preventive Maintenance: Pay Now or Pay (More) Later

  It’s safe to say that being proactive is almost always less costly that being reactive. Take your car, for example…the cost of performing regularly scheduled maintenance (oil changes, tire… Read more »

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Improve reliability by modernizing switchgear in low and medium voltage networks

Do you have a strategy for modernizing or replacing your aging Low Voltage and Medium Voltage electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever… Read more »

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Panic, Planning, Preparation & The Polar Vortex

How many times have you heard the term “polar vortex” this winter? Apparently, it is Public Enemy No. 1. It has already been blamed for the extremely harsh winter here… Read more »

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The Economics of Energy Efficiency Projects

The annual global energy efficiency spending has to increase to $550 billion by 2035, says International Energy Agency (IEA) in their World Energy Outlook 2014. This will need new models sources of… Read more »

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Avoiding the Hidden Pitfalls of Natural Gas Procurement

I’ll let you in on a secret: saving on natural gas under the current market conditions is relatively straightforward. Thanks to a precipitous (and ongoing) decline in US natural gas… Read more »

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Mastering Energy Data & Preparing to Act

A tradition unlike any other. An iconic phrase to describe an iconic golf tournament. Though it’s the youngest of the four majors, there’s something almost timeless about The Masters, which… Read more »

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Joint Commission: 10 most cited Healthcare facility standards

At my last HAAHE (Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers) meeting I watched a dynamic presentation by Susan B. Laughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP who spoke about the most frequently cited… Read more »

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Guidance on What to Do with an Older UPS

I think there are a lot of people who built data centers during the dot com boom who now have aging UPS systems. They’re probably wondering what to do…do I… Read more »

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The Next Wave of IIoT-Related Business Improvements

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of Industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact,… Read more »

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Save up to 20% on building maintenance and energy costs with the right strategy

Building owners invest significant resources in environmental and building control systems—for most, that means one-third of the operations budget, almost as much they spend on energy. The question is, where… Read more »

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What Your Switchgear Needs and Deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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The Risk Assessment: An Electrical Contractor’s Most Important Tool

Are you a risk taker?  Does it depend on the situation?  Does it depend on the consequences?  Can’t answer the question without knowing more information?  Congratulations, you’re well on your… Read more »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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3 Reasons You Need to Modernize Your Power Infrastructure

Data center power infrastructure equipment has improved dramatically in recent years. But even the best and most well-maintained UPSs don’t last forever. Aging equipment can lead to outages, which can… Read more »

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The Right Renewable Energy Catch

When it comes to renewable energy, companies might feel a little like a contestant on “The Bachelor.” Like the lead on the popular reality-TV program in which one man (or… Read more »

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Ongoing Commissioning – Time that it starts to get its due!

Right from the time a building starts operating; it starts to experience wear and tear of the building management systems, which leads to downfall of the performance. This adversely impacts… Read more »

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