Electrical Contractor: 24/7 Connectivity Required Article

August 2015

By: Deborah L. O'Mara

Power is everything. Consumers demand connectivity to home, business, people and places 24 hours a day. In this uber-integrated information society, staying in touch through Wi-Fi, Ethernet, cellular and other networks is the expectation.

Momentary power loss can cause significant damage to data centers and open security vulnerabilities in the protected premises or critical infrastructure, such as power transmission. A Wall Street Journal report, “U.S. Risks National Blackout from Small-Scale Attack,” (March 12, 2014) cites that the United States could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country’s 55,000 electric-­transmission substations on a scorching summer day.

According to Neil B. Jones, business development manager, Staco Energy Products, Miamisburg, Ohio, backup power in electrical terms should cover the following: redundant utility feeds, standby generators, automatic transfer switches, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and static power distribution units (PDU).
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