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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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