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Eaton Helps Power Mt. Washington Observatory through Extreme Weather Conditions
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 01:37:04 PM


The Mt. Washington Observatory uses Eaton’s advanced power backup solutions and a robust service plan to ensure uptime and increase reliability

RALEIGH, NC — Power management company Eaton today announced a two-year contract to provide the Mt. Washington Observatory (MWO) with integrated power management solutions. Located in North Conway, New Hampshire, the non-profit institution faces some of the world’s harshest weather conditions, including wind gusts in excess of 100 MPH, direct lightning strikes and heavy winter snowstorms that can knock out electricity. In the midst of this unpredictable weather, Eaton’s power backup and monitoring solutions help MWO to keep systems up-and-running.

“The MWO facility can’t have any interruptions in power and Eaton’s power management solutions provide the protection we need to deal with some of the world’s worst weather,” said Cyrena-Marie Briedé, director of summit operations, MWO. “Our observations are taken every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With backup power and a service plan that address our unique needs, Eaton’s platform serves as the backbone holding our entire information technology (IT) infrastructure together.”

Dedicated to advancing the understanding of global weather and climate patterns, MWO maintains a mountaintop station that conducts research and collects real-time data that feeds into the National Weather Service’s forecast models. To help avoid downtime and protect against critical data loss, MWO uses an Eaton 9355 uninterruptible power system (UPS) for backup power with scalable runtimes. The solution is backed by a cohesive service plan that features preventive maintenance twice a year and an eight-hour response time in the event of a critical alarm.

“By combining Eaton’s advanced power backup solutions with regular preventive maintenance, we can predict future power events such as the batteries or capacitors going bad, and even smaller failures like a fan or circuit board,” said Brian Tenters, Northeast area supervisor, Eaton. “MWO’s service plan will help keep consistent uptime through some of the worst weather conditions on the planet. Eaton’s remote monitoring capabilities will also allow MWO to keep tabs on its power and equipment needs from virtually anywhere.”

The UPS is paired with Eaton’s eNotify Remote Monitoring software, which provides MWO with 24x7 real-time power monitoring, supported by trained Eaton service and support technicians. Eaton’s Environmental Monitoring Probe also allows MWO to monitor the conditions in its network closet, including ambient temperature and humidity, for added reliability.

With the help of Eaton’s integrated power management platform deployed, MWO seeks to achieve 100 percent uptime, maintaining its 80-year continuous weather history and remaining a go-to source for data.

To learn more about the successful implementation of Eaton’s integrated power management platform, check out the MWO success story. For more information about Eaton’s power quality products and services, visit

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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