Welcome to PwrSmart® Service

PwrSmart® Service from New Boundary Technologies® is the industry’s first PC power management solution that was designed from the ground up as a cloud service.  PwrSmart is a simple and automated PC power management solution that centrally controls PC power settings and energy consumption, helping companies meet their energy and money savings goals. Because PwrSmart is a delivered as a cloud service, it provides immediate savings without requiring any up front capital expenditures on hardware or on traditional software licenses.

PwrSmart Service has all the features and functions one would expect from a PC power management solution: power schemes with scheduled wake and sleep events, exempted processes, stay-awake periods (for patching), Remote Wake™ technology in case users need to wake their computers remotely, automatic grouping of computers for fine-tuned power management, a straightforward way to assess your progress toward saving energy, extensive reports and analysis and a customizable dashboard.

PwrSmart uses the metric of hours per day PCs spend in a low power state as a benchmark for gauging savings. This approach helps you to clearly see the benefits of PC power management without first getting bogged down in exacting and time-consuming measurement and verification studies. For example, a typical business with an 8-hour work day and a 5-day work week should be able to achieve the goal of having computers in a low power state approximately 18 hours per day (on average). Do you know how your computers currently measure up to that goal (or whatever goal you think is reasonable for your situation)? PwrSmart Service has two dashboard widgets to help you understand this approach, as well as the ability to uses “snapshots” of low power hours to compare your current results with other benchmarks.

Actual Hours Spent in Low Power widget is used after you have installed the PwrSmart client on your computers. It shows a rolling average over the last 7 days of the number of hours per day your computers are spending in a low power state. The widget has a drill-down details page showing the performance of individual computers. The details page can be sorted or filtered in order to better understand which computers may be bringing your average down.

You can use this widget before even assigning a power scheme to your computers – in fact, we recommend that approach. All you need to do is install the PwrSmart client on a representative group of computers and do nothing else. PwrSmart will begin tracking low power events on your PCs to see how you’re currently doing. Below are screenshots of the widget. Note that when using the widget you can press the information button to get details about the calculations.

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The Net Hours Spent in Low Power widget lets you easily compare your current low-power hours with other benchmark “snapshots” of this measurement. Included in PwrSmart are three representative snapshots: EPA-based Baseline, PwrSmart Baseline and PwrSmart Target. (For descriptions of the data the snapshots represent, go to Administration|Power Saving Snapshots.) You can make your own snapshots too, either based on measured results or on results you think you can attain. For example, you could create a “Best Guess” snapshot that assumes your PCs will be in low power at least 12 hours per day. After you have acquired a week of measured data, you can compare your actual results with your Best Guess snapshot.

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Potential Savings with PwrSmart widget is a simple calculator that shows you the magnitude of potential savings you’ll earn by having computers in a low power state when they’re not in use. You can use this widget before you even install the PwrSmart client on any of your computers. Simply plug in the number of PCs in your environment and use the slider bar to adjust the average hours per day in low power. Playing with these two variables clearly shows how the potential savings number is affected. Below is a screenshot, and once again, the information button has details about the calculations.

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