Telemetry Definition: What Is Telemetry And How Is It Used?

What is telemetry? The definition of telemetry is very broad, but essentially means using telemetry units to remotely monitor and control network equipment.

Telemetry is very useful when it comes to maintaining high levels of uptime. It's no secret - it's bad for everyone when a network goes down. This means the provider has to get everything back online (which costs time and money) and the customer has to deal with a service outage.

How Do Telemetry Systems Protect Networks Against Preventable Network Outages?

Often, when there's an outage, the cause can be traced back to a relatively simple problem or malfunction. A piece of equipment gets frozen, the temperature slowly rises causing thermal shutdowns, etc.

Outages caused by these kinds of problems are pretty easy to prevent. Your clients rely on your service and it is up to you to provide with them with the best experience. Although you can't prevent some of these problems, having a reliable monitoring system in place can help you detect them sooner.

Every service provider wants to prevent, and ideally eliminate, these problems. All it takes is a notification about the issue and it won't take much to take care of it. Know when and where your sites are sending you alarm notifications and decide how you want to resolve the matter. Proactive telemetry is one of the best ways to really make your network reliable.

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Monitoring valuable equipment can save you a fortune down the road.

What Kind of Network Equipment Do I Monitor Under the General Telemetry System Definition?

Typically, it's most common to monitor any piece of equipment (or system) that has an impact on service to your customers. This way, anything that's important to delivering service won't be so vulnerable. This includes...

  • Telecom and transport equipment - This includes gear like switches, sensors, routers, hubs, SONET equipment, fiber optic gear, microwave radios, etc. These devices are responsible for your service, make sure they're protected.
  • Power supplies - Power outages are one of the most common causes of site failures. Generally, most sites will have some sort of backup power source. Which is good, but what happens if there's a problem with your backup? You'll want to know ASAP. That's why it's smart to monitor these backup power sources.
  • Building and facility alarms - Many remote sites are often isolated and unmanned. It won't be very difficult for a vandal or an intruder to trespass and cause damage (e.g., Copper Theft). By adding some physical security elements to your remote sites, you'll drastically improve the security of your sites. Some simple tools like fire alarms, motion sensors, door alarms, cameras, and even an entry control system can really protect your sites.
  • Environmental conditions - Temperature, humidity, air flow (in server rooms), etc. play a critical role in how well your equipment runs. Most electronic equipment are designed to operate within a defined range of temperature and humidity. By monitoring these conditions, you can get early warnings of potential problems. Instead of a thermal shutdown causing an outage, you can get to the site and fix the cooling system.

Going Beyond the General Telemetry System Definition

Telemetry monitoring doesn't have to be restricted to only the aforementioned applications. It's not uncommon for a company to have unique monitoring requirements that require a special solution. Telemetry equipment can be used in a variety of ways, to monitor any critical device or condition that really needs it.

What if I'm new to Monitoring Remote Network Alarm Equipment?

If you've never monitored remote equipment before, DPS can assist you. DPS Telecom's Sales Engineers have extensive years of experience in the field of telemetry monitoring. They've come across just about every problem you might run into. Here are some testimonials from clients that have worked with DPS in the past. Email our Sales Department or call 1-800-693-0351 today and speak with one of our experts. Get a free quote and see which of our units are a perfect fit for your monitoring application.

If you need help setting up and configuring your unit, our Technical Support Team is always available and ready to help. Should you need more assistance, DPS offers a tuition-free, week long factory training course that covers every aspect of how to set up, configure, and use your unit. You'll only be responsible for your own travel and lodging expenses. If you have a large team that needs training on remote monitoring, DPS offers an On-Site Training and Turn Up Assistance for an additional cost that'll pay for itself with all of the valuable information you and your team will be learning from a DPS Trained Technician.

If you ever need help with monitoring your equipment, DPS will be there to help you along the way.

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