Falcon Electric has been supplying On-line Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for use in telecommunications applications for two decades. Our products provide the highest level of power protection and backup demanded by the sophisticated telecommunication systems in use today.
Why do we need our telecommunications equipment protected?
Telecommunications and computer systems have become indistinguishable from each other. The point where the telephone line ends and your company’s network begins may no longer be at the point of entry (POE). The day when “Plain Old Telephone Service” (POTS) meets most customer demands is ending. In most cases, the move away from POTS, may end the telephone company’s ability to power the customer’s end of the telephone lines. There was a day when during the worst storm and utility power outage of the year, one could pick up the telephone and get a dial tone. With today’s digital phone systems, voice mails, VoIP, T3, T1, fiber, and cable connection devices that must continuously receive utility power to operate, that is no longer case. One utility power outage will render your entire phone system inoperable at a time when it is needed the most.
How much of the system do we need to protect?
In small companies and large corporations alike, installation of new digital telecommunications and data systems must be carefully analyzed prior to their implementation. The easiest part is the installation and configuration of the equipment, as you can contract a third party to do the work. Other issues, such as network data security, disaster recovery planning and the required backup power systems are often left to the business management team. Unfortunately, these issues being systems-related are integral to the reliability of the entire system. Take a Voice over IP (VoIP) system as an example. Every telephone system/switch, network switch, key file server and piece of telephone company interface equipment must be backed with a UPS to keep the system operational during a loss of utility power. Furthermore, your company may now be mandated by law to provide over four hours of battery backup support for the phone system, in addition to backing up the systems assuring the archiving all voice and email messages.
What type of UPS offers the best level of protection and why?
Falcon Electric’s superior On-line UPS technology not only provides this required battery backup, it protects your equipment by providing the highest level of power protection. It is unlike many low-cost Off-line and Line-interactive UPS products on the market that leave your sensitive telecommunications equipment connected directly to dirty and sometimes destructive utility power with very little filtering or protection. Falcon’s patented On-line UPS technology acts like an electronic firewall installed between your equipment and dirty utility or backup generator power. This is accomplished by converting the incoming AC power to a rectified and regulated DC, thereby eliminating noise, transients, frequency and harmonic distortion problems. The DC is then fed to a continuous duty inverter stage where a new, clean and tightly regulated AC power is regenerated. These multiple stages of active electronics provide a substantial amount of added protection against power problems that would otherwise cause damage to your costly equipment.
Which Falcon UPS family is right for my applications?
Falcon Electric offers a range of On-line UPS families aimed at providing the exact level of performance and features your application requires.
SG Series™ On-line UPS
Our SG Series On-line UPS models offer excellent performance at an affordable price. They accept a wide range input voltage while providing a sinewave output voltage having a ±2% regulation, with less than 3% harmonic distortion. The SG has an RS-232 serial port and ships with UPSilon® shutdown and management software. The addition of optional extended battery banks and chargers is supported. The UPS has an internal communications board option slot that supports the addition of a contact closure interface board or an SNMP/HTTP Agent board. Separate mini-tower and rackmount models are available.
SSG Series™ Industrial-Grade On-line UPS
Our SSG Industrial-Grade On-line UPS family has all of the features and performance of the SG. It has a convenient front panel mounted Liquid Crystal Display that reports UPS operational parameters at a glance. The SSG is rated to operate in a high temperature 55°C (131°F) ambient environment. It comes computer and telecommunications room ready with a NFPA-70 compliant Remote Emergency Power Off (REPO) interface. The SSG provides two output receptacle groups supporting programmable Load Segment Control modes. The receptacles may be programmed to turn off to “shed” the connected loads upon the loss of utility or at a low battery condition, extending the amount of battery run time available to equipment connected to the continuous outputs. Optional “break-before-make” remote maintenance bypass boxes are available for some SSG models to facilitate UPS removal for servicing.
All SSG models may be configured for installation as a table top mini-tower or into any standard 19” equipment rack. To reduce the need to power down the UPS for servicing, the SSG has been designed with user-replaceable and hot-swappable battery packs that are easily removed by removing of the UPS front panel. We have eliminated the need to connect and disconnect wires or remove the UPS from the equipment rack during battery pack replacement. The addition of optional extended battery banks and chargers is supported. The SSG supports RS-232 and optional SNMP/HTTP communication with the addition of a USB interface port standard on every model. Again, UPSilon software ships with every UPS.
FN Series™ Parallelable and N+1 Redundant On-line UPS
The Falcon FN Series Parallelable and N+1 Redundant UPS family offers the same superior level of On-line UPS protection and the ability to connect the hardwire outputs of up to four units together in parallel. The models are offered in 3, 4, 5 and 6kVA models. Four 6kVA units connected in parallel deliver 24kVA of power. 8 & 10kVA models will be available soon for up to 40kVA of protection. The same four 6kVA UPS units configured for N+1 operation would provide 18kVA of power with the added advantage of supporting applications that demand 24/7 uptime. In the event that one of the four UPS units detects that it requires servicing, it automatically disconnects itself from the output bus and sounds an audible alarm. It is then a simple matter of disconnecting and removing the UPS while the remaining three UPS units continue to provide protection to the connected equipment. To eliminate the need to power down any of the UPS units requiring a battery replacement, battery packs are simply removed through the front panel of the individual UPS units. The addition of optional extended battery banks, chargers, REPO, SNMP/HTTP, USB and contact closure interface cards are supported.
To assist you in selecting a Falcon product, we have provided the On-line UPS Quick Selection Guide.
What is the advantage of centralized UPS management?
For most medium to large corporations, telecommunications and network management is a costly necessity. Most have found that centralizing this function has greatly reduced the cost. To effectively centralize the telecommunications systems, network devices, computers, servers, printers, and UPSes, the equipment must support secure TCP/IP addressable network SNMP/HTTP based communications capabilities.
Our SNMP/HTTP option offers TCP/IP addressable communications, providing centralized management of the UPS or UPS via a LAN, WAN or over the Internet. MS Windows and Windows Server client software is supplied with this option, and facilitates the shutdown of multiple fileservers, “in band”, over the network. “Snap-in” UPS MIB software is also supplied, directly interfacing with HP OpenView® and IBM NetView® network management software (NMS). Secure, remote UPS management can also be accessed using any internet connected workstation and a web browser.
The following is a brief list of the remote management functions supported:
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