The category reached new heights, offering intelligence and analytics
What’s new in power? Everything! Here are six trends that benefit the end-user with greater reliability and lower total cost of ownership.
1. Network Migration
Power solutions are no longer static commodity products. They’ve evolved into intelligent networking and management appliances capable of providing detailed analytics and data that aid the end-user in continued uptime and ongoing connectivity. For example, network communications modules with intuitive software and easy to use interfaces, provide predictive analysis, history reports and documentation that keeps solutions healthy and viable for the long haul.
2. Predictive Analysis
Wouldn’t it be great if an end-user knew, ahead of time, of impending lock failure or battery fatigue –offering the ability to replace components in a timely manner and maintain system uptime? It’s possible today with proactive power system management and predictive analysis data from networked components. For the end user, being able to budget for new products and services is also a big benefit, as upgrades and new hardware specifications can be figured into monthly operating expenses. With intuitive software and easy user interfaces, end users have at their disposable some of the best predictive tools available.
3. Remote Serviceability
Remote power networking is part of a bigger solution. When integrators don’t have to roll a truck to a site for a system reboot or other servicing issue, that’s a big savings to both installer and end-user customer. Not only is there an ongoing cost savings to the integration business, but the user is assured of greater uptime, connectivity and the possibility of avoiding a major business disruption. Many times a simple system reboot or battery test can be accomplished off-site quickly before any real issues or challenges arise. In addition, ongoing health reports provide a comprehensive history of power activity and proactive statistics on real-time, ongoing system status. Giving customers better service and greater peace of mind is also an end result.
4. Enterprise Lower Total Cost of Ownership
In vast, connected enterprises and campuses, any down time to a system solution can be devastating, costly and unwieldy. As the internet of Things continues to proliferate and 6.4 billion devices are connected to the internet daily, systems solutions will become increasingly co-dependent with all networked parts of the facility, including building automation/management, HVAC and security. Solutions protected properly with intelligent network monitoring ultimately bring more efficient processing and analysis of data, so end users can leverage information to detect risks proactively, react to situations in real time and stay ahead of a potential compromise while also increasing the overall efficiency of deployed safety and security measures. This results in a lower total cost of ownership and more efficient operations and business processes.
5. Cyber Security Enhanced
Everything that rides on the network must be protected from data theft or compromise. Cyber security is the industry’s next challenge and opportunity, and power solutions riding on the network are being created with hardened postures in communications designed to prevent surreptitious takeover. Testing and certifications which validate inherent safeguards in network communications products need to be established and followed. System interfaces, instrumentation and infrastructure safeguards should be designed from the ground up to prevent attacks to networked solutions.
6. Critical Data for Optimizing Solutions
Data and analytics are no longer reserved for video surveillance streams. In fact, every device on the network is capable of yielding important information to the end-user, when designed in an easy-to-use and interpret interface. With server-based systems, users have access to data over time that can be charted to see a trend analysis, making the data useful and highly interactive. Data that simply reports baselines with no history or predictive monitoring isn’t smart or intelligent and ultimately does nothing to better protect the enterprise.
Thanks for a great 2016!
As 2016 draws to a close and we prepare for greater successes in 2017, LifeSafety Power® wants to sincerely thank our security industry colleagues and technology partners who helped us carve a new category in intelligent networked power management.
Thanks to you, it’s been a great year, as we’ve raised awareness of the critical data that can be collected from networked power communications and announced new, exciting partnerships with more high-level manufacturers and technology providers. We’ve worked with the best sales representatives, consultants, systems integrators and other key collaborators – and it shows in all we’ve accomplished together.
New Year—New Innovation
Our team is dedicated to innovation. We’ve been working non-stop on new solutions to take power to yet another level – with the kind of data, ease of use and controls that benefit the installer with additional managed services opportunities while giving the end-user intuitive interfaces and greater connectivity. In 2017, we’ll show the industry additional ways, through product, software and communications, to further strengthen the value proposition of power.
Look for our 2017 catalog coming shortly and as always, reach out to us at 888-577-2898 with questions, comments or suggestions. The future is in all our hands!
Specify intelligent, networked power solutions
We understand your goal is to be your customer’s best service provider and deliver targeted safety and security integrations that yield tangible results. And at LifeSafety Power®, Mundelein, Ill., we have similar aspirations, focusing on providing the type of technologies that will assist our integrator customers and fulfill their security challenges across all vertical markets served. One of the most critical categories for successful systems integration deployments is power – because no solution can start, or survive, without it.
We’ve forged a new category in power centered on intelligent networking capabilities. Because in addition to providing uptime 365 days a year, systems integrator’s specifications need to bring additional value through remote monitoring and managed security services that ultimately result in predictable recurring monthly revenue and a satisfied customer.
LifeSafety Power is proud of the fact that our solutions are professionally designed and manufactured in the U.S. Our award-winning solutions have garnered numerous industry accolades, proving that innovation, quality products and the needs of the systems integration community always come first at LifeSafety Power.
We believe in your voice as our primary customer and consult with integrators in the field regularly to gather the information we need to produce life safety and security solutions that are so much more than simple power systems.
In our increasingly IT centric world, the best value proposition is one that lets your technicians manage, control and service – remotely -- power solutions across the business or enterprise seamlessly and securely. Another critical part of this value proposition and your profitability is the ability to reduce the number of costly truck rolls to a customer site.
Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
Your end-user customers demand constant connectivity and uptime and this trend will intensify with the growing number of installed sensors and data expected to emanate from the internet of Things (loT). Customers require business process improvement and can’t afford down time, which could result in a devastating loss. The intrinsic value in the intelligent networking proposition from LifeSafety Power also yields a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) to the user, and the ability to proactively manage and assess power viability 24/7. It’s a better way to conduct business and another way to differentiate projects and services in the competitive marketplace. Read what leading systems integrators are accomplishing with LifeSafety Power solutions here in our free white paper on remote monitoring as a managed service.
Here are four key features you can offer customers with LifeSafety Power solutions:
1. Remote battery management and testing,
2. Remote device monitoring and restart/power cycle functionality,
3. Proactive detection and assessment of problems, and
4. System solution health and connectivity reports generated on demand or any at any desired schedule or interval.
We also have a fully Underwriters Laboratories listed (U.S. and Canada) system, with industry-leading Authentic Mercury Security controllers, as well as the award-winning iSCAN™ Rack Mount Series that solves small footprint concerns and installs seamlessly in data center environments or IT closets.
Technology is changing rapidly, much faster than Moore’s Law original mandate. Intelligent power and networking solutions can help you keep up with all the new challenges and maintain a satisfied customer – for life.
For more information, contact LifeSafety Power today.
Unified Power Solutions have you covered
FlexPower® Unified Power Solutions incorporate the best partnerships we’ve developed with leading security manufacturers and bring a bevy of installation efficiencies to the integration community.
FlexPower, our flagship product, is just that – offering inherent flexibility and scalability in a modular package that’s designed to eliminate field wiring in a space-saving enclosure that ultimately saves integrators precious time and money.
How much, you ask? With LifeSafety Power unified enclosures, integrators can realize up to 40% installation savings and 60% wall space savings.
With FlexPower Unified Power Solutions, security integrators specifying access control installations can take advantage of a single chassis coordinating system power, lock power and access panel hardware. Through partnerships with companies that include Mercury Security (MCLASS), Brivo (BCLASS), AMAG Technology (ACLASS), Software House (SCLASS), Paxton Access (PCLASS), HID VertX (VCLASS), Honeywell (HCLASS) and Keyscan/Kantech (KCLASS) we’ve engineered complete electrical and mechanical integration of power, locks and access controllers, providing faster, simpler installation and greater service efficiencies.
Traditionally, access control integrators would need three separate cabinets for system power, lock power and access hardware, greatly increasing the wall space footprint and the job costs due to multiple AC drops and inter-cabinet wiring. A removable back plate further simplifies panel wiring and expansion slots are ready for network monitoring upgrades. The pre-connected power section further saves installation time and an AC disconnect point yields easy field servicing.
In addition, the unique power distribution architecture we’ve pioneered busses 12 and 24V DC across all the power distribution modules with individual voltage selection on a per output basis.
Combined with the powerful NetLink™ Network Communications Modules integrators can provide a wealth of managed services to their customers, including power health reporting, remote battery testing, email/SNMP alerts and more.
Customers today want a solution that’s reliable and delivers proactive reporting from intelligent networking. FlexPower Unified Power Solutions get you there easily. Contact LifeSafety Power today to get started!
New white paper cites savings from intelligent remote power management
How many times have you scratched your head trying to quantify the return on investment (ROI) for an integrated system solution? Now, LifeSafety Power has a new white paper that provide real numbers and specific examples on how to determine your ROI for intelligent networking power management.
“The Compelling ROI of Managed Power Solutions,” provides detailed costing and potential pricing so specifiers, integrators and end users can finally understand and plan for their profitability and ROI with integrated solutions implementations.
With managed, intelligent power networking, systems integrators can obtain new tangible and predictable recurring revenue streams. Through remote servicing and managed monitoring, integrators can now monitor power across the protected premises and enterprise – and assess any trouble circumstances or exceptions in power, such as AC loss or overheated circuitry and other event reporting – and deliver this data in highly usable historical reports to the customer.
The white paper includes many other potential managed power services and monitored output points that are now possible with intelligent networking solutions. Other potential managed power services include: remote battery testing, power cycling, system reboots and more.
Charts, Graphs and Real-Life Examples
One of the most unique parts of this white paper is provided in detailed graphics which document the potential costs of traditional access control systems versus monitored systems as well as the possible upsell for RMR services. Calculating the ROI for a managed power system is also documented in the white paper with charts that cite common factors to consider, as well as real-world examples of pricing, costs and savings from managed power.
Download this free whitepaper today so you can get started realizing greater profitability and a new, tangible revenue stream, as well as help customers across many vertical markets obtain greater value from their integrated systems solutions and better uptime.
Here’s how we’re perpetually innovating the product category
The countdown to ASIS 2016 in Orlando (September 12 through 14) is on! We’ll have lots of innovation to talk about at the industry’s premier security conference and exhibition. At the show, LifeSafety Power® will highlight new, exciting networking features, partnerships, integrations and expanded product capabilities. Until then, we want to revisit some of the excitement that’s been going on over the last months, like the release of the award-winning FlexPower® Gemini RGM power management system.
The state of systems integration
Footprints and real estate in data centers and customer sites can be a challenge, especially as these spaces may be extremely tight. They may even be located in a small electrical closet or similar constricted location. It’s this world of IT that we have to co-exist in today, and we’re getting the job done in a big way with the compact Gemini.
Gemini RGM is designed specifically for small footprints and is a 19-inch rack mount product that provides both operating power and mechanical housing for Authentic Mercury Security access control hardware. This enclosure is totally ground breaking: it combines system power, lock power and remote power options in a UL-listed (U.S. and Canada) enclosure. The breakthrough is in the UL-listing garnered for all integrated components within the enclosure, allowing systems integrators to have a fully compliant, turnkey solution suitable for four doors and easily expandable in four-door increments. Now, systems installers have the availability of an IT-centric solution that’s fully listed and allows them to specify power for a variety of vertical market customers and facilities they may not have been able to reach before.
Gemini received a Most Valuable Product (MVP) award in April 2016 from Security Sales & Integration magazine. It’s the first and only solution of its kind on the market with the listings, compact design and integrated technologies inside. It’s also an affirmative nod to managed services for systems integrators. When deployed with LifeSafety Power network communication modules, integrators can remotely monitor power to both Mercury panels and locks to provide proactive managed services to customers while adding recurring monthly revenue.
LifeSafety Power prides itself on continually evolving the product category – from static device to network centric solution – in an effort to meet new and emerging product needs of the installation and end-user communities. So stay tuned and see us at ASIS, booth 3461. Contact LifeSafety Power today for an ASIS appointment or more information on your next progressive power installation.
LifeSafety Power’s Application Notes are at the ready to assist with the successful specification of access control, security and networked power applications. These documents are available for download, with detailed and helpful technical tips, wiring and other information to assist you with your integrated power solution deployment.
With an increasing number of lockdown solutions leveraged for school and healthcare campuses, it’s critical to know the proper way to install power solutions so egress can be achieved automatically and facilities locked down quickly during an emergency or duress event.
Did you know that we have an Application Note (33) that covers basic set ups for four different potential locking scenarios? You can find them online here. And be sure to check out the full library of other online Application Notes, Downloads and White Papers in our comprehensive Learning Center.
Making the most of your networked power solution deployment and adding value to your installation is the goal at LifeSafety Power as we perpetually innovate the power category.
Brivo partnership broadens installation specs
LifeSafety Power® works closely with the integration community to best serve their networked power needs. Recently, we responded to the growing Brivo Inc. cloud computing community by providing the seamless, mechanical integration of power and access control hardware in a single solution with the Brivo Integrated Power Supply.
Integrated Brivo Power supplies bring new efficiencies to the installation community, with easier deployment and wiring, and that means less time in the field and higher profit margins. With the FlexPower® Unified Power Solutions BCLASS™ (Brivo) enclosure integrators can easily add value to end-user specifications with the complete mechanical integration of power, access controller boards and optional lock power for 4-, 8-, and 16-door Brivo systems in single and dual voltage. In addition, with our patented and industry leading remote networking capabilities, system solution providers can easily add managed services with optional NetLink™ Network Communications Modules.
Other BCLASS efficiencies include:
LifeSafety Power is a perpetual innovator of the category with a fine-focus on meeting integrator needs, yielding solutions that move power succinctly into the area of networking capabilities and managed services.
Our favs in review
Whether you are a LifeSafety Power aficionado or new to the line of patented, customizable, networked power solutions, we want to keep you up to speed with all the information you need for an effective design-build specification. So we’ve assembled a list of our top seven technical tips that may be just what you need to spark a new idea or address a customer’s challenge in the healthcare, government, education, corporate or other vertical markets.
We make it easy for you to customize the perfect system. Our solutions are based on what integrators need in the field and the current challenges of their end-user customer. We’re not just hawking static hardware; we are changing the power category with intelligent, networked devices that yield critical enterprise data. We are thinking of the future of connectivity and the Internet of Things in all our recent innovations. For example, the NetLink™ remote monitoring network communications module has been tested and received independent accreditation as meeting effective cybersecurity criteria in networking communications processes and protocols.
Be sure to check out our newly designed application notes at http://www.lifesafetypower.com/support/application-notes. We also publish tips and other helpful information on Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact our experienced technical support and engineers at our offices for more detailed questions at (888) 577-2898.
Top 7 Tech Tips
2 Accidentally order a single voltage system but need both 12V and 24V? Simply adding a B100 will get you out of the jam. The B100 only requires a low voltage input (no high-voltage AC wiring) and can be added to the end of the accessory board chain with plug-in connectors. For more information, see the B100 application note.
3 Want to send an SMS text message from a NetLink network communications module? This new Application note shows you how.
4 Did you know that firmware updates are available on our website for NetLink, Multi-Site Manager and NetPower® NPR Series? Updates may also include new features or cybersecurity improvements. You can find downloads here.
5 Want a convenient and easy way to remember output voltage settings on accessory boards? The top power supply in a dual FPO system is always Buss 1 and the bottom FPO is always Buss 2. That means position 1 on the voltage setting jumpers of the C8 and D8 boards select the top power supply and position 2 selects the bottom supply.
6 Did you know our DC and power over Ethernet products will operate on a 208VAC line when configured for 230VAC?
7 We make it easy to find replacements with ATM-style fuses. Traditional glass fuses are becoming difficult to find locally, but the ATM automotive miniature fuses used in LSP products can be purchased at auto parts stores, big box retailers and sometimes the local grocer. In addition, we offer quantities of replacement fuses to stock up the tool box.
PSA TEC, the quintessential educational and networking conference for systems integrators produced by PSA Security Network, Westminster, Colo., is in the record books, but the excitement from the show is still fresh.
Not only did we walk away with new integrator partners, but we also received an Outstanding Vendor Partner of the Year Award. Joe Holland, co-founder of LifeSafety Power®and vice president of Engineering accepted the award from PSA’s Craig Patterson, director of Vendor Management. The Vendor Award winners were selected by PSA owner companies based on rankings for pricing, shipping, support, lead generation, returns and product performance. The 2016 awards were issued during the Vendor Awards Luncheon on May 10. LifeSafety Power also recently attained status as a Premier PSA Network Vendor.
The award was quite significant in that it’s based on feedback gathered from integrator-customers. “It’s not simply an internal award,” Holland said. “It’s the customer base of PSA Security and the integrators who select the winners based on their experience with our company and how they perceive our innovative products,” he added.
New LSP certification course unveiled
Holland kicked off LifeSafety Power’s educational session participation at PSA TEC on May 9 with a LifeSafety Power Certification Course, newly created and recognized as qualifying to earn BICSI technicians certification credits for their credentialing. Some heavy-hitter integration companies were on hand to learn about the LifeSafety Power approach to power management, design and installation, and of course, managed services with networked power solutions.
During exhibits, the booth was a constant flurry of activity and it was evident that those who visited appreciated and understood the rewards LifeSafety Power products bring through managed services, including the ability to receive emailed notifications of system status and other real-time reports.
Managed services take center stage
At the booth, LifeSafety Power showcased its patented NetLink® remote communications module as well as the Flexpower® Multi-Site Manager which collects, consolidates and displays information by NetLink on a single computer screen from multiple devices. Also on display was the award-winning FlexPower Gemini RGM small footprint rackmount solution that integrates all components within the enclosure and meets cUL and UL listings for the integral design.
“PSA Security Network and its members continue to be a fantastic avenue of success for us,” said John Olliver, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development. “We're always impressed with the quality of integration companies who are part of the organization and look forward to helping them increase their profitability and recurring monthly revenue with networked power solutions.”