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VITAL SERVICES KEEP OPERATING THROUGH HURRICANE ANDREW, THANKS TO HIGH-TECH POWER SYSTEMS

 VITAL SERVICES KEEP OPERATING THROUGH HURRICANE ANDREW,
 THANKS TO HIGH-TECH POWER SYSTEMS
 MIAMI, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Andrew's vicious winds plunged millions of southern Florida residents into darkness on Monday as power lines were ripped from their foundations. Some vital services kept operating, however, thanks to new, high-tech Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) that provided electrical power all through the storm.
 At the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center, a Miami facility for suspected felons found incompetent to stand trial, a UPS provided a vital bridge between utility power and emergency generator backup for the institutions' critical Control Center. The Center oversees and monitors vital functions such as door locks, air supply, remote television monitoring, paging, intercom and fire alarms at the highly sophisticated and automated facility.
 A FERRUPS(R) UPS unit, manufactured by Best Power Technology, Inc., kept power from being lost as the emergency generator was started, and then made certain that generator power was cleaned and regulated for use by the sensitive electronic systems at the Control Center: "Our Control Center was on generator power for 40 hours during the storm," said Geoff Hanley, trades supervisor at the center. "The UPS unit worked just fine through it all."
 Even after power was restored, the UPS still protected electronic systems from power fluctuations as utility workers struggled to repair the devastated power infrastructure. "After we went back on utility power the day following the storm, electricity dropped out three times," Hanley said. "Each time the UPS took over without a problem, maintaining the security and life support systems of our facility."
 Many area residents shut down all electrical equipment and headed north before the storm hit. A key element in the communications network that facilitated the evacuation of almost one million persons was local radio stations. WJQY in Fort Lauderdale, whose key transmitting control devices are protected by a large FERRUPS UPS, ran for about 60 hours on generator power, providing information to the public despite widespread power outages.
 According to Jim Sorenson, the station's chief engineer, "All utility power is funneled through the UPS before reaching our studios, computers, transmitter controls, and microwave system. When the power went down, the UPS immediately took over the job of supporting that equipment until the generator started, ran up, and synchronized. The generator power was then filtered and conditioned by the UPS."
 Despite continuing power problems, WJQY never missed a second of air time, informing its listening public about local availability of supplies, especially fresh water, in the days following the storm.
 The monster hurricane, which caused an estimated $20 billion in damage across the state, came ashore south of Miami, devastating the town of Homestead and surrounding areas. Andrew then crossed the peninsula, and hammered towns on the west coast of Florida south of Naples. One of those Gulf Coast areas heavily damaged was Marco Island, a resort and residential community near Naples.
 On Marco Island, Condee Heating and Cooling relied on a 4.3 KVA FERRUPS unit to support its Novell, NetWare local area network, 10 microcomputers and a Mitel SX-200 PBX phone system with 50 stations. "Since we do a lot of emergency repair work in high-rises and other resort areas here, the phones are vital," said Jon Vosters, electric service supervisor for Condee. "The UPS kept our phone systems running for five hours after power failed. We then shut down as the brunt of the storm hit us. After the storm passed, power was sporadic. Through all that, our UPS kept the phones alive."
 At the Oakland Park police headquarters near Fort Lauderdale, a BEST UPS unit protected the station's IBM AS/400 computer from damage during power aberrations in the path of the hurricane. Phil Bolin, operations manager, said, "The UPS served as a power source to bridge the gap between power failure and automatic generator startup. While we lost power for extended periods, the UPS prevented our AS/400 from ever noticing the unreliable power."
 While there is no way to ward off a hurricane, many government agencies and private business are learning that they can prevent power failures from wiping out their operations through the installation of reliable, high-tech uninterruptible power systems.
 Best Power Technology, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of single-phase uninterruptible power systems.
 For more information on Best products, contact Best Power Technology, Inc., P.O. Box 280, Necedah, WI, 54646, 800-356-5794 (U.S.A. and Canada), or 608-565-7200.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Knickelbine or Kenneth Urban, both of Best Power Technology Inc., 800-356-5794, or 608-565-7200, or FAX 608-565-2929/ CO: Best Power Technology, Inc. ST: Wisconsin IN: SU:


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