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The Top 4 Applications for Remote Water Tank Monitoring

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

Many industries depend on their remote water tanks. Ensuring that they remain full and free from leaks requires continual visits. But visits to these distant locations cost money related to employees, fuel, and vehicle wear and tear.

If visits are scheduled around average estimates of water use, they can fail to respond to actual conditions. This results in wasted drive time, without eliminating the chance of tanks going dry or springing leaks. Without eyes on the site, leaks can worsen, and tanks can end up dry for long periods. The solution is remote water tank monitoring.

By installing remote terminal units (RTUs) on-site, companies can monitor water levels from their central offices.

This allows them to respond to problems as soon as they arise, instead of waiting for the next scheduled visit. When they do respond, they’ll know what they’re dealing with ahead of time, enabling technicians to travel equipped with the right tools for the job.

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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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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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The Best Telecom Network Monitoring Software: A Comparison for 2020

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Telecom networks’ physical infrastructure extends for hundreds or thousands of miles. If any equipment fails, companies can suffer increased repair costs, network downtime, and concurrent fines. Even regulatory penalties are possible. 

In order to efficiently keep an eye on the network and prevent impending equipment failure, telcos rely on network monitoring software. This software, powered by a top-level master station, collects and displays alerts from myriad remote unmanned locations. Finding the best network monitoring software helps prevent losses and reduces the overall cost of repairs while improving profits. 

Finding the best network monitoring software helps prevent losses and reduces the overall cost of repairs while improving profits. 

The physical size of telecom networks drives the need for the best network monitoring software. Unfortunately, the complexity that comes with such scale makes it difficult and expensive to switch network monitoring software solutions. However—as older systems age and new efficiencies manifest in the market—telecom networks will eventually have to upgrade or replace their existing network monitoring software to remain competitive. 

Installing new network monitoring software is critical for your network. And, it’s important to find the best network monitoring software available before transitioning. 

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SNMP Best Practices for Upgrading Your Master Station

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Think of how your business would run without any managers. Without strong leaders setting priorities, identifying challenges and recurring issues, and keeping individual contributors in line, you’d have ineffective communications and eventually, failed operations.

Telecom companies can think of their network and system management features in much the same way. If you’re having trouble with your older RTU equipment—since legacy equipment often does not have modern functions, is no longer supported, or does not communicate in the protocol you’re using—then you need a strong manager to read and convert protocols from these older devices. For your bottom line, upgrading your management system can be even more valuable than promoting a top performer.

Upgrading your master station in accordance with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) best practices will help you stay efficient and productive. You will be able to still use your legacy devices by polling them through an upgraded master station and then manage communications further with a top-level SNMP Manager.

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Remote Alarm Monitoring Solutions: Efficient Network Management for Large Service Areas

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Telecom and utility companies with large distributed networks often face major problems. In order to manage a network that stretches across hundreds or thousands of miles, you have to be able to visualize and monitor it.

Remote monitoring allows you to take proactive steps where possible, and respond appropriately to incidents. Anywhere there’s equipment, there can be conditions that cause a catastrophic failure or service outage. That’s why operations must be closely monitored to allow for preventative maintenance, as well as to alleviate emergency repairs and breakdowns.

To make smart decisions concerning where to take proactive and reactive measures, it’s critical to implement reliable remote alarm monitoring solutions. Here are some tips to help:

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Critical SCADA Applications for Efficient Railway Systems

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Railway systems are large and complex networks of networks. Many different component systems, including human, mechanical, electrical, and telecommunications infrastructure, must operate reliably and simultaneously. When errors occur in any of these areas—a defect in the track, an overheated generator, or a damaged microwave transmitter—the entire composite railway network is affected.

A single, small problem can multiply into serious service interruptions or accidents. This potentially results in endangered lives and millions in downtime costs, repairs, fines, and lawsuits. SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) networks allow remote monitoring of failure conditions in complex systems. As such, SCADA applications in railways are a critical component of your efficient operation.

SCADA applications in railways are a critical component of your efficient operation.

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The Best Network Uptime Monitoring Tools to Increase Reliability

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On a normal day, your Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) is working fine. IP packets are being transmitted, and your customers are happily using the internet. But today’s not a normal day—the node goes down. Service for all the business contracts you have goes down.

For your company, that’s bad news. And it gets more frustrating when Service Level Agreements (SLAs) come into play. If the amount of downtime violates your SLA, you can be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Any SLA you have with a business or enterprise defines service level expectations, and that includes uptime. It can be very costly to break your SLA. That’s why you need the best network uptime monitoring tools to increase reliability. Making sure you can monitor your network and keep every node running is the best way to keep you free of SLA penalties and keep your cash flowing in a positive direction.

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