The humble battery is responsible for running so many devices, but it usually only draws attention when it drains. In the IT infrastructure, where batteries are necessary for backup power supplies, the attitude toward them isn\u2019t much different. IT professionals in charge of uninterruptible battery supplies (UPSs) typically get the responsibility of UPS management by default and are too busy with a lot of other tasks.\nBut ignoring batteries in power supplies and backup systems can have real consequences. When a power outage occurs, if the backup power system doesn\u2019t kick in because of drained batteries, there is the potential for data loss and serious disruptions of operations. That\u2019s why monitoring the health of batteries is a critical task \u2013 even if it is one that\u2019s easy to overlook.\nAs with so many other components in the IT infrastructure, visibility into battery health and performance is a must. That certainly has also been the case in traditional data centers, but as distributed IT environments with multiple edge computing sites expand, monitoring batteries has never been more important.\nEdge computing sites can grow into dozens, hundreds or thousands of locations dispersed over wide geographic areas, crossing country borders and continents. No organization can keep staff at every site to ensure all the equipment is running properly. Instead, organizations rely on remote monitoring and management systems, which track infrastructure and application health, and issue alerts whenever there is cause for concern.\nUPS units are a key part of the infrastructure. Traditionally, tracking the status of batteries in those units has been mostly a guessing game. Guessing wrong can lead to scenarios in which you find out the battery has drained when you most need it \u2013 during a power outage. And that\u2019s something every company wants to avoid.\nPredictive Battery Health Monitoring\u00a0\nIn a major step to implementing predictive capability, there is now technology to monitor batteries from single-phase UPSs to 3-phase UPS units that need to back up critical applications. This monitoring capability takes the guesswork out of tracking battery health.\nUsing data captured from batteries, you can build a UPS Score assessment based on factors such as UPS and battery age, temperature and phase balancing. Data on battery temperature is especially valuable because it is the biggest contributor to premature decay. To prevent that, when the monitoring application senses the battery is operating at the wrong temperature, you can get a notification to make the necessary adjustment.\nThis alone can extend the lifetime of a unit, saving you a considerable amount of money over the years. Other details revealed by the data include current battery wear status, age, and the cumulative count of discharges (cycles). The information makes it easier to calculate a battery\u2019s expected end of life and schedule a replacement accordingly. For instance, a battery currently operating a 75-percent wear won\u2019t need a replacement for another two-and-a-half years. Replacement is recommended when the threshold of 40 percent is reached, something you can forecast through a UPS Score.\nAccess UPS Scores Capability to Prevent Downtime\nThe biggest benefit of monitoring battery health is preventing downtime, which can cost companies upward of $1 million per hour. Downtime avoidance is crucial, considering distributed IT sites often support applications that require real-time processing and analytics.\nBy keeping track of battery health, and knowing exactly when to replace batteries, you not only improve the total cost of ownership but also avoid the high cost of downtime. From a management perspective, the guesswork involved in battery status tracking is removed, which means IT staffers in charge of power systems and batteries can rest a little easier because the chance of being blamed for battery issues is virtually eliminated. Schneider Electric is offering help with tracking battery health. Learn more about UPS Scores here and how they can proactively improve UPS management at your organization.