Panamax/Furman is taking remote power management for A/V systems to the next level with the announcement of BlueBOLT, a new technology providing secure, hosted IP (Internet Protocol) system control over compatible Panamax and Furman products. BlueBOLT combines a groundbreaking, intuitive interface and simple plug-and-play operation to allow custom electronics installers and integrators to conveniently monitor and control power to home theater equipment — from simple system reboots to comprehensive monitoring of power status — from anywhere in the world.
BlueBOLT leapfrogs other hosted IP solutions by offering unprecedented ease of use through a uniquely rich, modern graphical user interface (www.myBlueBOLT.com) that allows installers to monitor multiple installations across multiple locations. There are no static IP addresses to obtain, port numbers to remember, or new ISP accounts to configure. Unlike traditional IP systems that require a dedicated IT professional or programmer to set up, BlueBOLT offers true plug-and-play operation. Users simply connect any Panamax or Furman product equipped with a BlueBOLT IP communications card to the Internet, and the unit will find its home server and be ready to use with minimal configuration.
“We are very excited to unleash the next generation of remote power management,” said Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Panamax/Furman. “BlueBOLT provides installers with the ability to communicate with complex A/V systems from their most fundamental level of control — their power sources — from anywhere in the world. With a robust feature suite specific to each product application, unparalleled ease of use, and elegant interface, BlueBOLT empowers installers by reducing service calls and allowing them to provide improved service with immediate response to system issues, even if they’re at another install.”
BlueBOLT allows individual outlets or outlet banks to be power-cycled from any Web browser or Web-enabled mobile device — drastically reducing service calls. For Internet routers, outlets can be assigned to automatically power cycle if an Internet connection is lost. As BlueBOLT-compatible products provide a wide range of remotely controlled features, BlueBOLT’s modular nature allows multiple products and feature sets to be controlled using a single access point and interface.
With BlueBOLT, voltage and current consumption can be monitored in real time or tracked over a time period. E-mail notifications are sent when power anomalies are detected, allowing installers and end users to take immediate action in the event of a catastrophic surge, brownout, blackout, or other power event. BlueBOLT also provides a simple and convenient way to manage energy consumption by cutting off all current to select components, thereby eliminating wasteful stand-by power in an A/V system.
BlueBOLT will be available in select Panamax/Furman products beginning in Q4 2009.
About Panamax ~ Furman
Furman and Panamax have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together, as part of Panamax, Inc., Panamax, Furman, and PFPower (a Panamax/Furman brand) address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM, and office equipment. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets.