New APC Power Conditioner Enables Sophisticated Remote Management and Environmental Monitoring for Custom AV Installations
DENVER " September 14, 2006 " American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC), a world leader in power availability and protection solutions, today unveiled the S20 Power Conditioner with Battery Backup (S20BLK). Based on APC's award-winning S15 model, the S20 features network manageability, temperature/humidity monitoring and a 28 percent larger power train versus the S15. As a Crestron Certified Integration Partner and an InConcert Partner for AMX, the S20 is easily integrated and managed within these or any other home automation network. For the first time, custom installers now have an all-in-one network-manageable power protection system that will help reduce intrusive service calls and increase customer satisfaction.
"We have been very encouraged by how well both end users and installers have received the S Type," said Joe Loberti, general manager of APC's Consumer Network Solutions group. "The S Type meets a clear need in the market for an uninterruptible power supply that offers pure sine wave performance, ensuring the purest power possible for a customer's components. APC's S Type products, engineered solely for high-performance audio/visual systems, truly help custom installers demonstrate a real value-add for their clients. Now the S20 takes this a big step forward by incorporating the best of APC's proven expertise in global IT network management and environmental monitoring solutions."
The S20's built-in web server and RS-232 serial port provide installers multiple ways to control and monitor the unit and the components plugged into it. The S20 also gives installers the ability to remotely reboot hung equipment, saving customers a costly and intrusive service call. When programmed appropriately, home automation networks can respond to any one of the S20's many outputs. For example, if the S20 reaches a low battery condition, the network will respond to this signal by putting the projector into standby allowing the fans time to cool down the bulbs before the unit's batteries fully deplete. One example of the S20's management and monitoring options includes the "Replace Battery" notifications, which are viewable over the Internet or via a home automation touch panel.
Responding to installers' concerns about increasing temperature levels found in today's custom installations, APC designed the S20 to incorporate the company's proven Environmental Monitoring Unit. It ships with a temperature probe, attached to an eight-foot cord, to monitor ambient temperature in the equipment rack. Aside from just reporting temperature levels, installers can program the S20 to power down connected equipment if the temperature exceeds user-set thresholds. A probe providing both temperature and humidity monitoring is also available (sold separately) for customers in areas with high humidity.
The APC S20 Power Conditioner with Battery Backup, fitted with a black, anodized aluminum chassis, will be available in fourth quarter 2006 and carries an MSRP of $1,999. Additional batteries have a suggested price of $499 each, and the temperature/humidity probe retails for $59.99. APC will exhibit these and other APC AV products at CEDIA 2006 from September 14-17 in booth 773. For more information about APC and its other innovative audio/video solutions, please call 800-877-4080, or visit APC's Web site at www.apcav.com.
About American Power Conversion
Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC) is a leading provider of global, end-to-end solutions for real-time infrastructure. APC's comprehensive products and services for home and corporate environments improve the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes. APC offers a wide variety of products for network-critical physical infrastructure including InfraStruXure, its revolutionary architecture for on-demand data centers, as well as physical threat management products through the company's NetBotz division. These products and services help companies increase the availability and reliability of their IT systems. Headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, APC reported sales of $2 billion for the year ended December 31, 2005, and is a Fortune 1000, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 Company.