Preventing Power Outage Related Damage Is Simple and Cost Effective

As I sit at my desk listening to the thunder, I thought it may be a good idea to discuss the effects of lightning and other power outages on sensitive electronic equipment.

Did you know?

  • 68% of small businesses will experience a power outage during a storm.
  • Lightning takes the lives of telephone and data networks daily during summer storms.
  • Spikes caused by lightning, faulty power lines and utility grid switching can potentially have the most serious effects on electronic equipment due to their high energy content, and the Integrated Circuits inability to absorb the energy.

When there is any amount of infrastructure downtime, a business has the potential to lose substantial revenue. Power failure-related downtime affecting even a small portion of small businesses has a significant impact on the overall economy. Given that economic reality, making sure you have power backup to keep your critical business systems running is a vital part of a business-continuity plan.

In business time is money and any downtime a business faces is money lost. A Battery Backup or Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) with built in surge protection ensures that, in the event of a power outage, the business phone system will still have power to run on its own for a period of time, allowing business to continue.

A Battery Back-up or UPS provides emergency power to a system when the input power source fails. It is different from an emergency power system or generator in that a UPS provides near-instantaneous protection from power interruptions. It simply connects to the power and runs off the built in batteries when power is lost.

With today’s communication technology and power protection, natural disasters need not become business disasters for your company. If your business isn’t prepared for a power failure you’re not alone. If the power fails and you don’t have a plan in place, it’s lights out for your bottom line.

Electrical storms can have a detrimental and costly effect on your phone system, while a direct hit by lightning will cause terminal damage, the impact of nearby hits travelling down the electrical lines can be minimized with the UPS. 

Most businesses have a UPS on their computers, but they don’t think about protecting their phone system. I think businesses cannot afford to stop making or taking calls or be without internet when the power goes down. So when it does, the average upfront cost is nothing when compared to loss of productivity, service and sales.

As we grow increasingly inter-connected and more dependent upon a rich communications infrastructure we grow increasingly vulnerable to disaster. Phone systems are critical resources for businesses and you need a way to better protect your equipment in all conditions. With the volatility of today’s economy, power supplies have become a major necessity that can give businesses the margin that they need so that they can have peace of mind.

I strongly recommended that your telephone system is connected to a UPS. In simple terms, in the event of a power failure, it will keep your telephone system running. You have the peace of mind knowing your business will operate continuously and seamlessly, with minimal or no downtime.

UPS systems also correct brownouts and overvoltages, stop damaging power surges and filter disruptive line noise. In a perfect world, your incoming power would be smooth, steady, and completely reliable. In the real world utility power is plagued with surges, sags and outages. These common power fluctuations cause insidious damage that can erode data integrity, damage files and shorten the life of the product.

Avatel  has a large selection of power supply units to protect your telephone system and data equipment. We offer equipment to suit any size systems from the leaders in the market. Contact an Avatel representative at 866.835.2661

Jamie Wood, Avatel EVP



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