Furman protects Computer Museum

AUTHOR: Inavate

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California has installed Furman’s P-8 PRO II and AC-215A power conditioners to protect components in the museum’s control room equipment racks.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Computer History Museum is home to one of the world's largest international collections of computing artefacts. In January, the museum completed its "21st century makeover." The two-year $19 million (€14 million) project includes a newly renovated building, the centrepiece of which is the exhibit "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing." The new exhibit includes 100 multimedia stations incorporating flat-panel displays, touch screens, and projectors. In addition, the museum's control room features 12 44U equipment racks housing a wide range of components, from media players and computers to amplifiers and Cat 5 extenders.

"Power protection was vital to this installation. This is a very high-profile museum in a high-tech location, so equipment failure or poor performance is not an option. In addition, as the museum is located in California, rolling brownouts and blackouts are a concern," said Brian Norris, designer for Bowen Technovation, an Indianapolis-based provider of A/V, lighting, control, and production solutions. "To protect the equipment from damaging power irregularities while enhancing audio and video performance for visitors, we chose two different Furman products. For the equipment racks, we utilized 22 P-8 PRO II power conditioners, and 110 AC-215A compact power conditioners are protecting equipment in the exhibit spaces."

"Although this installation was in a newer building with an upgraded electrical system, you never want to take a chance on power protection," added Norris.