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How to Access MODBUS with RTUs in Your Remote Monitoring System
[Tuesday, June 4th, 2024]
DPS Telecom understands the benefits and challenges with integrating remote monitoring processes. Together we will discuss how integration and MODBUS benefit you. This includes...
Troubleshooting Your RTU: A Real-Life Support Guide
[Tuesday, June 4th, 2024]
Ensuring that RTUs are functioning correctly is necessary for maintaining network visibility and control. The best ways to do so include the following:
Cost-Effective RTU (Remote Telemetry Unit) Upgrades for Electric and Gas Companies
[Friday, May 31st, 2024]
At DPS Telecom, we understand the challenges of monitoring RTUs. Recently, a DPS engineer chatted with a client about replacement RTUs. As we look at this conversation, you will learn...
Battery Health Maintenance with Remote Monitoring
[Thursday, May 30th, 2024]
Battery health is critical for the reliability of remote telecommunications equipment. Your common challenge is making sure that battery monitoring devices can function effectively under difficult conditions. To do so...
The Best Ways to Enhance Power Utility Telemetry
[Wednesday, May 29th, 2024]
For alarm management at power utilities, ensuring seamless monitoring is crucial. As we look at a chat between an engineer and client, you will gain insight on...
Ensuring Remote Monitoring and Control for Pharmaceuticals
[Tuesday, May 28th, 2024]
Pharmaceutical companies must follow strict regulations for product safety and quality. To ensure you meet these requirements, you should...
The Best Remote Monitoring for Land Drainage Pump Stations
[Friday, May 24th, 2024]
As we analyze a conversation between one of the DPS sales engineers and a client exploring remote monitoring for their pump stations, you will gain...
Implementing a Reliable Alarm System for a Large Railroad in the MENA Region
[Friday, May 24th, 2024]
A recent conversation between a DPS engineer and a representative from a large railroad centered around proposing a new alarm system for their extensive network. After analyzing their conversation, it is clear...
Protect Your Broadcast Automatic Transmission System with Good Remote Monitoring
[Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024]
Automatic transmission systems are responsible for delivering a seamless and high-quality viewing or listening experience. The following practices protect your broadcast network enhance and efficiency of operations, reducing costs.
How to Keep Hospital Systems Running 99.999% with Remote Monitoring
[Monday, May 20th, 2024]
Operational integrity of critical systems is a goal for successful healthcare facilities, but that doesn't go far enough. In order to be the most successful, and save the most money, it is essential for hospitals to
How to Set Up Temperature and Environmental Monitoring for Critical Infrastructure
[Thursday, May 16th, 2024]
Today, let's delve into a conversation between "JP" (a DPS sales rep) and a client seeking to improve environmental/temperature monitoring in server rooms, boiler rooms, and elevator shafts. We'll review two different RTU diagrams.
How to Monitor Your Tower Lights (Full Transcript & Prices)
[Wednesday, May 15th, 2024]
Today, let's look at an online chat conversation that unfolded between a DPS engineer and a curious client. A bit of tech expertise can simplify monitoring tasks that might seem complicated at first glance for tower owners.
Bright Solutions: Deploying NetGuardian RTUs for FAA Compliant Tower Lighting
[Thursday, May 9th, 2024]
Effective monitoring systems ensure that tower operators can maintain continuous compliance with FAA regulations and address any lighting system failures promptly, thereby minimizing risks and avoiding penalties.
How to Maximize Battery Performance with BVM D-Wire Sensors
[Friday, May 3rd, 2024]
Ensuring that backup power systems are operational and efficient is of the utmost importance. Neglecting to monitor battery health can lead to
How to Remotely Manage Power & Reboot Devices with a 'Smart Fuse Panel' PDU
[Friday, May 3rd, 2024]
IT and facility managers face a major challenge in keeping systems running smoothly. Too many times businesses and organizations have failed to consider preventative measures. They must also
14 major scada hacks
[Tuesday, April 30th, 2024]
SCADA systems collect and analyze data, and control functions, which makes them a target to hackers. The best way to get an insight about SCADA hacking and how you can defend your system is to learn from past incidents, here's a timeline of
Best RTUs of 2024 at Any Price
[Friday, April 26th, 2024]
Whether you are managing a small network facility or a large-scale telecom operation, there is an RTU solution ready to meet your needs. Let's dive into a few standout products.
How to Choose the Right RTU for Comprehensive Network Management and Pricing
[Friday, April 19th, 2024]
To support good network management for your organization, you must select the right Remote Terminal Unit (RTU). Before diving into the purchasing process, know that
How to Implement Proactive Remote Monitoring Systems on a Budget
[Friday, April 19th, 2024]
A guide that covers tips for selecting the right RTU based on varied attributes of the technology as well as individual business goals.
How to Update Security Requirements from SNMP to SNMPv3
[Thursday, April 18th, 2024]
As cyber threats increase and older technology becomes obsolete, the cost-effective solution lies within SNMPv3. From security updates to fitting flexible needs, SNMPv3 is the optimal solution.
How to Choose the Best Network Monitoring Software for Your Organization
[Wednesday, April 17th, 2024]
Network monitoring software is crucial for maintaining an efficient, secure, and high-performing business network. Since this is a broad topic, we'll start with a general definition. Next, we'll discuss different possibilities.
Should You Choose an RTU or a PLC?
[Wednesday, April 10th, 2024]
A PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) is like a mini computer used to control machines and processes in industrial settings. Learn how PLCs work, how to program a PLC, and potential alternatives to PLCs.
How to Use SNMP GetBulk Requests for Remote Site Management
[Saturday, April 6th, 2024]
Today, we're diving into a practical yet underexplored aspect of remote network management: SNMP GetBulk requests. SNMP GetBulk requests offer a significant efficiency boost that can enhance how we manage large-scale networks.
Water Detection Systems in Utility Facilities: Avoiding Costly Damage
[Monday, March 25th, 2024]
Don't let a leak escalate to a bigger issue. Implement an effective remote monitoring system to address potential issues before they lead to disasters.
How a Major Electric Company Monitors their Modbus Generators
[Friday, March 22nd, 2024]
When managing any network, it's crucial to have strong monitoring solutions in place. Integrating a reliable monitoring system for your Modbus generators is the only way to make sure your remote sites have a consistent power supply. This technology isn't
How To Understand And Master SNMP, MIB, and OID
[Wednesday, March 13th, 2024]
MIB, SNMP, and OID are all features that help facilitate your network monitoring and communication smoothly. Understanding what each one means, and how it operates will help you understand how to set up yourself (as a network administrator) or your employees
Top 7 Things To Look For When Avoiding Planned Obsolescence in SCADA
[Wednesday, March 13th, 2024]
I met a potential client at DistribuTECH in Orlando in the last week of February. His primary interest was avoiding planned obsolescence anywhere in his infrastructure. Planned obsolescence is using equipment made from highly degradable material that
How To Wirelessly Monitor Your Propane Tanks With Custom SCADA
[Tuesday, March 5th, 2024]
Using SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) for wireless propane monitoring is crucial in industrial applications. It ensures the following: Safely storing propane gas Efficient and effective distribution Continuous maintenance of operations If y
Top Free & Paid SNMP Browsers
[Tuesday, March 5th, 2024]
There are many benefits for Network Administrators and organizations in general to manage and monitor SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)-enabled devices. This can include but is not limited to: Compliance and Reporting: Organizations must comply
How To Upgrade Your SCADA Equipment At Little To No Cost
[Friday, March 1st, 2024]
It is logical and natural to only buy what you need for your current existing network when you shop for SCADA systems and hardware. You either don't have the money to spend, or you would rather allocate your budget to another part of your business. This
How To Optimize Oil & Gas Downstream and Workover with SCADA
[Wednesday, February 28th, 2024]
In the Oil & Gas industry, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems ensure real-time monitoring and control. SCADA allows you to remotely monitor, control, and collect data, making it easier to repeat processes efficiently, such as: Management
How to Enhance Network Monitoring in Enterprise Data Centers Using SNMP Capabilities
[Friday, February 23rd, 2024]
Just under a week ago, I completed a project assisting a client in upgrading their network monitoring at their Enterprise Data Center by detecting and communicating technical network failures to an alarm dashboard display My client needed help incorporating
How To Find SCADA With Good Logging Capabilities
[Thursday, February 22nd, 2024]
Your SCADA's (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) remote terminal unit (RTU) buffering capabilities are important so you can store data until your Master Station picks it up. When shopping for a manufacturer that provides you with good SCADA logging, look out for the following things
How to Use SCADA's Inherent Flexibility
[Friday, February 16th, 2024]
I was at the 2024 New Orleans Tradeshow two weeks ago and I took notes on all the interactions that we had. A lot of people had amazing questions that I thought would be beneficial if turned into a blog to elaborate further on them. When talking about
How To Monitor Clean Energy With SCADA Technology
[Friday, February 16th, 2024]
Clean energy is a future that we constantly strive towards. However, monitoring the clean energy industry is a challenge due to the following issues: The inability to integrate: SCADA systems that monitor multiple types of clean energy sources (ex. solar,
Configure Your SCADA Units to Monitor and Control Oxygen Trimming
[Friday, February 9th, 2024]
In applications such as boilers, furnaces, and other industrial combustion equipment, you will hear the term "combustion process". When speaking about a combustion process, you might hear the term "oxygen trimming". Oxygen trimming is used to optimize
How To Use An HVAC Controller To Cool Your Facility
[Thursday, February 8th, 2024]
Very commonly, someone will request an HVAC controller for controlling and monitoring cooling equipment. One of the main reasons that this may be such a desired application is that it minimizes and optimizes energy consumption. First, you need to ask
Top DOs and DON'Ts of Police Department SCADA Remote Monitoring
[Friday, February 2nd, 2024]
When it comes to first response units, specifically the police department, immediately responding to alerts is the difference between life and death. Integrating technology such as a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system is necessary. SCADA
Using SCADA systems To Monitor Fixed Bridges and Drawbridges
[Tuesday, January 30th, 2024]
Using SCADA systems To Monitor Fixed Bridges and Drawbridges Bridges are an important invention that has helped to transport goods and people across water or gaps in the land. It has helped us overcome obstacles (literally). However, bridges are subject
How To Remotely Monitor Your Fluid Pumps via SMS
[Friday, January 26th, 2024]
Not too long ago, a potential client from an overseas country reached out to me about monitoring solutions for his pump rooms and pump sets. He had over 2000 pump sets and was in the process of developing and upgrading all of them. A pump room is responsible
How To Monitor Your Power Supply and HVAC By Escalating Alarm Notifications
[Friday, January 26th, 2024]
I recently went to a routine site visit to one of my clients. I was giving them a presentation about a previous installment that we've done at an overseas company. I remembered our initial interactions during our conversation, and I thought it would be helpful for me to demonstrate the applied configuration for you.
Steps To Building The Perfect Alarm Monitoring Headend Unit For You
[Thursday, January 18th, 2024]
Building the perfect Master Alarm Monitoring station should be a careful process. Take everything into consideration, like how efficient your head-end unit is and how well can it integrate all of your security operations. The head-end alarm monitoring
What is the Future of SNMP Alarm Monitoring?
[Tuesday, January 16th, 2024]
SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a widely used network protocol that facilitates the monitoring and managing of network devices. One of SNMP's most useful features is its ability to generate alarms to inform network administrators of potential
Craft A Winning Proposal With Your Telecom Alarm Monitoring Manufacturer
[Thursday, January 11th, 2024]
I recently spoke with a client that almost did business with us a while ago but his bid did not win the project he wished to work on. He reached out to me recently looking to start up talks about a NetGuardian 832 for a current project of his in Alaska.
How To Use Remote-Monitoring RTUs To Smooth Your Technology Migrations
[Monday, January 8th, 2024]
A client working at a wholesale power supplier company contacted me. His company had been using basic embedded alarm monitoring at remote sites that did not give them anywhere near enough visibility. Find out how we worked together to migrate his system by utilizing RTUs
When is the NetGuardian G6 832A the right solution for remote site monitoring?
[Sunday, January 7th, 2024]
RTUs are used across a wide spectrum of industries, each with its distinct monitoring and control needs. Site sizes also vary widely, even within the same company or agency. Learn about when you should choose the 832A model of the NetGuardian for certain remote site sizes.
How The Right Alarm Monitoring System Manufacturer Can Integrate Your Legacy Equipment With Modern Equipment
[Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024]
Do you have legacy equipment such as RTUs in your alarm system? If so, you are not alone. You might be surprised to learn that most major organizations still incorporate legacy devices in their systems. As new technology rolls out the required equipment
Ensuring Your Establishment's Security With VoIP
[Friday, December 22nd, 2023]
Voice over IP (VoIP) protocol allows for clear communication. A VoIP OrderWire system transmits voice signals over the internet. These systems can serve you in many different situations including telecommunicating with your workers and broadcasting voice
Pick The Right Access Control System For Your Building Sites
[Friday, December 22nd, 2023]
When your business expands to multiple facilities, you must keep an eye on the security of each building. You can achieve this with a building access system (BAS), also known as an access control system. Access systems ensure that only authorized people
Enhance Metro Facility Security Measures with Remote Monitoring and Custom Equipment
[Wednesday, December 13th, 2023]
I recently reached out to a potential client. He's a construction administrator at a major US metro organization. He wanted my help with monitoring and custom equipment for security at the metro facility.
How to Monitor Solar Energy PV Plants by Choosing the Right RTU for Your Customer
[Tuesday, December 12th, 2023]
Last week, a client asked me to help with their SCADA system proposal for a solar energy plant abroad. I provided him with the following solution proposals that would set him up for definite success:
How To Choose The Best Manufacturer for Railway Alarm Monitoring Systems
[Friday, December 8th, 2023]
A rewarding aspect of distributing alarm monitoring solutions is that you get to interact with both small companies and household names. About a month back, I was contacted by a sales manager at a technology integration company, he wanted to propose an alarm monitoring system line-up to a MENA Railway Transportation Organization. Let me walk you through our conversation!
Monitoring EPEVER Solar Charge Controllers and Electric Current (Amps) with a NetGuardian RTU
[Friday, December 1st, 2023]
This client was looking for a few things: (1) A method to measure the power (Amps) going from the battery bank to the load. Knowing the size of the battery bank and watts sent to the batteries - so that he can develop a "battery life remaining" gauge for the batteries. (2) He also wanted to...
Updating Your SCADA System Security: TLS 1.2
[Friday, December 1st, 2023]
Implementing TLS 1.2 in remote monitoring systems provides a crucial layer of protection against security threats. It is also required by many organizations, such as the NIST for compliance.
How to Poll a Modbus Generator
[Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023]
Many generator brands, including Generac, Kohler, Cummins, and Omntec use Modbus protocol for data and alarm information polling. Learn how to poll a generator with Modbus protocol and the best options for implementing a monitoring system for your Modbus generator.
This Power Utility Got a Custom Power Controller for Their Telecom Cabinets
[Thursday, November 2nd, 2023]
Picture a bright conference room at a major power utility's headquarters, nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountains. I'm a sales engineer from DPS Telecom. I'm visiting to discuss a new DIN-rail PDU project with this DPS client.
Using a Large RTU to Monitor 21 Power Circuits at IP Carrier Facilities
[Wednesday, November 1st, 2023]
I recently got a call from a long-time DPS client at an IP carrier. He's looking to monitor 100A and 200A circuits at over 100 remote sites. I was excited to offer my assistance. He remembered our previous work together and now had new goals for a project.
DPS Telecom - Delivering Remote Monitoring Solutions for 37 Years and Counting
[Friday, October 27th, 2023]
DPS Telecom - Delivering Remote Monitoring Solutions for 37 Years and Counting This month, October 2023, DPS celebrates its 38th anniversary. From the beginning, DPS has been a client-oriented company. Our focus is on delivering the best solutions for
Remote Monitoring Systems for Railroads - My DPS Client Visit
[Sunday, October 22nd, 2023]
During a recent visit to one of my railroad clients, I learned a lot of specific best practices and concerns. You can benefit from this information if you're a railroad or any other user of remote monitoring equipment.
Building a Custom Power Monitoring Device for a Long-Time DPS Client (Part 2)
[Saturday, October 21st, 2023]
(Part 2) Now at a new company, my client reached out with fresh challenges and goals for a power-monitoring device. His project goals and requirements gave me a deeper perspective on the evolving needs of telecom companies today.
Building a Custom Power Monitoring Device for a Long-Time DPS Client (Part 1)
[Sunday, October 15th, 2023]
I got a call from a familiar voice. It was a client I had collaborated with during his time at a major railroad, where we had worked together on what became the NetGuardian 420 RTU. Now at a new company, he reached out with fresh challenges and goals for a power monitoring device. Let's review what he's trying to accomplish.
Generator Run Time Monitoring: Finding a Solution for EPA Compliance
[Wednesday, October 11th, 2023]
When remote sites are powered by generators, it's essential to keep track of generator run time. Not only is this important for ensuring generator maintenance, but it's also mandated by the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency requires certain industries,
How This State Government Agency Chose Reliable Remote Monitoring Equipment
[Sunday, October 8th, 2023]
I recently returned from a client visit that highlighted the symbiotic relationship between manufacturers like DPS Telecom and the clients like you that we serve. This relationship is built on trust and continuous improvement. We discussed the historic reliability of T/Mon and this client's goals for the future.
A Wide-Scale Overseas HVAC Monitoring Project
[Friday, September 29th, 2023]
In the world of network monitoring, one size does not fit all. That's why DPS Telecom takes pride in its commitment to crafting perfect-fit monitoring solutions that cater to the unique needs of each client.
Network Management Systems Explained: The Role of RTUs and NMTs
[Tuesday, September 26th, 2023]
Network management, at the most basic level, helps you keep a watchful eye on your local and distant facilities and their equipment. I find it's best to learn broad concepts like Network Management Systems (NMS) by reviewing specific examples from real-world documentation. That's why I've collected this published 2020 RFP from a police/fire/911 county government authority. We'll review concepts inspired by specific examples from this bid request.
Understanding Building Management Systems (BMS) via Bid Specifications
[Sunday, September 17th, 2023]
A reliable Building Management System (BMS) is essential for streamlined and efficient facility operations, no matter what type of operation you run. I'll give you a quick tutorial on some basic BMS concepts and concerns in this article.
Achieve Remote Power Control with a Switched Rack PDU
[Thursday, September 14th, 2023]
Implementing remote power control in the form of a switched rack PDU is a key element of an effective infrastructure monitoring and control system. The DPS Remote Power Switch promises tangible cost savings, enhanced brand reputation, reduced resource allocation for minor issues, and the peace of mind of knowing that the network is under the watchful eyes of a robust power management tool.
SCADA Bid Specification Review - Comparing RFP Specs with NetGuardian RTUs and T/Mon
[Thursday, September 7th, 2023]
Learning from real-world examples is always easier than dry, textbook-style information. I'm increasingly a fan of teaching SCADA concepts using actual bid documents. For today's lesson, I've found a bid document online. I'll compare the required specifications with the functions built into T/Mon and NetGuardians.
SCADA System Bid Specification Analysis - Small RTUs for County Sites
[Saturday, September 2nd, 2023]
You have a big responsibility in the intricate world of SCADA and remote monitoring. You're tasked with understanding the nuances of the technology, and ensuring a device's alignment with your site-specific needs is critical. Let's review a bid document and compare it with specific modern RTUs and master stations (HMIs).
Range Communications Maintains Seamless Network Connection with T/Mon
[Tuesday, August 29th, 2023]
With the support of DPS Telecom's monitoring systems, Curtis and the team at Range closely monitor temperatures, power levels, and the health of their communication equipment.
Converting SNMP Traps from APC PDUs to Relay Outputs - An Email Exchange with a New DPS Client (Part 2)
[Sunday, August 27th, 2023]
(This conversation continues from my previous article covering Part 1. I encourage you to read that part first if you have not already.) My Client's Clarifying Email Reply: Thanks for getting back to us. If we went with the Trap Relay 32/64 unit,
Converting SNMP Traps from APC PDUs to Relay Outputs - An Email Exchange with a New DPS Client (Part 1)
[Sunday, August 27th, 2023]
In the constantly evolving telecom world, it's not uncommon for clients to have unique requirements that demand tailored solutions. At DPS Telecom, we provide customization options to help our products more perfectly match your needs. My recent email exchange with a client is a great example of what this philosophy can do for you - no matter what you're trying to accomplish.
Protect Critical Infrastructure with Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC)
[Friday, August 18th, 2023]
CRAC units form a critical layer of protection in any data center or computer room. As one example, the HVAC Controller from DPS Telecom is designed to maximize energy efficiency in computer systems. It gives you the ability to remotely control your cooling settings.
Plan Your Remote Site Monitoring With These 5 Steps
[Monday, August 14th, 2023]
Remote site monitoring to keep telecom systems online is more important than ever. How do you ensure that you select the ideal Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) and/or central master station for your requirements? Let's walk through the 5 steps you need to follow to make the best possible purchase decision.
Choosing RTUs and Central Master Stations for 2023
[Wednesday, August 9th, 2023]
Alarm monitoring technology has been a bit of an "unsung hero" in the telecom world for decades now. Acting as the watchful eyes and ears, these technologies ensure that your network operations run smoothly 7x24x365. What recent changes necessitate improvements in our approach to remote site monitoring?
Advance Your Legacy Telecom Equipment into the Modern Era
[Tuesday, August 8th, 2023]
When you work with telecom infrastructure, you'll get an inevitable encounter with the age-old dilemma: What do you do when your legacy equipment starts to show its age? At DPS, we've been grappling with this challenge for decades. It's your opportunity that only looks like a problem.
SNMP Monitoring in a Data Center Monitoring Context
[Saturday, July 29th, 2023]
SNMP is used by network administrators to monitor various aspects of their networks. This includes access points, bandwidth usage, and the performance of monitored devices. Learn how you can leverage SNMP, particularly for data center monitoring.
Why Buy From DPS? A Comparative Analysis vs Other Telecom Equipment Manufacturers
[Saturday, July 29th, 2023]
When you're researching the purchase of telecom equipment, you have a lot to think about. The decisions you'll make for your organization are hugely significant for the next 10-15 years, at least. They can also affect your personal career progress.
Case Study - T/Mon in an IT to OT Network Cutover
[Monday, July 10th, 2023]
My day began early when I arrived at the client's HQ at 9:30 am. Our goal was a security-driven network cutover, shifting their T/Mon remote monitoring servers from the current IT network to a more secure OT network. The benefits of such a move were obvious.
Remote Site Monitoring Alarm Code Glossary - Part III
[Sunday, July 2nd, 2023]
Today, we're going to look at additional alarm codes you may encounter as you work with remote site monitoring equipment. Understanding alarm codes, which are often confusing acronyms, is a crucial aspect of remote site monitoring.
Using SNMP Monitoring for Effective Fault Management
[Saturday, July 1st, 2023]
In the world of network management, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is the most commonly used protocol for, you guessed it, network management. What is SNMP? What can it do for you? How can you use it successfully for fault management? Let's get started.
Remote Site Monitoring Alarm Code Glossary - Part II
[Sunday, June 25th, 2023]
Mastering alarm codes doesn't just make you better at your job, it also marks you as a specialist. It's a skill set that's vital in today's tech-driven world - and it's something in high demand. Learn another 20 of the most common remote site monitoring codes here.
Glossary of Alarm Codes in Remote Site Monitoring
[Saturday, June 24th, 2023]
Remote site monitoring can sometimes seem like a language all its own. In the interest in brevity and for proper display on smaller LCD screens, a variety of alarm codes are output by monitoring gear and by your other devices themselves. Let's look at the top 15 most common alarm codes you're likely to encounter.
SNMP Inputs, Outputs, & Cybersecurity of NetGuardian RTUs
[Sunday, June 18th, 2023]
Let's look at some specific examples to really clarify how NetGuardians support SNMP. DPS Telecom uses Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) extensively in our remote monitoring devices.
SCADA Prices and Maintenance Costs
[Saturday, June 17th, 2023]
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are crucial components in a wide array of industries. This includes telecom, energy, water treatment, manufacturing, and more.
RTU Guide: Prices, Functionality, and Capacities
[Sunday, June 11th, 2023]
Understanding the cost of a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) for site monitoring is essential when you are considering how to best keep tabs on your remote locations. However, the price of an RTU is influenced by a variety of factors, including functionality, capacity, and softer things like brand reputation. How do these factors affect the price you pay when you buy?
SNMP - Technical Info, History, and Usage of the Simple Network Management Protocol
[Saturday, June 10th, 2023]
Simple Network Management Protocol, or SNMP, is a widely adopted protocol for managing and monitoring network devices like routers, switches, servers, printers, and more. It provides a convenient way for network administrators to: Manage network performance Find
Guide to Monitoring Backup Power Generators at Remote Telecom Sites
[Saturday, May 27th, 2023]
Telecom sites such as repeater towers, fiber huts, microwave towers, and power substations rely heavily on uninterrupted power supply for their operations. As these are often situated in remote areas, it's essential to have backup power generators that are ready to activate during an extended power loss.
Common Remote Site Monitoring Acronyms Defined
[Wednesday, May 24th, 2023]
Remote site monitoring involves the use of various protocols and acronyms. The parade of terms like SCADA, RTU, SNMP, NMS, FTP, VPN, IP, SLA, QoS, LAN, WAN, TCP, HTTP, ICS, M2M, PLC, DNP3, LTE, IoT, and RS485 can be overwhelming when you're new at this.
How a Power Company Got a Customized RTU-PDU Hybrid
[Friday, May 19th, 2023]
This story begins at a power utility company, probably quite similar to the one in your local market. They were committed to improving and preserving lives among the general public by ensuring an uninterrupted power supply. Learn how they found the right PDU+RTU - even though it didn't yet exist in the commercial marketplace.
How to Manage Firewalls and Security for Remote Monitoring
[Thursday, May 18th, 2023]
As a sales engineer at a manufacturer of remote monitoring equipment, I witness the tension between security and authorized access on a daily basis. The Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and master stations that I sell are hardware devices that are integral to security - but can also create some firewall issues that you must handle.
How to Integrate Legacy Telecommunications and Monitoring Systems with Next-Gen Devices
[Sunday, May 14th, 2023]
As the telecommunications equipment - and the consumer and commercial demands for service - continues to evolve, you face a challenge. You have to modernize your network while minimizing disruptions and downtime. How can you do this effectively?
How Remote Site Management Ensures Network Uptime
[Saturday, May 13th, 2023]
For managing complex telecommunications networks, ensuring constant network uptime is a top priority. In this digital age, even minor disruptions can lead to significant losses in revenue and customer trust.
Prevent Downtime in Rail, Telecom, and Power Distribution with Remote Site Monitoring
[Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023]
In today's world, connectivity is critical. People, businesses, and industries all rely on networks to function properly. Unfortunately, networks can and do fail, leading to lost productivity, revenue, and even endangering lives. This is where remote monitoring becomes so important.
Deploying Remote Monitoring Solutions: Best Practices and Step-by-Step Guide
[Saturday, April 29th, 2023]
As the world grows more and more dependent on telecom infrastructure, the need for effective remote monitoring becomes increasingly important. This is also true for foundational industries like power distribution and mass transit that are always in demand. Learn how to select and install hardware, software, and network infrastructure to accomplish your remote monitoring goals.
Substation Monitoring System Buying Guide
[Sunday, April 23rd, 2023]
There are many things that you have to think about when selecting and purchasing a substation monitoring system. A substation monitoring system is an essential tool that allows utilities and power companies like you to monitor and manage their electrical grid.
How to Evaluate and Buy an HVAC Control System
[Thursday, April 20th, 2023]
HVAC control systems come in different types with different elements. Learn how to select and buy the right one for your organization.
Remote Site Monitoring Overview and Equipment Recommendations
[Sunday, April 16th, 2023]
Remote site monitoring is more important than ever. The world is getting more and more telecom-centric. The global response to COVID created a huge push toward video streaming, both for entertainment and for web meetings. This all means that your remote sites need quality RTUs for good protection against threats.
How to Retrofit Legacy SNMP Equipment for SNMPv3 Cybersecurity
[Sunday, April 16th, 2023]
With the security advantages of v3 in mind, what do you do about your older SNMP equipment. Its unencrypted SNMP traps may just be something you think about from a security perspective. It's also increasingly likely that you'll get a security mandate that says: only SNMPv3 is allowed on our network to protect our network security.
Basic Overview of DPS Remote Monitoring Equipment
[Sunday, April 9th, 2023]
I spend a lot of time on this blog writing about fairly detailed scenarios and technical nuances. When you're just getting started, however, a basic overview of what you can accomplish with DPS monitoring systems is in order. Let's review the basic architecture and some common use cases.