Upgrading a Trane Building Automation System

There’s no better time than now to upgrade your legacy Trane Building Automation System (BAS) to a newer, more modern, and open system from Conexus.

Your current Trane BAS is a closed system—meaning any equipment or front-end software upgrades are limited to the Trane brand. When you migrate to an open system, you can install a wide range of equipment from different manufacturers while opening up an entirely new world of possibilities.

BAS technology has advanced light years ahead of when your current system was first installed. Upgrading your legacy Trane system will provide you with a wealth of advanced tools, features, and analytics. It will also help future-proof your building for many decades to come.

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Benefits of a Trane BAS System Upgrade

Instead of being limited to Trane products, you can now integrate non-Trane equipment that provides far greater value and benefits to your building—and occupants.

Generally speaking, an upgrade from a legacy Trane system helps to lower maintenance and service costs due to state-of-the-art technology that allows your facility manager to proactively address minor problems before they become major ones. You’ll also be able to choose from a wider range of service providers.

Some of the many benefits of a Trane BAS system upgrade include:

  • Improving comfort levels of building occupants
  • Web-based analytics that provides powerful insights
  • Optimize and take granular control of your energy consumption
  • Add several layers of cyber security to protect your building, data, and occupants
  • Choose the most beneficial equipment for your building—regardless of manufacturer

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Integrations and Options

Your current legacy Trane system uses a proprietary RS-485 communication protocol, which is why you’re only able to use Trane equipment and front-end tools. Upgrading to a modern BAS will provide you with an open system that provides far greater functionality and options.

The upgrade consists of replacing your current Trane controllers or drivers with ones that can communicate with an open BAS front end, such as J2 Innovations or Tridium. This will also allow you to add equipment from non-Trane manufacturers.

Your new front end comes with a modern, web-based portal that puts powerful analytics, features, and tools at your fingertips. Once connected, you’ll be able to maximize energy savings, optimize performance, and control the entire system through the user-friendly interface and powerful analytics.

Currently, we can upgrade the following Trane legacy products:

  • Trane Comm3 driver
  • Trane Comm4 driver

How to Know When It’s Time to Upgrade

There are a few key indicators that will let you know when it’s finally time to upgrade your legacy Trane system.

Cyber security threats

Modern BAS systems have many security features that work in tandem to protect your building, data, and occupants. Unlike a legacy BAS system, which may not receive security updates, newer systems, such as Distech or Tridium, are designed from the ground up with the necessary safeguards in place to help prevent a cyber attack.

Lack of system memory

Legacy BAS systems often have very limited memory—this is why your system slows down to a crawl when gathering data or reporting. If you’re noticing an increase in reporting errors or cannot install BAS addons, it’s time to upgrade.

Slow or poor performance

Inefficient buildings result in part from poorly-performing BAS systems. Lack of analytics, inability to fine-tune energy usage and no automation can severely hamper the performance of your building.

Legacy BAS cannot meet current operational needs

Buildings often undergo multiple improvements and upgrades throughout their lifespan—your legacy BAS system may struggle to keep up with modern requirements. An open BAS system enables you to make intelligent equipment choices so you can achieve and fine-tune your goals.

Outdated programming language

Your legacy Trane system runs on the outdated RS-485 programming language—that means it can only communicate with specialized Trane equipment serviced by Trane service contractors.

Free your building from being locked into a single service provider and specialized equipment with an open system BAS. You’ll have a diverse range of options that will add value and help future-proof your building.

Lack of options

Being stuck in the Trane ecosystem gives you very little room for options, upgrades, and equipment. At Conexus, we’re an independent contractor who won’t force you to commit to a particular brand or system. We’ll present you with a wide range of options and advice that will help you get the most out of your BAS system.

Let Conexus Help with Your Trane BAS System Upgrade

With decades of experience under our tool belts, Conexus will work closely with you to find the best options to fit your budget and achieve your goals.

Improve tenant comfort, increase energy efficiency, and create a smarter building that will serve you well into the future. Contact us today for more information about upgrading or replacing your legacy Trane BAS system.

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