While at CEDIA Expo 2023 this week, Apex Technologies introduced an all-new remote Power Hub for its products. Designed to eliminate the need for rolling trucks to address power issues, the Apex Power Hub can remotely identify and remedy problems within a networked AV system.
According to Apex, the Power Hub monitors and controls rack-mounted and large-format voltage regulating double conversion/on-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). It also works with a new IP addressable Power Distribution Unit (PDU) manufactured by GUDE Systems (which Apex recently entered into an exclusive distribution deal with).
The Power Hub then gives integrators secure remote access to their systems through the Apex Portal, with its web-based feature being set on the local network.
Once set up, the Power Hub will send integrators an email and/or SMS text when any UPS goes into an alarm state or when a PDU’s internal sensor trips. The Power Hub also indicates when it’s time to replace batteries in UPSes. If possible, integrators can then choose to resolve the issue remotely using a device of their choice.
Additionally, the Power Hub integrates what Apex Technologies calls a “sequencing engine” that allows for precise automation routines spanning across multiple PDUs and UPSes. Sequencing can involve simple one-button POWER UP or POWER DOWN commands, or conditional logic based on measured current or environmental state.
Furthermore, automation parameters can be programmed into the Power Hub via the web, precluding the need for an onsite programmer or special proprietary software. The Power Hub also integrates easily with third-party automation systems.
Integrators can also use the Power Hub to collect data from multiple devices on the network (all Innovolt or 360Power Quality UPSes and GUDE PDUs). The aggregated information reveals a complete power quality picture of individual branch circuits and the overall system.
To ensure proper installation, configuration and utilization of the Power Hub, however, Apex Technologies does recommend working with its team of custom-integration focused technicians.
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