SNMP Alarm Monitoring From Your Android, IPhone Or Other Smartphone Mobile Web Browser.

SNMP protocol has become the standard protocol for remote monitoring. It's a simple, open protocol and is most commonly used for many monitoring units today. It consists of 5 SNMP TRAP commands that allow the transfer of information between your RTU and the SNMP Manager. But, in today's world it's not enough to just have an easy, open protocol. To have a successful monitoring system, you have to have the right gear. SNMP is only one small part of the system. RTUs are important, but if you have more than a few sites, the SNMP Manager is the key to your sucess.

SNMP Alarm Manager Checklist: What your SNMP Manager Should Do.

For this system to be reliable, your SNMP manager needs to have at least a few key features that allow you to know exactly what is happening at all of your remote sites. These basic features include:

  • Mediate several protocols to communicate with all of your equipment.
  • Send detailed alarms to the appropriate person.
  • Have a user-friendly web browser interface for easy alarm viewing.
  • History, trending, and root cause analysis.
  • Supports over 25 protocols: ASCII, DCP, DCPF, DCPX, DNP3, E2A, SNMP, TABS, TBOS, TL1, and more.
  • Supports legacy devices and protocols from Badger, Cordell, Granger, Larse, NEC, Pulsecom, and Teltrac.
T/Mon mobile web interface on Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphones
The T/Mon web interface is accessible on any smartphone with a web browser. Android, iOS/iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphone examples are shown above.

Smartphones - Monitoring Devices of the Future, and the Present! See Your Entire Network in the Palm of Your Hand.

With the popularity of smartphones, it is also essential for companies to offer a mobile platform to monitor your SNMP devices on. If you have a large number of remote sites, this feature can be especially helpful, as you can check your units from anywhere, as long as you have a cell phone and internet access.

Of course, it's easy enough to monitor a small network (10 sites or fewer) with direct text messages/emails from the RTUs themselves to your smartphone. You could also theoretically access the web interfaces of each RTU from your phone, but it's unusual for those interfaces to be designed with smaller smartphone screens in mind. If you're looking to monitor SNMP from your smartphone, however, you probably have a larger network that justifies a central, aggregating SNMP manager.

What you need is an SNMP manager that has a smartphone-specific interface: either a mobile-formatted web interface or a dedicated app. You shouldn't always have to use this (a big screen is still convenient when you happen to be at your desk), but you should be able to seamlessly switch to your Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, or other smartphone when you're out in the field.

Here's a video example of a Smartphone mobile browser from the web:

The T/Mon SNMP Manager - Everything you need to Monitor your SNMP and Non-SNMP Gear.

One quality SNMP manager is the T/Mon Alarm Master Station by DPS Telecom. In fact, it is more than an "SNMP manager", because it's compatible with a range of other standards (ex. DNP3, Modbus) and various legacy and proprietary protocols. It does have a smartphone-compatible web interface, however, and all those other protocols just mean that you're not limited to monitoring SNMP traps from your phone - you can monitor just about anything. All your equipment can now be seamlessly monitored by one Master Station - all from your phone.

Aside from mediating over 25 protocols and the mobile friendly feature, both the web interface and the mobile platform allow you to track history and trend analysis of you alarms. If there is an alarm that has a pattern (ie a short that cuts power everytime the sprinklers outside turn on) you will be able to detect it through trend analysis. Root cause is also a major feature, allowing you to only recieve critical alarms.

The T/Mon can send detailed alarm notifications via SMS message or email. As soon as an alarm is sent to the manager, the appropriate tech or supervisor is notified. But this notification goes above and beyond cryptic numbers and abbreviations that need to be decoded. The notifications sent from the T/Mon are detailed allow you to prepare to fix the problem before you send your tech hours to the site. You can send the tech with the right information and equipment the first time, saving you time, money and costly truck-rolls. You will be much happier and so will your techs.

The T/Mon also offers many other features, but if you need something that DPS doesn't automatically include, give them a call! DPS Telecom manufactures all units in house, which gives them the flexibility to custom manufacture any device to your specific needs. Want a custom fit with out the custom price tag? DPS is the solution for you. By using combination of 80% pre-designed features and 20% new features, you get exactly what you need without breaking the bank. There's no more buying capacity you don't need or compromising on the features you really do need.

You can't afford to not monitor your remote sites and gear. You need an SNMP Manager with smartphone capabilities that fits your needs and budget. Call DPS Telecom today for more information or to get a Pricing Quote.

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