Real Possibilities for Managed Power Services

LifeSafety Power has your back, with solutions that keep you profitable

The tide has turned. Systems solutions in the physical security industry are moving to the network and IP-based communication infrastructures. Services are critical to the ongoing success of a systems integrator’s business, especially as project and hardware margins continue to drop.

Recurring monthly revenue (RMR) is the lifeline savvy systems integrators seek to stay profitable, and it can be found in many different technologies, including power solutions. LifeSafety Power continues to address the need for its integrator partners to generate new streams of revenue, and intelligent networking power solutions provide steady income from proactive remote monitoring and management. For the end-user customer, managed power solutions offer a value-added solution that ensures system uptime, integrity and reliability.

As an example, Multi-Site Manager-Enterprise™ controls power solutions through its web-accessible platform, providing security dealers and integrators in-depth analytics so they can continually assess system power operations for optimum operation and guaranteed reliability. They can monitor, assess, maintain and troubleshoot systems remotely, without an expensive service call and site visit. Integrators can provide a wide range of managed power services, like active battery management, with the ability to remotely reboot field devices and manage batteries remotely. 

The possibilities to perform managed power services can encompass many physical elements: the main power supply; power system outputs; supervised inputs; and standby batteries. Managed monitoring can include event reports; AC loss notification; service due reminders; overcurrent alert; low-battery warning; and insufficient battery standby. Remote servicing capabilities of power solutions can cover output supervision; battery load testing; remote power cycling; and system health logs/trouble alerts.

With power monitoring also comes the opportunity to create real-time action alerts and reports. Alert formats may include email, XML, web-browser notification or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). For example, a short circuit or integrated lock that is drawing more or less power than it should is an indication that it’s beginning to fail. In this condition an email alert or SNMP trap (notification) is automatically sent to the integration company or end-user of a potential problem. With continuous power system monitoring comes the opportunity for creating specific action alerts and reports for comprehensive system maintenance and management.

With proactive power management systems and predictive analytics data from networked components, an end user can be informed, ahead of time, of impending lock failure or battery fatigue, offering the systems integrator the ability to replace components in a timely manner.

All these different capabilities from LifeSafety Power provide systems integrators new ways to increase their RMR from managed power services.