Furman showcases latest power solution at PL+S22 March 2012
At this year’s Prolight + Sound, Furman is exhibiting its new CN-3600S E SmartSequencer – a power management solution that is compatible with the company’s BlueBOLT hosted platform. Devised for musicians and audio-visual professionals, the CN-3600S E (220V-240V, 16A capacity) combines AC power distribution – available with a detachable IEC-C19 female-to-Schuko-male power cord – protection, filtration, and sequential system power on/off in a 1-RU rack-mount unit. SmartSequencing technology powers the CN-3600S E, supposedly allowing large and complex A/V systems onstage or in the studio to be safely powered on and off with a simple press of a button or turn of a key, even by non-technical personnel. Plus its bidirectional communications between installed units enables a primary unit to control and sequence multiple secondary units. The CN-3600S E – said to provide clean, safe power with Furman’s SMP, EVS, and LiFT protection and filtration technologies – also incorporates eight rear-panel IEC C-13 outlets arranged in four adjustable delay-sequence banks, in addition to one front-panel IEC C-13 outlet. Multiple units can be connected via current loop at runs of more than 1,000 feet with full backward compatibility with Furman’s legacy sequencers. When used for pro installation, the CN-3600S E is equipped with an RS-232 port and command set for integration with control systems for Pro A/V integrators. For mobile control, an optional RS-232-to-Ethernet adaptor — the BB-RS232, sold separately — allows the unit to be controlled, programmed, and monitored from a smartphone, tablet, PC, or any Web-enabled device via Telnet, direct HTTP connection, or the BlueBOLT platform. Connecting the CN-3600S E to BlueBOLT enables integrators to reboot problem components remotely to address a myriad of common system issues immediately, from locked up components to bad communications handshakes. Powerful features for installers are said to include email alerts when power anomalies occur; scheduled commands for power-up, power-down, or power-cycling of outlets; monitoring of incoming voltage in near-real time or over history; and auto-reboot functionality to resolve networking equipment lock-ups automatically. In addition, BlueBOLT offers a variety of features designed to monitor energy use closely, eliminate standby power, and enable automated load-shedding.