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Powerware extends customizing software for UPS monitoring

Posted: 16 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:eaton? powerware corelogic? corelogic? ups system? lansafe?

Eaton Corp. positions its Powerware CoreLogic product as one that allows system integrators to easily customize monitoring and control of power management functions to the nth degree in stand-alone as well as integrated UPS systems.

In this context, it differs from software that oversees general monitoring and control, such as LanSafe. Indeed, this software development kit, with stand alone libraries and ready-to-install drivers that lift the designer's burden of writing system protocols, was used to develop the company's LanSafe product and it empowers the system integrator to design-in highly specific power protection almost effortlessly for, say, monitoring minute activity in a single UPS among a large bank of UPSes. From this standpoint, the product's touted capability is analogous to network simulation software that can provide in-depth analysis of a large, complex circuit on a gate-by-gate level.

The CoreLogic software is segmented into six functional sections: Powerware UPS status (PUPS), UPS control (PUPC), UPS discovery (PUPD), shutdown agent (SDA), shutdown broadcast controller (SBC) and parallel monitor (PAM). Most software blocks occupy no more than 150kB of code, and the software can be configured to run serially, via USB, with a modem or across a network. The PUPS is a command line program for checking and logging UPS status. It's available in Microsoft Windows, Linux, Sun, IBM and HP versions, and are designed for script execution or embedded applications for a broad range of Powerware UPSes. It includes the company's XCP binary libraries. With similar characteristics, the PUPC software, for providing UPS and UPS output control, performs such functions as remotely turning individual UPS outlets on/off with or without programmed delay, and shedding loads according to a user-selected time sequence during a power failure. The PUPD software enables automatic discovery of Powerware UPSes with ConnectUPS Web/SNMP cards. The SBC software communicates with designated SDAs, which may number into the hundreds. The customizable SDA, which actually performs the shutdown function, runs in the background and usually requires no user intervention. The PAM is a finite state machine software package running in the background that establishes a communication link with designated UPSes, thus allowing it to examine the status of multiple UPSes in order to initiate a user program or otherwise execute a specific system action.

The toolkit carries a one-time licensing fee of $2,300, subject to conditions that restrict the software's application to the licensee's internal use, and includes full documentation, technical support, and maintenance releases.

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