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APC Named by Crestron as OEM Source

Companies jointly engineer new battery backup and power conditioner.

W. Kingston, RI–APC, the global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, has been selected as an OEM manufacturing source and technology partner for a new power conditioner for audio/video systems by Crestron.

An initial result of the joint endeavor is Crestrons new CEN-UPS1250 Power Conditioner for Home Theaters and other audio/video systems, which Crestron is introducing at CEDIA Expo. The CEN-UPS1250 is a breakthrough product the first Universal Power Supply to combine APCs Battery Backup technology, Automatic Voltage Regulation, and high-performance Surge Protection, and Crestrons powerful Cresnet-enabling technology.

APCs battery backup is designed to keep home theater and automation systems up and running when the power goes out, while the surge protection keeps systems safe from damaging power surges, spikes, and even lightning. Automatic Voltage Regulation keeps voltage levels safe and steady. Cresnet is a simple, flexible network that provides bidirectional communication and 24V power for enabled devices. The Cresnet bus in the CEN-UPS1250 is the communications backbone for many Crestron touchpanels, keypads, expansion modules, tuners, and the like.

Were pleased to be working with APC in developing power products for the Home Theater and automation markets, said Fred Bargetzi, Crestron vice president of technology. Power protection technologies, like battery backup, are ideal complements to Crestrons own technology, and will contribute to products that help installers satisfy clients while increasing their own profits and efficiency.

Our unique technologies for battery backup surge protection, filtering and voltage regulation have long been available to audio/video consumers through our APC AV line of power conditioners and related products, said Joe Loberti, APC-MGEs senior vice president of Home and Distributed Systems. Were gratified, through our partnership with Crestron, to bring their benefits to a broader community of users.

In addition to battery backup and surge protection, APC technology in the CEN-UPS1250 also enables installers to remotely monitor the device via the Cresnet network and manage it by, for example, rebooting individual outlet banks to reset hung equipment a feature that can eliminate service calls. Additional APC technology available to Crestron, and in the CEN-UPS1250, includes Isolated Noise Filter Banks, which eliminate EMI/RFI noise interference that can degrade picture and sound quality.

The CEN-UPS1250 includes the APC Lifetime Equipment Protection Policy and is also exceptionally easy to install and manage. It includes all rack-mount hardware, allows the battery to be easily accessed, and provides detailed diagnostic information on its front-panel display.

APC AV will exhibit its power products and other innovative audio/video solutions at CEDIA EXPO 2007 in Booth 340, Colorado Convention Center.