Investing in critical power for public infrastructure ensures that UPS, generator systems, and backup networks keep the power flowing when the power grid goes down. Whether it takes a utility provider minutes or hours to restore the power doesn’t matter, because every moment the power is down is a moment that productivity is idle, money is lost, and infrastructure is potentially hazardous. At Central Power Systems & Services, we strive to ensure our clients have the power they need no matter what happens with the utility grid or due to on-site events.
While most project managers focus on the potential for total power failure, the reality is many other threats can disrupt production and diminish operational capacity. Therefore, critical power plans should always consider all events ranging from those that originate within the utility grid to those that can occur directly within a facility.
To that end, critical power solutions should be designed to provide multiple layers of protection. Ideally, these should be on-site so that they are readily accessible and can provide immediate power from both distant and local events.
Layered critical power solutions are vital for preserving the functionality, safety, and reliability of public infrastructure. Properly implemented, this includes using UPS systems to preserve controls and ensure that everything from instrumentation to diagnostics continues to function. Critical power also preserves the functionality of facility control systems that are essential for building management.
Further, in an era where peeping eyes are everywhere and are eager to illegally access sensitive information or locations, critical power ensures that security systems remain operational. This includes everything from door locks and security cameras to firewalls and intrusion alarms.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we neglected the importance of critical power for preserving the networks that facilitate communications. Any loss of power can disrupt the flow of critical data within emergency call centers, judicial facilities, fire departments, police departments, and more.
Any loss of power comes with a whole host of associated costs. Some are clear beforehand; others only become apparent after the power goes down. When it comes to the costs associated with power failure, the most common are lost productivity as the workforce sits idle and the inconvenience associated with schedules that fall behind.
Other costs such as the expenses related to additional maintenance and repairs, damage to facilities or equipment, and loss of information can vary depending on the facility and its preparedness for potential power failure. In fact, the constant thing across all industries and applies to all projects is that preparedness is the key to keeping costs down and the work flowing.
We invite you to contact Central Power Systems & Services to learn more about the critical power solutions we offer for public infrastructure. We are happy to answer your questions and help you determine the best way to establish effective layers of protection for your operations.