Most integrated retirement community operators will likely recognise that a power outage could be disruptive to their operations and residents, but many don’t fully appreciate the implications for care delivery, safety and security.
It’s necessary to consider battery backup at several key areas to ensure fault-free operation during a power cut:
- Call units in apartment / communal areas
- Control equipment (central control unit, server, comms rack, etc.)
- Infrastructure (network switches if IP based system, routers, etc.)
- Telephony (PBX) system (routing the calls, staff handsets, etc.)
- Wireless system (DECT or Wi-Fi handsets)
- Connection to the outside world (telephone, broadband, fibre, etc.)
Some developments may have battery backup installed by the builder during the construction phase, which might keep the devices in the main equipment room operating, but most are unaware of the exact requirements for keeping all of their critical systems from failing - the level of backup power required, which systems have battery backup and which don’t, how long the batteries will last, what happens if one system goes down and the knock on effect to other critical systems and so on.