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DPS RTUs Can Report Alarms to FarScan(TM) Network Management Software

Do you have Harris (TM) Control and Alarm Units (CAU) at remote sites that you need to replace, but lack an effective RTU option that can report alarms to your FarScan (TM) network management software?

Application Diagram - Alarm Reporting to FarScan (TM)
DPS telemetry units can now report alarm events to FarScan network managers.

DPS RTUs can now report alarms using the SCAN (TM) protocol to the FarScan (TM) network management software. This means you now have a practical migration path for modernizing your deployed RTUs. You'll no longer have to rely on aging RTUs to monitor your critical network infrastructure.

FarScan and SCAN Management Protocol

Network monitoring devices, like all computers, use a language to communicate with each other known as a protocol. There have been many standards and proprietary protocols over the years as companies developed new products or went out of business.

One of these languages is known as SCAN protocol. It is a proprietary language developed by Harris Corporation along with their FarScan interface for use in their network and communications monitoring gear. Today, this protocol is not commonly used for new deployments, and support can be difficult to obtain. Still, there is a large deployed base of FarScan equipment and a corresponding demand for parts, information, and migration strategies.

While there are still many companies out there that are still utilizing this technology to monitor their valuable networks, online information can be hard to find.

FarScan is a system that uses one or more administrative computers, called managers, to perform tasks associated with monitoring or managing devices on a communications network. Each managed system executes at all times, a software component called an agent which reports information via Scan Protocol to the manager.

FarScan-managed networks consists of three key components:

  • Monitored device such as a sensor or switch
  • Agent - network management module
  • Manager - NOC

Featured FarScan RTU: The NetGuardian 420

NetGuardian 420 back panel
With 20 discrete points, up to 6 analog channels, and 4 relay outputs, the NetGuardian 420 provides just-right capacity for monitoring your medium-sized sites.

This feature-packed RTU now supports alarm reporting to FarScan management platforms. With the NetGuardian 420 you'll get:

  • 20 contact closure outputs (expandable to 116 alarm points).
  • Up to 6 analog channels (for real-time monitoring).
  • 4 relay outputs.
  • Alarm reporting capabilities via email, text messaging, and paging.
  • 32 ping targets to verify network device status.
  • Enhanced security features, including RADIUS authentication and SSL encryption for the secure HTTPS web browser interface.

This unit is also a flexible alarm reporting unit, meaning it can communicate using several different protocols. Supported protocols include:

Learn More About FarScan (TM)

Do you need more information about FarScan (TM)? Or do you need a remote monitoring system that can monitor devices with uncommon protocols?

Don't forget to monitor your Harris equipment with a multi-protocol master!