Here's a handy little fella – the PB-PSR Power Sensor Relay from Polar Bear Solutions (the people that brought us the in-wall dock for the Pronto TSU9600). The 110v / 230v module has a multitude of applications with many installers using it for resetting Sky boxes, as well as managing power saving by controlling the equipment in your AV rack for example…
"Saving energy and using products that are environmentally friendly are some of the many challenges that installers face. Polar Bear solutions have released the PB-PSR allowing installers to create more energy efficient installations and help raise their profile by being mindful about the environment. The small inline PB-PSR not only monitors the current passing through it, but can also shut off mains power to the equipment it is linked to. Ideal for resetting AV equipment or reducing energy used while in standby.
The PB-PSR can be used stand alone or as a companion product for the Philips RFX9600 or any other control system for installers looking to save energy and increase control over mains voltage devices.
The PB-PSR Power Sensor Relay is a small device that sits inline with the mains supply to a DVD player, Flat screen, Amplifier or other device and monitors the power (current) used by that device. The unit provides physical feedback (via an output contact) to indicate if the unit is On or in Standby, configured by setting a threshold dial. This information can be used within a control system to manage the power status of devices or to be used to determine the appropriate IR codes for control.
One unique feature of the PB-PSR Power Sensor Relay is the ability to completely power off the device it is connected to. This is ideal for creating a green energy saving feature. This can not only save energy but also reduce heat build up within cabinets and enclosures. This feature is also ideal for resetting third-party products that have got into an unknown or problematic state, which reduces the need for a site visit. This can be programmed into an admin page of a touch screen or potentially issued from a remote console depending on the control system it is linked to.
The PB-PSR Power Sensor Relay can be powered directly from the Philips RFX9600 or appropriate 5v DC regulated power supply. The output trigger that indicates if the connected device is either On or in Standby is an isolated relay output ensuring that a clean volt free indicator is provided to the attached control system. The input trigger, to turn on or off the mains voltage is a dry contact input which allows for easy integration into a control system or even a simple rocker switch on the front of a rack could be used safely to restart appropriate equipment."