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Remote Monitoring & Control Systems

Advantages and Considerations of UPS Battery Backup Monitoring

Synonymous with stability, UPS Battery Backups are renowned for providing seamless uptime to important operations. Nevertheless, the knowledge to troubleshoot potential problems and downtime is far more nuanced. Via...

by Moon Wang on June 28, 2019

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Top 5 Causes of Network Failures

Whether you're a phone service provider, internet service provider or some other type of telecommunications company, it's your responsibility to ensure that your communication services are always operating correctly...

by Morgana Siggins on June 20, 2019

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Best RTUs On A Budget

If you have a tight budget, choosing the right RTU for your remote sites can be overwhelming. Deciding on a remote that can provide you with the right balance of capacity, interface, and features is critical,...

by Morgana Siggins on June 20, 2019

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Best RTUs At Any Price

Not all monitoring systems are created equal, and that makes choosing the right system very important. An RTU with limited features will only provide you with a false sense of security. You'll think you're protected and...

by Morgana Siggins on June 19, 2019

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Top 3 RTU Open Protocols

In a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, there is a lot of communication between master stations and RTUs. An RTU accepts commands from master stations to operate control points, set analog...

by Morgana Siggins on June 7, 2019

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How To Buy Remote Monitoring Directly From The Manufacturer

Regardless of your industry, remote monitoring is something that's vital to safeguard your operations, so you need to get monitoring devices from somewhere. Broadly speaking, your two most common options are to...

by Morgana Siggins on May 28, 2019

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Remote Monitoring License Fee Types, Strategies & Buying Tips

If you're looking to buy remote monitoring devices, you might have a lot of different questions going through your head. One of the most important might be: "how much is this going to cost me?" This is obviously...

by Morgana Siggins on May 28, 2019

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Top 5 Factors for Choosing the Right PDU

A PDU - short for Power Distribution Unit - is a device that allows you to remotely turn on, turn off, and reboot gear running on AC or DC power. This means that a PDU is a device used to control and distribute the...

by Morgana Siggins on May 16, 2019

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Top 3 Problems with PLCs

When planning your SCADA system, the first step is to choose what kind of device will handle the monitoring of your alarms at your sites. For numerous reasons, this is a crucial decision, so it's important...

by Andrew Erickson on May 10, 2019

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DNP3: Pros & Cons

Are you researching the best practices for remote monitoring at your sites? Or are you working toward migrating legacy gear? No matter what, if you're considering the purchase of DNP3 equipment, it's important to...

by Andrew Erickson on May 10, 2019

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Cheapest Sensor Options for Your Remote Sites

An important aspect of using RTUs (remote telemetry units) for monitoring is the collecting and reporting of data from your remote sites. Your monitoring system needs a way to collect this data and report it to you via...

by Andrew Erickson on May 3, 2019

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What Are the Hidden Costs of Remote Monitoring Equipment?

Setting your network up for remote monitoring can be a very expensive task. However, what some people forget is that it's an investment. It might not affect your revenue directly, but your monitoring system will...

by Andrew Erickson on May 2, 2019

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RTUs vs PLCs: The Top Three RTU Problems You Need to Know About

If you want to start the process of implementing a remote monitoring or SCADA system in your network, then you're probably wondering if you should use an RTU or a PLC. You might be more inclined to choose an RTU if you...

by Andrew Erickson on April 26, 2019

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Buying Remote Monitoring: Q&A For Possible Vendors

Buying a remote monitoring system is a substantial investment of both your company's budget and the credibility of the individual recommending the purchasing - you. Of course, you want to have peace of mind when you...

by Andrew Erickson on April 26, 2019

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How Much Does an SNMP Manager Cost?

You've decided that it's time for better remote monitoring visibility of your sites. You're doing research about the best SNMP managers, the capacity requirements of the site you're monitoring, comparing free vs. paid, and trying to get an understanding of that perfect-fit setup for your sites. However, the question that's always in the back of your mind - and in the mind of your boss - is how much will an SNMP manager cost?

by Andrew Erickson on April 22, 2019

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Outsourced vs US Tech Support for Remote Monitoring: Pros and Cons

Services provided after your network monitoring equipment purchase, like tech support, can vary wildly. You want to be sure you're getting good support from the people who know your equipment. If you're in the US...

by Andrew Erickson on April 22, 2019

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SNMP Manager Demo: Evaluate Your Equipment to Make the Right Choice

Are you in the process of evaluating SNMP manager vendors? Remember, that not all masters are created equal, and not all of them are going to fit perfectly into your network requirements. To build an effective remote alarm management system, it's important that you find the best solution for you.

by Andrew Erickson on April 15, 2019

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What are the Best Modbus RTUs and Master Stations?

Modbus is a protocol developed for use with Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) devices, especially in industrial applications. Purchasing the right RTU for your remote sites can be challenging. It's important to find the right balance of capacity, interface, and features. So, how do you determine what you really need?

by Andrew Erickson on April 12, 2019

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Remote Monitoring Systems For Telecom Towers

Do you provide service to thousands upon thousands of people through your telecom towers? If so, you know just how important reliability is. It doesn't matter where your towers are - in rural or in urban areas - your customers count on you to...

by Andrew Erickson on April 5, 2019

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HVAC Control: Remote Monitor It - and Don't Wait Until the Second Incident

If you have remote telecom sites, HVAC control will always be necessary for you. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems are responsible for keeping your sites at an appropriate temperature, so that your...

by Andrew Erickson on April 3, 2019

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SNMP MIB: The File That Powers All SNMP Communication

I'll break down the concept of SNMP, the MIB file, and OIDs, so you can take that knowledge with you when you're managing your network to keep everything running smoothly.

by Andrew Erickson on March 29, 2019

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Temperature Monitoring System: How it Works & How to Choose

Remote temperature monitoring is most commonly used in telecommunication or IT environments where computer equipment must work with high reliability and high visibility for many years. This kind of monitoring protects you from...

by Andrew Erickson on March 27, 2019

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Top 3 Problems with 'Full-Service' Remote Monitoring Manufacturers

I work for a full-service manufacturer of remote-monitoring equipment. I've helped thousands of people get a handle on their networks, but I freely admit that "full service" is not always the best option. For example...

by Andrew Erickson on March 22, 2019

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Remote Monitoring System Design: A 3-Step Process

Do you want to monitor your remote sites, but you're not too sure what equipment to use to cover your bases? Planning your remote monitoring system can be very hard, especially if you've never done it before. Finding th...

by Andrew Erickson on March 19, 2019

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How Do I Justify My Remote Monitoring Purchase To Management?

You're interested in purchasing a remote monitoring system, but you can't get your boss on board with the idea. That's very common, since remote monitoring is not directly responsible for your company's revenue. However, think about alarm monitoring as a...

by Andrew Erickson on March 18, 2019

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The Top 3 Characteristics Of The Best SCADA Systems

A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, also known as SCADA system, allows you to remotely manage your systems and overall operations. SCADA systems are complex - and they really have to be. The operation that...

by Andrew Erickson on March 18, 2019

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What Are The Benefits Of An On-Site Field Trial of Remote Monitoring Gear?

Your network is singularly unique. This means that you might require exclusive functionality added to your monitoring gear. Field trials offer benefits that go beyond just a good product, including...

by Andrew Erickson on March 14, 2019

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SCADA Vendors: How Should They Earn Your Business?

When you buy from a SCADA company that has a long-term focus, your budget dollars go farther. Always look for a company that understands just how important it is to for you to maximize your network visibility. One key indicator is...

by Andrew Erickson on March 13, 2019

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How to Get an RTU for Evaluation & Testing

If you want to test out an RTU in your lab or at one of your remote sites, you'll need to get a free evaluation unit from a manufacturer. There are 3 primary ways to do this...

by Andrew Erickson on March 5, 2019

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Who are the best manufacturers of RTUs and masters for remote monitoring?

At DPS, we talk to thousands of people every year about what they're trying to accomplish with remote monitoring gear. Because most of them know our strong opinions about remote monitoring best practices (largely from reading our web articles like...

by Andrew Erickson on February 28, 2019

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How Do I Know I'm Choosing Dependable Monitoring Gear?

Buying a remote monitoring device (an RTU or master station) is an expensive investment. Not only does it have an out-of-pocket cost, but this device is also something you'll depend on. If you don't have visibility of...

by Andrew Erickson on February 22, 2019

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How to Choose an RTU - Top 3 Considerations You Need to Think About

You've decided it's time to buy an RTU to monitor your remote sites, but how do you decide which model is the best fit? Today, we're going to look at the top 3 things you need to think about when you're choosing an RTU...

by Andrew Erickson on February 11, 2019

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How many RTU Alarm Points Do You Need?

If you don't have enough capacity to cover everything you want to monitor, you won't have good network visibility. That's why it's so important to properly calculate how many alarm points you'll need...

by Andrew Erickson on February 11, 2019

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What Lead Time Should I Expect for an RTU?

In the age of Amazon shopping, it's natural for you to expect everything to be deliverable to you within 48 hours (if not sooner). But what does that mean for the business-oriented world of RTU purchasing? "Ready to Ship" is only a good idea if the product...

by Andrew Erickson on January 31, 2019

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How to Choose and Price the Best Remote Monitoring System for Your Company

Choosing a remote monitoring system is one of the most important, lasting choices you have to make for your organization. This is something that you and your coworkers and going to have to depend on for 10 years or more. If you make the best possible choice, you'll...

by Andrew Erickson on January 30, 2019

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5 Benefits Remote Monitoring Can Bring to Your Organization

As you read this, preventable waste is silently (and sometimes loudly) devouring your profits, increasing your budget consumption, or even putting lives at risk. You may have the smartest, most well-intentioned team on the planet, but...

by Andrew Erickson on January 29, 2019

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