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Safe and cordless use of electricity - project started at TAMK

Safe and cordless use of electricity - project started at TAMK

The number of electrical devices and their constant use has increased considerably at different kinds of events, such as training events, seminars, camps, and sports and cultural events.

A project on piloting safe and cordless environments for electricity usage has started at TAMK. Users are offered the possibility to use electricity in a restricted environment without extensive temporary wiring, for example. Together with the users, the project develops and tests the usability of energy storages and their charging systems in different environments.

Safety first

- We will discover the best practices and technical solutions with regard to safety for using mobile energy storage units in demanding outdoor conditions. There, the challenges of a demanding environment, such as dirt, temperature and humidity combined with the mechanical durability of the equipment, must be taken into account in a different way from indoors. This will likely lead to different technical requirements for the equipment, says Principal Lecturer Antti Perttula, the expert in the project.

TAMK has pioneered a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, where students bring their own terminal devices to school. This also increases the need to charge the devices.

- In situations like these, educational institutions have often used temporary extension cord solutions. In practice, the cords criss-cross the premises, are exposed to damage and cause constant hazards. The project will find out the best practices and technical solutions for safety in order to build a wireless learning environment, where the users' electrical devices can be charged with mobile energy storage units, which can be desk-specific, for example, Perttula says.

The project is funded by the Sähköturvallisuuden edistämiskeskus STEK (Centre for the promotion of electrical safety) and the Ulla Tuominen Foundation.


Further information:
Project Manager, Teacher Tomi Salo, tomi.salo@tamk.fi, +358 40 668 3313
Principal Lecturer Antti Perttula, antti.perttula@tamk.fi, +358 50 464 4550


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Published 03.03.2017