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American Power Conversion Adds Remote Monitoring and E-mail Notifications

3 Mar, 2003

American Power Conversion Adds Remote Monitoring and E-mail Notifications

West Kingston, RI – March 3, 2003 -- American Power Conversion (APC) has expanded its line of SurgeArrest Panelmount Surge Protection Devices (SPD, also referred to as trans-voltage surge suppression or TVSS) to include remote monitoring and e-mail notification with a new Panelmount Environmental Monitoring Unit (EMU). The Panelmount EMU is installed next to the SPD products at AC electrical service entrances, branch panels or near critical equipment to protect homes, commercial facilities or light industrial buildings from damage caused by externally generated power surges and spikes, including lightning. 

The new Panelmount EMU monitors contact closures within APC TVSS products, allowing facility managers and network administrators to monitor the status of their APC TVSS products from anywhere in the world via a Web, serial port or SNMP interface.  The Panelmount EMU also provides email notification for up to four email addresses in the event of a TVSS failure.  Upon such an event, a dry closure within the TVSS unit triggers the Panelmount EMU to send notifications of the alarm condition. 

"We've extended our remote monitoring capabilities once again to provide facility managers and network administrators with a one-of-a-kind product to help them 'bulletproof' their building from externally generated power transients," said Joe Loberti, general manager of APC's Consumer Network Solutions Group.  "Sensitive electronic devices throughout the home or business require a multi-level approach for complete protection. TVSS units do not eliminate the need for 'point of use' protection, but should be used in conjunction with other power quality products, such as APC's surge suppressors and uninterruptible power supplies, for maximum protection from the vast range of potential power disturbances."

The Panelmount EMU has its own IP address and connects using a network cable to any existing computer network via 10 Base T.  An electrician is responsible for all wiring of the Panelmount EMU's hardware to the network, as well as the TVSS unit itself.  A network administrator familiar with Internet software should perform the software portion of the installation.

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