Power management company Eaton has launched an updated version of its online tool that enables users to discover how vulnerable the power grid is to power outages. Eaton’s redesigned Blackout and Power Outage Tracker features a completely new user-friendly interface and now also covers the Republic of Ireland. Users can explore power outage causes, duration and number of people affected as well as the impact on people and businesses in their region. They can also now submit their own blackout reports.
For businesses, downtime, even if only for a matter of seconds, can carry a staggering price tag. For example, when power outages affect IT systems, a company can take up to 48 hours to reconfigure a network, and days, or even weeks, to re-enter lost data. This can be a steep price to pay when considering innovative power protection is available to them for a fraction of what a business would be spending on hardware solutions. One of the best ways to mitigate the risks associated with power outages is by installing a UPS system, including software and connectivity devices, to ensure all equipment is safeguarded against all types of power problems.
“A power outage is just one of nine common power problems but if protection against it is not considered, it can seriously threaten a business’ network functionality as well as its integrity” commented Steve Spicer of Eaton’s (sales office in UK). “In many cases, power outages can be caused by a number of events such as: lightning strikes, downed power lines, grid over-demands, accidents and also natural disasters – and although some of these causes may be unpreventable, with the right power protection a company can help protect its data and equipment during any blackout.”