In today’s extremely fast-paced environment, where consumers expect everything to be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, businesses, such as those in the finance or IT industry, cannot afford to lose power and have their systems unavailable even for the shortest of times. Even in times of emergency, having the office data or IT systems down for just a few minutes can cost a company a great deal in time and money.
However, there are simple ways to ensure that the power remains on and the data needed is still accessible.
In the past, when you talked about back-up power supplies, noisy generators often sprung to mind, but with advancements in technology, interim power supplies are now compact and quiet, as well as offering more environmentally friendly solutions that are both cost-effective and efficient.
The latest uninterruptible power supplies can provide your office or IT system with instant protection should a power cut or other emergency occur by storing energy within itself. Coming in a variety of sizes, the three-phase models are capable of powering anything from one computer to a whole office or building. Running times vary on the size of the unit, but can range from enough time to restore the original power source if possible to running equipment economically for longer periods. A three-phase UPS, such as the Kohler power designed Power Wave 6000, offers separate units of power and is extremely easy to use. The units aren’t overly large and can sit amongst other office technology in a server room or IT cupboard.
The single-phase UPS works in the same way as the three phases, but is better placed for smaller businesses. It can power any number of applications sufficiently for a reasonable amount of time, including computers, small server rooms, telecoms systems and even medical equipment and CCTV camera systems. Again, the units are designed to be compact and can either stand alone as a tower unit or be rack mounted. Both UPS systems are reliable, low cost and boast a low carbon footprint.
Another choice could still involve a generator, but thankfully not the noisy generators of the past. These days, diesel-fuelled generators are a great option for all sizes of office systems and can be bought as open sets or as enclosed, weatherproof options. Again, they are easy to set up and use and the latest models come fitted with automatic mains failure detection, ensuring a clean changeover with little to no downtime.
Alternatively, you could turn to an old classic: the battery. Batteries are at the heart of many power supply solutions and work well for areas such as emergency lighting, CCTV systems and even powering additional back-up generators. Using a battery powered back-up will require regular maintenance to ensure it runs at optimal performance, but such units have a low carbon footprint and can be arranged to fit around your requirements.