Surge protection devices
Round table contributions
Companies in fast-moving industries tend to want half or more of their revenue to come from products released in the last three or so years. The logical extension of that philosophy is the demise of product "cash cows" that remain in a company's portfolio for many years. Where better to witness the shortening life cycles of technology products than in the smart phone market, where most of us buy into the hype of the "latest and greatest?" But does acceleration of new product introductions translate into shorter product life cycles in the field? We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What is an acceptable life cycle for a physical security system? Is there a trend toward systems being replaced more, or less, often?
“Don’t try this at home.” It’s a common warning, but how does it apply to security systems? With today’s systems becoming easier to install, and with customers becoming more tech-savvy, there is a growing market for “do-it-yourself” or DIY home security systems. The trend also extends beyond the home security market: Business end users may also think they can forgo a professional installer and handle installation in-house. The customer may save money by installing a system, but at what risk? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the pitfalls of “do-it-yourself” when it comes to security systems?
Measuring return on investment (ROI) has long presented a challenge to the security marketplace. Investment in security is often viewed as a necessary cost whose benefits cannot be measured. For example, how do you measure the value of an event that doesn’t happen (i.e., that has been prevented)? The difficulty of measuring ROI doesn’t diminish customers’ appetite for it, however. Today’s choosy customers are driven more than ever by the bottom line and expect any and all of their investments to show a healthy return. Therefore, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is it possible to measure return on investment (ROI) in the security market? How?
DITEK, globally renowned provider of surge protection solutions, has announced the launch of a new Deflector Series Surge Protective Device model, DTK-DF120S12, specifically designed to protect convenience stores and multi-dispenser fueling stations from unnecessary damage caused by electrical surge events. DTK-DF120S12 This unique new configuration delivers a wide range of benefits to store operators by protecting sensitive fuel pump control systems and more from damage while ensuring that protection is operating correctly. If protection is compromised, this patented, renowned technology alerts station staff and management in three ways to make sure that vital equipment does not remain unprotected. “This new Deflector Series solves an ongoing challenge for convenience store operators. These businesses rely on a range of electronic systems to attract customers and quickly deliver profitable sales – but all these systems are vulnerable to electrical disturbances,” said Rich Mitchell, Technical Sales Engineer, DITEK. Integrated with security alarm The new Deflector is a complete solution that makes use of a unique audible alarm that can’t be ignored" Rich adds, “Installing surge protection is only a partial solution – because that protection can degrade over time and require replacement. The new Deflector is a complete solution that makes use of a unique audible alarm that can’t be ignored, and a modular design that makes it possible to reinstate protection in only a few seconds.” Many convenience stores offer a variety of goods and services supported by electronic systems, such as fuel, hot and cold beverages and snacks, lottery tickets, and ATM cash dispensers. Protection against power spikes The POS and payment systems used for all transactions are also essential, as are back-office accounting and payroll systems. If a pump is bagged, the business risks losing sales as customers move on to a competitor down the road. While every sensitive electronic system is vulnerable to power surges, spikes, and disturbances, the nature of convenience stores and gas stations pose a particular risk. This is partly because fuel pumps are outdoors and relatively exposed to the elements, and because of the communications cables that traverse from interior to exterior areas, providing additional transmission paths for damaging electrical surges. Deflector Series surge protection devices The new Deflector Series configuration is designed to protect up to 12 fuel dispensers – or any mixture of 12 mission critical 120-volt device not exceeding 20 amps – using a single compact wall-mountable cabinet. For an operation with more than 12 essential devices, multiple cabinets can easily be installed to cover every system. The cabinet itself features a clear window that lets staff confirm protection status instantly, and if replacement is needed, the rapid-replacement modules are easily serviced. Advanced, isolated surge protection and noise filtering The DTK-DF120S12 Deflector Series Surge Protector provides advanced, isolated surge protection and noise filtering With its audible alarm, flashing LED indicator and remote notification capability, each Deflector-series module lets the user know in three ways when it requires attention. The DTK-DF120S12 Deflector Series Surge Protector provides advanced, isolated surge protection and noise filtering, yet is easy to monitor, easy to maintain, and easy to replace protection modules without costly service interruptions. Rapid-Replacement Modules If a Deflector protection module reaches end-of-life, the unit sounds a loud audible alarm and an LED flashes, indicating exactly which module needs to be replaced. Intelligent notification is also available via dry contacts which can be connected to alarm panels to alert central station monitoring that the module needs replacing. “With the Deflector Series, you’ll always know when your surge protection requires attention. When it goes, you’ll hear it and see it. Our Rapid-Replacement Modules can be swapped literally in seconds,” said Mitchell, adding “No other surge protection solution combines this level of protection, with attention-getting LEDs, audible alarm and remote notification circuitry.” The Deflector Series is UL1449 listed for surge protection; UL1283 listed for EMI/RFI noise filtering, and has been certified to be safe with the highest possible ratings by UL.
DITEK, a provider of surge protection solutions, is exhibiting a comprehensive line of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) this week at ASIS 2017 (booth # 701). Featuring online double conversion technology in tower/rack mountable configurations, the recently introduced portfolio of UPS solutions is engineered to deliver the highest levels of reliability and cost-efficiency. “These UPS systems are purpose-built for commercial and industrial applications so businesses can help keep their core systems up and running and protected from the damage that power outages often inflict,” said Rich Mitchell, Director of Technical Sales, DITEK. “The quality and reliability inherent in the design of DITEK’s UPS solutions provides our customers with peace of mind when it comes to maintaining power for mission critical systems.” DITEK’s UL-listed convertible rack/tower UPS solutions are available in 1kVA, 2kVA and 3kVA versions. The units feature advanced online topology design, and invisibly transition between AC and battery power. Additional features include intuitive LED displays, USB and Ethernet interfaces, remote monitoring software, and auto shutdown when the battery is depleted. External battery packs are available for extended run time.