Networks Europe Issue 13 January/February 2018 - Page 8

08 NEWS IN BRIEF Schneider Electric Introduces APC Smart- UPS Siemon launches new Z-MAX 45 Category 6A shielded outlet Siemon has launched its new Z-MAX 45 shielded Category 6A outlet which features a shorter, compact design with the ability to terminate cable at a 45-degree angle, reducing rear depth requirements whilst maintaining proper bend radius. Z-MAX 45 outlets use a reversible rear cap that enables cable to exit the outlet at a 45-degree angle to accommodate shallow back boxes and wall-mounted raceway applications. With 40% less depth compared to standard outlets, Z-MAX 45’s hybrid design supports both flat and angled mounting orientations. Unlike true 90-degree side entry outlets, Z-MAX 45 also enables side stacking for high- density applications, whilst the plastic bezels prevent contact between metal housings for superior alien crosstalk performance. The innovative linear lacing features combined with the termination tool offers best-in-class termination time whilst significantly reducing installation variability for consistent, repeatable performance. “Siemon’s new Z-MAX 45 shielded outlets exceed all Category 6A performance requirements and feature the same advanced performance, superior quality and fast termination our customers have come to appreciate with Siemon’s existing Z-MAX outlets,” says Lee Funnell, head of technical services group, Europe, Russia and Africa at Siemon. “The Z-MAX 45 is the optimal 6A solution for tight work area locations where cable bend radius is a concern.” n Centiel aims to grow UK market share with acquisition of MPower UPS Swiss-based UPS manufacturer, CENTIEL SA, has acquired MPower UPS in a move to significantly increase its UK market share. Earlier in 2017 MPower joined forces with CENTIEL to market their leading-edge technology UPS products and has now become a subsidiary company in the CENTIEL Group. Filippo Marbach, founder of CENTIEL SA commented: ” CENTIEL SA needed a strong UK subsidiary to expand its market share in the UK and MPower UPS is ideally placed to fulfil this role. MPower’s highly experienced team has an excellent reputation for high-quality service and support. By combining such service excellence with an unrivalled expertise in project delivery and CENTIEL’s class-leading power protection products we believe we can provide compelling arguments why customers should trust CENTIEL with their critical power protection requirements.”. n Schneider Electric has introduced Smart-UPS with APC SmartConnect, the first and only cloud-enabled uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for distributed IT environments. The solution enables businesses, particularly small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that have limited IT staff and resources, to proactively and effectively manage the health of their UPS systems. UPS battery failure on any piece of equipment is undesirable, but on the most business-critical technology it could mean catastrophic business delays and profit loss. To compound the criticality, today’s IoT-enabled world means these devices are likely supporting onsite and remote edge environments that must function at the same level of availability and security as the largest and most mission-critical data centres. Available as a standard feature with select models in APC’s industry-leading Smart-UPS portfolio of solutions, SmartConnect delivers the power reliability, security and certainty that SMBs need to stay connected to the technology and information that powers their business.. n Superfast Internet in rural areas of the UK Connecting Shropshire and Airband have recently announced the live launch of the first transmitter site, serving over 300 homes and businesses. The transmitter provides superfast broadband connectivity of 30Mbps to parts of Sheriffhales and Shifnal parishes, and other communities further east, such as Tong. Airband’s deployment of fixed wireless broadband works by sending a radio signal from a transmitter site to a small receiver attached to the property. A cable is then run into the building allowing the end user to access the Internet in the same way as any other broadband connection. The project, part of the UK Government’s superfast broadband rollout and supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, is boosting coverage in the Shropshire Council area up to 2020 and will provide superfast broadband to over 14,000 homes and businesses across some of the most rural parts of Shropshire, with areas going live incrementally as the rollout continues. The project to deliver more superfast connectivity to Shropshire is supported by the Marches LEP, which secured more than £8m of Growth Deal funding to improve access to high- speed broadband. n