Friday, 15 July 2016 16:03

Integrators Ask & LSP Responds Featured

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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:

  • One AC drop minimizes wall space, streamlines installation and reduces time and labor costs.
  • FlexPower’s modularity yields unlimited system configurations and specification possibilities.
  • Factory pre-wired section saves configuration time and removable back plate simplifies controller wiring.
  • Spacious enclosure includes ample room for additional output distribution or remote monitoring and managed services with NetLink.

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.

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Monday, 06 June 2016 15:33

7 Top Technical Tips

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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 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

1 FlexPower® Unified Power Solutions are factory set to 12V (unless a B100 is installed) to protect devices from accidental exposure to 24V.

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.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 18:54

PSA Security Integrators ‘Get It’ Featured

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They recognize the value of networked power solutions

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.”

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Monday, 18 April 2016 09:56

ISC West is a Wrap! Featured

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 It was a constant flurry of visitors, while news and accolades kept pouring in 

Crunched with curious visitors and inquiring minds who wanted to know how to network power solutions seamlessly in their integrated security and life safety specifications, ISC West 2016, April 6-8 in Las Vegas was an outstanding success.

Just prior to the exhibit floor’s opening and what would become a record-breaking three-day show of some 30,000 attendees, LifeSafety Power was presented a prestigious Most Valuable Product (MVP) award from Security Sales & Integration (SSI) magazine.

Michael Bone, Applications & Training, accepted the award from Rodney Bosch, senior editor of SSI at a special awards ceremony. LifeSafety Power received the award for the FlexPower® Gemini RGM power management system -- the first and only fully Underwriters Laboratories (U.S.) and Underwriters Laboratories Canada listed enclosure incorporating Authentic Mercury hardware, operating power modules and optional power in a completely compliant rackmount solution. 

LifeSafety Power previously won the MVP award in 2015 for Helix™, redundant power management systems and in 2014 was presented with an SSI Top 30 Innovations award and the Security Industry Association's New Product Showcase award for iSCAN®, network managed power solutions that have revolutionized the power category.

At the booth, the LifeSafety Power display focused on its ever-expanding partnerships, including those with Brivo, Honeywell, HID, DAQ Electronics, Authentic Mercury Hardware and more. In addition, it unveiled its new marketing slogan and future direction: Power is Knowledge® reflecting the importance of monitored power solutions in security and life safety applications.

Awards for top producers

In addition, each year the company presents awards to the companies and their personnel who so adeptly and enthusiastically represent the growing LifeSafety Power product line. The 2015 Rep of the Year Award for outstanding service and sales performance was presented to The Milsk Company, Southfield, Mich. The Milsk Co. was also recognized for 2015 Performance to Budget for exceeding their budget by the highest percentage.

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Other sales awards included: PowerPro Award (recognizing overall enthusiasm and drive in representing the LifeSafety Power product line)--Scott Joyal, REP Marketing Solutions Inc., Dracut, Mass.; Evan Milsk, The Milsk Co.; Tonya Davis, Campion Sales, Coppell, Texas; and Ryan Johnson, Warren Associates, Livermore, Calif.

Thanks to all who visited. We will look forward to seeing you at PSA TEC in May!

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Friday, 04 March 2016 11:51

Application Notes: Keeping You Spec Ready Featured

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System wiring for your favorite access controllers

LifeSafety Power® continues to support the security installation and specification community with the latest technical information to assist in providing the most robust, professionally installed power solutions.

We’ve been updating the Application Notes for our flagship FlexPower® Unified Power Solutions line, created when we launched the company in 2009.  The idea behind FlexPower was to give integrators choices, flexible specification capabilities if you will, based on their manufacturer-specific access control or other security/life safety product so they could achieve greater installation efficiencies. FlexPower lets integrators select from standard DC voltages or other, manufacturer-specific wiring methods and configurations for power enclosures.

Sound Masking Specifications

Software House notes revised

Most recently, we revamped the Software House by Tyco access control panel application notes, including iStar Pro, iStar Ultra and iStar Ultra SE in standard and SCLASS. The SCLASS line of power is designed to accommodate Software House controllers and iStar components within the power supply enclosure, simplifying and streamlining installation and wiring management. These application notes cover the basic wiring required between the power system and the iStar series with illustrations and other critical information.

Watch for new updates regularly, including for HID VertX (VCLASS) and AMAG Technology (ACLASS).

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Friday, 12 February 2016 14:43

New Director of Sales Matt Virga Joins LifeSafety Power Featured

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Welcome Matt Virga to the LifeSafety Power® team!

There's a new sales 'sheriff,' in town, handling the eastern region of the U.S. for LifeSafety Power:  Director of Sales Matt Virga.

Virga has some 25 years of experience in the industry, most recently with Sony Electronics and Pelco by Schneider  Electric. He will be responsible for developing new sales opportunities and working with systems integration channel partners. Virga recognizes the leadership role LifeSafety Power has established in networked power solutions by bringing ‘disruptive’ technology to the security and life safety marketplace.

LifeSafety Power Matt Virga Final blog"Power supplies may not have the glamour of cameras or a video management system, but the networked power LifeSafety Power has pioneered is inspiring a legion of followers who recognize a truly unique solution that outperforms anything they were accustomed to installing/operating,” Virga commented. 

“And now, it’s something they can leverage to gain additional recurring monthly revenue through managed remote services. Many respected, well-known systems integrators in the industry already rely on the capabilities of LifeSafety Power.”

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:29

Cybersecurity & loT Featured

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LifeSafety Power® leads in proactive measures

It’s a growing epidemic: threats to the network and the devices and data residing on it. As the Internet of Things (loT) continues to take hold, this trend will become even more pronounced. LifeSafety Power is taking a proactive approach to today’s issues and challenges, providing testing and certifications that validate the inherent safeguards in its premiere NetLink™ Network Communications Module.

NetLink received its Cyber Security Assessment Certificate recently after the module was tested to evaluate for cybersecurity-related features and design parameters by Rodney Thayer of Smithee, Spelvin, Agnew & Plinge, Inc. The company conducts independent cybersecurity assessments for infrastructure deployments, Internet-based solutions and network-attached devices. NetLink is the network connected control unit for LifeSafety Power’s FlexPower® product line.

Smithee, Spelvin, Agnew & Plinge certified NetLink as having been tested and evaluated for certain cybersecurity features in the product and said the module “provides a cybersecurity posture appropriate for enterprise use.” NetLink demonstrated proven system interfaces, instrumentation and infrastructure safeguards to prevent surreptitious attacks to networked power solutions. (Specific cybersecurity features, testing parameters and other information can be found here.)

Working together for a greater good

There’s a bigger picture in all this, and that’s that the industry needs to provide users with safeguards for communicating devices, especially when it comes to the network.

“Not only is it critical for products residing on the network to have been tested and certified for cybersecurity features, it’s important for the vendor community to lead this posture and adopt measures in manufactured devices as appropriate,” says Larry Ye, President, LifeSafety Power.

PSA Security Network, Westminster, Colo., has led the way in providing awareness, education, and resources to the physical security market through its Cybersecurity Program. The program is intended to provide a wealth of tools and resources that integrators and vendors can use to help prevent, detect and mitigate cybersecurity breaches related to physical security products deployed on customer networks. PSA has also partnered with a number of premier cybersecurity service providers that offer an array of services including risk management, information security assessments, and independent validation testing services such as those conducted on NetLink.

“Cybersecurity is quite possibly the most critical topic facing the physical security industry today,” says Craig Patterson, Director of Vendor Management. “What we have learned through our program over the last couple of years is that cybersecurity really is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone in the supply chain from sourcing, product development and installation plays a critical role in ensuring a cyber savvy solution at the end of the day,” he adds.

LifeSafety Power is leading the way, ensuring network communications modules such as NetLink provide cybersecurity and hardening capabilities.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:53

What’s Your Best Project from 2015? Featured

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It’s your time to shine!

What really separates your systems integration company from the competition and puts you ahead of the game?

It’s most likely that it’s a turnkey, integrated security, access control or other life safety system specification that gets your customers talking—one that fuels referrals and highlights your competencies in the field. And of course, we’re sure it may incorporate the latest technologies from LifeSafety Power, starting with our FlexPower® Unified Power Solutions as you strive for differentiation in the marketplace and new ways to assist the customer with remote monitoring as a managed service. 

Systems integrators now understand the value of networked power and the capabilities and value it provides to them in the field and for every vertical market customer. They are performing installations that range from SMB specifications to enterprise-level, multi-location projects. 

Have you recently completed a successful installation with a LifeSafety Power product? How are you using networked power to better manage the solution and provide detailed logs, health and other reports, as well as real-time status? We’d love to hear from you so we can get you some exposure for your hard work. If you and your customer agree, we’ll work up a great article—with the ultimate goal of publication online or in print in the industry’s leading publications. 

Find out more by contacting your local representative, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

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Thursday, 10 December 2015 14:41

Using a 208VAC Line Voltage Featured

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Oftentimes, the only primary AC voltage source available is 208V.  This is often the case in data centers, particularly rack-mounted systems.  Here in technical support, we often get calls from integrators wanting to know if our products support a 208V input.  If you are using one of our FPA or FPX products, they are limited to a 120VAC input only.  For our DC and PoE products, however, the short answer is "yes" - but there are a couple of caveats to be aware of.

The first caveat is in the product setup:  If using a 208V line, the product must be set for a 230V input.  This means every FPO power supply board must have its jumper (JP1) cut.  If the product is a rack mount RD, RC, RS, or RGM, this would apply to the internal FPO power supply board(s).  The NPR product line is auto voltage sensing and requires no additional configuration.  Consult the documentation for the product being used for specific instruction on how to configure the product for a 230VAC input.

The second caveat is in low-line operation.  Our products are generally designed and tested to operate over a +10% / -15% operating range.  That means when the product is set for a 230VAC input, operation is guaranteed between 196 and 253VAC.  When using a 208V line, that means the product is only 12V away from the low AC fault point.  If the AC line voltage sags, you are much closer to the product giving a fault and/or transferring to battery power.  This typically is not a problem, but it is something to be aware of.

If you have any questions on 208V operation or need any other assistance, our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it department is here to help.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 15:36

Overcoming Voltage Drop using a B100 Featured

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Many times an existing wire run is undersized for the current draw of the load device.  This could either be due to an unexpected change in the device being powered, a miscalculation at the planning stage of the job, or a retrofit situation where the existing wire size is not able to be changed.  This undersized wire results in a large voltage drop, leading to improper or erratic operation of the load device.  Even if the voltage at the device is at the low end of the acceptable range, the voltage will quickly drop to unacceptable levels when on battery power.

What is Voltage Drop?

Wire has a specific resistance per foot of length.  The smaller the wire gauge, the higher the resistance (given equivalent wire types).  As the length of the wire increases, the total resistance between the power source and the load device increases.  When current is now drawn through this wire resistance, some of the voltage is "burned off" in the wiring as voltage drop, as defined by Ohm's Law (V=IxR).

Per Ohm's Law, two main factors affect the amount of voltage dropped within the wire run:  the wire resistance, and the current drawn through the wire.  This is why a lower-current device can get away with a smaller wire gauge. 

This is also one of the main reasons the lifesafety industry has, and continues to, switch from 12V to 24V.  A given device will use a certain number of Watts.  If that device is designed to use a 24V input rather than 12V, the current required will be halved (per Ohm's Law I=P/E), which in turn will halve the voltage drop.

How can the B100 help?                         

If powering a 12V device, a B100 can be used to give an adjustable output voltage greater than the 12.5V nominal setting of an FPO power supply.  The FPO will need to be set for a 24V output, and the B100 placed into the adjustable range by moving JP3 to position 2.  The output can then be set by adjusting VR2 to a level giving an acceptable voltage at the load device.  Since this voltage is run off of a 24V supply with a 24V battery set, this voltage will remain constant until the battery set drains to well below 20V.

Please note that if the device being powered has varying current levels during normal operation, the voltage at the device will change with this current, possibly with damaging results.  As an example:

A B100 is set to a level of 16.5V to overcome the voltage drop through 500 feet of 18AWG wire powering a 12V edge device and a 12V maglock at a door.  The draw of the lock is 400mA and the edge device is 100mA, giving a total draw of .5A when the lock is powered.  When the lock is powered, the voltage drop will be 3.24V, leaving 13.26V at the door.  However, when the lock is released, and the current draw drops to 100mA, the voltage drop will decrease to 0.65V, giving 15.85V at the door, which is likely too high for the 12V edge device. 

In the above example you could decrease the B100 voltage to compensate, but you must take the whole operating current range into account.  If the operating current range is too large, there may not be an acceptable voltage to cover all load conditions.

For more information on the B100, see the B100 manual and Application Note AN-07.  Also, be sure to download our FlexCalculator Suite for quick voltage drop calculations.  And remember, our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it department is always here to help.

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