Yenra : Networking : Network Power Protection : Local Power and Battery Back-up

American Power Conversion (APC) today announced an expansion to its broadband power systems product line by introducing PowerShield 75-watt with 12 VDC (volts direct current). This new unit is ideal for multiple tenant units (MTU), such as apartments, offices, small to medium sized businesses, as well as small office/home office applications. APC's latest PowerShield product is a local power and battery backup system designed for use with the customer premise equipment (CPE). These include hybrid fiber coax, fiber to the home (FTTH), fixed wireless local loop (FWLL) and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) networks. PowerShield serves as the primary power supply for telephone communication ports, as well as a local powering source for the CPE.

"As the demand for bundled voice, video, and data services including primary line service targeted for the MTU market continues to grow, the need to integrate battery backup power for telephone lines through network and local power provisions is critical," said Dwight Sperry, vice president of APC's Business Network Solutions Group. "APC's PowerShield product gives equipment manufacturers and providers of cable telephony services an easy to use and install local power solution that will keep their customers up and running if the power goes out."

APC's newest PowerShield with 75-watt output provides more than eight hours of battery backup runtime for analog voice ports. The device notifies the end user and service provider of the power supply's health and status. This includes notification if the battery is in use, signifying an outage; needs replacing; low; missing or not properly connected.

These communication features provide proactive monitoring and maintenance, which helps keep the end user up and running during any power disturbance. In addition, APC offers a user-friendly battery management and recycling program. Batteries for the PowerShield can easily be replaced and shipped back to a recycling center, saving the service provider valuable time and money for unnecessary service calls.

APC also offers a PowerShield 24-watt with 12VDC model to locally power cable telephony, wireless local loop, voice over internet protocol, fiber to the home, and voice over digital subscriber line applications.

American Power Conversion improves the availability, manageability, and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication, and industrial equipment.