October 3, 2005

BC Hydro adds Deep Freeze to energy-efficient product database

BC Hydro has included Faronics Corporation's Deep Freeze under its Product Incentive Program (PIP). Deep Freeze, a computer protection technology, is listed on BC Hydro's e.Catalog, an on-line database that contractors, distributors and BC Hydro's business customers can use to search and review information about energy-efficient products screened by the utility.

Deep Freeze protects and preserves original computer configurations while allowing complete unrestricted access to a workstation; this makes computing environments easier to manage and maintain. A simple restart eradicates all changes and resets the computer to its original state. The product protects more than five million computers worldwide, saving organizations countless hours of technical support.

In addition, Deep Freeze includes two features designed to reduce the energy consumption of individual workstations. The Scheduled Restart or Shutdown feature enables administrators to specify when workstations will be shut down, ensuring that workstations are not left on overnight or during the weekend. Idle Time Restart or Shutdown directs a workstation to shut down if no mouse movements or keyboard strokes are detected for a specified period of time.

"Not only is Deep Freeze the standard in disk protection, but it also provides the added benefit of energy efficiency, which is vital to modern businesses and organizations," said Vik Khanna, chief operating officer for Faronics, a firm based in San Ramon, California. "In many cases, energy expenses are much higher than necessary due to technological hardware running when it doesn't have to."

BC Hydro's own pilot programs utilizing Deep Freeze in four Vancouver-area schools resulted in savings of four million kilowatts of power, or $200,000 (Cdn) per year, said David Rogers, a technology and project management specialist with the utility. "Faronics' Deep Freeze software meets our high-energy efficiency standards while providing an excellent opportunity to BC-area businesses to save a significant amount on energy costs," he observed.

Deep Freeze is listed on BC Hydro's e.Catalog at www.bchydro.com/ecatalog under the main product category, "Controls." More information about Deep Freeze is available on Faronics' Web site, www.faronics.com.

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