Improving the IQ of data centres


02 March 2022

Critical cooling specialist Airedale has launched its new IoT-enabled software framework, IQity, aiming to provide a blueprint for intelligent data centre cooling at a product, system and site level to safeguard uptime and sustainability.

IQity serves as a digital framework, transforming individual plant items like chillers and precision coolers into intelligent systems that flex with their environment and work to ensure critical cooling delivers high availability at the lowest cost. IQity also contains powerful site optimisation tools that can give holistic insights to whole facilities and entire fleets.  

Airedale says the software framework and digital toolkit has been developed specifically for this most demanding of industries, tested and validated in the field and developed with efficiency and uptime as its core deliverables. IQity takes Airedale’s Helix intelligent unit controls, the ACISTM BMS (Building Management System) and all the site-specific system integration work over decades of installing, commissioning and optimising critical systems in data centres. 

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IQity manages normal operations all the time, but when things go wrong it steps in, automatically restoring critical cooling to servers and running unique cause diagnostics to give peace of mind to operators. With the ability to monitor operational patterns at pace and to a level of detail beyond the human eye, tools within the framework can identify the source of likely breakdowns before they occur. Systems are automatically restored quickly and safely following power interruptions and the root cause of failure events is analysed with accurate sequence of event mapping, within milliseconds, making facilities more resilient, efficient, and sustainable on a 24/7 basis. 

Reece Thomas, control product manager, said: “At Airedale, our software and hardware divisions exist under one roof, so we talk to each other and ensure our products do too. We feel that because we are so aligned and because we develop applications on site rather than in isolated labs, we do this sort of thing better than anyone else.  Being completely connected, from a product, site and system level, means we can offer added value to our clients, and more assured return on investment.” 

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