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Plug-in power monitor sends e-mail alerts

Posted: 03 Jan 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cermetek microelectronics? power monitor? ipower monitor?

Cermetek Microelectronics, known for its modem products and hybrids, is now offering a battery-backed-up power monitor that's essentially an e-mail-enabled Internet appliance. It uses any active public telephone line connection, and that line can even be shared with another device at the monitored location.

Priced at about $300, this device can inform you if 110Vac power is lost, or when it is restored at any given location. Dubbed the iPower Monitor, it will send an e-mail notification to one or more designated e-mail addresses. It can also send an optional fax or telephone voice message.

The recipient gets an e-mail message that informs that power has been lost at a specific location; a second message informs when power has been restored.

A primary local-access telephone number and alternate backup number are pre-programmed; these are used to access your ISP (Internet service provider). Local access numbers, available for all of North America, are automatically downloaded to the unit after registration. The ISP routes any AC power message to e-mail recipients or to optional fax or voice recipients.

Power-failed and power-restored messages can also be customized, and an Internet time stamp is appended to each message so you know when the power disruption occurred.

Unattended operation
The iPower Monitor also operates completely unattended using rechargeable NiMH batteries. Diagnostic LED indicators are also included to inform you of the monitor's activity.

The iPower Monitor is FCC Part 68 and Part 15 approved, and is also UL (Underwriters Labs) approved. Standard operating temperature range spans 0C to 55C, but extended temperature options are available.

- Alex Mendelsohn

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