Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Schneider UPS to power IoT in Europe

Steve Rogerson
February 18, 2020
Schneider Electric has announced a short-depth smart uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with lithium-ion to bring critical power to Europe's IoT and edge computing markets.
The French energy company has announced availability of 230V models of its short-depth APC Smart-UPS line interactive UPS Li-ion battery technology models for European markets. The versions make Li-ion battery back-up technology economic for edge computing applications and other installations inside and outside purpose-designed IT environments.
The models suit a range of European deployments from space limitations and mixed-use areas for IT systems, to lifecycle requirements for ease of installation, access and maintenance, together with demands for more physically compact and lightweight infrastructure equipment with lower maintenance requirements.
Designed to deliver resilient power protection for IT equipment and network devices, the interactive models can deliver increased battery life to reduce total cost ownership. Li-ion technology can save up to 50% when compared with UPS using traditional valve regulated lead-acid batteries. They come with a five-year warranty covering electronics and batteries.
"Placing critical applications at the network edge presents IT operators with significant new challenges including management of greater numbers of equipment in locations that aren't optimised for IT and lack on-site support," said Rob McKernan, senior vice president at Schneider Electric. "At the same time, power availability continues to play a crucial role and downtime has an immediate impact on business. New APC Smart-UPS with lithium-ion meets these challenges, providing resilient power protection with cloud-enabled remote management for edge computing environments."
With increased digitisation and growing demands for data and connectivity, driven by the IoT, many businesses are adopting digital transformation strategies to drive efficiency and productivity, and increase profitability. As a result, IT systems are being deployed closer to where data are generated, processed and consumed, known as edge computing.
The range includes 500, 750, 1000 and 1500VA models with high power factor output. Options include 1U rack, tower or wall mount (500VA) and 2U and 3U rack mount (750, 1000 and 1500VA, which are short-depth, lightweight and cloud-enabled for easy remote monitoring. The UPSs combine green mode for up to 97% efficiency with network grade power, automatic voltage regulation and surge protection.
With their short-depth and compact size, they suit applications where space is at a premium, and can be more easily integrated into IT systems such as hyper-converged infrastructure, rack enclosures or wall mounted systems, such as Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure micro data centre C-series 6U wall mount units.
Used with the APC local edge configurator tool, projects can be customised with optimised power, cooling, enclosure and management options for installation in locations ranging from retail outlets and branch offices to industrial, education and healthcare environments.
Each model is cloud-enabled out of the box for optional remote monitoring and includes PowerChute Business Edition for unattended shutdown. The optional UPS network management card integrates APC Smart-UPS with Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure IT data centre infrastructure management software for simplified remote management.
APC channel partners and managed service providers can monitor the IT systems or leverage the EcoStruxure asset advisor remote monitoring service from Schneider Electric.
Lithium-ion batteries are designed to accommodate greater temperature fluctuation, supporting high performance at ambient temperatures up to 40˚C and overcoming the requirement for additional cooling equipment in some installations. The batteries are lighter and more compact than their lead-acid equivalents, for easier handling and installation, and are more efficient in charge-discharge cycles.