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If you are have a group of legacy RTUs in your network, you need to consider finding a modern master that is compatible with their older protocol. This gives you reliability in the present and a migration path for the future - without an expensive swapout of your old RTUs. You can keep using your legacy RTUs for as long as they continue to perform.
Legacy RTUs (Remote Telemetry Units) may be able to provide you with some of the alarm monitoring functions you desire, but they cannot give you all of the benefits of modern equipment. However, almost no one can afford to purchase all new equipment. This problem can be avoided by undertaking a gradual legacy migration, beginning with an advanced alarm master. In this example, a 4-Wire VF is migrated to the new VF-VOIP.
The first step in the legacy migration process is to deploy a modern alarm master. This modern master must be able to communicate in legacy protocols that are used by your existing RTUs, as well as modern protocols like SNMP. This will enable your modern master to bring in alarms from legacy remotes so you can gradually replace them with new RTUs.
A modern master, of course, will do more than simply maintain your existing network visibility with your existing RTUs. Once alarms are received by your master, it can apply all of its analytical tools and notification methods. Your new advanced master will be able to send you automatic alarm notifications via pager or email, letting you know instantly when there is a problem at any of your sites (regardless of RTU age).
Advanced masters also provide for alarm point grouping. This allows you to define your own categories of alarms, allowing the master to group them into lists within the browser view of alarm notifications. Categorizing alarms by severity or location, you will be able to quickly dispatch technicians in the most logical manner.
You'll save money with a modern master providing troubleshooting and repair assistance for your technicians. With alarm notifications that provide location details and repair instructions, your technicians will be able to make network repairs much more quickly. Your network downtime will decrease, freeing your technicians for other, more proactive network projects.
With more time available, your technicians will be free to install modern remotes as you enter the second stage of the migration process: Modern masters allow you to seamlessly transition from your legacy remotes to advanced RTUs, ensuring that you won't lose total network visibility during a swap. As your modern master will support both your new and old equipment, you can purchase remotes over time as your budget allows.
A gradual migration process is a cost-effective way to gradually improve your monitoring. With vendors closing their doors, and support becoming unavailable, you will not be able to operate your legacy equipment forever. Don't let your network monitoring deteriorate while you search for replacements for failed legacy equipment. Begin a gradual migration process to ensure your network uptime as you transition to modern equipment.
With the T/Mon, you can do just that, and more. T/Mon is an advanced master that supports over 25 protocols, many of which are proprietary legacy protocols. The ultra-reliable T/Mon monitoring platform will protect your network against lengthy outages by supporting both legacy and modern RTUs and displaying all of your alarms on one screen.
T/Mon provides all of the advanced features you need from your monitoring system. With T/Mon, you will reduce repair times with automatic pager and email alarm notifications that provide detailed repair instructions for your technicians. With notification scheduling, you will be able to specify exactly which technicians should receive alarm notifications at which times, enabling you to coordinate your monitoring with your staff schedule.
To help you further maximize your technician dispatching, T/Mon provides alarm point grouping that you can control. By customizing the alarm categories to the needs of your organization, you can make your T/Mon work in the way that is most effective for your organizational structure.
T/Mon provides many more functions to help you modernize your monitoring system at your own pace. With T/Mon, you'll have peace of mind knowing that an equipment failure won't leave you unsupported and without options when you need them. Monitor your legacy alarms by deploying T/Mon.