PETALUMA, Calif. -- Nov. 29, 2011 -- In today's college classrooms, A/V technology has become so important to teaching that any equipment downtime can cause a major disruption. To address this issue, Saint Louis University (SLU) is utilizing several Panamax M4315-PRO BlueBOLT(R)-enabled power conditioners as key components in its recently retrofitted classrooms. For the University, the units provide power protection for new equipment, in addition to remote access for fast troubleshooting of components and monitoring of energy consumption to lower operational costs.
SLU is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top 100 institutions in the United States. Founded in 1818, it is also the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the nation. In 2010, the University made the decision to retrofit 17 of its older classrooms with the latest A/V technology, including new projectors, control systems, audio mixers, video switchers, and even a 5x5 video wall as the centerpiece of one room on its medical campus.
"For SLU, system reliability was a key factor for the upgraded classrooms," noted Paul Murdick, vice president of AV for integration firm TSI Global. "Not only did new equipment require protection from power anomalies, but the University needed to be able to respond quickly to minimize any potential downtime, all while keeping operational costs at a minimum."
To provide all of this functionality in one unit, SLU turned to Panamax's M4315-PRO power conditioner, which combines BlueBOLT power and energy management, catastrophic surge/spike protection, and "pro" level linear noise filtration for enhanced A/V performance. Each of the 17 revamped classrooms features one M4315-PRO, enabling SLU to manage all components on an individual level, while also monitoring how much power is being drawn across the system.
"While Panamax/Furman is renowned for their power protection, what really set the M4315-PRO apart for us is its BlueBOLT capability. With BlueBOLT, we receive notifications in the event of a power issue at one of these high-profile teaching spaces, and have the ability to respond immediately by power cycling equipment remotely from another office," said Nathan Burge, senior multimedia support analyst at SLU. "In addition, its energy management features allow us to log and monitor overall system energy consumption, helping us to reduce operational costs."
BlueBOLT allows the M4315-PRO's individual outlets or outlet banks to be controlled from any Web browser or Web-enabled mobile device, enabling full hard-reboots to immediately address a myriad of common system issues ranging from locked-up components to bad communication handshakes. In addition, auto-reboot outlets can be designed to automatically power-cycle when an Internet connection is lost. The BlueBOLT platform calculates the energy used by connected devices and reports it, historically and in real time, in kilowatt-hours as well as dollars. Energy-saving commands such as scheduled conservation in non-use hours can be set up, in addition to energy budgets with alerts.
"The M4315-PRO was an easy choice for this project with its advanced functionality and Panamax's reputation for reliability -- all at a low cost," added Burge. "The classrooms have recently been completed and the units have performed flawlessly, with staff reporting that the BlueBOLT interface is extremely simple to use. It's been such a success that we intend to include an M4315-PRO in each new classroom we build."
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About Panamax/Furman Panamax and Furman have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy 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 LLC -- 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. Panamax/Furman's cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at
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