Excel Brings Intelligence to Power Requirements

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Excel Networking Solutions, the copper, optical cabling infrastructure and enclosure’s provider, has introduced a new range of Intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDUs) in a choice of two options – Managed and Monitored.

Both varieties allow the total electrical current to be measured via the Local Area Network (LAN) using a standard web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc). The software and web browser are housed within the unit enabling a simple LAN connection to be made without the requirement for any additional hardware. The addition of sensors allows for the monitoring of conditions local to the power strip, specifically for Temperature and Humidity, Smoke, Water and Door Opening.

The Managed version includes enhanced features enabling a user with relevant access permissions to monitor, control and manage the power of equipment in a cabinet or comms/data room from anywhere on the LAN or via the internet. Power can be managed and controlled at socket level, either on a real time basis or by configuring a timed on/off. A further feature is the ability to switch sockets on or off sequentially, at user defined internals, to prevent a power surge.

Both the Managed and Monitored options provide real time monitoring including total current, individual socket current load, individual on/off state and system operating state.

Commenting on the new product range, Simon Robinson, Excel Product Manager, says, “With the introduction of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order in 2010, businesses will require the closer measurement of energy consumed. Excel has been supplying standard PDUs for over 10 years and is therefore well placed to bring an intelligent range to market. With the choice of the Managed and Monitored varieties we are providing a range to suit different power and budget requirements, all under the trusted Excel brand.”

Robinson continues ”The Excel Intelligent Managed PDU range will also be perfect for companies with remote locations and will save considerable costs of having to send an engineer to site for simple tasks such as rebooting equipment.”