Rectifier Monitoring via SNMP & Alarm Dialer
I just had an interesting call with a DPS client who needs to monitor rectifier major alarms (2 per rectifier). This application has a few interesting elements (like local RTU processing of SNMP traps), so let's walk through it as a learning exercise now...
September 7, 2021
Top 5 Best Tower Companies
Based on our experience working with many different cell tower companies, I'm happy to share with you a list of some of the best tower site operators in the industry. Note that this list is limited to companies who operate in the United States - although many operate globally.
September 1, 2021
Monitor Your Remote Sites with General-Purpose Remotes as Physical Alarm Collectors
In contrast to integrated monitoring, you can choose to install a physical alarm collector that is a general-purpose remote. That is, it's not produced by or aligned with any other manufacturer. It's built by a dedicated team to be the best possible monitoring device you can buy.
August 19, 2021
RTU Temperature Sensor Evolution & 2021 Buying Guide
There's no more common sensor on our RTUs than temperature sensors. In fact, the majority of our builds have one built right on the board to give you a good ambient reading of the temperature in your site. I recently had an email exchange with a DPS client. He had questions about the specific architectures and I/O we use for measuring temperature. I think that conversation will be useful for you as you research your options for remote site temperature measurement.
August 4, 2021
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
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