SAN FRANCISCO, June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Digital Realty Trust,
Inc. (NYSE: DLR), the leading owner and manager of corporate data centers and
Internet gateways, is implementing a next-generation building automation
system (BAS) across its portfolio of properties to provide tenants with
enhanced building management capabilities that deliver significant benefits in
areas such as energy efficiency, operational costs and ease of management.
TAC (www.tac.com), a world leader in building automation, security systems and
energy solutions, is overseeing the deployment of its Andover Continuum(TM)
BAS, a best-in-class integrated building automation, energy management and
card access/security solution.
The new BAS solution will be implemented in 13 Digital Realty Trust
properties this year, and the rollout will continue to the remainder of the
company's 49 Internet Gateways and Turn-Key Datacenter Facilities in North
America and Europe in the future. This building automation system will also
be implemented as necessary in future properties that are acquired by Digital
Realty Trust, providing a unified building automation environment across all
"We have worked closely with TAC to design a customized BAS solution that
provides tenants with significant enhancements in terms of energy efficiency,
advanced environmental controls, ease of use and proactive building management
capabilities. No other company in the industry is utilizing a building
automation system this advanced, and it expands the growing number of benefits
and amenities that tenants can get only from Digital Realty Trust," said
Michael F. Foust, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty Trust. "TAC is
the most widely-respected supplier of integrated systems for building
automation, and we look forward to continuing to work with their team for the
rollout of this system across all of our properties."
This next-generation BAS will allow tenants in Digital Realty Trust
properties to remotely monitor conditions in their data center as well as
actively manage temperature, humidity, access control, lighting, equipment
alarms, maintenance orders and security. TAC's Continuum BAS allows tenants
to manage data center implementations across multiple properties on a single
dashboard, and the system's reporting tools are customizable to deliver alarms
and status reports in a number of ways to meet customer needs: via email,
pager, cell phone and/or via IP to workstation or Web page.
"Digital Realty Trust came to us with a simple goal: to implement a new
building automation system that fully meets the needs of tenants in terms of
advanced technology, integration across properties, flexibility and user-
friendly interfaces and reporting," said Rodman St. Amand, Director, Strategic
Accounts at TAC. "Their understanding of their tenants' specific needs has
been an ideal guide for the TAC team in planning this project, allowing TAC to
customize this implementation to maximize the benefits that Digital Realty
Trust's tenants will get from the system. This truly is the best and most
usable BAS available, and this rollout is great news for everyone responsible
for managing datacenter implementations in these properties."
"This system is a big plus because it allows our tenants and the Digital
Realty Trust operations team to be very proactive about facility management,
and it will also result in huge gains in efficiency," said Chris Crosby,
Senior Vice President of Sales and Technical Services at Digital Realty Trust.
"In conjunction with the BAS, we are also integrating the Security Access
Control System (SACS) and a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS),
which will allow our tenants the ability to utilize a Web-based dashboard for
monitoring and managing all aspects of their installations -- from energy
usage to security controls to performance metrics -- across all the properties
where they have equipment. The system will also allow us and our customers to
proactively and preemptively address issues that the system alerts us about,
nipping things in the bud before they ever become a problem."
For more information about TAC's Andover Continuum BAS, visit
http://www.tac.com/Navigate?node=2901. For more information about Digital
Realty Trust's Internet Gateway and Turn-Key Datacenter Facilities, visit
TAC is a leading provider of building automation solutions based on Open
Integrated Systems for Building IT. TAC's mission is to provide added value
through building environment services for indoor climate, security and use of
energy, delivered with advanced technology to end users and property owners
throughout the world. With over 80 years of experience in the HVAC, building
automation and security arenas, TAC has over 4,000 employees worldwide with
partners and branches in 75 countries. TAC's parent company, Schneider
Electric, is the world leader in automation and electricity management, with
85,000 employees worldwide and operations in 130 countries. For more
information, visit www.tac.com/us.
About Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
Digital Realty Trust, Inc. owns, acquires, repositions and manages
technology-related real estate. The Company's 49 properties contain
applications and operations critical to the day-to-day operations of
technology industry tenants and corporate enterprise data center tenants.
Comprising approximately 10.0 million rentable square feet, including
1.2 million square feet of space held for redevelopment, Digital Realty
Trust's property portfolio is located throughout the United States and Europe
with one property in Canada. For additional information, please visit the
Company's website at www.digitalrealtytrust.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current
expectations, forecasts and assumptions, including current expectations,
forecasts and assumptions related to our market position. These current
expectations, forecasts and assumptions involve risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. These risks and
uncertainties include adverse economic or real estate developments in our
markets or the technology industry; general economic conditions; defaults on
or non-renewal of leases by tenants; increased interest rates and operating
costs; failure to obtain necessary outside financing; decreased rental rates
or increased vacancy rates; difficulties in identifying properties to acquire
and completing acquisitions; failure to successfully operate acquired
properties and operations; our relatively limited operating history in Europe;
failure of acquired properties to perform as expected; failure to deliver
secure facilities or the power required by our tenants; failure to maintain
the Company's status as a REIT; environmental uncertainties and risks related
to natural disasters; financial market fluctuations; changes in foreign
currency exchange rates; and changes in real estate and zoning laws and
increases in real property tax rates. For a further list and description of
such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the Company
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any
intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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