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Best Practices for Remote Monitoring in Wastewater Treatment Plants

By | Blog, Master Stations, Remote Alarm Monitoring, RTUs

Remote monitoring helps lower risk and improve operations at wastewater treatment plants. The large physical footprint of wastewater treatment plants renders human monitoring costly and difficult.

By installing remote terminal units (RTUs) at the sites of important assets, managers gain insight into the real-time equipment and environmental conditions across their network.

Armed with constant knowledge of network conditions, managers can more accurately schedule maintenance, allocate resources, and respond to emerging situations. Furthermore, the data collected by the remote monitoring system can be analyzed to yield strategic insights, which can inform future investments. Remote monitoring in wastewater treatment plans, then, provides both immediate and long-term benefits for the overall operation.

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Finding the Best Remote Monitoring System for Hydroponic Planting Media

By | Blog, Master Stations, RTUs

In 1900, the population of the world was 1.6 billion. That was about a 50% jump from 100 years before. Fast-forward to today to 7.5 billion, and it’s expected to reach 10 billion by 2100. While that’s largely because of very positive things like disease eradication and plummeting child mortality, it also means there are a lot of mouths to feed.

All of us need to be fed using the same amount of land that was available in 1800. And although there have been advances in agriculture, there’s also a serious reduction of arable land. What does that mean? It means that, more and more, the world is going to be looking at indoor, vertical agriculture powered by hydroponics.

Hydroponic agriculture is ag that depends on water that’s pumped into a warehouse and calibrated precisely so as not to waste resources. It has to be distributed exactly at the right times and scale, often over multiple facilities. 

As hydroponic agriculture grows, and as businesses start to have multiple remote locations, it will be crucial to:

  • Monitor the electricity, water, and power at every “digital farm”
  • Make sure every system, from water intake to lighting and distribution, is working on command

This increases the importance of finding the best remote monitoring system for hydroponic planting media to keep crops growing while maintaining costs and operating at peak performance. It’s important to the digital farming bottom line and for proving this agricultural business model is viable to contribute to feeding our world’s population. 

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Remote Telemetry Modules for Real-time, Effective Monitoring and Control

By | Blog, RTUs

In controlled facilities like medical and research labs, minor differences in conditions can result in major differences in outcome. Fluctuations in temperature or humidity can spoil the production of delicate products, or invalidate the results of experiments.

Preventing the loss of costly products and experiments requires constant monitoring of both primary environmental conditions, and the systems which control them.

Security and recordkeeping are also critical capabilities for controlled facilities. Expensive and sensitive materials housed in these facilities are targets for theft or sabotage, requiring effective security measures, including monitoring and deterrence.

The constant stream of data produced by monitoring conditions and security must be saved and uploaded as well. A remote telemetry module, otherwise known as a remote terminal unit (RTU), helps controlled facilities accomplish these goals.

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Operating a Successful SCADA System for Utilities

By | Blog, SCADA

Utilities, even when they are private, are designed for the public. The public relies on utilities for electricity, for water, for communications—in short, for everything that we use as a society. That’s a lot of pressure. Utilities have to be on the ball, every day, every hour, and every minute, or else the public suffers…and so does their reputation.

But the present isn’t the only concern of a utility. You also have to look at the future. We’re going to be using more electricity from different sources. We’re going to have to monitor water use more closely. And we’re going to communicate more regularly.

Not only that but as grids get smarter and systems become more interconnected, the wave of data and the need for real-time decision-making will increase. You’ll have to do more with more specific data more effectively. So how do you manage the present and prepare for the future? One way is to invest in a comprehensive SCADA system for utilities.

A Supervising Control and Data Acquisition system helps you keep an eye on your operation, troubleshoot immediately, handle data, and make faster decisions. It’s an effective way to keep things running today and prepare for tomorrow’s complexity.

A SCADA system helps you maintain public trust while making you more efficient, reputable, and profitable.

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Implementing Advanced Remote Monitoring of Equipment

By | Blog, RTUs

The basic purpose of remote monitoring of equipment is to provide companies the ability to know what their expensive, revenue-generating assets are doing at all times. Remote terminal units (RTUs) and other remote monitoring devices are installed near equipment and assets at remote sites. There, RTUs track equipment conditions, environmental conditions, and even site security. When warning indicators are detected, they alert employees, who can prepare an appropriate response.

But the benefits of remote monitoring don’t stop there—remote monitoring of equipment also provides advanced functions like:

  • Monitoring large, widespread networks of equipment
  • Performance improvements for individual equipment and entire networks
  • High-volume system-wide data capture
  • Efficient data search, reporting, and graphics creation
  • Advanced automation options and actions

Advanced remote monitoring of equipment generates ROI by unpacking latent abilities and efficiencies dormant in basic remote monitoring setups. Implementing advanced remote monitoring entails choosing capable equipment, and understanding how best to use its capabilities for data insights, as well as automated and remote actions.

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Capitalizing on Intelligent Remote Terminal Unit Offerings for Asset Protection

By | Blog, RTUs

Imagine a corporation that takes all its revenue and decides to turn it into cash. Back at the office, they store the cash in a utility closet at the far end of the facility, where no one ever really is. There’s a leaky pipe in the closet and a window that doesn’t quite close. And, oh yeah, the lock doesn’t work.

Obviously, that’s unimaginable. Everyone knows that they need to protect their money. Well, physical assets are a form of money, and if you have remote assets across the country, you need to protect them in an efficient, cost-effective, and comprehensive manner.

More and more, companies are using intelligent remote terminal units or (RTU) offerings for asset protection. These provide eyes and ears in even the most far-flung locations, allowing companies to monitor everything that matters. They allow for real-time updates, proactive problem solving, and total intelligent flexibility.

In a fast-changing world, failing to intelligently monitor your physical assets is a lot like storing money in that closet. Sure, doing so may be cheaper than going to a bank, but you’re going to lose that cash. The cost of an RTU system pays for itself in prevention, man-hours, and reputation. It’s the smart way to run your business. 

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How Remote Monitoring Simplifies Telecom Site Management

By | Blog, Master Stations, RTUs

Remote site management in the telecom industry is complex. To be successful, managers must keep their communications equipment continuously operating. Any network downtime can be an extremely costly failure. At the same time, constantly staffing each site is cost-prohibitive. Sites are typically located far from one another, which creates a significant lag in personnel response times.

Without workers onsite to prevent, diagnose, or repair problems, minor issues can become major costs. Environmental conditions or unauthorized site access can also pose major problems. 

To prevent this, telco managers rely on remote monitoring technology. Remote terminal units (RTUs) installed at telecom sites monitor equipment status, environmental conditions, and site security. Master stations gather information from RTUs, making it available to employees via a secure central browser. When employed correctly, remote monitoring systems can ease the difficulty of effective telecom site management.

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The Benefits of Wireless Infrastructure Remote Monitoring and Management

By | Blog, Master Stations, RTUs

There’s an old philosophical question about trees falling in the forest with no one around. Does it make a sound? Well, any engineer will tell you: yes, and no. It produces sound waves. But if nothing can pick them up, it doesn’t matter. In order for the “sound” to happen, there needs to be a connection between the sound producer and the receiver.

It’s pretty much the same way for your wireless telecom infrastructure.

Your wireless infrastructure sends communication waves across vast distances, powering wireless providers, private networks, and public broadcasting channels. And for all that to work, you need to have uptime, all the time.

That’s where wireless infrastructure remote monitoring and management comes in. Remote monitoring and management will help you keep track of all the components of your system. It lets you understand what is going wrong, and what is potentially going wrong so that you can fix it. It boosts efficiency while lowering costs.

In short, remote monitoring and management will make sure that there’s a connection whenever it’s needed, which is always.

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How is SCADA Used for Water Systems?

By | Blog, SCADA

Water systems take a lot of work to manage. Large and complex by nature, they are difficult to monitor continuously. Nevertheless, water systems are expected to function, on budget, at all times. Keeping the many filtration tanks, pumps, and pipes that make up a water system in operation requires active management and continual maintenance.

Gaps in monitoring equipment activity can result in leaks that spring and widen, clogged filters, broken pumps, and eventually, rusted tanks. To prevent maintenance issues and streamline operations, cities use SCADA for water systems.

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How SCADA Improves Railway Electrification

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Recently, Indian Railways, the national railroad carrier of India, made a bold announcement: they would have completely electrified railroads by 2024, and possibly earlier. With over a billion people, in a country largely dependent on railroads for transportation, this is a huge step in reducing carbon output.

India isn’t alone, of course. Many nations are switching to electrified railroads, or have always used them as their primary source of power. And in the U.S., there’s a growing trend toward moving away from diesel, especially for freight transportation so there’s an increased need for overland freight solutions.

If you’re responsible for creating and/or maintaining a railway electrification project, you understand the scope of this undertaking. Most importantly, you know that there’s a lot that can go wrong. You know that for the project to be successful, you have to monitor every inch of it and make sure the electricity keeps running.

To do this, you’ll need a comprehensive SCADA (Supervised Control and Data Acquisition) system. This gives you real-time updates on your entire electrical system and lets you automate immediate solutions to problems.

Freight is crucial to the future of the nation, and more and more, freight will be shipped on electrified railroads. Protect that freight, and your business, with SCADA for railway electrification. With the right partner, it can be done.

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