If you are doing reaserch about remote monitoring, you most likely came across the word "RTU" a couple of times. Specially if you want to deploy a brand new monitoring system for your network, it's critical that you understand what this equipment is and what exactly it does.
First, in order to understand the definition of an RTU, you need to know what the letters RTU stand for. There are actually two different definitions, but they mean almost exactly the same thing:
Remote Terminal Unit (RTU)
Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU)
So, let's break down these 3 words, in order to understand remote telemetry units and remote terminal unit's definition.
An RTU is a electronic device that you install at a remote location to monitor and control the other equipment you have there (plus relevant environmental values like temperature, humidity, and water leakage that have a direct effect on electronic equipment).
There's not much reason to have an RTU where you have full-time staffing, because those areas are already covered by watchful personnel at all times (OK, someone could fall asleep on the job, but you get the idea).
This device is going to act as a terminal or system for transmitting telemetry data and information. It's a terminal in the sense that data is collected from individual pieces of your equipment, aggregated at the RTU, then sent to you using your chosen communications method. The alarm data that's sent to you is known as "telemetry".
The word "telemetry" is also commonly used in hospitals to describe very similar data: a patient's health status (which is not much different from your network equipment's health status).
An RTU is a single unit/device that performs the functions described above.
RTUs are an integral part of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. SCADA system is a monitoring and control system that is integral to many industries including power utilities, and manufacturing.
These supervisory and data acquisition systems are all about process control and information gathering. This ensures that a site manager has all the information they need. You can read more about SCADA here.
Now that you know what RTUs are and what they actually do, you might be curious about their specific capabilities and how you can select the perfect-fit unit for your real-world scenario.
If so, you can always talk to one of our application engineers as well. They are experts in remote monitoring and can direct you to the best option for your network - no commitment required. So, give us a call today and learn more about RTUs and how they can benefit you.
If you want to test out an RTU in your lab or at one of your remote sites, you'll need to get a free evaluation unit from a manufacturer. There are 3 primary ways to do this...
by Andrew Erickson on March 5, 2019
You've decided it's time to buy an RTU to monitor your remote sites, but how do you decide which model is the best fit? Today, we're going to look at the top 3 things you need to think about when you're choosing an RTU...
by Andrew Erickson on February 11, 2019
You need to see DPS gear in action. Get a live demo with our engineers.
Check out our White Paper Series!
A complete library of helpful advice and survival guides for every aspect of system monitoring and control.
Have a specific question? Ask our team of expert engineers and get a specific answer!
Sign up for the next DPS Factory Training!
Whether you're new to our equipment or you've used it for years, DPS factory training is the best way to get more from your monitoring.Reserve Your Seat Today