How to Buy an HVAC Controller in 2021
There was perhaps a time when you could shrug off moderate inefficiencies in your HVAC setup. Perhaps you'd use a simple thermostat that offered "good enough" performance. Maybe you would run your lead HVAC into the ground without rotating the lag unit into the lead role. You can't do that in 2021...
July 30, 2021
Monitor Your Digitize Prism LX via CAPS IV CAD Protocol
Do you monitor multiplex, telegraph (McCullough) codes, digital dialer, polling radio, or serial input alarm signals? If you do, you might well be doing it with the Digitize System 3505 Prism LX (or its predecessor). Learn how DPS improved our T/Mon master station to poll this new device via LAN instead of the serial method of the older model.
June 25, 2021
Telecom Hut Monitoring: How to Choose and Buy an RTU
You have telecom huts to monitor in order to keep your service online. Each of those remote buildings contains thousands (or perhaps millions) of dollars of your valuable telecommunications equipment. Companies and government agencies frequently call me and ask what RTU they need. Here are the key steps you should follow...
June 23, 2021
Network Management Software Buyer's Guide
Any good network management software will put your alarm events on a list display. The best software will have other intuitive views, like geographic maps or logical network diagrams. Let's take a look at the key components you need to consider before making a purchase decision for your company.
June 21, 2021
How to Remotely Monitor & Control Conductive Concrete (Snow Melt) at Bus Stops
What a trip! I just recently returned from a two-week-long romp to perform field trials for two DPS clients, both in the public-transit space: one large metro railway and one transit bus operator. After the first segment ended, I spent 5 more days in an urban center in America's heartland. The goal? Monitor and remotely control snow-melt systems at downtown bus stops.
June 11, 2021
Choose Battery Sensors that Won't Short-Circuit Your Battery Posts
Let's take a look at the typical causes of battery shorting, the risk of downtime/fires/explosions, and what we can do from a design perspective to minimize risk...
June 10, 2021
How DPS Maps Radio Strength in Railroads and Subways
For this project, the goal was to map the radio strength across a major rail network. This included both below-ground and above-ground sections.
June 4, 2021
Buying Remote Monitoring? Why In-Person Engineering Visits Matter
It's expensive for sales engineers to sit in airports, on planes, and in cars. In the Internet Age, you can have a video chat that closely mimics an in-person visit. Unfortunately, there's really no substitute for having an engineer come out to your site for an in-person visit. Learn about the 5 important benefits you'll get from a vendor site visit.
May 17, 2021
How to Monitor Your Generator Propane Tanks at Telecommunications Sites
"Don't I have to drain my propane tank to install a sensor for monitoring?" In most cases, you actually don't. Let's talk about propane monitoring for mission-critical business & government facilities.
April 12, 2021
How to Monitor Your Telecom Batteries 7x24x365
Let's walk through the reasons for high-quality battery monitoring. We'll look at the the inherent difficulties. We'll also review one possible solution that walks the line between "ineffective" and "too expensive to justify"...
March 28, 2021
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