Quick quiz – what is BlueBOLT – and why do you need it?
Is it Harry Potter’s favorite broom for playing Quidditch? No – that’s a Firebolt.
Is it Nick’s buddy Monroe on the TV show “Grimm”? Nope – he’s a Blutbad (pronounced BLOOT-baht.) Too obscure? Anyone watch this show except me?
How about a 1940’s comic book hero? Actually, um, yes! But that’s not what we’re talking about here.
Or is it a blaster pistol used by bounty hunters in the “Star Wars” universe? Again – yep! But again, not what we’re talking about here.
The BlueBOLT that I want to discuss is a remote power management technology that provides secure, hosted IP system control of the power to your A/V gear. WAIT! DON’T CLICK THE BACK BUTTON! It’s not as boring as it sounds! Actually, it’s kind of cool.
A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO A COMMON PROBLEM
Let’s face it … today’s A/V gear is more like a computer than ever before. And the simple fact is that, like computers, it occasionally locks up. Those who had early DirecTv DVRs know exactly what I am talking about. The simple solution – unplug the component that’s locked up, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in. No problem. Unless of course, like most stacks of A/V gear, it’s next to impossible to get to the power cord, let alone find the right one. Sure – you could unplug the power strip or reset the circuit breaker. But that’s like punishing all of your children when only one was bad. (Bad DVR! Bad DVR!)
With BlueBOLT technology, you can use any web browser to power off and then on any piece of your A/V gear. It really is quite simple. BlueBOLT is built into several models of power conditioners made by Panamax and Furman. So not only do you get a really smart way of power cycling your A/V gear, but this gear also gets state-of-the-art protection against power surges, brown-outs, and electrical noise. Heck, there’s even a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) that can be BlueBOLT enabled. That’s the hat trick of equipment protection all in one box!
HOW ABOUT SAVING ENERGY AND MONEY?
Using BlueBOLT Remote Power and Energy Management, you get real-time, cloud-based monitoring of the energy used by your electronic devices. But more than just monitoring the power consumption, BlueBOLT can actually do something about it. You see, even when electronics are turned off, they still consume power. This is sometimes called vampire power, and is one of the biggest wastes of electricity around. BlueBOLT’s Scheduled Conservation feature allows you to automatically shut off power to non-critical electronic devices when they are not being used. Both of these features have a way-cool web interface.
Even more, having a BlueBOLT enabled power conditioner can save you time and money. When we can remotely power cycle a piece of A/V gear, we don’t have to send out a service technician, meaning you don’t have to wait at home for a technician. That’s a win-win for everybody.
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
If you have a Control4, AMX, or Elan control system, they will communicate perfectly with the Panamax and Furman BlueBOLT equipment. This makes it even easier to reset A/V gear that needs to be power cycled. But even if you are old school, you can still use any web browser to control a BlueBOLT enabled device.
Come in and talk to us about this exciting technology, and learn why almost all of our projects now feature BlueBOLT.