How Long Would Your Back-up Power Keep You Going?

Jan. 22, 2020
IWCE Report finds that nearly half of first responders would run out of power within 24 hours of a power outage. IWCE 2020 plans to cover new power options and, communications equipment and utilities.
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Atlanta, IWCE, the leading event for the critical communications industry surveyed over 597 First Responders and Public Safety professionals to benchmark the current technologies they are using and to understand current technological challenges within the industry.

The survey revealed that In the past year, 25% of First Responders have experienced an incident where loss of power affected their ability to do their job.

Stephanie McCall, Show Director for IWCE commented:The report also finds that the majority of First Responders don’t have enough back-up power to last longer than 24 hours with 43% stating they would run out of power within 24 hours. 15% of First Responders reported they have no back-up power system in place at all.  Only 26% of First Responders have back up that lasts longer than a week.

“Perhaps we can sometimes take it for granted that during an emergency, First Responders are always available. But if the power goes out, it goes out for First Responders often too. While backup power is the usual standard operating procedure, it does not last forever. This can affect their ability to be safe and to keep members of the public safe, and to communicate with each other. As extreme weather incidents are becoming more frequent and we now live in a world where cyber terrorists may find ways to shut down power grids, First Responders need to keep abreast of power options, specifically for communications equipment, and utilities need to be fully secure to avoid hack attacks. IWCE this year we will be covering the technologies, solutions and providing training to First Responders to deal with these challenges."

For the past 44 years, IWCE has been the leading event for critical communications technology professionals. This year their event will be held in the Las Vegas Conference Center March 30th to April 3rd, 2020. 

Organizers expect more than 7,000 attendees for this year’s five-day day event which offers a two-day expo, educational workshops, short courses, power sessions, keynote addresses, town hall meetings, and networking events. The event will also host over 400 exhibitors from April 1-2 showcasing the latest products and services in hardware, networks, applications, interoperability and integration that drive communications systems.

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About the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE)

IWCE (International Wireless Communications Expo) is the premier annual event for critical communications, featuring an exhibit hall with over 400 exhibitors and a five-day comprehensive conference program. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including product distribution, government, public safety, critical infrastructure, business enterprise and more. IWCE 2020 will be held March 30th to April 3rd in Las Vegas, NV.

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