Need

Mobile technology has grown faster than the electrical infrastructures that support it. While students and businesspeople are able to power their laptops with a charged battery for a few hours, they eventually must turn to an electrical power source to continue their work.

Thousands of institutions, like schools and hotels, are left lacking the electrical power that their clients demand. Retrofitting a building to supply this power could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but with ePowerTower, an institution can provide their clients with the electrical power they need in an easy, cost-efficient way.

Student Issues:

  • Students feel they already pay too much for tuition and they don't have alot of disposable income.  Purchasing spare batteries is not high on a student's list of expenditures.
  • Students feel that schools should provide power for the laptops.
  • Schools cannot provide "spare batteries" for students.  There are too many varieties to keep in stock.

School Issues:

  • Based on interviews with information technology decision makers in higher education, institutions either cannot make changes to existing infrastructure (in the case of large auditoriums or historically significant architecture) or cannot afford to make the changes based upon budget or time constraints.
  • Wireless internet access is becoming ubiquitous in higher education institutions. The EDUCAUSE Core Data Service Fiscal Year 2005 Summary Report, (an annual survey that compares institutional IT environments and practices to help benchmark, plan for, and make decisions about IT on campus) reported that, in 2005 for all schools surveyed, the mean percentage of classrooms equipped with wireless internet connectivity increased by more than 11% from the year before.
  • The computer retailer CDW, reported that there was a 175% increase in laptop sales to students between 2002 and 2006. This trend is sure to continue
  • New technology has not become more power efficent; hardware and software are eating power like never before. Using devices such as wireless antennas, CD-ROMs and the hard drive speed battery discharge. An article in the December 18, 2006 issue of Computerworld reported that “laptop PC users who upgrade to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista may have to disable some of the new operating system's flashy graphics features to avoid seeing a decrease in battery life compared to what they were accustomed to with Windows XP”