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TEAM GB, London


The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was formed in 1905 in the House of Commons and at that time consisted of seven National Governing Body (NGB) members from the following sports: fencing, life-saving, cycling, skating, rowing, athletics, rugby, football and archery. The BOA now includes as its members the 35 NGBs of each Olympic sport, both summer and winter. Great Britain is one of only five countries to have been represented at each summer Olympic Games since 1896 and Great Britain, France and Switzerland are the only countries to have been present at all Olympic Winter Games since 1924. Great Britain has also played host to three Olympic Games, each held in London in 1908, 1948 and 2012, making our capital the only city to have staged the Games on three separate occasions.


As a world-leading sporting body, when it came to replace their existing legacy UPS solutions, Team GB looked to Critical Power Supplies to survey, recommend and propose a suitable UPS solution for their Central London location, which would provide clean power 24×7, despite the challenges of being Central London based, with cross rail deep below the roads burying its way across central London from west to east.

Jason Koffler, one of the company’s Power Heroes, recommended the Multisentry UPS Solution for its performance, energy saving features and reliability after an in-depth audit of the power requirements and installation challenges onsite. The UPS had to be installed in the minimal amount of footprint available, but the longest possible time provided, as footprint was at a premium in the room. Power to the data racks was provided by overhead trunking and Schneider electric switchgear was used to provide power from the UPS to the load via overhead commando sockets along with new vertical PDU’s.

During the site survey it was noted that several legacy servers would be switched off within 1-2 years and therefore while these power requirements had to be taken into account as the load would then be reduced in the future, the runtime provided by a lighter loaded UPS would therefore be longer. Project management was provided as standard on the project and as our unique bypass designs were included, the UPS could be brought online, serviced and maintained without any need to take down the load. The comprehensive PowerShield UPS management was also supplied and installed as part of the project.


With project management provided as a standard part of the project, the installation was delivered on time and within budget. Uptime has now been improved to over 99.99%.