How to Choose A Battery Monitoring System
Your battery monitoring will be more effective with these essential features:
- Monitor every part of your power supply: 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 system that can watch many different alarm inputs and spot critical alarm combinations.
- Support for other environmental alarms: You need to monitor more than batteries. Make sure your next system monitors all your remote site environmental factors, including humidity, flooding, power and security.
- Integrated support for monitoring your whole network: Batteries and other remote site environmentals can't be viewed separately from your whole network. Look for a system that can also monitor your revenue-generating equipment like switches, routers, microwave radios, and more.
Select one of the following options to start evaluating battery monitoring system solutions...
Checklist: Remote Equipment Monitoring Essentials
Battery 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 essential 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.
Essential alarm sorting and analysis functions
- Alarm sorting: A large, complex network can create a cascade of alarms. Some are unimportant, but others are critical. Look for a system that can automatically sort and prioritize this flood of information for you.
- History and trend analysis: Identify problem areas and eliminate recurring problems with a system that keeps a complete alarm history that's exportable for trend analysis.
- Root cause analysis: Finding the underlying cause between alarm cascades can take hours of patient detective work. Look for a system that can automatically correlate 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 system that filters these out.
Key alarm presentation and notification functions
- Detailed alarm notifications: Summary "major/minor" alarms don't give you enough information to make dispatch decisions. Look for a network alarm monitoring system that includes detailed diagnostic information in each alarm.
- Pager and e-mail notifications: Pager and e-mail notifications let your field techs respond to alarms while they're still in the field, speeding repairs and reducing windshield time. Look for a system with SMS support, which can send detailed alarm notifications to alpha pagers, cell phones, and PDAs.
- Alarm correction instructions: Detailed instructions included in alarm notifications ensure that system operators, without extra training, will know precisely what to do and who to call if an alarm happens.
- 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.
Critical alarm collection and device management functions
- Control relays: Many common site problems, from power outages to high temperature alarms, can be solved by quickly turning on 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.
- SNMP support and ping alarms: If you're responsible for both telecom and IP equipment, consolidate all your monitoring on one system.
- 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.
- Live analog monitoring: You can't adequately monitor battery levels, temperature, and humidity with one-threshold contact closures. Look for support for analog inputs, including live monitoring of actual analog values.
- Back-up dial-up reporting: Don't rely on your primary 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.
"Every equipment monitoring system I make is backed by my no-risk, money-back guarantee. If you buy my equipment 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
This is just a checklist of basic monitoring functions. If you want to find a battery monitoring system that meets and exceeds your requirements, select one of the options below ... Battery Alerts Dry-Fit Battery Cell Voltage/Temperature Sensors Available for Qualified Professionals Current Measurement Battery Damage Battery Voltage Monitoring Knowledge Base Battery Level Tracking Battery Management System Battery Management Battery Monitoring System Details are Importantl; Suggested Features for Remote Alarm Monitoring and Control Battery Trending Monitor Your Batteries for Superior Reliability Maximize Coverage of You Battery Cells with a Battery Voltage Monitor Monitor Battery Voltages and Temperatures with the NetGuardian 216 Battery Voltage