The developers at BenaTong have a new UPS (uninterruptible power supply, not the delivery service) monitoring application available for Mac OS X: PowerGuardian, which monitors an uninterruptible power supply and performs an orderly shutdown in the event of a sustained power outage.
PowerGuardian allows for timed shutdown based on remaining battery capacity if the UPS is capable of reporting such information, according to BenaTong President Chuck Bennett.
“This product will work with either serial or USB based UPSs from multiple vendors including APC, Best, Tripplite, Powerware, and Belkin,” he said in announcing the product. “We have strived to make this version of PowerGuardian flexible by supporting the most popular UPS protocols and by taking full advantage of the OS X environment.”
When power fails, PowerGuardian can respond in several ways. AppleScripts can be selected to save all open documents, users logged in from other machines can be notified of the impending shutdown, email messages can be sent and the whole event can be logged for later analysis.
“A user doesn’t even have to be logged in to have the computer shut down in the event of a long power outage,” Tripplite said. “The computer will save itself.”
You can download PowerGuardian from the
product Web site. The price is US$19.95.