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Halloween Blizzard Number Two? How to Keep Your Children (and Their Education) Safe
There is undoubtedly a lot to manage when running an educational institution, and while technological advancements have made a lot of processes and communications needs significantly more efficient, educational facilities of all sizes serving varying student bodies can’t afford even a blip in their day to day power.
With the proliferation of computers and now new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies being implemented into school systems, it’s safe to say that educating our youth and technology go hand in hand. Consider just this morning that a handful of schools have already reported significant power loss due to a range of causes.
Even more, almost exactly this time last year when a large and unexpected October snow storm blew through the East Cost, hundreds of schools suffered as a result of an unfathomable 30 inches of wet, heavy snow. While thousands of schoolchildren around the Northeast considered it a victory to slip out of the classroom, their education and school systems had to endure the lingering effects of its aftermath.
With faculty and students heavily relying on power for communication, assignment management, interaction and e-learning, a power failure can spell disaster, not to mention falling behind on a tight curriculum schedule. Where power fails is where battery backup saves – quite literally – classrooms, labs and administrative and faculty offices.
Power protection systems are a must for keeping a steady power supply during power cuts, spikes, surges and numerous other types of interruptions in power supply. Power protection systems provide much needed protection against health hazard, data loss and are necessary for maintaining communications systems.
In an educational setting, there is a lot of equipment to maintain and be accountable for. With the numerous amounts of desktop computers, telephone systems, fax machines, copiers and so on, there’s a lot at stake for both the students’ education and the work processes of educators, that is, if there is a bad enough outage (and let’s not put it past Mother Nature to bring a sequel to last year’s Halloween blizzard).
Bad outages that result in damaged equipment are devastating, because as we all know, replacing equipment is neither easy nor inexpensive.
Minuteman UPS/Para Systems (News - Alert), a provider of unique and robust power protection solutions, offers an array of products geared towards the educational sector, from outlet surge protectors to UPSs (uninterruptible power supplies). Using power protection equipment can save institutions thousands in costly damages due to outages as well as keep things running smoothly and efficiently in the event of an interruption or total outage.
Minuteman’s MMS7120RCT 12 Outlet Surge Protector, for example, comes with a $200,000 connected equipment warranty protection and offers phone/fax/modem/coax protection. This is especially beneficial to administrative offices that have multiple machines running at any given time.
And don’t forget Universities. College campuses tend to also have large phone network systems, and for that, Minuteman offers their PRO1500RT Line Interactive UPS for fax, modem and network line protection. The LCD display shows runtime status and is mountable either via rack, tower or wall.
For educational facilities, safety and security are top priorities; maintaining power ensures that these institutions can maintain these for both staff and student bodies. It may be okay for your children to let out a sigh of relief for a having a snow day, but one too many can cause pure mayhem in the educational sector.
To learn more about power saving in the educational field, visit Minuteman’s solutions for education.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo