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How to Configure A Wireless Propane Sensor

Monitoring your fuel levels is crucial to maintaining uptime and functionality. Without knowledge of the level of fuel remaining in your tank, you will have to send out technicians to your sites to constantly check on them. What's worse, is when a tank runs out of fuel when you need it most - during an outage.

by Ryan Ridley on May 28, 2020

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Where Can Vulnerabilities Be Found in SCADA Systems?

Since SCADA systems allow for managing and control of critical equipment and processes, it's important to find any vulnerabilities within your system so you can protect it against cyber attacks.

by Morgana Siggins on May 28, 2020

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Benefits That a SCADA System Brings to Your Organization

SCADA systems give you the tools to monitor and maintain your network uptime from wherever you are. But that's not all. Take a look at some benefits that a SCADA system can give you.

by Morgana Siggins on May 27, 2020

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Choose an SNMP Tool to Guarantee Network Uptime

Learn what SNMP monitoring is and important features your SNMP tool should support to guarantee the efficiency of your network.

by Morgana Siggins on May 22, 2020

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Tips on How to Use the Debug Menu of a NetGuardian

DPS equipment is designed to be powerful, robust, and reliable. We want to help you minimize the amount of time you spend visiting your site to fix or check on things, so you can focus on what's more important to your business.

by Ryan Ridley on May 21, 2020

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Protect Your Company With Network Visibility

Learn what exactly network visibility means and how it will help you protect your company against security threats.

by Morgana Siggins on May 19, 2020

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How to Configure Your NetGuardian for the First Time

Our goal is to make your life easier. Equipment from DPS is designed to last for over 10 years, so you can set it up and let it do its job without interruptions. We want to make sure your network is reliable...

by Ryan Ridley on May 18, 2020

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What is a Direct Digital Control System

If your facilities are not equipped with a direct digital control (DDC) system, keep in mind that this can be a worthwhile investment. Learn what exactly these systems are.

by Morgana Siggins on May 15, 2020

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What are ground isolated RTUs?

We offer many different build options on our units to meet our client's needs. We want to make your monitoring job as easy as possible, so we want to work with you to meet the unique needs of your company...

by Ryan Ridley on May 15, 2020

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Optimize Your SCADA System

Not all SCADA systems are built the same way. Some of them are not built to help you get an efficient network. Learn how you can optimize your SCADA system.

by Morgana Siggins on May 13, 2020

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How to Configure Derived Controls

In network monitoring, it's important to be able to activate and deactivate your equipment remotely. Without being able to control power, you'll eventually fall victim to runaway units and situations where you can't stop potential damage to your equipment.

by Ryan Ridley on May 8, 2020

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Reduce Energy Consumption with an Economizer System

Learn how to efficiently cool down your remote sites while monitoring them and saving energy.

by Morgana Siggins on May 7, 2020

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Top 3 Common Network and Communication Issues

In this article, we covered three common scenarios where a network may cause communication issues due to tightened security and firewall rules, and how to safely allow traffic without compromising the security of your network.

by Julian Coleman on May 7, 2020

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Get Situational Awareness Over Your Pipelines With a SCADA HMI

Having a competent SCADA HMI is critical to have situational awareness over your pipeline and to achieve operational goals. Learn how a SCADA HMI can help you to assure the efficiency of your pipelines.

by Morgana Siggins on May 6, 2020

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Configuring Your T/Mon GFX

T/Mon GFX is an intuitive network visibility experience. This powerful interface provides a graphical alarm presentation using images of maps, floor plans, and other graphical representations that give operators and technicians visibility of the entire network.

by Julian Coleman on May 1, 2020

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Reduce Maintenance Costs Using a Remote Monitoring System

Maintaining your remote site's performance is essential to guarantee the cost-efficiency of your network. Learn some strategies for reducing maintenance costs using remote monitoring systems.

by Morgana Siggins on May 1, 2020

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How to Upgrade Your RTU's Firmware

Let's take a look at the different ways you can upgrade your RTU's firmware, common issues you can run into, as well as things to look out for.

by Julian Coleman on April 29, 2020

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How to Guarantee Remote Monitoring Equipment Reliability

One of our core principles here at DPS is reliability. In remote telemetry monitoring, reliable equipment can make or break a deal. What good is your equipment if it fails when you need it most?

by Ryan Ridley on April 29, 2020

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Choosing an HMI SCADA For a Manufacturing Facility

Learn how to choose the right HMI SCADA to maintain your manufacturing operations running efficiently.

by Morgana Siggins on April 27, 2020

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Understanding Modbus RTU

If in your SCADA system, you have the Modbus RTU protocol then it's critical that you understand how this protocol works in order to have an efficient remote monitoring system. Learn more about Modbus RTU.

by Morgana Siggins on April 23, 2020

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Modern Analog Comparator & Distribution Panel

A few years ago, we were approached by a major subway system operator to replace their legacy audio selection/distribution panels. The old distribution panel wasn't getting the job done, and they wanted us to build a...

by Andrew Erickson on April 22, 2020

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DPS Site Visit Increases Generator Visibility

At DPS, we've always focused on building strong and positive relationships with our clients. Our mission is to offer perfect-fit monitoring solutions, and nothing less. Occasionally, we meet our clients to offer training and help tune up their monitoring..

by Jared Narbaitz on April 20, 2020

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Best SCADA Vendors

A SCADA system is an automation system that controls infrastructure and industrial processes, and reports network status. When looking for your SCADA vendor, it's important to know all your options to make an informed decision.

by Morgana Siggins on April 20, 2020

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What a Managed PDU Can Do

Managed PDUs have many features that can improve your company's efficiency. Learn what managed PDUs can do and uncover its many benefits.

by Morgana Siggins on April 14, 2020

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SNMP Poll Vs SNMP Trap

The exchange of information in the SNMP protocol can be done via polling or via traps. Learn the details about these two methods to have an efficient monitoring system.

by Morgana Siggins on April 9, 2020

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How To Know If Your SNMP Managed Devices Are Still Online

SNMP messages are asynchronous so they're sent only when an issue needs to be reported. But, if a managed device fails or loses connectivity, you won't know that something is wrong. Learn how you can make sure your devices are still online.

by Morgana Siggins on April 7, 2020

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Remote Monitor Your Water Tanks

Water tanks are used in a wide variety of industries and it's in consensus that it's very important to know their levels. Learn how you can manage your water tanks with a monitoring system.

by Morgana Siggins on April 2, 2020

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Choosing a Monitoring System For Cold Food Storage

When managing the temperature in a cold food storage facility, simply buying a thermometer is not enough. Monitoring your facility is vital to detect issues that could risk your products. Learn how to properly monitor and protect your cold food storage facility.

by Morgana Siggins on March 30, 2020

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Building Access Systems Enhance Hospital Security

Hospitals should be a secure environment. Sensitive areas should be restricted and monitored to avoid any issues. This can be efficiently done by a Building Access System.

by Morgana Siggins on March 25, 2020

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Remote Monitoring Systems Help Public Safety Communications Reliability

Everyday people put their lives on the hands of a 911 call. Learn how remote monitoring systems help these public safety communications to be always reliable.

by Morgana Siggins on March 24, 2020

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The TL1 Protocol

TL1 is a legacy protocol, but it is still an important tool in the monitoring industry. Learn more about the TL1 and how this protocol can help you have visibility over your monitoring system.

by Morgana Siggins on March 19, 2020

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Understanding the DNP3 Protocol

Understand the DNP3 protocol and learn how to successfully implement and maintain a DNP3 remote monitoring system to manage your network.

by Morgana Siggins on March 16, 2020

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Monitoring Environmental Conditions Best Practices

One important way to reduce your network vulnerability is by monitoring environmental conditions. Follow simple best practices to protect your network and your investment.

by Morgana Siggins on March 13, 2020

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Vertical Integration Can Help You Achieve a Perfect-Fit Remote Monitoring Solution

Your network is unique and often an off-the-shelf monitoring solution won't meet all your needs. So, ensure your potential vendor can develop a perfect-fit monitoring solution. It's only possible with vertical integration.

by Morgana Siggins on March 10, 2020

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Finding the Best Remote Terminal Unit for Your Oil and Gas Remote Sites

There's a famous black-and-white photo of Long Beach, California, from the 1920s. Beachgoers swarm the sands, and even without color, you can see it's a beautiful California day. Behind them, incongruent, are hundreds of huge oil derricks, mere yards from the people and the ocean. The derricks, like the people, are having a delightful day at the beach. Still, as any oil or gas person will...

by Andrew Erickson on March 5, 2020

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Monitoring Fiber Optic Networks

Learn how to efficiently monitor fiber optic networks, and walk through the necessary components of a complete fiber fault monitoring system and the benefits of fiber fault management.

by Morgana Siggins on March 5, 2020

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SCADA Programming and Training for Railroad Professionals Needing Remote Monitoring Solutions

Here's a fun fact about railroads. When they were first built across the country, there was a sudden need for time to be standardized. After all, if every town has their own idea of when "3:30" is, there would be chaos. Time zones, which impact so much of our lives, were invented because of the railroads. To say that railroads have always been important is understating...

by Andrew Erickson on March 3, 2020

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Avoid Legacy SNMP Threats with SNMPv3

Legacy SNMP versions don't have the same security level of SNMPv3 and that brings risks to your company. Learn to avoid security threats by mediating your legacy SNMP gear to SNMPv3.

by Morgana Siggins on March 3, 2020

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Telemetry Functions Your SNMP Manager Should Support

Don't spend your budget on an SNMP manager that will not meet all your requirements, you need to make sure your device is capable of providing important features - that you won't see on an off-the-shelf SNMP manager.

by Morgana Siggins on February 28, 2020

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The Top 4 Applications for Remote Water Tank Monitoring

Many industries depend on their remote water tanks. Ensuring that they remain full and free from leaks requires continual visits. But visits to these distant locations cost money related to employees, fuel, and vehicle wear and tear. If visits are scheduled around average estimates of water use, they can fail to respond to actual conditions. This results in wasted drive time, without eliminating the chance of...

by Andrew Erickson on February 27, 2020

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Similarities and Differences Between SCADA and DCS

Learn the similarities and differences between SCADA and DCS and decide which system is best for your monitoring project.

by Morgana Siggins on February 26, 2020

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Monitoring River Levels Today: How Communities Use SCADA Systems for Early Flood Warning

There's a critical period of only 12 to 48 hours between the time a flood watch is issued before it becomes a widespread disaster and before flooding occurs. Preventing people and property from bearing the brunt of water's power is one of the chief duties of modern society. Early flood warning is a way to save lives and save property, which is why more municipalities, states, and...

by Andrew Erickson on February 25, 2020

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Mistakes When Managing Remote Systems

Remote monitoring mistakes can prevent you from realizing the huge benefits from network alarm management and the reliability it can bring to your communications and data network. Let's take a look at these three fatal mistakes and the secrets to avoiding them.

by Morgana Siggins on February 21, 2020

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Get Your Remote Monitoring Equipment From an OEM

If monitoring is required for your next big project, you've got to make the decision of whether or not you should turn to experts for help. Take a look at why selecting an OEM vendor is the best option if you need to deploy a remote monitoring system.

by Morgana Siggins on February 19, 2020

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Best Practices for Remote Monitoring in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Remote monitoring helps lower risk and improve operations at wastewater treatment plants. The large physical footprint of wastewater treatment plants renders human monitoring costly and difficult. By installing remote terminal units (RTUs) at the sites of important assets, managers gain insight into the real-time equipment and environmental conditions across their network. Armed with constant knowledge of network conditions, managers can more accurately schedule maintenance, allocate resources, and...

by Andrew Erickson on February 18, 2020

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Setting Notifications on T/Mon and Applying Them to a Monitored Device

Paging, emails and text messages take network alarm monitoring to wherever you are. Notifications via pager, email or text message is a standard feature on T/Mon. Learn how you can set notifications on T/Mon so you can get the most out of this feature.

by Morgana Siggins on February 14, 2020

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Finding the Best Remote Monitoring System for Hydroponic Planting Media

In 1900, the population of the world was 1.6 billion. That was about a 50% jump from 100 years before. Fast-forward to today to 7.5 billion, and it's expected to reach 10 billion by 2100. While that's largely because of very positive things like disease eradication and plummeting child mortality, it also means there are a lot of mouths to feed. All of us need to...

by Andrew Erickson on February 13, 2020

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Remote Monitoring Increases FTTH Service Reliability

Many people don't know they can and need to monitor their FTTH network. Learn how remote monitoring increases the reliability of your FTTH services.

by Morgana Siggins on February 12, 2020

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Remote Telemetry Modules for Real-time, Effective Monitoring and Control

In controlled facilities like medical and research labs, minor differences in conditions can result in major differences in outcome. Fluctuations in temperature or humidity can spoil the production of delicate products, or invalidate the results of experiments. Preventing the loss of costly products and experiments requires constant monitoring of both primary environmental conditions, and the systems which control them. Security and recordkeeping are also critical capabilities...

by Andrew Erickson on February 11, 2020

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Remote Monitoring Protects You Against Copper Theft

It's always important to monitor activity at your remote sites, and the ones with lots of copper are especially at risk. Learn how remote monitoring systems can help you protect your network against copper theft.

by Morgana Siggins on February 7, 2020

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Operating a Successful SCADA System for Utilities

Utilities, even when they are private, are designed for the public. The public relies on utilities for electricity, for water, for communications--in short, for everything that we use as a society. That's a lot of pressure. Utilities have to be on the ball, every day, every hour, and every minute, or else the public suffers - and so does...

by Andrew Erickson on February 6, 2020

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Key-Features of a Battery Voltage Monitoring Device

To maximize your network's reliability and to facilitate maintenance planning, you have monitor your critical battery power. Learn what you should look for in a battery monitoring device.

by Morgana Siggins on February 5, 2020

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Implementing Advanced Remote Monitoring of Equipment

The basic purpose of remote monitoring of equipment is to provide companies the ability to know what their expensive, revenue-generating assets are doing at all times. Remote terminal units (RTUs) and other remote monitoring devices are installed near equipment and assets at remote sites. There, RTUs track equipment conditions, environmental conditions, and even site security. When warning indicators are detected, they alert employees, who can prepare...

by Andrew Erickson on February 4, 2020

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Generator Monitoring Best Practices

In a power outage, your generators will keep your network up and running. But, how do you know that your generators will work exactly as you need them to, when you need them the most? Learn the generator monitoring best practices.

by Morgana Siggins on January 30, 2020

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Capitalizing on Intelligent Remote Terminal Unit Offerings for Asset Protection

Imagine a corporation that takes all its revenue and decides to turn it into cash. Back at the office, they store the cash in a utility closet at the far end of the facility, where no one ever really is. There's a leaky pipe in the closet and a window that doesn't quite close. And, oh yeah, the lock doesn't work. Obviously, that's unimaginable. Everyone knows...

by Andrew Erickson on January 30, 2020

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Weather-Proof Your Telecom Network

While your daily functions are based on networks and commercial power, they become even more crucial during a storm. It's vital to know how to keep them online or at least reduce the time they're offline. Learn how to weather-proof your telecom network.

by Morgana Siggins on January 28, 2020

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How Remote Monitoring Simplifies Telecom Site Management

Remote site management in the telecom industry is complex. To be successful, managers must keep their communications equipment continuously operating. Any network downtime can be an extremely costly failure. At the same time, constantly staffing each site is cost-prohibitive. Sites are typically located far from one another, which creates a significant lag in personnel response times. Without workers onsite to prevent, diagnose, or repair problems, minor...

by Andrew Erickson on January 28, 2020

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The Benefits of Wireless Infrastructure Remote Monitoring and Management

There's an old philosophical question about trees falling in the forest with no one around. Does it make a sound? Well, any engineer will tell you: yes, and no. It produces sound waves. But if nothing can pick them up, it doesn't matter. In order for the "sound" to happen, there needs to be a connection between the sound producer and the receiver. It's pretty much...

by Andrew Erickson on January 23, 2020

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Identify and Solve SNMP Problems

Using the SNMP protocol to monitor your network can be a powerful tool for increasing your network reliability. And you don't need to be an SNMP expert to monitor your network effectively. Learn how to troubleshoot SNMP problems.

by Morgana Siggins on January 22, 2020

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How is SCADA Used for Water Systems?

Water systems take a lot of work to manage. Large and complex by nature, they are difficult to monitor continuously. Nevertheless, water systems are expected to function, on budget, at all times. Keeping the many filtration tanks, pumps, and pipes that make up a water system in operation requires active management and continual maintenance. Gaps in monitoring equipment activity can result in leaks that spring and...

by Andrew Erickson on January 21, 2020

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Network Fault Management

In order to prevent network downtime and equipment failures, it's necessary to have an efficient network fault management system with remote telemetry capabilities. Explore the concepts of a network fault management system.

by Morgana Siggins on January 20, 2020

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How SCADA Improves Railway Electrification

Recently, Indian Railways, the national railroad carrier of India, made a bold announcement: they would havecompletely electrified railroads by 2024 , and possibly earlier. With over a billion people, in a country largely dependent on railroads for transportation, this is a huge step in reducing carbon output. India isn't alone, of course. Many nations are switching to electrified railroads, or have always used them as their...

by Andrew Erickson on January 16, 2020

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Top 5 Sensors for your Remote Sites You Can't Ignore

Sensors allow important data to be gathered, then forwarded to you by a remote telemetry unit (RTU). So, having the right sensors for your scenario is the first step for an efficient monitoring system. Take a look at the top 5 most important sensors for remote sites

by Morgana Siggins on January 14, 2020

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A Comprehensive SNMP Configuration Guide for Effective Conversion

Companies with large physical footprints regularly contend with legacy equipment. Simply put, companies usually last longer than equipment. Every year, some new equipment is phased in and old equipment is phased out, on a rolling basis. In the era of modern communications technology, that means that older equipment may communicate using different protocols than newer equipment. Equipment from different manufacturers may also only communicate using a proprietary...

by Andrew Erickson on January 14, 2020

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Best Practices to Select a Temperature Monitoring Device

Temperature monitoring is a critical part of keeping your network online. A proactive temperature monitoring device can provide you with useful alerts, but you need to know what to look for. Learn the best practices to choose a temperature monitoring device.

by Morgana Siggins on January 13, 2020

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How to Reduce Telecom Truck Roll Costs?

Wasted telecom truck rolls means that you're paying your techs to spend hours sitting in a car, which greatly raises your costs and wastes their time. Having a monitoring system helps, but not all monitoring systems are created equal. To avoid unnecessary truck rolls, you need to know what the best systems should have.

by Morgana Siggins on January 9, 2020

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Optimizing Remote Tank Monitoring Solutions for Industrial Reliability

The Permian Basin in the southwest United States contains a vast oilfield where we drill into rock laid down over 250 million years ago. As part of the Permian geologic period, it's a reality of Deep Time. And yet, in order to keep our economy running, we have to do more than imaginable to control the riches these and other rocks keep buried within. We must...

by Andrew Erickson on January 9, 2020

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RTU vs. PLC: Which is Best for a Larger Geography?

Remote terminal units (RTUs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are both modern technological devices that impart connection to and control over mechanical objects and equipment from a distance. While their functions are similar, when comparing an RTU vs. a PLC,we quickly discover they are distinct technologies intended for separate purposes: PLCs are built to be production tools used for automated manufacturing. RTUs are monitoring tools used...

by Andrew Erickson on January 7, 2020

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A Rugged Remote Terminal Unit for the Smart Grid Market

Throughout recent months, as fires ravaged thousands of acres of California, the Northern California company PG&E was forced to make a terrible call tocompletely shut down power in many areas . They did so in order to lessen the impact of the fires, and almost certainly save lives, but it was hard on customers and at times, even deadly. As an example, a man in Pollock...

by Andrew Erickson on January 3, 2020

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Overview of Voice over IP (VoIP)

Do you need to connect everyone in your network, without the hassle of any phone lines? If so, then you need a Voice over IP solution (VoIP). Learn more about the fundamentals of a VoIP system.

by Morgana Siggins on January 2, 2020

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How to Manage an Effective Gas Well Monitoring System

For those in the oil or natural gas industry, you understand the moving parts of extraction. From an outside perspective, the process may appear simple but if you're in the industry, you know it's massively complex. Gas wells are responsible for the consistent extraction of different types of oil and natural gas to be separated and distributed. They are the backbone of the industry, operating in...

by Andrew Erickson on December 19, 2019

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Remote Monitoring Alerts to Your Phone

If you're responsible for remote network sites, you know you can't always be in front of a monitoring terminal. But, wherever you are, you always need to know about critical network threats.

by Morgana Siggins on December 18, 2019

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What Are The Best SCADA Training Classes?

If your operations rely on a SCADA system, it's vital that you get the most out of it. A SCADA training class can help you learn the full potential of your SCADA system. Know what to look for in a training.

by Morgana Siggins on December 18, 2019

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How a Remote Facility Monitoring System Improves Maintenance Quality and Security

Firefighters know that the more surface area something has, the more readily it will burn. This principle holds true metaphorically across a range of disciplines, including remote facility management. Remote facilities have a lot of "surface area" exposed to accidents, degradation, and damage. They house important primary equipment, such as telco apparatus, drilling equipment, and servers. Secondary systems like HVAC , power generators, and battery banks are...

by Andrew Erickson on December 17, 2019

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SNMP Proxy Best Practices - How to Choose

If you want to integrate your current network into SNMP alarm management, you'll need proxy devices. But what should you be looking for when choosing an SNMP proxy device? Learn the best practices to make sure your SNMP proxy is reliable.

by Morgana Siggins on December 16, 2019

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Types of RTUs: Which is Best for You?

Selecting the right RTU for your remote sites can be challenging. Since not all RTUs will perfectly fit in your current network it's important that you evaluate your options to make an informed decision.

by Morgana Siggins on December 16, 2019

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7 Things to Look For in a SCADA Operating System

A SCADA operating system is the main set of software on a device that handles all the system's processes. A good operating system can be very cost-effective. Evaluating SCADA systems can be hard though, so you need to know what to look for. Learn the main aspects of the best SCADA operating systems.

by Morgana Siggins on December 13, 2019

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3 Reasons Why You Need a Protocol Mediation Solution

Do you have older alarm monitoring gear operating on legacy protocols? If so, a protocol mediation solution can help you link your older equipment with modern systems. Learn how the protocol mediation works.

by Morgana Siggins on December 12, 2019

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How a Multiprotocol Master Station Can Overcome Systems Incompatibilities

Integration is the best way for working with diverse network monitoring systems, and with a multiprotocol master station it's easier than ever to combine all your network alarms into one platform. Learn more about how the right master station can help you integrate incompatible systems.

by Morgana Siggins on December 12, 2019

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Top 5 Causes of Network Failures

Whether you're a phone service provider, internet service provider or some other type of telecommunications company, it's your responsibility to ensure that your communication services are always operating correctly...

by Morgana Siggins on December 10, 2019

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Identifying a Cost-Effective Wastewater Treatment Plant Monitoring System

There's a reason why stories about the water in Flint draw so much attention. Especially in America, in the 21st century, people expect clean water. They expect basic sanitation. And, they expect clean water to flow through the taps. This clean, disease-free water is staggeringly new in human history, and that advancement is created by modern wastewater treatment plants. It's not a stretch to say that...

by Andrew Erickson on December 5, 2019

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Is a Low-Cost SCADA System Right For Me?

When searching for a SCADA system to give visibility over your network, it's important to know the differences between low-cost and full/normal price options. Learn the pros and cons of a low-cost SCADA, so you can make sure it's right for you.

by Morgana Siggins on December 4, 2019

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How to Monitor Beacon Lights Remotely

A tower light failure stops your daily actions, and increases your risk of heavy fines and liability. Learn how to properly remote monitor tower lights with an effective system.

by Morgana Siggins on December 4, 2019

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Top 3 SCADA Attack Prevention Strategies

With increased automation of network systems, SCADA security is a growing concern. It's vital that your SCADA data and devices are protected. Take a look at the top three SCADA attack prevention strategies.

by Morgana Siggins on December 4, 2019

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How SCADA Systems Can Be Used in Different Industries

Are you new to the SCADA world? If you need to deploy a new SCADA system, then you need to fully understand how to apply its monitoring and control capabilities to your specific scenario. Learn how to use a SCADA system.

by Morgana Siggins on December 4, 2019

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Beacon Light Monitoring: Automatic Monitoring Vs. Hiring 24 Hour Staff

To avoid fines and accidents, monitoring beacon lights is mandatory. There are two ways you can do this: deploying an automatic monitoring system or hiring 24 hour staff. To decide which one is best for you, learn the pros and cons of each option.

by Morgana Siggins on December 4, 2019

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Temperature Monitoring System: How it Works & How to Choose

Remote temperature monitoring is most commonly used in telecommunication or IT environments where computer equipment must work with high reliability and high visibility for many years. This kind of monitoring protects you from...

by Andrew Erickson on December 3, 2019

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NOC Best Practices for Remote Monitoring

A Network Operations Center (NOC) forms the vital link between detecting a network issue and implementing a solution. But how do you set up an effective NOC that avoids common (and expensive) mistakes? If you already have a NOC center, what can you do improve its performance? Learn NOC centers best practices for remote monitoring.

by Morgana Siggins on December 3, 2019

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How Much Does an SNMP Manager Cost?

You've decided that it's time for better remote monitoring visibility of your sites. You're doing research about the best SNMP managers, the capacity requirements of the site you're monitoring, comparing free vs. paid, and trying to get an understanding of that perfect-fit setup for your sites. However, the question that's always in the back of your mind - and in the mind of your boss - is how much will an SNMP manager cost?

by Andrew Erickson on December 3, 2019

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Pros and Cons of a Network Operations Centre

A Network Operations Centre (NOC) is a centralized location where operators directly support the efforts of remote monitoring your network and responding to potential problems. It forms the core of most medium or...

by Morgana Siggins on December 3, 2019

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SNMP MIB: The File That Powers All SNMP Communication

I'll break down the concept of SNMP, the MIB file, and OIDs, so you can take that knowledge with you when you're managing your network to keep everything running smoothly.

by Andrew Erickson on December 3, 2019

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Remote Monitoring Systems: Open Protocols Vs. Proprietary Protocols

In the telecom world, a protocol is the language that your RTU and master station use to communicate with each other. There are two major types of protocols: open and proprietary. Learn the differences between them.

by Morgana Siggins on December 3, 2019

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How Do I Update My Remote Monitoring System?

Do you know how to get the most modern monitoring system to protect your network? There are quick (and free) ways to upgrade your monitoring system right from your desk. Learn how.

by Morgana Siggins on December 3, 2019

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Windows SNMP Manager vs. Dedicated Hardware Manager

Whether you're switching from legacy telemetry devices or integrating non-SNMP remote alarm monitoring with an SNMP-based monitoring system, you need an SNMP manager that is able to provide you the visibility you need...

by Morgana Siggins on December 3, 2019

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What is SNMPWalk and When Should You Perform One?

There's an old saying you're probably familiar with: 'you have to walk before you can run.' Or maybe it isn't an old saying, maybe it's something you saw printed on vintage stock. Either way, it is certainly true. It's true in life, and it's true when setting up a system to monitor your remote stations. That's why, before you start running your monitoring network, you should...

by Andrew Erickson on December 3, 2019

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The Price of SCADA

A SCADA - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition - system is a computer application that is used to monitor and control a plant or equipment at the supervisory level. The term "SCADA", as it's normally used...

by Morgana Siggins on December 2, 2019

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How to Install a SCADA System

As you prepare to deploy a new SCADA system, it's important to know what's involved in an efficient SCADA installation. After all, it's more than simply attaching equipment on racks. See how to properly install your SCADA system.

by Morgana Siggins on December 2, 2019

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PID Controllers Vs RTUs

If you are researching about remote monitoring and control, chances are that you came across the words "PID controller" and "RTU" a couple of times. Especially if you need to deploy a brand new monitoring system for...

by Morgana Siggins on December 2, 2019

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How to Remotely Detect Tower Light Failures

If you have tower lights to monitor, you know that driving to the sites to physically check if all of them are working is not very efficient. There are easier ways that you can detect tower light failures. Learn how you can do this remotely.

by Morgana Siggins on November 22, 2019

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The Leading Remote Monitoring and Management Tools for Utilities

Remote monitoring is an indispensable function for utilities. By monitoring generators, transmission lines, and substations, utilities can detect equipment issues before they occur. This enables more accurate responsive maintenance. As opposed to simply relying on predictive failure models or reports of malfunctioning equipment, utilities can pinpoint emerging failure conditions and correct them. This decreases wasted travel and diagnostic time and prevents expensive downtime. Some issues, such...

by Andrew Erickson on November 14, 2019

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Developing the Best Substation SCADA System

Not too long ago, someone at the office was talking about SCUBA and asked if anyone knew what it stood for. One person insisted it didn't stand for anything, it's just what it was called - it's just SCUBA. Obviously, he was wrong ("Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus"), but that shows just how much SCUBA is part of our culture. It's just a word. Well, the same can be...

by Andrew Erickson on November 12, 2019

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14 Major SCADA Hacks/Threats and What You Can Learn From Them

SCADA systems collect and analyze data, and control functions, which makes them a target to hackers. The best way to get an insight about SCADA hacking and how you can defend your system is to learn from past incidents, here's a timeline of some major SCADA attacks.

by Morgana Siggins on November 7, 2019

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Why an Effective Asset Monitoring System is Critical for Telecom Infrastructure

Telecom means different things to users and operators. When telecom users think of networks, they think of their phones and other devices, and possibly of the invisible currents providing their service. When they think of something going wrong, they tend to think of the "signal being lost;" which, while it's true, it's also far from the entire story. Telecom operators know that there is a physical...

by Andrew Erickson on November 7, 2019

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Implementing Advanced Positive Train Control Technology (PTC)

While several U.S rail companies have not yet fully implemented Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, it remains certain that they will shortly. First mandated in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, thedeadline for full PTC implementationlooms. Installation of equipment has been accomplished onall Class I railroads , and 91% of route-miles have fully implemented PTC. Testing and activation remain on just 9% of Class 1...

by Andrew Erickson on November 5, 2019

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Remote Infrastructure Monitoring: Top Strategies for Better Results

Very few people truly grasp the vast network that keeps the world running. People rarely see the endless telecom towers that keep us connected, or the seamlessly-connected utilities that keep our electricity flowing and water running. They don't see it, but they rely on it to run without question. If you're in charge of the network of stations that keep the world moving, you know the...

by Andrew Erickson on October 31, 2019

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How Can SNMP in Networking Improve Company Strategy?

Graphic user interface (GUI) for smart management and visibility "Large" has many dimensions. Commonly, we think of a large company as one which has a significant number of employees. But describing a company as large can also signal a widespread physical footprint, like hundreds of telecom towers or thousands of gas wells. Even if businesses don't sprawl hundreds of miles, they can have hundreds of pieces...

by Andrew Erickson on October 29, 2019

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Implementing an Effective Remote Tower Management System

Smoke swirls slowly from the top of a cell phone tower, almost like a pleasant chimney outlined against the slate-gray sky. Within a few minutes, though, the entire tower is ablaze, dark black smoke pouring into the sky, as first responders debate how to put it out. The electrical units at ground level are sparking and flaming, and determining how to end it is not easy....

by Andrew Erickson on October 24, 2019

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How to Prevent Copper Wire Theft with Remote Control

Industries including telecom, oil and gas, and railroads all rely on remote, unmanned facilities to perform daily operations. As unmanned stations, these facilities allow companies to accomplish their objectives. They're necessarily unstaffed, as no company can afford to pay the high costs of staffing numerous, far-flung outposts. Unfortunately, this coin has two sides. Without staff on-site, these facilities are vulnerable to copper wire theft. Copper wire...

by Andrew Erickson on October 22, 2019

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Remote Terminal Unit Manufacturers: The Ultimate Guide

If you ever want to hear a lot of crickets, ask a room full of engineers if they like having a partial solution. Ask a crowd of technicians if they enjoy not having all the right tools for the job. You'll be met with a nearly profound silence. That is if it isn't drowned out by laughter. We all know that a partial solution is no...

by Andrew Erickson on October 17, 2019

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2020-2021 Guide for Remote Monitoring of Industrial Equipment

Machinery and equipment are the core of modern industrial operations - without them, there is no operation. When machinery works as designed, products are made; when it doesn't, they're not. Operating budgets and company profitability are based on an anticipated amount of uptime per piece of machinery. So, improving maintenance reliability increases machine uptime percentages, while safeguarding revenue. Conversely, the over-dedication of maintenance resources to industrial machinery can...

by Andrew Erickson on October 15, 2019

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Choose The Best BACnet Controller

Are you working on the installation of building automation equipment, such as controllers for HVAC, lighting control systems, fire alarm systems, or security systems? If so, it's probable that you've heard about...

by Morgana Siggins on October 15, 2019

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Best Managed Switch

Managed switches can play an essential role in your overall network health. But, do you know enough about them to make the right decisions? As a monitoring and control solutions manufacturer, we are specialists in...

by Morgana Siggins on October 11, 2019

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Using Oil and Gas Monitoring Equipment for Your Remote Sites

Anyone who has ever walked on an oil or gas field in Oklahoma or North Dakota knows that there are extremes at play. Baking heat and searing wind can quickly be replaced by extreme cold and frigid, thick snowfalls. You may also deal with extreme remoteness - the hundreds and thousands of fields spread out over the country are in hard-to-reach and often wildly inhospitable areas. And yet,...

by Andrew Erickson on October 10, 2019

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Systemizing Communication Protocol: Automation Strategies for Industrial Environments

With the rise of the Internet of Things and the coming age of 5G connectivity, much thought and investment has gone into developing communications networks within industrial settings. As more and more data is collected, industry managers can make more informed decisions. This will improve maintenance schedules, production yields, and future best practices. Realistically, however, not every piece of equipment speaks the same language. Many different...

by Andrew Erickson on October 8, 2019

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Security Risks from Doors Propped Open

Your remote sites are vulnerable. This is especially true if you have an isolated and unmanned site with unsupervised workers coming and going all the time and propping open doors - because they might end up forgetting to...

by Morgana Siggins on October 8, 2019

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Best Network Telemetry Tools for the Healthcare Industry

A hospital or healthcare facility is often a place where people can least afford to have things go wrong, and they're places where just about anything can go wrong. From security to temperature to communications, the healthcare industry has a million moving parts that have to run smoothly. It can be literally a matter of life and death. That's why the healthcare industry has a vested...

by Andrew Erickson on October 3, 2019

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Telecom Engineering Services

Deploying a network management system takes a great deal of expertise and time. There's physical installation, power supplies, network connections, and then the even more difficult phases of configuration and databasing. It...

by Morgana Siggins on October 3, 2019

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Implementing an Effective Security Warehouse System with Surveillance and Alarm Capabilities

The humble warehouse plays an outside role in the operation of many companies. Literally, a house for cared-for commodities, warehouses contribute an important service to their industries. Warehouses give products and supplies a place to be when they're not in motion. So, warehouses are the buffer, the damper, and the sponge which soak up excess products when there are too many and release them when there...

by Andrew Erickson on October 1, 2019

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Remote Monitoring Real-World Applications

To provide a good reflection of the customized solution - in a simple and comprehensive way, that virtually anybody would be able to understand - we always include an application drawing with your proposal. The...

by Morgana Siggins on September 27, 2019

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The Top 3 Hospital Security Access Control Best Practices

In recent years,over 20 million pills went missing from hospitals across America . These are called "diversions" - otherwise known as skimming medications - and are more commonly known as "thefts."In the first half of 2018 alone, more than 18 million pills were diverted, valued at more than $164 million. Clearly, pill theft at hospitals is a costly epidemic (and not merely in dollars). We don't like to think about...

by Andrew Erickson on September 26, 2019

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SNMP MIB Browser

Are you new to the network management world? Do you have SNMP equipment deployed at your remote sites? Especially if you are just beginning to learn the principles of the SNMP protocol, effectively using a MIB browser...

by Morgana Siggins on September 26, 2019

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SNMP Community String

If your network is spread out across a wide area with many unmanned sites, you need SNMP monitoring. It's virtually impossible for you and your team to watch all of your gear without some form of automated monitoring. You need...

by Morgana Siggins on September 26, 2019

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Why Industrial Remote Monitoring is Critical to Prevent System Failure

As the saying goes: everything that can be monitored, should be monitored. Whether by human eyes or digital sensors, staying aware of the condition of industrial equipment is the only way to prevent costly accidents and downtime. For many large companies, factories, and municipalities in the oil and gas, power generation, and wastewater treatment industries, remote monitoring of important equipment is essential. The issue is this: all...

by Andrew Erickson on September 24, 2019

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What Is an RTU?

If you're in contact with the telecom and IT worlds, you must have heard of the acronym "RTU". But, what is an RTU exactly? Let's walk through the basics of this important remote monitoring technology. Problems that...

by Morgana Siggins on September 20, 2019

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Efficient Substation SCADA Design for Preventing Downtime in Utilities

In 1880, the town of Wabash, Indiana, became the first city to have electric lights. In 1882, the first central power station opened in Godalming, England. Later that year, Thomas Edison built the first electric station - Pearl Street Station - in New York. This all seems like a long time ago, but in the scope of human history, it wasn't. In a short time, though, our lives...

by Andrew Erickson on September 19, 2019

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How to Use SCADA Equipment for the Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry has a very large footprint. Across the three broad sectors - upstream, midstream, and downstream - that footprint includes many examples of remote sites hosting expensive, important assets. Assets from wellheads to pipelines to holding tanks are often more than two hours away from the nearest maintenance worker. This causes delayed responses, which can allow problems to worsen. SCADA equipment for oil and gas companies helps...

by Andrew Erickson on September 17, 2019

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SNMP Manager Comparison

Are you looking for a competent SNMP manager for your system? Are you not sure what you should be looking for yet? You've probably studied many options in terms of SNMP alarm masters - varying in price and features - that...

by Morgana Siggins on September 12, 2019

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Empower a Remote Asset Monitoring System for Protecting Your Highly-Valued Equipment

The oil and gas industry is incredibly huge and lucrative. It spans the globe, drilling on land and sea, and spurs worldwide competition between nations. But it also relies upon each of its parts - wells, rigs, compressors, tanks, and rectifiers. It's an industry whose worth is measured in the trillions but whose fortune comes down to protecting individual pieces of equipment. That's why remote asset monitoring is...

by Andrew Erickson on September 12, 2019

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SNMP RTU Price

SNMP, short for Simple Network Management Protocol, is nothing more than a standard language that computers use to control each other and report important data. Its advantage today is that a very large number of devices can...

by Morgana Siggins on September 10, 2019

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RTU Troubleshooting for an Effective SCADA System

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are powerful tools. They provide central office technicians, dispatchers, and managers with the ability to see a company's entire physical footprint. As information flows from the company's widespread locations up the network into the central office, so too can your command flow down from the office to the branches. Why send a technician out to an overheating equipment room 150...

by Andrew Erickson on September 10, 2019

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Top 3 CRAC Monitoring Best Practices

Computer room air conditioners - aka CRACs - help keep your data center cool. However, as equipment in your computer room becomes more complex and compact, you can watch your power draw and heat generation rise quickly to the point that...

by Morgana Siggins on September 6, 2019

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How to Reduce Your Warehouse Security System Cost by Eliminating the Middleman

In a sprawling national economy, warehouses dot the landscape across densely urban areas and far-flung remote locations. But no matter where they are, they need security. They need to be monitored around the clock. There are too many things - accidental and intentional - that can go wrong. If you're looking to monitor a remote station, your warehouse security system cost is going to be both mission-critical and expensive. This...

by Andrew Erickson on September 5, 2019

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How to Implement a SCADA Network

SCADA network and control can save you a lot of money and increase profitability. However, your SCADA implementation (if not done properly) can be a sinkhole of cost overruns, delays, and limited capabilities. Let's go...

by Morgana Siggins on September 4, 2019

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5 Industrial Hurricane Preparedness Strategies for Remotely Monitoring and Controlling Your Equipment

What's the point of a train? To connect distant locations. So, naturally, railways sprawl. Some cover millions of miles of track, trains, stations, telecommunications equipment, and more. A million miles is a lot to follow. So, it's easy to start losing track, and monitoring all of it can become challenging. Those dozens, thousands, or millions of miles of track and infrastructure travel through the real world where...

by Andrew Erickson on August 29, 2019

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DNP3 Best Practices

DNP3 - short for Distributed Network Protocol - is one of the widely used protocols within the electrical and water utility industries for monitoring equipment over serial or IP. The DNP3 protocol is actually a set of...

by Morgana Siggins on August 29, 2019

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Modbus Best Practices

Ever since the release of the Modbus protocol in the 1970's, many businesses have implemented networks based on this standard communication. The protocol itself is quite universal. This is unlike many vendor-specific...

by Morgana Siggins on August 29, 2019

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Finding the Best Modbus Communication Protocol Device for Converting to SNMP

The telecom industry is all about connections. Users of telecom products - i.e. basically everyone - use them to connect to friends and family, clients and colleagues, and to connect those in need with those who can help. Telecom is vital. But if you're in the industry, you know that connections have to extend to all your remote equipment. You need to monitor your remote sites...

by Andrew Erickson on August 27, 2019

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Remote Site Management Best Practices

Remote site management can feel like a fairly intimidating topic, especially if it's not the only aspect of your job. It's probably not something you have to do all the time. If you've never worked with it before, I...

by Morgana Siggins on August 22, 2019

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Top Remote Monitoring Railway Technology Trends for 2020

As we prepare to broach a new decade, the rail industry is readying itself to achieve continued growth and meet the demands of the modern era. As infrastructure ages and technology advances, rail companies must leverage existing methods and develop new means of meeting the challenges of tomorrow. To accomplish this, rail companies must anticipate what the coming decade will mean for their business and lay the...

by Andrew Erickson on August 22, 2019

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Monitor Colocation Sites

Colocation centers are a fact of life for many companies. It can be their only cost-effective way to operate. However, whether you own a colocation site or you just lease space inside of one, you know that the...

by Morgana Siggins on August 21, 2019

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Server Rooms Vs Mountaintop Sites: Remote Monitoring Advice

Getting the right monitoring technology to protect your revenue-generating equipment doesn't have to be a complicated process - and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Not all monitoring systems are created equal...

by Morgana Siggins on August 21, 2019

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Effective Remote Monitoring in Your Security Architecture and Design

The first thing you ever designed with a security architecture may not have been too complicated. It was probably a clubhouse or tree fort, and the security consisted of a sign that said: "Keep Out". Maybe it had a skull and crossbones if you really wanted to secure the place. That's how people knew you weren't fooling around. Well, as the cost and importance of the facility...

by Andrew Erickson on August 20, 2019

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PDU Vs RTU Vs PLC

If you're working on the development of network monitoring systems, you've likely heard about Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Remote Telemetry/Terminal Units (RTUs), and/or Power Distribution Unit (PDU). These...

by Morgana Siggins on August 16, 2019

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Top 3 Pros and Cons of the Modbus Protocol

Do you have Modbus-enabled devices, but are not quite sure how to get clear visibility or where to start? If so, let's investigate a few concepts behind this protocol, as well as the top 3 Pros and Cons you'll encounter when...

by Morgana Siggins on August 16, 2019

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Implementing Effective Forest Fire Detection Sensors to Aid in Wildfire Management

Every day, somewhere in the world, a wildfire is burning. That's ok - it's supposed to. Wildfires, including forest fires, have been burning for millennia. Forests, rangeland, prairies, and even swamps have adapted to fires over millions of years. They usually stand to benefit from fire, which removes decadent growth, creates a network of diverse micro-ecosystems, and fertilizes the soil with potash and potassium, among other beneficial effects. Wait!...

by Andrew Erickson on August 15, 2019

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SNMP GET Requests

An SNMP device is a device managed using the Simple Network Management Protocol (aka SNMP). SNMP is an open-source protocol, meaning any manufacturer is free to utilize it. While there are many other protocols, SNMP i...

by Morgana Siggins on August 15, 2019

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Critical SCADA System Architecture Recommendations for Water Utilities

If someone asked you what the most important development for all of civilization is, modern water utility service should top the list. Sure, agriculture is good, and the internet is hit and miss, but water utilities take away dirty water and bring us clean water, preventing diseases that have scourged humanity for literally our entire existence. Needless to say, protecting water utilities is of utmost importance. They are...

by Andrew Erickson on August 13, 2019

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Test Alarm Points Using Alligator Clips and a Multimeter

Troubleshooting remote telemetry units and remote site equipment can be tedious and frustrating. Sometimes, it's difficult to even know where to start. Even a simple monitoring problem can cause several problems, including...

by Morgana Siggins on August 9, 2019

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How to Plan a Humidity Monitoring System For Your Remote Sites

Weather fluctuations can make humidity levels highly unpredictable, so monitoring the humidity of your facilities is necessary for maintaining network stability and preventing failures. In warmer temperatures, humidity...

by Morgana Siggins on August 8, 2019

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Hurricane Monitoring System Strategies for Remote Equipment Observation and Automated Alerts

As hurricane season approaches, are we ever really prepared? TheNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a 40% chanceof a near-normal hurricane season in 2019 and a 30% chance of an above-normal season. Already, Louisiana has felt the effects. The difficulties faced by companies with large geographic footprints and many remote unmanned sites are multiplied by the onslaught of hurricane season. Even relatively nearby operations become effectively "remote"...

by Andrew Erickson on August 8, 2019

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How to Build Powerful SCADA Network Security Monitoring Infrastructure

Imagine a bank robber who, late one night, works his way into the bank's ventilation system, crawls through air shafts, and gets to the vault to find it wide open. You'd probably agree, there needs to be more solid security. That seems like a no-brainer. To us, a powerful SCADA system for companies with multiple remote units that need monitoring is the equivalent of a secure...

by Andrew Erickson on August 6, 2019

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How to Remote Monitor your Positive Train Control System

Positive train control, or simply PTC, is a developing technology designed to prevent collisions and other accidents on railways. PTC works by relaying information about the train's location, speed, length, weight, and...

by Morgana Siggins on August 6, 2019

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2020 Guide to Remote Site Management

Managing remote sites will be more important in 2020 than ever before. Not only will there be more remote sites, but utility companies will also depend on them more heavily. And, the risks remote sites face are unyielding. As utility companies grow with the economy, so does their physical footprint. This exposes more remote unmanned sites to potential failures. Remote site equipment faces the routine risks of...

by Andrew Erickson on August 1, 2019

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The Essential Features Needed for Central Station Alarm Equipment

If an alarm doesn't have the ability to monitor and report on what it is supposed to be monitoring and reporting on, can it still be called an alarm?We admit that's a bit of a philosophical question, but it does make some sense. After all, if an alarm can't do its job 100% of the time, it's essentially useless. If you have remote equipment that needs...

by Andrew Erickson on July 30, 2019

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Temperature Monitoring System for Vaccine Storage

If you're reading this article, you probably realize how important it is to keep your storage of vaccines cold. If you've installed a climate control system, then you've taken a great first step. However, it's best...

by Morgana Siggins on July 25, 2019

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The Top Hardware Monitoring Tools for Remote Sites

In many industries, remote sites house important, expensive hardware. In addition, the hardware located at remote operating sites is intended to remain functioning, continuously or as needed. If this hardware stops working, it can cause system outages in telecom, overpressure or spills in oil and gas, or blackouts for electric utilities. These problems can cost millions to resolve and may endanger lives. In order to keep their...

by Andrew Erickson on July 25, 2019

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ICS Security Weaknesses

Industrial Control Systems security, or simply ICS security, aims to safeguard industrial control systems. The security of Industrial Control Systems was something much simpler before the web; the only main concern was...

by Morgana Siggins on July 24, 2019

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How to Implement a Durable Telecom Tower Remote Monitoring Solution

Few pieces of technology carry as much weight in communication as a telecom tower. People rely on them for instant access. Emergency services depend on towers to be online. Operations halt when telecom towers go down. And when that happens, your service goes down. If you provide service to thousands of customers through telecom towers, you know the importance of keeping your system up and running. Whether...

by Andrew Erickson on July 23, 2019

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3 Ways to Monitor Your Server Room

The equipment in server rooms uses more power and makes more heat than ever before (due to increasing quantity, even as efficiency climbs). High temperatures can cause gear to work poorly or even cause damage. Internal pieces swell and pull away from each other or can...

by Morgana Siggins on July 19, 2019

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3 SCADA Traffic Control and Automation Strategies

Traffic management can be one of the more expensive and complex issues facing municipal managers. And if something goes wrong, the town or city is sure to hear about it. Even simple traffic systems can be difficult to monitor, maintain, and repair. Without clear visibility into the status of each traffic light's control box, lights can fail before municipal managers are aware, risking collisions and expensive repairs....

by Andrew Erickson on July 18, 2019

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Top 6 RTU Transport Methods

If you're searching for an RTU to monitor your specific network system, there are some important points to keep in mind so you'll end up with a perfect-fit device. One of these points is how your remote will send a...

by Morgana Siggins on July 17, 2019

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SCADA System: Distributor Purchase Vs. Direct Purchase

Did you decide to deploy a SCADA system to your network? Are you in the process of selecting the right remote monitoring vendor for you? It sure can be confusing, especially when you compare purchasing approaches...

by Morgana Siggins on July 17, 2019

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The Best Network Monitoring Methods for Remote Sites

Small, medium, and large telecom companies depend on constellations of remote, unmanned equipment sites to keep their networks operating. Equipment issues at these remote sites can cause network downtime. Downtime can result in contract penalties, fines, and damaged client relationships. So, to keep operations up and running, companies seek the most cost-effective way to prevent equipment problems at remote sites. No matter the size of the network, it's...

by Andrew Erickson on July 16, 2019

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If I Buy a New RTU or Master Station, Do I Have to Upgrade Everything Else at the Same Time?

Perhaps your monitoring systems are aging out. Or you're considering expansion to remote sites and need reliable surveillance. Regardless of your reasoning, you have been looking to buy a new RTU or Master Station, but have been...

by Morgana Siggins on July 11, 2019

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Top 4 Network Monitoring Software Best Practices

Network monitoring software is one of the main resources you have to maximize uptime, minimize costs, and generate more revenue. This is especially true if your network is spread across a large area with multiple...

by Morgana Siggins on July 11, 2019

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The Advantages of Using Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) to Monitor Your Unmanned Sites

It's impossible to be everywhere at once. If you're a small business owner, you can't watch the storeroom and the front counter all at one time. And, if you own a large corporation, there's no easy way to view what is going on in your entire operation, especially at remote sites. If you manage multiple company locations, you know that it's impossible to have eyes everywhere. Large industries...

by Andrew Erickson on July 11, 2019

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Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) Installation Planning: How to Choose the Right Solution

Selecting Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) for your business is no easy task. The goal in any business with new equipment purchases is to ensure functionality and, ultimately, to provide solid ROI. You need to show that the RTU manufacturer you choose is trustworthy and that the RTUs will work the way you need them to. It's a big decision, and one not to take lightly. The benefits...

by Andrew Erickson on July 9, 2019

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The Best Telecom Network Monitoring Software: A Comparison for 2020

Telecom networks' physical infrastructure extends for hundreds or thousands of miles. If any equipment fails, companies can suffer increased repair costs, network downtime, and concurrent fines. Even regulatory penalties are possible. In order to efficiently keep an eye on the network and prevent impending equipment failure, telcos rely on network monitoring software. This software, powered by a top-level master station, collects and displays alerts from myriad remote...

by Andrew Erickson on July 2, 2019

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Advantages and Considerations of UPS Battery Backup Monitoring

Synonymous with stability, UPS Battery Backups are renowned for providing seamless uptime to important operations. Nevertheless, the knowledge to troubleshoot potential problems and downtime is far more nuanced. Via...

by Moon Wang on June 28, 2019

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SNMP Best Practices for Upgrading Your Master Station

Think of how your business would run without any managers. Without strong leaders setting priorities, identifying challenges and recurring issues, and keeping individual contributors in line, you'd have ineffective communications and eventually, failed operations. Telecom companies can think of their network and system management features in much the same way. If you're having trouble with your older RTU equipment - since legacy equipment often does not have modern...

by Andrew Erickson on June 27, 2019

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Top 5 Benefits of an Access Control System

How many of your best customers would be negatively affected if your vital equipment or remote sites were stolen or vandalized? Would you have an idea how much revenue you might end up losing? While you may have...

by Morgana Siggins on June 27, 2019

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Top 4 Benefits Of A Visit From A Manufacturer

Remote monitoring your network allows you to have a good situational awareness across perhaps thousands of square miles containing remote sites. If a problem arises at a site, an appropriate response can be...

by Morgana Siggins on June 26, 2019

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Why the Price of a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) Is Worth the Upfront Cost

We all know the old phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It's true, but it's actually a surprisingly hard sell. Businesses aren't wired to spend money if they don't see an immediate return. If you are looking to purchase an RTU that solves problems before they happen, you have to know that their ultimate benefit may never appear on a balance sheet....

by Andrew Erickson on June 25, 2019

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Best RTUs On A Budget

If you have a tight budget, choosing the right RTU for your remote sites can be overwhelming. Deciding on a remote that can provide you with the right balance of capacity, interface, and features is critical,...

by Morgana Siggins on June 20, 2019

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Remote Alarm Monitoring Solutions: Efficient Network Management for Large Service Areas

Telecom and utility companies with large distributed networks often face major problems. In order to manage a network that stretches across hundreds or thousands of miles, you have to be able to visualize and monitor it. Remote monitoring allows you to take proactive steps where possible, and respond appropriately to incidents. Anywhere there's equipment, there can be conditions that cause a catastrophic failure or service outage. That's...

by Andrew Erickson on June 20, 2019

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Best RTUs At Any Price

Not all monitoring systems are created equal, and that makes choosing the right system very important. An RTU with limited features will only provide you with a false sense of security. You'll think you're protected and...

by Morgana Siggins on June 19, 2019

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Critical SCADA Applications for Efficient Railway Systems

Railway systems are large and complex networks of networks. Many different component systems, including human, mechanical, electrical, and telecommunications infrastructure, must operate reliably and simultaneously. When errors occur in any of these areas - a defect in the track, an overheated generator, or a damaged microwave transmitter - the entire composite railway network is affected. A single, small problem can multiply into serious service interruptions or accidents. This potentially results...

by Andrew Erickson on June 18, 2019

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The Best Remote Terminal Units for Utility Companies on the Market Today

Is a Maserati coupe the best car? Maybe. Is a Maserati coupe the best car for a family of six? Maybe not. "Best" is a relative term, defined by its category. What is best for one is not necessarily best for all. What's best for you, or best for your company depends exclusively on you or your utility's needs, not the needs of other organizations. There is...

by Andrew Erickson on June 14, 2019

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The Best Network Uptime Monitoring Tools to Increase Reliability

On a normal day, yourServing GPRS Support Node (SGSN)is working fine. IP packets are being transmitted, and your customers are happily using the internet. But today's not a normal day - the node goes down. Service for all the business contracts you have goes down. For your company, that's bad news. And it gets more frustrating when Service Level Agreements (SLAs) come into play. If the amount of downtime...

by Andrew Erickson on June 11, 2019

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How Do You Get Your Remote Monitoring Gear Installed?

You've been researching the best vendors and the best devices, and now you're getting prepared to actually buy your remote monitoring gear - or might have even already bought it. However, there's usually one...

by Morgana Siggins on June 7, 2019

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Top 3 RTU Open Protocols

In a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, there is a lot of communication between master stations and RTUs. An RTU accepts commands from master stations to operate control points, set analog...

by Morgana Siggins on June 7, 2019

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What's the Average Lifespan of an RTU?

The lifespan of an RTU is the economic life of the unit, or how long it will continue in its original service application. Most people would agree that a 'good' system should last a certain amount of time. Each...

by Morgana Siggins on June 4, 2019

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Top 5 Security Features of an RTU

Mission-critical data flows through your network. In today's world, the threat of cyber attacks is greater than it ever was. Every element in your network has to have protection to keep people out of where they...

by Morgana Siggins on June 4, 2019

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9 SCADA Alarm Management Best Practices That Will Improve Your ROI

There's no room in business for the unknown when revenue is on the line. When your day-to-day operations impact the daily lives of your community, and people are counting on you to have 100% uptime, the last thing you want to see in a meeting is shrugged shoulders. You have to know which equipment may be on the brink of breaking down, or if someone has hacked into...

by Andrew Erickson on June 4, 2019

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3 SNMP Network Monitoring Tools to Manage Widespread Infrastructure

Modern telecommunications networks, both largeandsmall, invest in SNMP, or simple network monitoring protocol, effectively streamlining what was once an arduous, time-consuming - and expensive - process. Using SNMP, companies can monitor each of their widespread physical locations in real-time. This helps generate remarkable cost savings through preventative and appropriate maintenance and repair responses aimed at achieving 100% uptime. Although SNMP devices dostreamlinealarm monitoring, without the right tools, implementing the protocol may...

by Andrew Erickson on May 30, 2019

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How To Buy Remote Monitoring Directly From The Manufacturer

Regardless of your industry, remote monitoring is something that's vital to safeguard your operations, so you need to get monitoring devices from somewhere. Broadly speaking, your two most common options are to...

by Morgana Siggins on May 28, 2019

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Remote Monitoring License Fee Types, Strategies & Buying Tips

If you're looking to buy remote monitoring devices, you might have a lot of different questions going through your head. One of the most important might be: "how much is this going to cost me?" This is obviously...

by Morgana Siggins on May 28, 2019

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Why the Right Master Station for Your SCADA System Is Critical for Your Bottom Line

Some people are born without the ability to feel pain. At first glance, these people may seem lucky - after all, who likes pain? However, this can result in serious danger. Just like someone burning themselves experiences harm to their body, your network suffers if you can't see what demands attention. Without a successfulSCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system , a widespread physical network is like a body...

by Andrew Erickson on May 23, 2019

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The Importance of RTUs in Substations for Effective Remote Monitoring and Control

In a treeless field outside of town, surrounded by a tall chain-link fence, a substation hums with electricity. It transforms voltage into power that fuels computers to connect us, streetlights to keep us safe, and hospital equipment for miles around. There's no one nearby; the only sound is the wind. However, the substation is still being monitored. Those in charge know exactly what is going on...

by Andrew Erickson on May 21, 2019

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Top 6 Techniques for UPS Monitoring

An Uninterruptible Power Supply, also known as a UPS, is a backup power source that activates when the main source of power fails. Although complex, a UPS has a very simple overall design. Every UPS has power inputs...

by Morgana Siggins on May 17, 2019

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Top 5 Factors for Choosing the Right PDU

A PDU - short for Power Distribution Unit - is a device that allows you to remotely turn on, turn off, and reboot gear running on AC or DC power. This means that a PDU is a device used to control and distribute the...

by Morgana Siggins on May 16, 2019

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Top 3 Problems with PLCs

When planning your SCADA system, the first step is to choose what kind of device will handle the monitoring of your alarms at your sites. For numerous reasons, this is a crucial decision, so it's important...

by Andrew Erickson on May 10, 2019

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DNP3: Pros & Cons

Are you researching the best practices for remote monitoring at your sites? Or are you working toward migrating legacy gear? No matter what, if you're considering the purchase of DNP3 equipment, it's important to...

by Andrew Erickson on May 10, 2019

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Cheapest Sensor Options for Your Remote Sites

An important aspect of using RTUs (remote telemetry units) for monitoring is the collecting and reporting of data from your remote sites. Your monitoring system needs a way to collect this data and report it to you via...

by Andrew Erickson on May 3, 2019

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What Are the Hidden Costs of Remote Monitoring Equipment?

Setting your network up for remote monitoring can be a very expensive task. However, what some people forget is that it's an investment. It might not affect your revenue directly, but your monitoring system will...

by Andrew Erickson on May 2, 2019

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RTUs vs PLCs: The Top Three RTU Problems You Need to Know About

If you want to start the process of implementing a remote monitoring or SCADA system in your network, then you're probably wondering if you should use an RTU or a PLC. You might be more inclined to choose an RTU if you...

by Andrew Erickson on April 26, 2019

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Buying Remote Monitoring: Q&A For Possible Vendors

Buying a remote monitoring system is a substantial investment of both your company's budget and the credibility of the individual recommending the purchasing - you. Of course, you want to have peace of mind when you...

by Andrew Erickson on April 26, 2019

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Outsourced vs US Tech Support for Remote Monitoring: Pros and Cons

Services provided after your network monitoring equipment purchase, like tech support, can vary wildly. You want to be sure you're getting good support from the people who know your equipment. If you're in the US...

by Andrew Erickson on April 22, 2019

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SNMP Manager Demo: Evaluate Your Equipment to Make the Right Choice

Are you in the process of evaluating SNMP manager vendors? Remember, that not all masters are created equal, and not all of them are going to fit perfectly into your network requirements. To build an effective remote alarm management system, it's important that you find the best solution for you.

by Andrew Erickson on April 15, 2019

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What are the Best Modbus RTUs and Master Stations?

Modbus is a protocol developed for use with Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) devices, especially in industrial applications. Purchasing the right RTU for your remote sites can be challenging. It's important to find the right balance of capacity, interface, and features. So, how do you determine what you really need?

by Andrew Erickson on April 12, 2019

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Remote Monitoring Systems For Telecom Towers

Do you provide service to thousands upon thousands of people through your telecom towers? If so, you know just how important reliability is. It doesn't matter where your towers are - in rural or in urban areas - your customers count on you to...

by Andrew Erickson on April 5, 2019

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HVAC Control: Remote Monitor It - and Don't Wait Until the Second Incident

If you have remote telecom sites, HVAC control will always be necessary for you. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems are responsible for keeping your sites at an appropriate temperature, so that your...

by Andrew Erickson on April 3, 2019

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Top 3 Problems with 'Full-Service' Remote Monitoring Manufacturers

I work for a full-service manufacturer of remote-monitoring equipment. I've helped thousands of people get a handle on their networks, but I freely admit that "full service" is not always the best option. For example...

by Andrew Erickson on March 22, 2019

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Remote Monitoring System Design: A 3-Step Process

Do you want to monitor your remote sites, but you're not too sure what equipment to use to cover your bases? Planning your remote monitoring system can be very hard, especially if you've never done it before. Finding th...

by Andrew Erickson on March 19, 2019

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How Do I Justify My Remote Monitoring Purchase To Management?

You're interested in purchasing a remote monitoring system, but you can't get your boss on board with the idea. That's very common, since remote monitoring is not directly responsible for your company's revenue. However, think about alarm monitoring as a...

by Andrew Erickson on March 18, 2019

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The Top 3 Characteristics Of The Best SCADA Systems

A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, also known as SCADA system, allows you to remotely manage your systems and overall operations. SCADA systems are complex - and they really have to be. The operation that...

by Andrew Erickson on March 18, 2019

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What Are The Benefits Of An On-Site Field Trial of Remote Monitoring Gear?

Your network is singularly unique. This means that you might require exclusive functionality added to your monitoring gear. Field trials offer benefits that go beyond just a good product, including...

by Andrew Erickson on March 14, 2019

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SCADA Vendors: How Should They Earn Your Business?

When you buy from a SCADA company that has a long-term focus, your budget dollars go farther. Always look for a company that understands just how important it is to for you to maximize your network visibility. One key indicator is...

by Andrew Erickson on March 13, 2019

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How to Get an RTU for Evaluation & Testing

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

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Who are the best manufacturers of RTUs and masters for remote monitoring?

At DPS, we talk to thousands of people every year about what they're trying to accomplish with remote monitoring gear. Because most of them know our strong opinions about remote monitoring best practices (largely from reading our web articles like...

by Andrew Erickson on February 28, 2019

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How Do I Know I'm Choosing Dependable Monitoring Gear?

Buying a remote monitoring device (an RTU or master station) is an expensive investment. Not only does it have an out-of-pocket cost, but this device is also something you'll depend on. If you don't have visibility of...

by Andrew Erickson on February 22, 2019

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How to Choose an RTU - Top 3 Considerations You Need to Think About

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

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How many RTU Alarm Points Do You Need?

If you don't have enough capacity to cover everything you want to monitor, you won't have good network visibility. That's why it's so important to properly calculate how many alarm points you'll need...

by Andrew Erickson on February 11, 2019

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What Lead Time Should I Expect for an RTU?

In the age of Amazon shopping, it's natural for you to expect everything to be deliverable to you within 48 hours (if not sooner). But what does that mean for the business-oriented world of RTU purchasing? "Ready to Ship" is only a good idea if the product...

by Andrew Erickson on January 31, 2019

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How to Choose and Price the Best Remote Monitoring System for Your Company

Choosing a remote monitoring system is one of the most important, lasting choices you have to make for your organization. This is something that you and your coworkers and going to have to depend on for 10 years or more. If you make the best possible choice, you'll...

by Andrew Erickson on January 30, 2019

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5 Benefits Remote Monitoring Can Bring to Your Organization

As you read this, preventable waste is silently (and sometimes loudly) devouring your profits, increasing your budget consumption, or even putting lives at risk. You may have the smartest, most well-intentioned team on the planet, but...

by Andrew Erickson on January 29, 2019

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