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The Top 3 Client-Favorite New DPS Technologies of 2013

As a DPS client, you already have experience with some DPS equipment. Naturally, you think most about the products you use regularly. In fact, we've heard many of you refer to "the DPS box" (as if there was only one).

The problem with thinking in terms of only one "DPS box" is that you can miss a lot of extra opportunities to increase your remote site visibility and control. When you work with DPS, your value multiplies each time you add another function to your monitoring/control system. If you already have T/Mon and/or NetGuardian infrastructure in place, you don't have to deploy an entirely new system to add a new capability.

Here are the Top 3 new technologies of 2013 from DPS that have generated a lot of interest since being announced:

  1. Battery System Monitor (BSM)
    Batteries are expensive, and your sites can go dark if they fail (that's also expensive). For this reason, battery monitoring can pay for itself very quickly. The BSM integrates with the NetGuardian remotes you may already have in your network. Each pair of battery cells receives a wireless monitoring node, and data is transmitted back to the NetGuardian for reporting via SNMP, web interface, T/Mon master station, email, etc.
    See application diagram and full details
  2. Micro-OTDR for pinpointing fiber cuts
    New SFP modules are equipped with built-in OTDR (optical time-domain reflectometer) to measure the distance to a fiber cut or disturbance. When a break is detected, the SFP module sends an SNMP trap back to T/Mon to indicate the distance to the break (measured in meters). T/Mon will display the break on a T/GFX map display or forward the alarm to a higher-level master station.
    See application diagram and full details
  3. Propane/Diesel fuel tank level monitoring (wired or wireless sensors)
    Just as important as battery monitoring, you simply have to know how much fuel you have in your generator tanks. If you run dry, your sites may go down. At best, you're probably making unnecessary site visits to check the tank level. Whether you use propane or diesel, you can integrate tank-level sensing into NetGuardian remotes. If you'd prefer not to run expensive conduit to the tank (or need to keep the tank electrically isolated), you can even use long-life-battery-powered wireless sensors.
    See application diagram and full details