Opinion

New technologies for energy management

Energy management is essential for the proper functioning of the solutions A / V. In this article the author presents a technology that will offer multiple benefits to potential users.

By: Dave Keller *

Management and power control over IP has undoubtedly facilitated the ability to solicit feedback remotely and web-based, by installation professionals on request. This type of IP control has been carried out in recent years Panamax / Furman through M7500-PRO.

For 2010 has budgeted BlueBOLT launch a new IP technology for power control, which basically differs from its predecessors because it is a hosted system based on cloud (cloud-based) and 100% plug-and-play (Connect and Wear). This means that Panamax / Furman manages the infrastructure and does all the legwork for communication between the installer and the client device. Instead of having an IT specialist or an experienced network for installation of a static IP address for the client device, used the installer simply connects to an active Internet connection, add the device to a free account, which is easy installation and works as an email account.

What is its significance?

Over time installers have received very good way power control IP for multiple reasons. In the case of the product in question these people have remote access to a client system, which eliminates the need for a service call at the site, which often is just a waste of time.

Also, installers are in the ability to remotely reset devices, receive notifications when power problems arise, resolve these problems and monitor statistics such as voltage and current consumption over time. But what is truly remarkable about this technology is that it is modular 100%. It is delivered as an add-in card for existing devices. Each device may have specific product control and monitoring features, such that the UPS will have its own set of characteristics while a suppressor / conditioner will have a different set of options.

How often we solve problems of electronics, disconnecting and connecting again? The hard reset, until today, is the most reliable to problem solution for electronic equipment. The downside is that you have to do physically, which means that a person is on site to instruct the client how. With this tool IP control it is possible to do instantly from a laptop or mobile phone. Likewise monitoring and statistical tracking make this an effective tool to solve energy problems.

An IP tool like this makes customers more aware of energy, to monitor it on your home theater system, for example. Finally, the ability to select and receive e-mail notifications based on a variety of trigger events, installer improves the ability to provide excellent customer service.

The advantages

For the design of this new development we have received a lot of customer information, many of which use IP solutions, either for energy management or otherwise. So the technology we have been talking about is a higher level of IP control, especially in terms of ease of use. Instead of creating an interface that looks and operates like a setup screen device handler IT, we design the BlueBOLT interface around concepts used in modern implementations GUI, such as control systems and famous utility "Web 2.0". The fact that the unit is 100% plug-and-play and simple enough for an average end user can operate, it makes it a different option other market.

The add-in card BlueBOLT-CV1 be launched in 2010 to be compatible with power management solutions Panamax: MB1500 UPS, M4315-Pro-Pro and M4320 and the F1500-UPS.

* Dave Keller is the vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax / Furman.

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