How To Monitor Power Using SNMP

Have you ever lost power to one of your remote sites and had no idea it was out until you had customers complaining about a disruption to their service? You can't afford to not know when your sites go dark. It's important that you're the first to know if there's ever an outage at one of your remote sites.

Dark sites mean network downtime, lost revenue, and angry customers who are willing to take their business elsewhere. You could lose tons in revenue and time from repairing and replacing damaged equipment. But you don't have to be the victim of the damages associated with power outages.

You need to monitor power in various industries
No matter which industry you're in, it's essential to monitor power.

Plain and simple, leaving your remote sites unmonitored is a risk you don't have to take. Monitoring your remote sites is the simplest - and most cost effective - way to prevent the damages associated with power outages. With the right monitoring gear, you'll always know precisely what's happening at your sites, which prepares you to prevent many serious network disruptions.

Case Study: Nova Scotia Power
Let's take a look to see how Nova Scotia Power used equipment to monitor power, and other environmental conditions (such as temperature, humidity, air flow, etc), at their remote sites to cut costs and improve productivity.

Nova Scotia Power provides nearly 97 percent of the electricity for Nova Scotia, and has done so for over 80 years. This all includes nearly 500,000 consumers. It's clear a reliable network is an absolute must for the Nova Scotia power technicians.

They deployed a full-size master station to coordinate many remote terminal units (RTUs). These RTUs provided the monitoring capacity for the network. With these devices, Nova Scotia Power was able to monitor power and all of the important environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, smoke, water, motion, etc). These RTUs also provided another critical function: remote access and control through terminal servers and control relays.

Nova Scotia Power no longer needed to send well-paid technicians 30, 45, even 60 miles to remote sites just to cycle power or reconfigure some settings. They were able to do these things with any web browser right from their desk. Since they no longer needed to spend so much time driving between remote sites, the technicians were able to devote their time to other projects. This reduced costs and improved productivity - a win-win.

Your company can see the same benefits as Nova Scotia Power. Implementing a monitoring system is just like making a wise investment - you invest a little up front, then sit back and reap the rewards of your savvy decisions later.

Click here for the full Nova Scotia Power case study.

How do I implement my own monitoring system?
You've seen just how much a monitoring system can do for you. Imagine just how much easier your job would be if you never had to worry about the status of your network again. Picture how much you could save in wasted costs of sending technicians on excessive truck rolls. You're ready to take the first step.

This white paper is a step-by-step guide to SNMP alarm monitoring implementation, focusing on the practical problems that can arise and precisely how to solve them. This guide will show you...

  • The 5 key steps to SNMP implementation
  • How controlled SNMP migration and protocol mediation can modernize your network
  • The 4 most common SNMP pitfalls - and how to avoid them

This guide will arm you with the information to choose the right equipment to monitor power and other key environmental conditions in your network.

Could you point me in the direction of a good SNMP monitoring system?
A great starting point for SNMP monitoring products is the NetGuardian 832A G5. This device provides you with 32 discrete alarms, 8 analog alarms, 8 serial ports (for remote access and control), and 8 control relays. The NetGuardian 832A G5 also uses a graphical web-interface so configuring your alarms is a breeze. This device also comes standard with 7x24 tech support (that is, 24 hours a day 7 days a week) and a 30 day risk free guarantee.

"All the alarm monitoring systems I make are backed by my no-risk, money-back guarantee. If you buy my equipment and you're not satisfied for any reason during the first 30 days, simply return it for a full refund. If my product doesn't solve your problem, I don't want you to have it."
- Bob Berry, CEO, DPS Telecom

Don't leave your network vulnerable for another minute - call (1-800-693-0351) or email ( the monitoring experts at DPS Telecom. They can answer your questions, help you design the right system to monitor power, or even provide you with a free Return-on-Investment (ROI) analysis - so you can see exactly how much you can save.

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