WORLD FIRST: Revolutionary new battery back-up system impresses ITS Leadership Circle in San Jose


EnSite Power, the creator and manufacturer of the first and only Nickel-Zinc uninterruptible power supply (UPS), UPStealth, was able to celebrate its first anniversary of joining ITS America with a visit from the organization’s Leadership Circle in San Jose, California on Monday (June 12).

The tour of the exhibition floor that is part of ITS America’s annual event, this year held at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center, was planned and led by the organization’s Chair Jill Ingrassia and President and CEO Regina Hopper.

“We wanted to see some of the smaller companies, and newer members of ITS America, to get an idea of what they’re up to,” Ingrassia (above) told Traffic Technology Today. “EnSite joined ITS America a year ago in Pittsburgh, so we wanted to catch up on what had changed and how they are doing.”

EnSite’s unique offering is certainly helping to build interest. It’s battery back-up solution is 70% lighter than lead-acid alternatives, providing twice the energy in half the space. It has a bendable design, meaning it can fit easily into tight cabinets and also benefits from a short charge time.

Jason Beans, (above, second right) business development for EnSite Power explains more: “Originally we just manufactured traffic cabinets, but one of the problems we always had was with the lead acid batteries, not being able to withstand high and low temperatures, in the harsh environment they’re exposed to.

“So we wanted a new chemistry to help us provide a solution that would withstand these temperatures, be safe to use and low maintenance,” continues Beans. “With lead acid you have to go out and do maintenance every quarter. We managed to eliminate that with this design. We did that by putting the electronics on board the battery, which allows us to maintain these cells – it automatically checks every string of cells. We have six strings, so one string can be out being tested and the other five will still provide the correct voltage. Plus, the chemistry is inherently safe. I was able to fly here with one of these batteries in my carry-on luggage. Although getting through security took some time!”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).