Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Power Protection

January 21, 2013

  By Steve Anderson, Contributing Writer

Granted, for most people, power protection isn't front-of-mind when it comes to education. Although it seems to take a back seat against important educational basics such as textbooks and writing utensils, in an education environment that's increasingly reliant on electronics, the combination of surge protection and power protection is every bit as valuable as any other school supply found in a child's backpack.

Schools are just as much dependent on power as any other institution. Just like homes, businesses, or hospitals, schools depend just as heavily on a steady flow of electricity as anywhere else. While a school may look simple and inviting in the hallways, it has several elements that depend on access to power, such as various critical network elements, telephony systems and security systems.

Having an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system in place allows these elements to continue operating on at least some level, even during a complete outage. Better yet, it will also work to protect these systems against the normal problems encountered in the use of electronic gear like power surges and voltage spikes. These fairly normal problems can do quite a bit of damage to equipment, so having a level of protection against that will prove useful for any organization, schools included. With different levels of protection available, the solutions available can be selected to provide just the level needed; no need to buy an entire network's worth of protection for one PC, for example, or no having to settle for less than needed because the line tops out at the one-PC level.

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Going with a Minuteman UPS/Para systems solution, for example will undoubtedly offer even more help by offering product warranties to help further protect hardware in the event that the surge protection and UPS functions offered fail to protect the hardware fully. That's a bit of a long shot, of course, but the possibility does still exist, and Minuteman works to protect against even that remote possibility.

What's more, the growth of the bring your own device (BYOD) movement has not been lost on schools, as teachers and even students have been increasingly relying on their own particular brand of hardware to use on a wider network. With e-books replacing textbooks in some circumstances and the Internet in general playing a wider role in schools as a research and communications tool, having access to backup power sources in the event of power outages helps keep systems running even when the power isn't.

Reliable power is one of the cornerstones of modern society. Though with a power grid that's increasingly aging and unreliable yet is increasingly used, as well as with weather patterns worldwide getting disturbingly irregular, having access to a source of backup power is becoming an equally prudent option.

An uninterruptible power supply is also an excellent idea, especially factoring in the extra protections such as warranties that can be offered. Protecting a major investment is never a bad idea – Minuteman UPS/Para Systems (News - Alert) and its contemporaries can offer a level of protection that few can hope to match.

To learn more about all of Minuteman’s offerings, visit www.minutemanups.com.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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