brownout


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brownout

Informatics
A slowdown or lapse in the processing of information on an intranet or the Web, which is linked to software errors, excessive traffic on transmission lines and overload or frank failure of Web servers.
 
Medspeak
See Physician brownout.

Public health
The intentional drop in voltage supplied by a power company to a regional electrical grid imposed to prevent a blackout, which may result in flickering of lights and other electrical devices. Most hospitals have backup power supplies that automatically start up when power is lost.
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One way to deal with the deteriorating grid is to purposely drop the voltage output across a wide area rather than instate rolling brownouts to specified areas.
6 million contract to Sikorsky Aircraft to build, by September 2008, a prototype brownout system for the Army's new UH-60M Black Hawk.
47) In six states, however, individual parties held state conventions that lasted more than one day, thus altering the pre-primary brownout period from a simple thirty-day period to a period of thirty-one to thirty-two days, and in each of those six states, only one of the two parties had a multi-day caucus or convention.
The system combines proven millimetre wave (MMW) technology with advanced situational awareness capabilities, and provides safe-flight capabilities for front-line helicopter crews in diminished visibility conditions such as brownouts, whiteouts, darkness and adverse weather, helping the pilot achieve mission success," said Paul Cooke, business development director of defence avionics for BAE Systems.
Butuan City - The whole Mindanao power grid has been placed under alert after longer and more frequent brownouts lasting for as long as seven hours went unabated as of yesterday.
Deputy Chiefs Emilio Mack and Leonard Thompson told the City Council's Public Safety Committee that the brownouts have taken 87 firefighters out of the daily work rotation.
The brownout was traced to the burning of a wooden pole of the Santiago-Cauayan 69kV line due to farmers burning hay in Alicia town.
The brownout schedule calls for not staffing one battalion command team, three emergency battalion offices, 15 firetrucks and nine ambulances every day for a year.
Yun ang dapat iwasan; 'yan ang dapat na huwag mangyari na maapektuhan ang halalan dahil sa brownout na nangyayari, Cotabato Auxilliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo told Radyo Veritas.
TEI said their customers in Balibago 1 and 2 and Tariji area will experience brownout from 7:15 a.
Simulations of everything from a power brownout to the explosion of car bombs have been carried out by the Secret Service in an attempt to test and hone the effectiveness of the city's response.
Cepalco) also lifted the rotational brownout it enforced in the city since April 10 after the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), formerly the National Power Corporation (NPC) added another 30 megawatt to Cepalco's daily requirement to run the city's power needs.