NorthStar ACE Protects Telecom Backups


NorthStar has introduced NorthStar Advanced Connected Energy (ACE), a system aimed at batteries used as backups by telecommunications networks.

The company says that 15 million to 20 million such batteries are purchased annually for this purpose and that more than half of these must be replaced prematurely due to improper management and maintenance in warehouses and once the batteries are deployed.

NorthStar ACE seeks to alleviate these problems by using Bluetooth, the IoT and the cloud to manage batteries throughout their life cycle. The health of batteries can be tracked from production onward in real time, according to the press release.

Energy Manager Today conducted a podcast interview with Daniel Howard, who had been the first chief technology officer for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and now is the Director of Consulting Services for the Energy Solutions Group of Hitachi Consulting.

Howard said that the lion’s share — indeed, as much as 73 percent to 83 percent — of the total amount of energy spent by telecommunications companies is consumed in the access networks.

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