Network Monitor Software For Effective Alarm Management

Make your network monitor software more effective by choosing a system with these key features ...

  • Alarm collection and device management: Don't settle for a limited network monitor software. Get multi protocol support for every monitoring device in your network, plus discrete alarms, analog alarms, ping alarms, and redundant path reporting.
  • Alarm sorting and analysis: Make sense of alarm cascades with automatic intelligent alarm sorting, filtering, processing, and trend analysis.
  • Alarm presentation and notification: Send detailed alarm descriptions and correction instructions to NOC and field techs via pager notifications and web interfaces.

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Checklist: Network Monitor Software Essentials

Checklist of Network Monitor Software features

Here's a handy checklist of essential features you should look for in a network monitor software solution. Print this checklist out and use it to rate the network monitor software you're evaluating. If any network monitor software can't meet these basic requirements, cross it off your list.

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.
  • 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.
  • Multi protocol support for your existing devices: Make sure your alarm monitoring software supports alarm collection 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.
  • SNMP support and ping alarms: If you're responsible for both telecom and IP equipment, consolidate all your monitoring on one network monitor software.
  • 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 network monitor software that supports dial-up alternate path reporting.

Essential alarm sorting and analysis functions

  • Custom combination alarms: 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 network monitor software that can watch many different alarm inputs and spot critical alarm combinations.
  • History and trend analysis: Identify problem areas and eliminate recurring problems with a network monitor software 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 network monitor software 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 network monitor software that filters these out.
  • Alarm sorting: A large, complex network can create a cascade of alarms. Some are unimportant, but others are critical. Look for a network monitor software that can automatically sort and prioritize this flood of information for you.
Bob Berry - CEO, DPS Telecom, Network Monitor Software Specialist

"All the network monitor software I make are 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

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 monitor software 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 network monitor software with SMS support, which can send detailed alarm notifications to alpha pagers, cell phones, and PDAs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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