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Furman’s PL-8 PRO Series II Power Management Solution Chosen by Minnesota’s Senate Media Services to Protect New Digital Media System

PETALUMA, Calif. — Dec. 2, 2008 — Furman, a world-leading provider of power management solutions, today announced that 12 of its PL-8 PRO Series II power management solutions are being utilized to protect and minimize downtime in the new digital media system for Minnesota’s Senate Media Services. The system is being used to provide live broadcasts and archive coverage of Senate floor sessions and committee hearings, press conferences, special events, capitol reports, and civic education.

To maximize output and facilitate operations, Senate Media Services began the transition from an analog to a digital system in February 2008. “Until now, we had been recording Senate coverage to tape,” said Phil Mednick, director of engineering for Senate Media Services. “The new digital system is much easier and faster, and will maximize our output flow by moving us into a parallel task environment, enabling us to provide greater services with a limited staff.”

For the installation, Senate Media Services chose Visual Sentrik Technologies, a custom integrator that specializes in conceiving, designing, and installing video, audio, content creation, and distribution systems. Visual Sentrik installed a Grass Valley™ media server and media client system, a Concerto™ router, and a Maestro™ master control system. To protect the system and to minimize down time, 12 of Furman’s PL-8 Pro Series II power management solutions were included in the installation.

“In addition to increasing efficiency, minimizing downtime was a top priority with this new system,” said Wayne Dodaro, president of Visual Sentrik Technologies. “To that end, we chose Furman for protection because of its non-sacrificial technology. Many power management solutions are self-sacrificing, so once they take a hit, they have to be removed from the rack, repaired, and reinstalled. This takes a lot of time. With Furman, all you have to do is hit a button and the system goes back online.”

The 20-amp PL-8 PRO Series II offers Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) for unequaled audio and video clarity, Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) for the highest level of surge protection available, and automatic Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) to protect connected equipment from dangerous overvoltage conditions. Two retractable, long-life, low-heat LED lights with dimmers offer front-of-rack illumination, while a BNC connector on the rear panel allows connection of any standard gooseneck lamp.

“With my background in broadcasting, I’m familiar with Furman and its reputation for quality,” added Mednick. “The new system should be online by December 1, and I have complete confidence in the Furman units and the performance they will provide. Such peace of mind is a real testament to Furman and its advanced technology.”

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Furman ~ Panamax
Furman and Panamax have been international leaders in developing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 30 years. Their products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together as part of Panamax Inc., these two brands address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM and office equipment. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com and www.panamax.com.

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