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How to Select a Remote Power Monitoring System

Make your remote power monitoring more effective by choosing a remote monitoring system with these key features ...
  • Monitoring for every link in your power supply chain: If you want complete visibility of your remote site power supplies, you need a system that monitors everything - commercial power availability, battery voltage levels, rectifiers, generators, and generator fuel levels.
  • Live analog monitoring: You can't adequately battery voltage with one-threshold discrete alarms. To get effective visibility of voltage levels, look for a system with four-threshold analog inputs, including live monitoring of actual battery voltage levels.
  • Integrated support for monitoring your whole network: Remote site power can't be viewed separately from your whole network. Look for a system that can also monitor your revenue-generating gear like switches, routers, microwave radios, and more.
Checklist clipboard - Make sure your remote power monitoring solution has these features
Checklist: Remote Monitoring Essentials.

Remote power monitoring is just the start of what you should be looking for in a remote network alarm monitoring system. Here's a handy checklist of all the key features you should look for. Print this checklist out and use it to rate the systems you're evaluating. If a system can't meet these basic requirements, cross it off your list.

Key alarm presentation and alert functions.
  • Alarm correction instructions. Detailed instructions included in alarm alerts ensure that system staff, without extra training, will know precisely what to do and who to call if an alarm happens.
  • Pager and e-mail notifications: Pager and e-mail alerts let your field techs respond to alarms while they're still in the field, speeding repairs and reducing windshield time. Look for a remote monitoring system with SMS support, which can send detailed alarm alerts to alpha pagers, cell phones, and PDAs.
  • Detailed alarm alerts. Summary "major/minor" alarms don't give you enough information to make dispatch decisions. Look for a remote monitoring system that includes detailed diagnostic information in each alarm.
  • Web interface. Everybody knows how to use a Web browser. A Web interface makes sure all your field techs can access your alarm system, from any computer from any location.
Bob Berry - CEO, DPS Telecom, Remote Power Monitoring Specialist

"Every remote monitoring system I make is backed by my no-risk, money-back guarantee. If you buy my gear and you're not satisfied for any reason during the first 30 days, simply return it for a full refund. If my product doesn't solve your problem, I don't want you to have it."
- Bob Berry, CEO, DPS Telecom.

Essential alarm sorting and analysis functions.
  • Custom combo alarms. Remote power problems can be complex. A low battery isn't a serious problem, and neither is a failed generator - but they're pretty serious when the happen at the same time. Look for a remote monitoring system that can watch many different alarm inputs and spot vital alarm combinations.
  • Alarm sorting. A large, complex network can create a cascade of alarms. Some are unimportant, but others are vital. Look for a remote monitoring system that can automatically sort and prioritize this flood of information for you.
  • Root cause analysis. Finding the underlying cause between alarm cascades can take hours of patient detective work. Look for a remote monitoring system that can automatically tie in repeated combinations of alarms.
  • Nuisance alarm filtering. Even the best NOC staff stops taking alarms seriously if they're bombarded with status alerts, oscillating conditions, and unimportant alarms. Look for a remote monitoring system that filters these out.
  • History and trend analysis. Identify problem areas and eliminate recurring problems with a remote monitoring system that keeps a complete alarm log that's exportable for trend analysis.
Critical alarm collection and device management functions.
  • Environmental alarm monitoring. Make sure your remote monitoring system monitors all your remote site environmental factors, including humidity, flooding, power and security.
  • Control relays. Remote power monitoring alarms like power outages, or other remote site problems like high temperature alarm, can be quickly solved by remote operation of site gear like a generator or an air conditioner. Remote operation of site devices is the best way to eliminate unnecessary site visits and it's a lot faster than going in the truck.
  • Multiprotocol support for your existing devices. Make sure your next master system collects alarms from all your existing devices, including your older legacy gear. You can get rid of all your specialized consoles and monitor your network from one screen.
  • Back-up dial-up reporting. Don't rely on your main network to bring back alarms. If anything goes wrong with your transport, you'll lose your telemetry data just when you need it the most. Look for a system that supports dial-up alternate path reporting.
  • SNMP support and ping alarms. If you're responsible for both telecom and IP gear, consolidate all your monitoring on one system.

This is just a checklist of basic remote monitoring functions. If you want to find a remote monitoring system that meets and exceeds your requirements, select one of the options below.

Option 1: View product info on the TMon/IAM integrated remote monitoring system.
Option 2: Register for a free Web demo of TMon/IAM.
Option 3: Learn why remote power monitoring is key.