Remote monitoring is a critical element in any telecom network, no matter your industry. Your network might actually be your business if you're in the telecommunications industry. If you're a power utility or railroad or public agency, your telecom network helps you deliver service without downtime.
Across a longer time scale, the practice of "telecom asset management" is actually quite related to remote monitoring. Without it, you won't have a good handle on the equipment you have on hand to accomplish your organizational goals. In addition, remote monitoring equipment is commonly tracked within any asset management scheme.
Let's go over asset management in general, then finish by bringing it back around to remote monitoring and how DPS can help make your job easier.
Telecom asset management is the process of tracking and managing assets across their lifecycle. This includes inventorying, monitoring, and maintaining telecom equipment and devices at remote sites.
The benefits of asset management include reducing operational costs, improving customer satisfaction, and reducing risk.
This tutorial will cover the basics of telecom asset management, including best practices and tips for tracking and managing telecom assets.
Telecom assets are any equipment or devices used in a telecom network. This can include cell towers, base stations, routers, switches, remote monitoring equipment, and more.
Tracking telecom assets is important for many reasons. First, it helps telecom operators keep track of their inventory and know when equipment needs to be replaced or repaired. Second, it helps telecom operators more effectively manage their remote sites.
And finally, tracking telecom assets can help telecom operators improve customer satisfaction by ensuring that equipment is properly maintained and operated.
The lifecycle of a telecom asset begins when the asset is first installed at a remote site. Once the asset is operational, it will need to be monitored and maintained on an ongoing basis.
Eventually, the asset will reach the end of its useful life and will need to be decommissioned. At this point, the asset will be removed from the remote site and either recycled or disposed of.
Tracking and managing telecom assets across their entire lifecycle is essential to reducing operational costs, improving customer satisfaction, and reducing risk.
There are many steps that must be completed for you to have a properly executed management plan:
Inventory management is the process of tracking and managing telecom assets across their lifecycle. This includes inventorying, monitoring, and maintaining telecom equipment and devices at remote sites.
Best practices for asset inventory management include:
Asset monitoring is the process of tracking and managing telecom assets across their lifecycle. This includes inventorying, monitoring, and maintaining telecom equipment and devices at remote sites.
Best practices for asset monitoring include:
Maintenance management is the process of tracking and managing telecom assets across their lifecycle. This includes inventorying, monitoring, and maintaining telecom equipment and devices at remote sites.
Best practices for maintenance management include:
Decommissioning management is the process of tracking and managing telecom assets across their lifecycle. This includes inventorying, monitoring, and maintaining telecom equipment and devices at remote sites.
Best practices for decommissioning management include:
By following these best practices, you can more effectively manage your telecom assets and reduce operational costs.
Now that you know the basics of telecom asset management, let's take a look at how you can actually implement it.
There is asset management software containing automated management tools that will assist with the entire process. This will vary based on the software you choose, but it will follow the same basic process:
The first step is to inventory all of your telecom assets. This includes tracking the location of each asset, as well as the make, model, and serial number.
You should also track the condition of each asset, and maintain accurate records. This will help you identify when an asset needs to be repaired or replaced.
Once you have an inventory of your telecom assets, you can begin monitoring them on an ongoing basis. This includes tracking the location of each asset and monitoring the condition.
You should also maintain accurate records of each asset, and respond quickly to any changes in condition.
If an asset needs to be repaired or replaced, you should take action as soon as possible. Costs will only expand if you leave something undone.
Finally, when an asset reaches the end of its useful life, you should decommission it properly.
In my role as a sales engineer at DPS Telecom, I've obviously been involved in hundreds of different remote site monitoring projects. If you're working on any kind of new install or upgrade that requires monitoring, I can absolutely help you with that.
On several occasions, I've also been asked to assist during an asset management project of some kind. This can include the creation of drawings and site equipment lists to capture the current state of the network. Often, the project is driven by a requirement for regulatory compliance.
In general, I'm offering specific information about the specific NetGuardian RTUs that are installed at each site.
If you need help with remote monitoring or for a telecom asset management project that includes DPS equipment, give me a call at 1-800-693-0351 or email me at email@example.com
Andrew Erickson is an Application Engineer at DPS Telecom, a manufacturer of semi-custom remote alarm monitoring systems based in Fresno, California. Andrew brings more than 16 years of experience building site monitoring solutions, developing intuitive user interfaces and documentation, and opt...
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