David Evans, Public Sector Segments leader at Schneider Electric UK&I, explores the ‘important, but often underestimated’, issue of power quality in medical research facilities.
While patient-facing facilities are often front of mind when discussing healthcare, research facilities have proven their worth over the past year, and in an increasingly digital future, he argues that ‘uninterrupted power is non-negotiable’.
In a year that will go down in clinical research history, it’s become clear that efficient, unhindered scientific research is vital to addressing some of humanity’s biggest challenges. In the 2020 Budget, the Government announced the largest ever expansion of support for basic research and innovation. Initially, over £10 billion has been allocated to BEIS programmes and partner organisations from 2020 to 2021, with future investment set to reach £22 billion per year by 2024/25.
Without doubt, technology has transformed the academic research landscape. In 1968, the statistics software, SPSS, was created. The software, which is still used today, removed the need for researchers to perform linear regressions (a common type of predictive analysis) by hand. Fast forward to 2021, and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, robotics, and automation, have provided scientists with new analytical capabilities that go beyond what is humanly possible. To provide research at the highest level, medical researchers need their buildings and equipment to also perform at the highest level – without interruptions or delays.
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