Weathering the worst

Kuhl, Craig
July 2005
CED;Jul2005, Vol. 31 Issue 7, p22
Trade Publication
The article focuses on new power strategies arising in the wake of foul weather and lifeline voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services. The real thing in power and back-up power systems is likely to remain batteries, generators and various fuel cell and other technologies, with subtle changes in run times and output to deal with the added power requirements of services such as VoIP and severe weather issues. The issue now is protecting VoIP service from lightning and other weather issues. Moving to network power is the ultimate answer, most experts admit, but that option VoIP only become viable once certain VoIP economics of scale are reached-about 30 percent penetration, industry observers estimate. INSET: Northern exposure.


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