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Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2001 1:48
Subject: Spyrus Battery Life
During the Chico election, four (4) Spyrus readers ran out
of battery during the day. During the Alameda Oakland City election one
(1) Spyrus ran out of battery. The Oakland unit was "new" or unused to
my knowledge, although I don't know where it had been prior to being shipped
from McKinney. The Chico units that ran out of juice could have been
from LA and may have been through an election. However, it causes fairly
big issues in the precinct, as it generally happened around 5:00pm during the
busiest time of the day.
The following questions are raised and need to be
1) Given the use of Spyrus in this environment, how long
should be expect batteries to last?
2) I haven't found a philips yet that fits the battery
compartment. Can McKinney provide to us or give us
info on where we can get small (scratch
that - tiny) phillips screw drivers.
3) When changing batteries, do we "lose" the Global software
stored in the unit? My concern is obviously: If the battery only
lasts an election or two AND new software has to be loaded onto the
Spyrus when batteries are changed, we have a problem. Awaiting
Global Election Systems
office 415-893-9951 fax