When we step up the capacity, keeping everything else exactly the same, we will have a medium full-service RTU. They will be in the $1100 range (USD).
Medium "full service" RTUs will cost around $1100.
These remotes will have around 16 discretes, and usually 2-8 of analogs and 2-8 relays. They are medium-sized, but everything else from the small full-service RTU list (see above) remains the same. You should expect excellent quality, excellent service, free training, and free tech support. The only difference is the bigger capacity.
The middle of RTU industry price range is about $2500 (USD). For that price, you can get yourself a purpose-built RTU. These remotes will have fully customized transport and protocol exactly the way that you need them. The mounting and the form factor - if you need something special beyond 19"/23" rack mount - can be designed in a custom way that mates with an existing product or fits in a tight cabinet, etc. At this price range, all kinds of customizations are possible. Find a manufacturer that will give you them.
Purpose-built RTUs will cost around $2500.
You might have legacy mediation so that the RTU can actually process legacy protocols on-site. It will convert them to something like an SNMP trap, and then send that back to your central manager.
With these RTUs, you can also get high input and output counts. You might have 32 or 64 discrete inputs, 8-16 analogs, and 8-16 control relays.
For these products, you will be getting built-in quality. That's because, in order to get customizations, you have to have a manufacturer who has control over their whole process in-house.
Be careful, however. Make sure you're dealing with a company who's being doing customizations for a while. They should have a strong collection of design elements and not be inventing everything from scratch. This way, they're just assembling a new design for you that has, maybe, one new thing. The rest of your custom RTU will simply be a unique arrangement of features that have already been proven in other designs.
These RTUs have legacy capability, which means that they can deal with legacy transport and legacy equipment in modern networks. Basically, the reality of any modern evolved network is that it has all kinds of different equipment ages in it.
Nearing the top of the industry price range at $4000-$5000 (USD), you'll generally pay more for an RTU with advanced "legacy + modern" capabilities. But the advantages are obvious.
RTUs that have legacy capabilities will cost around $4000-$5000.
You might see multiple transports and protocols. For example, you might have a dial modem (POTS), plus a serial connection (RS232/RS485), plus LAN. You might have multiple different protocols, so you can send across different transport from the same remote (and even fail over from one to the next to the next).
High input/output counts are a given in this price range. You can see 64 or even 80 discretes, 16 or maybe even 32 analogs, and 16-32 relays.
At this price, this RTU can be totally customized for you. Whatever you need can be designed and built to your exact specifications (good manufacturers can do this will a minimum order of about a dozen units). Expect nothing but top-quality components, excellent manufacturing, and future guarantees.
I've given you a brief overview of the major factors and price tiers in the RTU marketplace. The exact price of your RTU will really depend on your individual needs.
Contact DPS Telecom for a free consultation (1-800-693-0351 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Just tell an expert what you're trying to accomplish. You'll get an exact price for a perfect-fit RTU. We'll always include with any sales proposal:
A list of the requirements we heard from you
What we propose to meet each of your requirements
A full text explanation with technical details
A complete application drawing customized for your network and future RTU
A DPS sales proposal will help you make sure that any RTU you consider is the perfect match for you and your network.
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