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Article Date: 12th March 2013

Emerson Network Power Helps Telcos Control Costs with Expansion of DC Power System Retrofit Portfolio

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Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximising reliability, deployment speed and operational efficiency for communications networks, is meeting demands for tighter fiscal controls in the telecom industry by growing its family of retrofit solutions. The most recent addition to the DC Power Retrofit Program for full global rollout is a retrofit program for ACTURA™ power systems. The NetSure™ 701 Retrofit solution enables operators to onboard new technology on existing infrastructure, thus significantly improving system power reliability, efficiency and onsite as well as remote monitoring and control possibilities, at a fraction of the cost of a new system.

As the current financial climate forces more and more organisations to identify new means of leveraging Capex and reducing Opex, Emerson’s NetSure 701 Retrofit program is proving to be the optimal solution for many operators.

The concept was initially launched in 2007 and enables customers to retrofit legacy DC power systems, gaining all the benefits of a new system, at a considerably reduced cost. The retrofit can be done on a live system with very low risk compared to a complete system change out. The retrofit technique works on legacy Emerson systems globally and can also be adapted to other manufacturers systems.

The upgrade, which is readily available for Emerson -48V DC power systems, utilises existing cabinets and distribution cabling. The legacy rectifiers are replaced with more dense, powerful and more energy efficient NetSure or eSure™ rectifiers. These rectifiers take up a quarter of a cabinet compared to legacy rectifiers, allowing space for further capacity, additional distribution or other equipment.

“By opting for upgrades, our customers reduce power losses with up to 80 percent. This obviously has a significant impact on their energy costs and their environmental footprint,” said Ulf Dimle, director of product management for Emerson Network Power’s Energy Systems business in EMEA. “What’s more, because it’s an upgrade within the existing platform, there are no infrastructural risks and therefore no risk of downtime.”

The retrofit program, which includes NetSure and eSure rectifier technology and Emerson’s Advanced Control Unit (ACU+), offers a number of other benefits. These include advanced battery management, remote monitoring, including operational and diagnostic reports and statistics, remote service and maintenance and remote software upgrades. With these functions Emerson engineers can ensure systems continue to operate at peak efficiency without the need for onsite visits.

“Thanks to all the cost savings on offer, payback of a retrofit solution can be achieved in well under two years. The considerably increased system reliability and minimised repair expenses makes the case for opting for a retrofit even more attractive. With this in mind we expect to see more operators looking to upgrade on a semi-regular basis in order to provide optimal services to their customers,” said Dimle.

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