For many, a typical workday morning goes by in a bit of a blur. You get up, shower, eat some breakfast and then head off to work, whether by car or some kind of public transportation. Usually, these series of events go off without a hitch, excluding the occasional traffic jam or late train. Unfortunately for commuters in Toronto on Friday, that wasn’t the case, as rail systems were shut down during the morning rush hours due to a power outage.
GO Transit said on Friday that an outage at the CN rail control center had caused signal failures throughout the system, which prevented radio communication and forced all trains to stay where they were for more than an hour. The company said that it runs 252 weekday train trips that carry an average of 215,000 passengers. Power wasn’t restored until just before noon, and even then some signals still weren’t working, which caused further delays.
If the station had had UPS in place, this whole debacle could have been avoided. Instead, about 215,000 people were likely late to work by more than a few hours. Late employees mean less work being done at those companies, which ultimately results in less revenue. Not to mention that most of those people were likely agitated once they finally go to work, which undoubtedly affected their productivity. If a shut down train station could have those kinds of effects, imagine how much damage could be done if a business building lost power during a busy time?
Almost any industry you can name chances losing a lot of data and hard work if the power unexpectedly goes out. Take accounting, for example. We’re in the middle of tax season. Can you imagine how much data would be lost if the power went out all of a sudden, and employees hadn’t been saving their work? This time of year is already hectic for accountants, and a power outage would be detrimental to productivity.
This same scenario can happen anywhere—train stations, firms, banks, even small mom and pop shops. Without UPS power protection in place, any and all businesses are at risk of facing a disrupted workday and lost progress. You can’t predict when a power outage will occur, so why take that chance?