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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.
Understanding, Selecting, and Purchasing a CRAC Unit for Your Company or Government Agency
[Sunday, April 2nd, 2023]
Computer rooms and data centers play a critical role in businesses and government agencies. These rooms require a controlled environment with specific temperature and humidity levels. This ensures the smooth operation of servers, network equipment, and other mission-critical gear.
Choosing and Buying Fuse Panels for 19-inch Racks
[Monday, March 27th, 2023]
When it comes to fuse panels for 19" racks, there are a few factors to consider. With the right fuse panel, you'll be able to ensure reliable protection for your telecom system against overloads and surges.
Temperature Monitoring Device Fundamentals and Buyer's Guide
[Saturday, March 25th, 2023]
Temperature monitoring is a critical part of managing many different businesses and agencies. From server rooms and data centers to refrigerators, freezers, telecom rooms, and miscellaneous storage areas, the temperatures must be maintained within a predetermined range.
66 Blocks for Cross Connecting Alarm Wires and Setting Up Phone Lines
[Saturday, March 18th, 2023]
If you're setting up a phone system or contact-closure alarm monitoring system, 66 blocks are an essential tool. 66 blocks are pre-wired distribution panels that can be used to cross connect wires and quickly set up phone lines.
The SNMP Protocol - Managing and Monitoring Networked Devices
[Sunday, March 12th, 2023]
The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a widely used protocol for managing, monitoring, and maintaining network-connected devices. Its primary purpose is to allow IT administrators and outside-plant (OSP) managers to monitor various components. Learn the fundamentals, including how you can use it most effectively for reliable remote monitoring and control.
Refrigerator and Freezer Monitoring Tutorial
[Saturday, March 11th, 2023]
Staying on top of freezer and refrigerator temperatures can be difficult, especially if you have multiple locations with a variety of cold storage systems. Installing a freezer monitoring system can provide assurance that your food or vaccines or other important items are stored at the proper temperature.
What is the Best Propane Tank Monitor You Can Buy?
[Sunday, March 5th, 2023]
The best propane tank monitor isn't a single product for everyone. The correct answer to that question is going to vary based on your individual situation and circumstances.
How to Monitor Computers: SNMP Traps and Other Methods
[Friday, March 3rd, 2023]
Monitoring computers is an important part of IT operations and network management. It allows organizations to ensure that their systems are running smoothly and efficiently, and can alert them to any problems or issues that may arise.
Ground Isolation in Telecom Environments: A Real-World Tech Support Visit
[Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023]
I just visited a major supplier of complex telecom systems. Our TempDefender G2 is part of a solution currently being built, and our client was reporting some strange electrical issues over the phone.
Generator Monitoring Price, Bids, and Specifications
[Saturday, February 18th, 2023]
Let's take a look at some typical generator monitoring bid specs and results to understand what generators cost and what technical requirements apply.
SCADA RTU Price Data from Actual Bid Documents
[Saturday, February 11th, 2023]
Let's look at a few SCADA-related bid documents to see what prices are being paid for SCADA RTUs. Your actual cost will vary, but this publicly available data will give you a good price reference as a starting point for your research.
Remote Site Management during Extreme Weather Events
[Wednesday, January 25th, 2023]
Whether you are running a public utility, emergency response department, telecom company, transportation business, or public service organization, the people on your network are depending on you in their time of crisis. Lightning is one potential weather-related
How to Ensure Cell Tower Security and Prevent Copper Theft
[Wednesday, January 18th, 2023]
Attacks on grid infrastructure seem to be becoming more frequent. Copper theft is a known ongoing headache for any organization with copper wiring or equipment at unmanned sites. Vandals have also become an increased threat to remote infrastructure equipment.
Law Enforcement Agency Prevents Network Downtime and Protects the Public with Good Remote Monitoring
[Monday, January 16th, 2023]
DPS provides remote monitoring solutions for many government agencies. One of these clients, a law enforcement agency on the West Coast, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and serving their citizens on a daily basis. Responding to an average
Advantages of New G6 Devices from DPS
[Monday, January 9th, 2023]
If you've worked with DPS for very long, you know we don't build planned obselescence into our products. Although we might sell more upgrades if we did, our philosophy is that we'd rather impress you with our long product lifespans. Even so, I'm proud to be announcing our new G6 line of devices.
What is the Best Temperature Monitoring System?
[Sunday, January 8th, 2023]
The best temperature monitoring system depends on the specific needs of your operation and, to a certain extent, your industry. Let's walk through all of the major scenarios where temperature monitoring is required and look at the system that best fits each one.
What's New with DPS in 2023: The G6 Platform
[Friday, January 6th, 2023]
What network improvement goals do you have for the new year? Better security for your network monitoring? More preventive monitoring of your UPS batteries? New and improved DPS products are always in the works, and in 2023 you can easily implement our
How to Prevent Service-Affecting Outages with Remote Monitoring
[Saturday, December 31st, 2022]
When you can't effectively monitor your network, you can't just write a bigger check to keep things running. When serious failures happen, that can actually disrupt your service delivery.
How to Prevent Equipment Damage in Your Telecom Infrastructure
[Saturday, December 31st, 2022]
Both poor and excessive maintenance are waste in your operation. You owe it to your coworkers, your users, and yourself to balance maintenance tasks correctly.
Stop Wasting Your Budget on Poor and Inefficient Infrastructure Maintenance
[Saturday, December 24th, 2022]
There are four major categories of profit-eating problems in your network: Poor & Inefficient Infrastructure Maintenance, Equipment Damage, Service-Affecting Outages, and Wasteful Power Consumption In this article, let's take a deep dive into the first of the four.
How to Set Up a Remote Propane Tank Monitor System
[Thursday, December 22nd, 2022]
We all know how disastrous network downtime is to your organization. The remote monitoring of LP fuel tanks can be vital to your network, especially at unmanned sites.
The Benefits of Using a Custom Infrastructure Product
[Sunday, December 18th, 2022]
We're no strangers to custom infrastructure equipment at DPS. Most of this falls under our "remote monitoring equipment" umbrella, but some of it is more general IT infrastructure gear. No matter what sort of infrastructure project you have on your plate, custom products can be tremendously helpful and actually reduce costs.
How to Choose the Best Cell Tower Site Monitoring and Automation
[Thursday, December 15th, 2022]
A cell site is a perfect example of facility that absolutely demands remote monitoring technology. Cell sites are generally located in remote areas. Even in urban locations, no one is stationed there regularly. Learn how to select the best possible monitoring and automation RTU for facilities like these.
Siskiyou Telephone Monitors Cabinets and Lines Against Bear, Bird, and Wildfire Threats using T/Mon
[Friday, December 9th, 2022]
Siskiyou Telephone is a family-run business that has been proudly serving Western Siskiyou County for over 125 years. They now have 7 telephone exchanges in the county, and offer internet packages and long distance calling plans to their customers as
Remote Site Security: How to Keep Your Unmanned Gear Safe
[Wednesday, December 7th, 2022]
Remote Site Security: How to Keep Your Unmanned Equipment Safe Remote site security is just as important as infrastructure security. There are many good reasons to invest in an effective security system for your remote telecom sites. Most of them can
How a State DOT Monitors its Communication Sites and Trailers
[Sunday, December 4th, 2022]
I just returned from a trip to visit 5 different DPS clients. The 5 clients covered most of the range of DPS clients, from a small rural telephone company to large government agencies. I also visited the state's Department of Transportation to learn what they think about DPS gear and how they use it to remotely monitor sites and trailers.
Monitoring Door and Panic Button Alarm System for a Casino
[Thursday, December 1st, 2022]
I'm currently working on a surveillance project with a casino in Iowa. We frequently furnish casinos for their surveillance and security needs. If you're thinking about implementing, improving, and/or expanding a surveillance monitoring system, it might
Buying a Data Center Monitoring System
[Sunday, November 27th, 2022]
When considering the purchase of a data center monitoring system for asset management, there are several things to look for. This is a system that's supposed to last 10 years or more, so it's a purchase decision that you'll want to get right.
Remote Power Switch DC: Reboot and Power Cycle DC Devices
[Sunday, November 27th, 2022]
What you need is a reliable industrial-grade PDU with remote access. A switched PDU will make power control of your site as effortless as a few clicks from your desk. It might also integrate with an SNMP manager or other centralized controller.
How to Buy the Best HVAC Controllers for your Remote Sites
[Sunday, November 20th, 2022]
Choose HVAC controllers can feel like a complex job, particularly if this is your first time shopping for one. Let's review the fundamentals so you can make the best possible choice.
How to Plan and Buy Remote Server Monitoring Tools
[Sunday, November 20th, 2022]
The first step in purchasing and planning for remote server monitoring is to research the different types of products that are available. There are a variety of options, from free open-source solutions to commercial enterprise-level products. You must understand your requirements and apply these best practices to make the right purchase decision.
Uninterruptible Power Supply Monitoring Guide
[Sunday, November 13th, 2022]
You can't rely on a single power source to keep your critical equipment running at all times. To prevent downtime of your networking equipment, you'll need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
How Can IoT Remote Monitoring Help a Business?
[Wednesday, November 9th, 2022]
As a business, you have a responsibility to operate durable, dependable IoT remote monitoring systems. You need business-specific IoT equipment with the dependability of an established provider, and the capacity to easily replicate IoT systems at all of your sites.
How to Choose a Fused PDU (DIN-Mount)
[Sunday, November 6th, 2022]
When it comes to choosing a PDU, there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind. Fuses are fairly fundamental, but you might already have protection. You should also consider remote monitoring, environmental monitoring, and the temperature range your PDU must survive.
Modbus Poll Troubleshooting: Use Correct Half-Duplex RS-485 RTS Head & Tail Times for Generators and Other Equipment
[Sunday, November 6th, 2022]
I recently visited a DPS client (a fiber ISP) to perform some generator troubleshooting at a fiber hut in a rural area. I had to troubleshoot Modbus at a fiber hut with backup UPS batteries, and a diesel backup generator (CAT D60 with GCCP 1.2 Control Panel).
Choose and Buy a Modbus-to-SNMP Converter
[Sunday, October 30th, 2022]
If you're looking to connect Modbus devices to an SNMP network, you'll need a Modbus-to-SNMP converter. These devices are designed to bridge the gap between the two protocols, allowing you to monitor and manage Modbus protocol devices using SNMP.
Tutorial: Telecom Tower Monitoring
[Sunday, October 30th, 2022]
This tutorial has been designed for telecom professionals who want to learn how to use traditional sensors and even advanced AI machine learning for telecom tower monitoring. It will also be useful for students and researchers who are interested in remote monitoring and machine learning at the network's edge.
Intro to Network Device Monitoring
[Sunday, October 23rd, 2022]
Without proper monitoring, network devices can become overloaded and reduce network performance. Others can simply go offline and stop doing their job. One of the best ways to detect these problems immediately is with quality network device monitoring via automation.
What is the Best RTU with Solarwinds Compatibility?
[Sunday, October 23rd, 2022]
Working in the remote monitoring space, I deal with compatibility questions constantly. Monitoring systems naturally evolve over time, so one of your biggest challenges is making sure all of your new gear works properly with your old gear. Learn how to choose RTUs that will be compatible with your Solarwinds remote monitoring software.
Telecom Asset Management Tutorial
[Sunday, October 16th, 2022]
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.
How to Correctly Migrate Your Alarm Monitoring During a Network Security Upgrade
[Sunday, October 16th, 2022]
Network security is important, but so is the actual service you provide and the remote alarm monitoring that protects it. It's always true that we have to strike a balance between security and convenience. How do you find the right balance?
How to Choose the Right Humidity Detector for Your Remote Site
[Sunday, October 9th, 2022]
If you are responsible for managing a remote site, it is important to choose the right humidity detector to help you monitor the environment. The wrong choice can lead to decreased accuracy and reliability, and even put your site at risk.
Door Access Control System Tutorial
[Sunday, October 9th, 2022]
A door access control system is a security measure that helps to regulate who can enter and exit a building. By using electronic door locks, card readers, and other security devices, a door access control system can track and manage employee or visitor entry.
Data Center Temperature Monitoring Guide
[Thursday, September 29th, 2022]
As data centers continue to grow in size and complexity, the importance of effective temperature monitoring increases. When temperatures in a data center increase, it can lead to equipment failures, data loss, and other problems. By having a good temperature monitoring system, you'll be able to protect yourself.
RTU (SCADA System) Specification Overview
[Thursday, September 29th, 2022]
SCADA systems are used in a variety of industries to monitor and control process. A typical SCADA system includes a number of RTUs (Remote Terminal Units) which are connected to various field devices. The RTUs collect data from the field devices and send it back to your central HMI.
How to Buy a Remote Power Switch for Telecom Environments
[Sunday, September 25th, 2022]
One of the most important pieces of equipment in any telecom environment is the remote power switch. Also called PDUs (power distribution units), remote power switches provide a way to remotely control and monitor the power to telecom equipment from anywhere.
Generac Remote Monitoring Guide
[Thursday, September 22nd, 2022]
If you have a Generac generator, you have to monitor it. Because it's a combustion engine, it has many subsystems that affect performance. There's obviously fuel, but also other items like pressures and oil temperature. A Generac generator at a remote site is you critical backup power, so you must find some way to get alerts whenever something goes wrong.
Police Radio Tower Sites - Monitor Underground Propane Tank Levels
[Friday, September 16th, 2022]
I recently met a telecom engineer for a law enforcement radio network at one of his 100+ tower sites. I'll walk you through the problems he wants to solve, and what I plan to do with it using DPS monitoring equipment.
RTU HVAC: Buying Guide & Remote Monitoring Best Practices
[Thursday, September 15th, 2022]
A rooftop unit for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning is known as an "RTU HVAC". Just like choosing any HVAC system, there are certain things you must look for. Also, just like any HVAC system, you must monitor the health of your rooftop unit.
Freezer Monitoring: Protecting Vaccine and Food Storage
[Friday, September 9th, 2022]
Refrigeration and freezer temperature monitoring is critical to protecting food storage and vaccine storage. Cold chain breaks can cause serious health risks, so it is important to have a system in place that will notify you immediately if temperatures rise.
Truck Rolls: Reduce or Eliminate this Expensive Waste
[Thursday, September 8th, 2022]
Truck rolls are the expensive field service trips that gobble up your staff time. Every time you must send a technician on-site, you've just created minutes and hours of wasted driving. Learn how to stop this budget-killing waste now.
Buying a Remote Temperature Sensor for Telecom Site Monitoring
[Sunday, September 4th, 2022]
So, you've decided that it's time to remotely monitor your telecom site's temperature. Where do you even begin? Let me walk you some of the basics associated with this important buying decision. Once you understand the fundamentals, you'll be able to make the perfect choice.