Interview with Bill Allen, Marketing Director, at Minuteman UPS/Para Systems Inc.

Security Products Editor-In-Chief Ralph C. Jensen: Describe the main features and benefits of your product?

Bill Allen, Marketing Director, at Minuteman UPS/Para Systems Inc.: The Minuteman PRO-RT series of UPSs offers security installers an extremely cost-effective rack-mount option. The PRO-RT is the newest addition to the PRO-E Series, Minuteman’s most successful and widely used product line with more than 400,000 units sold to date. Aimed at the small to medium-sized business market, the PRO-RT product line currently includes the PRO1000RT (1000VA) and PRO1500RT (1500VA).

This flexible product can be rack-mounted or floor-mounted, and an optional wall-mount bracket is available. An LCD display that shows power status, battery run-time (based on attached load), and operational mode is also a standard feature. As an additional bonus, Minuteman’s SentryPlus™ power monitoring and management software is included free with all models. Communication between the UPS and attached equipment is accomplished through the unit’s USB or RS-232 port. These new products also have an optional SNMP card slot. The PRO-RT’s efficiency rating of 90% is also the highest in this class of product.

Users can also benefit from the PRO-RT’s green features. The voltage regulation circuitry is automatically bypassed until needed, reducing vampire power consumption. Other power-saving features can be tapped into by using Minuteman’s SentryPlus software to schedule automatic shut down and re-start of equipment during nights and weekends when many devices sit idle yet continue to consume energy resources. The units are also RoHS compliant and Para Systems offers a free battery recycling service for all Minuteman UPSs.

Jensen: What target customer will benefit most from this product’s features and functionalities?

Allen: The PRO-RT is a perfect fit for small and medium sized businesses that are looking for the best power protection for their vital systems and facing a tight budget. Power problems can wreak havoc for both business owners and consumers. Even minor power glitches that may go unnoticed can cause data corruption and severe damage to valuable electronic equipment. An uninterruptible power supply serves as an “electrical firewall”, preventing catastrophic damage from blackouts, brownouts, surges and spikes. When damage to expensive equipment does occur from these types of anomalies, it is generally not covered under a manufacturer’s warranty. Because of this, a UPS is an essential component for protecting any type of mission critical electronic equipment.

Jensen: What sets this product apart from its peers?

Allen: The PRO-RT’s wide range of cutting edge features and Minuteman’s extensive industry experience allow managers to have confidence when faced with power problems. Today’s increasing reliance on technology has made consistent power delivery all the more important, and the PRO-RT offers complete protection from power problems that can be devastating to a business.

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