How to Monitor Telecom Cabinets at a Rural ISP
I just got back from a trip last week. Among several other DPS clients, my fellow engineer Andy and I stopped by a telco (telephone & ISP) in a fairly rural part of Texas. Based on this meeting, we were able to propose a complete system for monitoring battery health and commercial power interruptions.
November 16, 2021
Monitoring Tower Lights, HVAC, & Radio Systems for a County Fire Department
On this trip to Texas, one of my stops was to a county fire department. When we arrived, we were instantly greeted by the fire chief. Since he is also responsible for the multiple radio sites owned and operation for county public safety personnel, he took out out to 3 tower sites to survey the equipment and plan a remote monitoring system to cover everything. Take a look at what we found...
November 8, 2021
How (and Why!) DPS Continues Manufacturing of Older RTU Models
I recently got an email from a long-time DPS client. This is a large equipment manufacturer that builds large-scale systems for government and military customers. As a result, they're necessarily concerned about the ongoing availability of NetGuardians and other key gear...
October 28, 2021
How to Turn Your Remote Site Monitoring Goals into a Finished Project
I just had a fast back-and-forth email exchange with someone who wants to get SMS text messages to his phone when important alarms happen. It all started with an online message...
October 18, 2021
T/Mon Q&A: Evolving a Proven Alarm Master for 2021 and Beyond
There's no more important element in your remote monitoring system than your central alarm master station. It's the place where everything comes together. This fast Q&A gives you real-world answers to DPS client questions...
October 8, 2021
Multi-Building Alarm Echo to a Single Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP)
I got a call recently about a six-building complex that, due to local fire ordinance, requires that the fire detection system in each building be linked back to just one conventional fire alarm control panel (FACP). See the two devices that, working together, will pull this off.
September 20, 2021
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
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