Panamax(R) Now Shipping MD2-ZB SmartPlug and BB-ZB1 BlueBOLT(R) Gateway

Panamax(R) today announced that it is now shipping its MD2-ZB SmartPlug and BB-ZB1 BlueBOLT(R) gateway.

PETALUMA, Calif. -- April 30, 2013 -- Panamax(R) today announced that it is now shipping its MD2-ZB SmartPlug and BB-ZB1 BlueBOLT(R) gateway. The devices bring energy management, surge protection, and BlueBOLT functionality to individual outlets for electronics throughout a building, providing a low-cost way to reduce energy consumption significantly while reducing service calls for installers.

Part of the Panamax "MD" family of direct plug-in devices, the MD2-ZB SmartPlug provides energy monitoring, individual outlet control, scheduled conservation, and surge protection in a compact form factor that plugs directly into any standard 120V, 15A outlet. Utilizing ZigBee(R) wireless communications, the MD2-ZB can be monitored, controlled, programmed, and remotely accessed via Panamax/Furman's cloud-based BlueBOLT energy management and control platform via the wired BB-ZB1 gateway.

For integrators, BlueBOLT reduces service calls through remote control of the MD2-ZB's two discrete AC outlets from any Internet-enabled device. In addition, the platform provides real-time and historical power related data, including energy consumption in kWh and dollars by outlet. This data allows integrators to schedule conservation periods to eliminate wasted power and decrease utility bills.

Offering a thin profile of 1.5 inches, the MD2-ZB houses two side-mounted outlets and provides status, network, and wiring fault indicators, in addition to push-button "override" power switches to power outlets on/off instantly from the top of the device. To protect electronics, the unit's Protect-or-Disconnect(TM) circuitry completely disconnects AC power to connected equipment in the event of a catastrophic surge. To accommodate the look of any room, the MD2-ZB's front cover can easily be removed and painted to match the wall color.

Offering the plug-and-play ease of installation that BlueBOLT is known for, the gateway (BB-ZB1) connects to a user's network via an Ethernet cable and creates a wireless mesh network supporting up to fifteen SmartPlugs per gateway. MD2-ZB units will be added to each user's BlueBOLT account along with any hardwired BlueBOLT power conditioner component models, providing a single destination for simple and intuitive remote power and energy management solutions, anywhere in the world, via the cloud.

"The MD2-ZB SmartPlug and BB-ZB1 gateway represent a significant extension of the BlueBOLT platform; taking it beyond the equipment rack to individual power outlets," said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands. "For end-users, this not only provides surge protection for all their devices, but it can help give them a true indicator of their power consumption and how best to cut it down. For integrators, the ability to expand BlueBOLT's remote-reboot benefits outside of the equipment rack provides tremendous flexibility to better service their customers."

The MD2-ZB and BB-ZB1 are shipping now at an MSRP of $119.95 and $99.95 respectively.

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About BlueBOLT(R)
BlueBOLT(R) Remote Power and Energy Management provides real-time, cloud-based control and monitoring of the energy used by electronic devices. Users can simply plug electronics into a BlueBOLT-enabled power management device to open up a new world of command and visibility of energy usage. From easy reboots of locked-up electronics to comprehensive energy tracking and scheduled conservation, BlueBOLT provides a unique combination of control and monitoring directly at the electronics' power source. More information is available at

About Panamax(R)
Panamax(R) has been an international leader in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Its power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Panamax is available in all major electronic markets including home theater, professional audio and music, OEM, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman's cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network, distributors, and in select retail outlets. More information is available at

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