Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:18

3 Reasons to Use Smart Power Supplies in Your Project Today Featured

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By Jeff Smith, CPP, CDT, Principal and Vice President of TEECOM

One weekend last winter, the access control system malfunctioned at a company’s satellite offices in a California suburb. The first simple solution, as your IT department will tell you with so many modern technologies, was to reset the system by cycling the power off and on again. Unfortunately, there was no one on site who knew where the locked panels were located or had the ability to access the electrical circuit breakers.

An after-hours technician was called, traveled to the site and cycled the electrical power, bringing the system back online and functioning correctly. The company ended up paying hundreds of dollars for after-hours service to implement this simple fix. Could it have been avoided?

 

Networked power solutions make your security and access control system smarter with historical data, analytics and remote monitoring capabilities

 

The answer is yes. Today’s networked, intelligent power solutions integrated with access control platforms support the ability to proactively monitor and diagnose potential failures ahead of a problem and to reboot field devices and manage batteries remotely. When integrated natively into the access controller board, the power system reports to and provides alert notifications to the Security Management System (SMS) and can also provide a detailed history and assessment of power. These new power solutions offer building owners and service providers advantages in three important areas:

1. Design

Historically, it required some expertise and a lot more wiring labor to efficiently lay out the wall-mounted access control equipment, requiring three enclosures, one each for system power, access panels and two lock power supplies. Today’s smart power solutions streamline all this to a single enclosure within a smaller footprint and even include rack-mount configurations for IT closets or data centers. They may be preconfigured in the factory with standardized wiring per a specific system manufacturer’s technology. This approach allows consistent implementation across an organization, campus or enterprise location, simplifying installation and future service.

 

2. Data

When integrated with an SMS, networked power solutions can provide actionable intelligence to building owners and service providers. This intelligence might include alerts about circuits that are drawing too much power or out-of-tolerance battery backup time, or data about the average temperature of circuits, number of times a door has been unlocked, or the number of times a network has failed. For clients managing large systems at multiple locations, this information can provide notification of a pending problem, assist with management of maintenance schedules and enhance predictability on the performance of their access control system.  

 

3. Dollars

Since they’re configured in a factory, with the security system manufacturer’s custom components pre-wired, single-enclosure power solutions cost less overall than power systems installed by a field technician on site. The factory-made approach also improves quality and consistency. By standardizing the product across a client’s organization, services times and maintenance costs are reduced. With this modular approach, when a component does fail, it’s easy to pull the pre-wired connectors out and pop the new component in.

The advantages of networked and IP systems and solutions are clear. This connectivity offers greater control and more data as well as remote monitoring and management capabilities. Power is the heartbeat and lifeline of everything; without it there’s no connectivity. So why not leverage this critical service on the network along with your other systems?

Smart power supplies are a natural extension of the intelligent building and IoT trends, offering clients greater insight into their building’s operations and remote service and triage. It’s the best solution for guaranteed reliability and uptime for clients in every vertical market segment.

If you have questions about how to incorporate networked power solutions into your building, visit teecom.com, or reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About TEECOM and the author:

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TEECOM is a leading provider of strategic consulting, technology project management, and engineering services for building IT infrastructure, wired and wireless networks, immersive environments, acoustics, audiovisual, and safety and security systems. Jeff Smith, CPP, CDT, Principal and Vice President of TEECOM, oversees the security design group and ensures that the security component of all projects integrates within the overall technology system.

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 14:49

Soar into 2019 with LifeSafety Power! Featured

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Welcome to the New Year!

The eagle has landed—or will be landing—when LifeSafety Power takes its award-winning integrated and intelligent power solutions on the road.

It’s going to be a busy year as we continue our journey of product innovation and get ready to attend many security and vertical market shows, conference and forums.

Here’s a list of where we will be through the end of July:

•January 20-24, Orlando: BICSIBooth 201

•February 25-26, Delray Beach, Fla.: TechSec Solutions 2019

•February 27-28, Atlanta: Converged Security Summit 

•March 11-15, Denver: PSA TECBooth 305; LifeSafety Power Certification Class, Wednesday, March 13, 8 a.m.

•April 10-12, Las Vegas: ISC WestBooth 13115

•April 29-30, Franklin, Tenn.: Total Security Summit

•May 19-20, Orlando: 2019 International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition—Tabletop

•June 24-25, Baltimore: Total Security Summit

•July 14-17, Baltimore: American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference and Technical Symposium—Tabletop

•July 29-31, Dallas: PSA Cyber:Secured Forum

Put LifeSafety Power on your calendar and contact us today for more information at 888-577-2898.  

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When we started our journey, LifeSafety Power already had a greater vision for power. We have worked diligently to change the category from lowly can or enclosure—a static piece of hardware—to an integrated, network-intelligent device that provides greater labor efficiency, cost savings, a higher return-on-investment (ROI) for the user and a tangible new category of managed services for the systems integrator.

1. We provide the data and information users want

LifeSafety Power’s products are designed in line with an industry that is experiencing a metamorphosis from analog systems to everything IP connected. And we have led the way with our power products, which now provide precision data to customers; proactive information they can use for predictive management of access control systems and devices.

We started with a single, pre-fabricated panel, FlexPower® Unified Power, offering electrical and mechanical integration of power, locks and access panels in one streamlined enclosure. Now this might not seem like a big deal to some, but for installers and end users it represents labor and field wiring time savings. In fact, 40% installation savings and 60% wall savings can be achieved with FlexPower Unified Power systems.

2. Our products address skilled labor shortages

Labor is expensive and all too often security integrators are having a hard time filling their ranks with a qualified workforce. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, attracting and retaining a quality workforce was a top-cited business challenge facing manufacturers in 2018. The Security Industry Association, in its 2019 Megatrends Survey, also identified workforce development as a top industry trend for the coming year.

We understand the challenges and have addressed them with ongoing product evolution. Security dealers and integrators can save time in the field if all internal wiring is pre-done, freeing technician’s time for more important issues or projects. Prewiring of access control integrations also promotes system uniformity. That’s where our latest solution, ProWire Unified Power Solutions comes in. ProWire is engineered to turn an integrator’s challenges in the area of skilled labor into an attainable opportunity.

These units allow installers to standardize solutions across campuses, saving training time and installation costs. ProWire also assists in troubleshooting systems, as field wiring is readily accessible in these enclosures, streamlining service and maintenance—another huge cost center for installing companies and their customers.

3. We have your back with new managed power services

LifeSafety Power is innovative and progressive, focused on helping security integrators and end-users succeed with a new breed of intelligent products leveraged on the network for real-time insights. If you haven’t seen our latest video, check it out and listen to Lisa Marie Kelly, Business Development Manager, talk about what this means and the impact to the industry. She discusses the LifeSafety Power transformation and the fact that today, with NetLink™ Network Communication Modules and the award-winning Multi-Site Manager-Enterprise™ (MSM-Enterprise) we can gather specific information to predict and forecast component trouble, like a lock or battery failure. It also provides active battery management, with the ability to remotely reboot field devices and manage batteries. Now, not only do integrators have the benefit of cost savings during their projects, but they gain access to historical data, system operational trends and the ability to leverage remote managed power services for new recurring monthly revenue (RMR).

With the new standard of power performance created by LifeSafety Power’s intelligent solutions, security companies can achieve a 77% increase in installation and troubleshooting efficiency, lower total cost of ownership and networking capabilities for remote monitoring and management of power never before available.

Solving industry challenges such as untrained workers, inconsistences in project equipment orders and scheduling, cost tracking and reducing overruns are serious matters for system integration companies. With LifeSafety Power’s FlexPower Unified Power, ProWire, NetLink and MSM-Enterprise security integrators have profitability and opportunity clearly in focus for the future.

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Monday, 17 September 2018 12:01

Heading to GSX18? Get Ready to See Power in a Whole New Light Featured

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See firsthand what we've been working on...and get a glimpse of the future.

The LifeSafety Power team is geared up and ready for Global Security Exchange 2018 September 25 through 27 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Booth 2765 has been revamped and reconfigured with feature areas highlighting new product development and innovation in intelligent networking power. We've also added lots of other points of interest--including a scrolling video display with the latest in power products and other areas highlighting our many technology partnerships.

Booth 2765 will feature Multi-Site Manager-Enterprise (MSM-Enterprise™), named a Security Today 2018 New Product of the Year. MSM-Enterprise is PC-software driven and has the ability to manage hundreds of power-connected systems, extracting critical information on the well-being of components. MSM-Enterprise provides detailed data on operability and viability through information gathered on power variances or voltage events. As a result, users can monitor, assess, maintain and troubleshoot proactively for greater system uptime.LifeSafety Power NPOY18 MSM Enterprise Photo Resized August 20 2018

Also at GSX18, LifeSafety Power will showcase a new standard in power—ProWire™ Unified Power access management systems. ProWire takes the guesswork out of creating a connected power campus, eliminating installation variability for consistent, repeatable and professional results. UL/ULC certified, ProWire’s precision wiring design shaves off hours of internal panel wiring. Network-connected ProWire systems can also interface directly into Mercury Security or Software House C●Cure 9000 platforms, allowing users to receive, manage and control alerts and notifications.

LifeSafety Power will also feature its flagship, modular FlexPower® Unified Power and new integration with Digital Monitoring Products (DCLASS). DCLASS™ features mechanical and electrical integration of power, access control hardware and lock power in a single, certified enclosure supporting two to 18 doors of access control. DCLASS is designed to easily add networking capabilities for intelligent data collection, battery management and monitored power services.

Additional products on display during the show include Vantage™, a best-in-class pricing, performance and value in a ready-to-install power system; and Gemini™, the award-winning rackmount configuration that solves small space dilemmas with a sleek footprint integrating power and access control. New integrations with technology partners Integrated Control Technology (ICT) and Identiv Inc. will also be featured at the booth.

Stop by Booth 2765 during GSX 2018 and see for yourself how LifeSafety Power has reinvented power into a new essential category of greater uptime and  reliability for the end-user customer, while focusing on comprehensive efficiency for the security installing dealer.

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The physical security industry is experiencing phenomenal growth, bolstered by global security concerns and visibility created through deep-pocket mass marketing by large utilities and other entities. Customers understand the value proposition and convenience associated with networked security and the advantages it brings to their facilities. Smart systems that gather data on connected solutions bring new intelligence and information about the protected premises to the end user. Technological change and innovation will continue at even greater speeds—and that means the industry needs to keep up in many different ways to be successful and turn a profit.

What’s the sense of having all that new business pouring in if you don’t have the technicians to complete projects in a timely manner? Are the products you are installing cumbersome and difficult to deploy quickly and successfully? Are they missing key certifications and safeguards the customer is looking for? All these factors can lead to dwindling profit margins and disappointment if you don’t have the right manufacturing partner who has your best interests and these trends in mind.

LSP solves integrator’s pain points

In addition to a lack of skilled labor and qualified technicians there are other costly challenges the security industry needs to overcome, including unanticipated work changes; lack of team communication; inability to finish work on time; project material and equipment ordering disconnect; adapting projects to changes; and keeping costs on target.

The shortage of technicians is so real that it has become a focus of industry trade shows and other educational conferences. It makes completing projects on time and within budget difficult, costing the installing company more money in the end if they have to fix completed jobs or bring in technicians from other jobs with proper competencies. These and other factors ultimately lead to lower margins for installation companies—and the inability to compete effectively in the marketplace.

Systems integrators and security contractors want to be heroes in the eyes of the customer. They want to be profitable on every job, have technicians who can quickly install systems professionally and run a tight ship that can breeze through job specs. LifeSafety Power manufactures products with these end goals in mind. We help reduce project costs and minimize the complexity of an access control installation, while still providing “made in the USA” quality.

LSP helps integrators and end users standardize their installations for consistency in the process. We drop-ship to locations, provide the latest, most current certifications and embed cybersecurity safeguards in networking solutions.

LSP is the inventor and originator of networking power solutions that allow systems integrators to earn recurring monthly revenue from managed power services through remote monitoring and maintenance, giving the end user proactive data that enhances system uptime and reliability and lowers the overall total cost of ownership.

We have three levels of products to assist the security community:

  • Level 1—Unified Power (versus traditional)
  • Level 2—Unified ProWire™
  • Level 3—Unified ProWire Managed Power

LSP’s flagship FlexPower® Unified Power solutions bring installation and project efficiencies in their design--eliminating separate enclosures for system power, lock power and access control panels. One streamlined enclosure for all three means one AC drop, 50 percent less wall space needed and up to a 40 percent savings in installation time and labor. Unified Power solutions feature leading technology partners, including AMAG Technology: Brivo; DMP; Honeywell; Mercury Security; Paxton Access; Software House; and HID VertX.

LifeSafety Power flex power systemLifeSafety Power ProWire ISC West 2018

ProWire Unified Power is another LSP breakthrough product—a prewired, UL/ULC certified power solution that is ready to install, simplifying access control installations while security companies standardize their installations across the campus or enterprise. Standardization eases the learning curve for new technicians and allows installers to quickly move to the next project without time-consuming retraining. When you want consistent, professional and repeatable results across multiple campuses and locations—turn to ProWire, which eliminates hours of internal panel wiring for controller power, lock control and communication wiring.

ProWire takes projects to the next level with the ability to add proactive managed services, benefitting both the integrator and the end-user customer. It’s compatible with Multi-Site Manager (MSM) Enterprise™, which yields advanced analytics and critical data so end-users can actively network, monitor and remotely manage connected power solutions for system wide reliability. Network-connected ProWire systems also can interface directly into the Mercury Security or Software House C●CURE 9000 platforms, allowing users to seamlessly receive, manage, monitor and control alerts and notifications of connected power solutions.

 When you eliminate the complexity of external factors and control more variables of your security solution you can control your profitability. LifeSafety Power has the integrated power solutions and networking intelligence to get you there, alleviating industry concerns over lack of skilled labor, exorbitant field costs and installation inefficiency. For more information, contact us today at (888)577-2898.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:59

Mounting a Gemini Rack Enclosure into a 2-Post Rack Featured

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The Gemini Series of power systems solves the industry problem of mounting integrated access control and power into a compact rack mount application.  Using a 2U high rack drawer, the enclosure was designed to mount into an enclosed 4-post rack for stability and security.  However, in some applications the only rack available is an existing 2-post rack.  While LSP recommends 4-post rack mounting whenever possible, there are solutions available for mounting 4-post enclosures into 2-post racks.  Our latest application note AN40 provides details.

2 Post Isolated

Note that it is imperative to verify the weight capacity of the rack, as many 2-post racks are light duty and not rated for the weight of a full access control system.  Also verify the stability of the rack after installation to prevent toppling.

As always, if you have any questions on Gemini or other products, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it department.

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Friday, 20 April 2018 16:58

ISC West 2018 Closes with Record Crowds Featured

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Rethink power. With power that thinks.

ISC West 2018, April 10-13 in Las Vegas, will go down in memory as one of the busiest shows LifeSafety Power has witnessed. According to Reed Exhibitions/ISC Events, some 30,000-plus security professionals attended the show. For LSP each day was busy, with integrators, security dealers, end users and others crowding the booth and even blocking the aisles to learn how they can offer intelligent power systems.

The tide has changed. In previous years, attendees would visit to get up to speed on what was happening in the product category—the basics. Now, they know how we have changed the category of power, bringing it from unintelligent hardware to networked solution capable of extracting data and analytics that keep systems up and running and healthier overall with real-time notifications on status and other parameters. They visited the booth to find their new value proposition and weren't disappointed. The security industry is now basking in the sunlight of being able to offer another category of managed services: remote monitoring and management of power. Security dealers know how it benefits their business and the value it offers the customer in guaranteed up time.

Our redesigned booth focused on technology partnerships, like the new ProWire™ Unified Power Systems, the next-generation standardized access power system. Each corner of the booth highlighted different configurations of ProWire and leading integrations with Mercury Security, Software House, AMAG Technology, Brivo and others.

ProWire was design-built with the security installer and end-user in mind. It eliminates hours of panel wiring, lock control and communication wiring with a standard installation platform that improves system uniformity, streamlining service and maintenance. ProWire lets security dealers easily achieve equipment installation standards for consistent, professional and repeatable results across multiple locations or campuses—without retraining or high learning curves for technicians.

FlexPower® MSM-Enterprise, now PC-software driven, was also front and center, illustrating how it can manage an unlimited number of power-connected systems and extract critical information for the security technician and end user to use in a proactive manner. MSM-Enterprise provides statistics on health and viability through data extracted during regular daily operation.

Rep Awards

LifeSafety Power also presented its annual Sales Rep Awards. The Rep of the Year Award was presented to Campion Sales. Performance-based awards were presented to: 1Volt Associates; Campion Sales; Warren Associates; and RW Kunz & Associates.

LifeSafety Power has effectively shifted the trajectory of the power supply industry by creating a new category of intelligent power management solutions that yield analytics and data that can substantially add to overall system health, performance and viability. For more information, call LifeSafety Power today at (888)577-2898.

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‘Easy does it’ philosophy brings field efficiency

There are a lot of different nuances to effectively installing and maintaining security and life safety systems. Of course, power is the heartbeat of any intrusion, access control, surveillance or automation solution.

At LifeSafety Power, our innovation focuses on streamlining the installation process—because that’s where the bulk of your costs lie. We want to provide a quality solution and help you save time in the field by making things easier. And, sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference. For example, different Mercury resellers use different relays for their lock outputs.  To streamline the wiring process, we recently updated our ProWire Authentic Mercury Security Unified Power Systems from three pin to six pin terminal strips to allow the installer to simply plug into the relay being used without rewiring. ProWire prewires lock and system power connections for simple plug-and-play installation.

As another example, we have engineered easy-to-remove ground wires on the doors of all our enclosures with a pluggable connection so no tools are necessary for installation. Finally, we’ve updated many of the installation manuals in our Learning Center to make your solution seamless, including one on battery wiring, a critical part of reliable battery backup.

Providing the right resources and detailed specification information is an ongoing process that’s core to LifeSafety Power’s philosophy of serving the customer. Our website has many other support facets, such as calculators, Application Notes, PowerProTV how-to videos, self-paced training modules, White Papers, software/firmware downloads, troubleshooting guides and FAQs.

If there’s something you need or require additional information, we are an email or phone call away at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 888-577-2898. Contact us today! 

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 16:16

LifeSafety Power in the News

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have your heard11Here’s what we’ve been up to!

It’s been quite the year for LifeSafety Power and it isn’t over yet. We’ve been educating industry security installers and end-users about the advantages of managed power. In fact, we’ve also been publicized in a number of highly respected online and print media.

Here are a few recent citings of LifeSafety Power in the news and what we’ve been doing that we don’t want you to miss:

For more information about LifeSafety Power products and solutions, please contact us today at (888) 577-2898 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 17:06

How Can We Help You? Featured

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Technology partnerships assist security integrators with deep visibility into power solutions

At LifeSafety Power, our philosophy is constant innovation—with the systems integration community in mind. We understand the important value proposition of providing proactive services to the end-user customer and have continued to reinvent the category of power from static device to networked component to provide rich data to streamline operations and generate new managed services for the security and access control markets.

LifeSafety Power continues to work directly with global leader Mercury Security to provide new intelligent analytics capabilities in the firmware for its systems integration partners. These Mercury Security resellers can take advantage of direct software management capabilities for monitoring information and alerts generated by LSP’s networked power solutions. This functionality eliminates the need for systems integrators to utilize separate user interfaces for the access control and power systems—while giving the ability to gather specific, real-time data, including power system information and other alerts critical to system continuity and uptime.

This is significant in that it provides a higher level of interaction with data and remote capabilities for Mercury systems integration partners who no longer have to program software to get this seamless interaction between power and access control at the protected premises. It’s already initiated and ready to go.

How can you get these important capabilities?

For those who aren’t partners but are using Authentic Mercury Security you need to communicate to your access control provider that you too want these capabilities--a single interface and not a separate management platform to program and control your power solutions. Once your access control provider initiates this integration you will have the world of power at your fingertips, and can actively manage, through a single interface, system alerts and other specific power parameters specific for your user’s facility.

LifeSafety Power is taking data analytics of power to the software level so you can monitor power for security systems proactively. These latest monitoring technologies developed for our power systems allow systems integrators and technicians to service systems remotely and add valuable managed services. For more information, contact LifeSafety Power today at (888) 577-2898.

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