FirstEnergy Corporation Turns to Helicopter-Mounted Rotary Saw to Reduce Power Outages
A rotary saw-particularly one mounted on a helicopter-may sound more like the tool of a cartoon super villain than a power company, but in this case, truth is just a little stranger than fiction. At least, on the …
Save Your Revenue; Invest in UPS Systems
Wednesday afternoon more than 4,000 people lost power in Ocean City. According to Atlantic City Electric, the first reports of outage came in at 12:11 p.m., and electricity was finally restored at 1:00 p.m. The …
What We Can Learn from Delta Air Lines
A look at this week's news serves as ample evidence of the need for businesses to invest in, and ensure the efficacy of, power backup systems and everything that is required for the smooth transition to those systems should …
Massive Airline Outages May Be Avoided with Proper Power
One of my family members experienced two days of hassle and chaos last month after Southwest Airlines cancelled 1,150 flights because of a system outage. He was eventually able to travel to his destination, a day later than planned, …
Disneyland Visitors Left Hanging Due to Power Outage
While your customers may not suffer a head rush from being stuck upside down on a roller coaster due to power loss, there are plenty of other negative outcomes that can result from being unprepared for a power outage.
Now Included in Commercial Property Rental Agreements: Backup Power?
While power outages in office buildings once upon a time affected little more than the lights, today, companies are literally dead in the water when it comes to power outages. The nature of mobile business today - bring your own device …
Electrical Substation Fire Prompts Preparedness Checks
Recently, an electrical fire left large portions of the Farmington Hills area of Michigan without power, and for those 5,000 or so residents, it couldn't have come at a much worse time given the heat and humidity the …
UPS Backups: Saving Your Business One Outage at a Time
As frustrating as power outages are, they're mostly forgivable when caused by animals or bad storms; there's nothing you can do to stop Mother Nature. However, it's a much different story when power outages are caused by …
String of Comcast Outages Strike
While losing Internet service in our highly-connected society is bad news, there are potentially worse things to happen. A power outage can cripple an entire business. Potentially worse is the loss of phone services. That last happened to…
New Entrepid Series Enhances Power Protection Technology
Within that time, data can be lost, security breaches are more likely, productivity suffers and there is a loss of revenue due to the company being nonoperational. These setbacks can prove to be disastrous for companies, both in terms of …
The Benefits of Power Protection
When we think about the summer months, we tend to think about the good things associated with it-going to the beach, sitting by the pool, going to picnics and barbeques, and just an overall sunny, happy time. We like …
Storm Line Through Kansas Takes Out Power in Topeka
It's that time of year again, the time of year when humidity builds up and thunderstorms inevitably follow. Sure, we all need the rain, but if we could get it without the thunder, lightning, hail, and straight-line derecho …
Bird's Nest Causes Power Outage
The damage to the three circuits resulted in more than 5,000 individual and business customers losing power for several hours. By 3:30 in the afternoon, there were still around 800 customers waiting for power to come back on, …
Archer City Residents Lose Power Thanks to One Man on a Cell Phone
The man in question lost control of his pickup truck, with an attached trailer, while he was reaching for his cell phone, which had fallen to the floor. His bid to retrieve the fallen phone caused him to swerve into …
Power Outage Strikes Manitoba Thanks to High Winds
Backup power systems, no matter their form, are vital to a world that depends so greatly on the network to operate. Take the opportunity presented to prepare for such outages in advance, because the worst time to get these backup …
Tepco Unit Struck By Glitch, Affecting Power, Billing Processes
Regardless of what form individual preparations take, taking some kind of preparation against a power outage is a smart move. Considering how deeply we rely on power for everyday accomplishments, being ready to supply at least some level …
Protecting Security Systems from Power Outages
The security power prep quiz from Minuteman also provides valuable insights on power protection for security applications. By asking if the power goes out, which security system components will require battery backup, or how much battery …
Cricket Wireless Plans Full Investigation of Recent Service Outage
Being prepared for service outages is sometimes difficult, sometimes costly, and sometimes just plain not possible. Those who prepare, however, are more likely to come out ahead in the end, with less opportunity lost and more opportunity …
Software Bug Causes iiNet Email Outage
Telecommunications provider iiNet experienced multiple faults, resulting in a wide-spread email outage. The Australian company was then inundated with phone calls, which made the entire system, including its call center, inoperable.
Australia's Telstra Network Goes Down Twice in One Weekend
A recent report from the Sydney Morning Herald didn't strike a lot of people by surprise, even though it left many pretty unhappy.
Power Outage Tests Patience of Many on Exam Day
In Taiwan, an extended power outage didn't keep students from taking their exams on test day, much to the chagrin of parents.
One Raccoon Ends Up Taking Out Power in Parts of Seattle
When a raccoon took out power for almost 39,000 people in Seattle recently, it drove a couple of points home. One, raccoons hate us, and two, backup power options are vital.
Need a Remote Power Manager? You Might
For all those network administrators that have dreamed of being able to remotely control the power of their hardware, Minuteman recently announced that capability in its new RPM1521E Remote Power Manager.
Major Cable Outages Hit Cox, Time Warner Cable
Customers of Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable across four different states recently got hit by a major outage in television, phone and Internet service following a disaster that stemmed from one simple cause: a cut cable.
Even the Kentucky Derby Can't Outrun Power Outages
The recent Kentucky Derby might well have been stopped at the gate as a power outage struck Fairmount Park, where the Derby is run.
Fargo's Power Recovers (Again) After Cable Fault-Based Power Outage
The citizens of Fargo, North Dakota, have been having a rough time lately, and it's not related to wood chippers or the Coen brothers.
Large Hadron Collider Meets Small Weasel, Disaster Follows For Both
While the Large Hadron Collider spent a good while as the topic of disaster-speculation worldwide, it recently experienced a disaster of its own.
Your Power is Not Assured, but Your Reliability and Redundancy Should Be
A large storm that takes out our access to power is a great reminder of just how vulnerable we are without proper power protection in place.
Power Goes Out, Communications Systems Follow
A disaster of sorts struck Harford County, Md., April 22 when several major communications systems went out at once, as noted in a local report.
Worried About Power-Source Cyber-Attacks? Don't Be
With all the news of hacking and malware floating about, you might think that our nation's power supply might be in danger. Yet while such an attack could conceivably take place with dire consequences, those in the know are …
Windstorm Knocks Out Power for 23,000 in LA
As much as modern infrastructure has advanced to provide optimal uptime, there's always something that can go wrong, be it from a seemingly innocuous foil balloon or something more common like a storm or even just strong winds.
Foil Balloon Causes Four-Hour Power Outage
A news brief recently noted that a foil balloon had damaged a Eugene (Ore.) Water & Electric Board substation, causing a four-hour power outage for about 2,400 customers.
Cable Break Takes Out Internet Service in Parts of Alaska
The loss of an Internet connection, even for a few minutes, can be tough to bear. Leave aside the loss of entertainment, it's also the loss to a major communications port and potentially even lost time at work.
D.C. 911 Call Center Develops Its Own Power Emergency
The thing about backup power generators is that we commonly don't know how well they work until we actually go to use them.
When It Comes to Power Protection - the Birds Don't Have It
According to local reports, a small bird flying into a power station in Colorado caused a large problem: No power.
Three Virginia City Schools Closed Due to Power Outage
Last week, a police officer found a white Chrysler Town & Country minivan crashed at the intersection of Burrell Street and Gandy Road near Liberty Road in Roanoke, Va. Only the minivan was found as apparently the driver fled the scene.
Yet Another Power Outage Hits Laughlin, Nevada
Laughlin, NV, suffered through its fourth power outage in 36 days on March 26, which fortunately lasted less than two hours affecting 109 customers.
Power Fears? Prepare Now to Avoid Outages Later
It's pretty much a given in the tech industry that everyone will suffer a power outage of some kind or another at some point. With cyber-criminals lurking and storms or other events looming, the odds are you'll …
Power Outage Caused by Super Rat
While we are familiar with heavy winds breaking branches which take down power lines, weather conditions are not the only cause of outages. It appears that nature is also taking advantage of furry creatures that crawl on the ground and …
Monitor Power, No Matter Your Location
It's rather simple to manage and monitor IT operations while on-site, but for the geographically dispersed business, remote power management solutions offer the ability to be present, even when you're not.
Power Grid's Weakness Exposed in Nevada Outage
No one likes going through a power outage. The feelings of helplessness, uncertainty, and disconnect can be tough to manage for just about anyone.
There Will be a Power Outage: Plan Accordingly
As much as we rely on electric power, the vast majority of us don't plan for a power outage. We should.
Nuclear Reactor Shutdown: Likely Caused by Bird Droppings?
Generally when people hear that a nuclear power plant had to shut down, two thoughts immediately come to mind. Either there was a terrible accident, or some sort of terrorist attack.
Truck Wreck Cuts Power to Homeowners, Businesses
The recent wreck of a big-rig into a house in a California town demonstrated just how easy it is for a collection of buildings to lose power.
New Surge Protector from Minuteman with Some Twists
There are various conditions, such as snow storms, lightning strikes and regrettably, planned attacks, which create the unfortunate possibility of power outages.
Power Outage in Santa Monica Disrupts Customers, Including City College
A power outage that took place on February 23rd in Santa Monica, California, wasn't a high-tech cyberattack, but it nevertheless disrupted 3,255 Southern California Edison (SCE) customers.
A Little Late to the Party: US Sees 'Cyberattack' in Ukraine
According to sources, the hackers remotely switched breakers in a way that cut power after installing malware. Further, the attackers are also believed to have spammed the Ukraine utility's customer-service center with phone calls at the …
Xbox Hit Again; Second Major Outage in a Month
Xbox Live players have been having a rough time of things lately, as the month of February has been a disaster with now two major outages, causing downtime.
DAS and Power: Keys to Better Wireless Coverage
Between outdated construction techniques and materials, and the growing number of wireless devices, many businesses experience degraded and blocked wireless communications in mass settings.
Are You Insuring Against Power Outages?
A recent incident in California proved that a single wrong turn of the wheel can cause trouble not only to the driver in question, but also those who live nearby.
Telstra's Huge Outage Had One Small Cause
Australia's Telstra mobile network only recently suffered what proved to be its biggest outage ever, and as it turns out, the cause was almost shockingly simple.
IRS Promises Power Outage Won't Delay Refunds
A simple power outage was blamed when the IRS recently stopped work on 2015 federal tax return processing.
Curious Squirrel Blamed for Power Outage in Nova Scotia
Snowstorms and lightning strikes are the type of factors that normally cause power outages, but it seems that Nova Scotia has had some unusual causes to add to the list.
Businesses of All Sizes at Risk from UPS Failure and Associated Downtime
A single minute of data center downtime could break the bank, according to new research from the Ponemon Institute.
Verint Partners with Squiz to Serve Governments
Verint Systems, a developer of customer engagement and security intelligence software, recently announced that it has partnered with Squiz, which helps enterprises to manage complex digital data.
Smart Power Equipment Prevents Outages During Blizzard
While many people on the East Coast are still digging themselves out from the snow that was dumped by the blizzard that visited the region last weekend, for about 1,000 power customers, it could have been a lot worse.
Minuteman Makes Remote Power Management Simple, Secure
We've all been there: You're hard at work on a crucial piece of work and it happens. The lights go dead and so does your computer as the power goes out. Now, help is here.
Outages Due to Squirrels: More Prevalent Than You Think
While we're used to reading about outages occurring due to nature or faulty lines, one common cause for many outages is neither weather nor grid-related. A certain furry rodent is responsible for more than half of U.S. …
DoE Funds Power Distribution Design Project
Without consistent, clean power, industry struggles and network connectivity is greatly compromised.
Cyber Attack is Confirmed as Cause of Ukraine's Power Grid Blackout
After cyber experts at SANS Industrial Control Systems (ICS) conducted a detailed analysis, they confirmed that the recent Ukrainian power outage was a "coordinated intentional attack."
Ukraine's Power Outage Possibly Linked to Russia
As we live in a digital age, all of these systems are controlled by computers and are therefore susceptible to cyber attacks. Just a few days before Christmas over 700,000 western Ukrainians in and around the regional capital city …
Strong Winds Cause Havoc in South Central Alaska
It wasn't the best ending to the year for residents of south central Alaska; strong winds swept through the state, toppling trees and downing power lines.
Utility Company Misprint Leads to Misdirected Calls, Confused Agents
Typographical errors can have serious repercussions for any business, but more so for utility companies that otherwise need to know of emergency situations and outages as they happen.
Electric Company Among Many to Lose Power in the Storm
The idea of power protection takes on new meaning this time of year. As storms seek vengeance in the Midwest, more than a few homes lose power and try to find other ways to stay warm in all electric homes. …
Don't Let One Incident Leave You Disconnected
What's your go-to strategy when something goes wrong with your Internet connection, your cable or your phone service? You might be one of the resourceful individuals who is able to tackle complex problems on your own (assuming the …
Ice Wreaks Havoc on Power Lines, Proves Value of Power Protection
When the temperatures drop, you have the potential for added problems that cloud impact power protection.
Spate of Recent Outages Highlight Power Protection Importance
Heavy snow in Bend, OR last week left around 9,000 Midstate Electric Cooperative customers without power, with some customers reporting outages lasting 61.5 hours. They were one of many.
Minuteman's Entrust LCD UPS Delivers Peace of Mind in a Compact Form Factor
The technologies that have introduced new levels of efficiency in the way we work, play, shop and in general live, rely on electricity to power them.
Anti-Trump Tirade Precedes Takedown of Trump Tower Website
On December 11, the website for New York's Trump Tower reported an outage that lasted for over an hour. Considering that the website for the 68-story Trump Towers is often used for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, we …
Puget Sound Flooding Proves Backup Power's Value
Most all of us have seen a weather-related power outage at one time or another. Storms don't happen all the time, though, and that means we don't always think about backup power. New word from the Seattle …
A Little Wind Goes a Long Way When it Hits the Power Supply
Last week, businesses and residents near Camp Creek Road and McKenzie Highway east of Springfield in Oregon got a lesson in power protection.
Ice Storms and Power Outages Go Hand in Hand
As the leaders from 195 countries descended on Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, the increased awareness scrutinized every severe weather phenomenon.
Storms Cut Power to 12,000 Customers
The week of Thanksgiving saw several winter storm watches and warnings in many parts of the Plains and Midwest.
Comcast Sees Widespread Outage after Fresno Fire
Outages can be caused by many things, some of them more dangerous than others. Case in point: Comcast's Fresno, Calif., facility saw a widespread outage for several hours last week due to an electrical fire.
Montana Power Outage Shows the Value of Proper Power Protection
Montana residents and businesses in the Missoula area were reminded last week that power is not always assured. Thousands of people were left without power when high winds knocked down power lines in the area.
Snow: Indiana, Michigan Both Hit with Power Outages
Winter came early to the Midwest when a deep freeze set in across the region on Sunday, November 22, with low temperatures reaching the single digits and a few below zero.
City Hall Hit Hard by Computer Outage
There is a feeling that as we continue to gather information it will always be safe and secure, and as long as we do regular backups, we will never lose any valuable information. That's a mistake.
Colorado Power Outage Proves the Benefit of Back-Up Systems
While technology is almost universally helping the business and public sector world in a positive way, there are some problems that are popping up exclusively because of technology.
Speeding Bullet Causes a 12-Hour Power Outage
Around 3,000 residents in a small Colorado community had to endure 12 hours of not having power while the local power company, Xcel, fixed the problem ... caused by a bullet.
Circuit Breaker Malfunction Dumps Power in NH Town
Recent news out of Newport, N.H. verifies that a faulty circuit breaker left the town without power for nearly an hour on November 5.
When the Winds Start to Blow, Don't Be Left in the Dark
In North Hills, Los Angeles, the wind was gusting up to 50 mph, creating what is known to locals as a Santa Ana wind event.
Runaway Blimp Took Down Power Lines During 'Great Escape'
No, it wasn't an alien space ship that was hovering over parts of Pennsylvania last week; it was a runaway spy blimp owned by the U.S. Department of Defense. And it apparently took down power lines in Schuylkill …
Customers Peeved After 24 Hours Without Power
In Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada recently, a power outage caused the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant to shut down for nearly 24 hours.
Squirrel Attacks Have Power Users Fleeing
According to a published report, squirrels are the new suicide bombers, but they don't need any special equipment to get the job done.
California Power Outage: Sudden, and Long
When a transmission line went down in the Monterey Peninsula at 7 a.m. on October 18, most people thought it would be back right away. They were wrong.
University of Arkansas Learns the Value of Power Protection
The University of Arkansas recently was reminded exactly how much we all rely on electrical power and Internet connectivity, following a power outage.
Power Outage in LA Area Affects Thousands
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 2015 has been the most devastating on U.S. record for wildfires, especially in California. More than 11 million acres have burned so far this year.
Southwest Airlines Outages Lead To Big Flight Delays
No matter how much our technology is advanced from one year to the next, the one constant is that technology needs power.
Minuteman: The More Things Grow, the More They Need Power Backup
Bill Allen, Director of Marketing at Minuteman, recently stopped by Dallas for a TMC Editor's Day event, and spoke with TMC CEO Rich Tehrani about the uninterruptible power supply industry and what Minuteman is doing in particular.
Tree Limb Leaves New Jersey Residents in the Dark
Approximately 3,300 residents in Salem County, NJ, were left in the dark recently thanks to a downed tree limb.
High School Gets Long Weekend Thanks to Power Outage
Power outages typically bring about frustration, anger, and a loss of patience, but for students at Big Sky High School in Montana, an extended power outage was the reason for celebration, as it was the event to kick off a …
Get Defensive: Be Prepared for Power Outages
FEMA and the Energy Department have issued some ideas for avoiding the expense and dangers associated with outages, starting with preparing a "what if" plan.
Another Transformer Fire Knocks Out Power in Southern California
According to Los Angeles' Manhattan Beach Police Department, over 5,000 homes lost power when a downed transformer at 11th Street and Poinsettia Avenue, caused an outage. This also brought down a 16,000-volt power line on the block, …
Power Fluctuations Lead to Lost Power for San Diego Residents, Businesses
Businesses and residents in San Diego were none too happy when power fluctuations led to a full-on power outage.
Rain Causes Power Outages in Schools across Los Angeles
A record-breaking rainfall on September 15 was responsible for causing power outages to schools in the Los Angeles Unified District (LAUS).
Preparation for Disaster is Paramount in Business
While technology has brought a ton of advancement in the business world, there is one area that has actually become a bit more susceptible to catastrophic failure than in the past.
Are You Ready for the Next Power Outage?
Whether you have power protection or not, the actual thoughts surrounding a power loss incident may be more annoyance than anything.
Power Protection Needed When You Least Expect It
One habit we tend to have is to assume that the equipment associated with power providers is the least likely to cause a power outage. After all, this type of equipment is generally more involved in power protection and power …
Two-Day Internet Outage Reminds Us to Back up, Protect, Have a Plan
While power outages are about a dime a dozen regardless of climate or geographical location, Internet outages are probably less talked about, but they can be just as devastating.
Vancouver Storm Means Hundreds of Thousands Lose Power
A recent storm in Vancouver, Canada, showed just how powerful storms could be, as nearly a half-million people were left without power following one such event.
This White Paper provides security users and installers with valuable information about the importance of power protection for security equipment.
This White Paper provides statistics and information about the cost of downtime related to remote equipment, and how organizations can benefit from including remote power management products (IP-addressable PDUs) in their power protection strategy.
The white paper describes key components of a comprehensive plan to prevent businesses and other organizations from suffering severe consequences as a result of a power outage.
This installment of the TechNotes series takes you through the basics of single, dual, and 3-phase power, giving you the knowledge to decide which type of power is best for your needs.
This TechNotes paper looks at the relationship between added cost and added runtime when including XL battery packs with Minuteman Endeavor 1kVA, 2kVA, & 3kVA UPSs.
TMC podcast with Minuteman UPS/Para Systems on the importance of remote power management solutions for optimum power protection.