Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:48

Kentrox introduces power and environmental management modules for service providers

By Cathy McFadden

The Kentrox power management module provides the applications needed to help service providers monitor and control multiple power sources at remote sites. The new environmental management module by Kentrox provides the applications to monitor and control remote site conditions to ensure normal operation, provide notification of poor conditions, and enable remote management to reduce site visits.

Kentrox, Inc., an innovator of site monitoring, management, and control solutions, announces immediate availability of two new modules for enhanced site management: power management and environmental management. This announcement follows the release of the tower management module in January 2012.

All networks require power. It can come from commercial service, solar panels, generators, batteries, wind turbines, or hydrogen fuel cells, but it must be provided 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, to ensure the network availability that customers expect. The Kentrox power management module provides the applications needed to help service providers monitor and control multiple power sources at remote sites. The applications use Optima and the Remote suite of products to monitor site power by providing the following:

·         Battery monitoring: monitors the voltage during float and discharge conditions and predicts the battery discharge time during outages.

·         Rectifier monitoring: monitors detailed rectifier conditions (voltage, current, temperature, etc.) for supported rectifier systems.

·         Generator management: monitors the generator status, initiates alarms when potential issues arise, and starts/stops supported generator systems.

·         AC power monitoring: monitors power quality and energy usage including support for multi-tenant billing scenarios.

·         Hybrid power management: monitors, manages, and controls power from multiple sources (commercial power, generators, batteries, wind turbines, solar panels, bio-fuel, hydrogen fuel cells, etc.).

·         Fuel monitoring: monitors fuel consumption, initiates alarms for potential theft, and helps providers to prioritize fuel delivery based on information provided.

Maintaining critical infrastructure at remote sites requires strict control over environmental site conditions. A failed Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system or water exposure, for example, can affect network availability and create unhappy customers. The Kentrox environmental management module provides the applications to monitor and control remote site conditions to ensure normal operation, provide notification of poor conditions, and enable remote management to reduce site visits. Required repairs or adjustments can be accomplished before service is affected. The applications use Optima and the Remote suite of products to provide the following:

·         Environmental monitoring: monitors the indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity at the tower site and initiates alarms on conditions that are outside of a specified range. Monitors and reports on tower lights and alarms in any failure condition.

·         HVAC management: centralizes control of HVAC conditions and initiates alarms on conditions outside of a specified range. Identifies sites where HVACs are under-performing or where systems can be replaced for better efficiency.

·         HVAC energy monitoring: monitors real-time energy consumption of HVAC systems to verify efficiency of cooling systems. Provides valuable data for decision making of HVAC setpoints and future equipment purchases to obtain maximum efficiency.

·         Hazardous gas monitoring: identifies presence of hazardous gases such as hydrogen, fuel vapor, or carbon monoxide and helps indicate where preventative maintenance may be required.

Each packaged module supports several applications and includes the information, reports, measurements, network elements, alarms, and sensors/controllers that are needed for each application. The modules include a new Optima Live View showing the per site status overview of the specific application's alarms and key performance indicators (KPIs). It provides auto-refresh and single click links to pre-defined reports, alarms, analysis, and controls. The standardized reports are context sensitive and provide a one click zoom to the selected alarms or KPIs to better understand site status.

'Effectively and efficiently understanding site conditions in a cell site, roadside cabinet, hut, vault, utility facility or any other type of site, is critical to services providers' success,' explains Ben Stump, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Kentrox. 'The new power and environmental management modules enable providers the ability to ensure remote sites are functioning correctly, notify personnel of issues that arise or may arise, and most importantly, monitor and control the site conditions, often remotely. This ultimately reduces operating costs and improves network availability and reliability.'

About Kentrox, Inc.
Kentrox is a world-class innovator of site monitoring, management, and control solutions, enabling service providers to reduce network and operating costs while improving network performance. With more than one million products successfully deployed in carrier and enterprise networks, Kentrox is a trusted partner of network operators and enterprises worldwide. Kentrox has major operations in the metro areas of Columbus, Ohio, Newark, New Jersey, and Johannesburg, South Africa, and a strong network of global partnerships. For more information, visit www.kentrox.com.


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