Corporate executives face a daunting task of assuring that their businesses take all the necessary steps possible to comply with diverse regulatory standards and regulations as it relates to the uptime of their information technologies. Near the top of the list is the need to protect data integrity and to assure continuous access to that data. Common among the many digital elements required to eliminate any failures is the need for reliable electric power within their IDC’s. To assure that electric power is available under all conditions, capital dollars are expended for the design and the implementation of reliable backup power systems.

In a national study that was conducted (The Ponemon Institute, Sept. 30. 2010), almost all the organizations polled said that they had experienced at least one unplanned outage in the past 24 months. Other respondents had an average of 2.48 complete shutdowns of their data centers over a two year period with an average shutdown of 107 minutes. The study went on to show that the cost from a shutdown ranged from a minimum cost of $38,969.00 to a maximum of $1,017,746.00 per organization with an overall average cost of $505,502.00 per incident.

Senior executives recognize that an unplanned outage of any duration has the potential to create not only a financial drag on the company but a devastating public relations nightmare as well as having a negative effect on stock prices for publicly held corporations.

Every anomaly or outage in utility power has the potential to instantly corrupt the processes that an IDC may rely on. With every power disruption the lead acid battery, the heart of power backup systems, supplies power to ensure business continuity. Failure of any link within the power chain has the potential to corrupt data, interrupt networks and bring business to a halt. In fact, 85% of all backup power system failures are battery related.

Understanding the problem is the first step in developing a solution.

The last line of defense against critical power loss has historically been the DC battery. BTECH was commissioned by the Federal Government over 22 years ago to find a solution to failing batteries where conscientious planned maintenance was not enough to keeping critical systems from failing. BTECH engineers shifted their approach from the traditional path and took another approach; they designed an intelligent battery validation system. BTECH identified that measuring Impedance was a reliable technique for measuring battery health.  An Impedance measurement is where an ac perturbation is placed onto the battery system such that an identifiable current of frequency and magnitude flows and impresses a resultant ac voltage drop across the cells under test. The system designed coupled with quality software, a computer and connectivity to a network provide the predictive capability lacking in manual maintenance techniques. The BTECH Battery Monitoring System system goes beyond reporting a failure but includes warning and alarm capability for impending battery system failure.

BTECH has currently delivered and installed over 5200 systems worldwide and continues to engineer products that meet and exceed industry standards. Without BTECHS’ Predictive Technology an organization may not have the assurances that the backup power investment that was designed at considerable cost, will work each time required; during everyday power anomalies or longer power outages.

Our mission is to continue to innovate, engineer and produce products that provide the best possible technologies necessary to keep up with the demands of our customers. BTECH also provides a technical and customer service support network to provide keep pace with our customers’ needs.

Thomas Leonard,