News and Press Information Building Access Systems Enhance Hospital Security [Wednesday, March 25th, 2020]
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.
Remote Monitoring Systems Help Public Safety Communications Reliability [Tuesday, March 24th, 2020]
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.
The TL1 Protocol [Thursday, March 19th, 2020]
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.
Understanding the DNP3 Protocol [Monday, March 16th, 2020]
Understand the DNP3 protocol and learn how to successfully implement and maintain a DNP3 remote monitoring system to manage your network.
Monitoring Environmental Conditions Best Practices [Friday, March 13th, 2020]
One important way to reduce your network vulnerability is by monitoring environmental conditions. Follow simple best practices to protect your network and your investment.
Vertical Integration Can Help You Achieve a Perfect-Fit Remote Monitoring Solution [Tuesday, March 10th, 2020]
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.
Finding the Best Remote Terminal Unit for Your Oil and Gas Remote Sites [Thursday, March 5th, 2020]
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...
Monitoring Fiber Optic Networks [Thursday, March 5th, 2020]
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.
SCADA Programming and Training for Railroad Professionals Needing Remote Monitoring Solutions [Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020]
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...
Avoid Legacy SNMP Threats with SNMPv3 [Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020]
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.
Telemetry Functions Your SNMP Manager Should Support [Friday, February 28th, 2020]
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.
The Top 4 Applications for Remote Water Tank Monitoring [Thursday, February 27th, 2020]
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...
Similarities and Differences Between SCADA and DCS [Wednesday, February 26th, 2020]
Learn the similarities and differences between SCADA and DCS and decide which system is best for your monitoring project.
Monitoring River Levels Today: How Communities Use SCADA Systems for Early Flood Warning [Tuesday, February 25th, 2020]
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...
Mistakes When Managing Remote Systems [Friday, February 21st, 2020]
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.
Get Your Remote Monitoring Equipment From an OEM [Wednesday, February 19th, 2020]
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.
Best Practices for Remote Monitoring in Wastewater Treatment Plants [Tuesday, February 18th, 2020]
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...
Setting Notifications on T/Mon and Applying Them to a Monitored Device [Friday, February 14th, 2020]
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.
Finding the Best Remote Monitoring System for Hydroponic Planting Media [Thursday, February 13th, 2020]
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...
Remote Monitoring Increases FTTH Service Reliability [Wednesday, February 12th, 2020]
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.
Remote Telemetry Modules for Real-time, Effective Monitoring and Control [Tuesday, February 11th, 2020]
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...
Remote Monitoring Protects You Against Copper Theft [Friday, February 7th, 2020]
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.
Operating a Successful SCADA System for Utilities [Thursday, February 6th, 2020]
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...
Key-Features of a Battery Voltage Monitoring Device [Wednesday, February 5th, 2020]
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.
Implementing Advanced Remote Monitoring of Equipment [Tuesday, February 4th, 2020]
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...
Generator Monitoring Best Practices [Thursday, January 30th, 2020]
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.
Capitalizing on Intelligent Remote Terminal Unit Offerings for Asset Protection [Thursday, January 30th, 2020]
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...
Weather-Proof Your Telecom Network [Tuesday, January 28th, 2020]
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.
How Remote Monitoring Simplifies Telecom Site Management [Tuesday, January 28th, 2020]
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...
The Benefits of Wireless Infrastructure Remote Monitoring and Management [Thursday, January 23rd, 2020]
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...
Identify and Solve SNMP Problems [Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020]
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.
How is SCADA Used for Water Systems? [Tuesday, January 21st, 2020]
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...
Network Fault Management [Monday, January 20th, 2020]
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.
How SCADA Improves Railway Electrification [Thursday, January 16th, 2020]
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...
Top 5 Sensors for your Remote Sites You Can't Ignore [Tuesday, January 14th, 2020]
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
A Comprehensive SNMP Configuration Guide for Effective Conversion [Tuesday, January 14th, 2020]
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...
Best Practices to Select a Temperature Monitoring Device [Monday, January 13th, 2020]
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.
How to Reduce Telecom Truck Roll Costs? [Thursday, January 9th, 2020]
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.
Optimizing Remote Tank Monitoring Solutions for Industrial Reliability [Thursday, January 9th, 2020]
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...
RTU vs. PLC: Which is Best for a Larger Geography? [Tuesday, January 7th, 2020]
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...
A Rugged Remote Terminal Unit for the Smart Grid Market [Friday, January 3rd, 2020]
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...
Overview of Voice over IP (VoIP) [Thursday, January 2nd, 2020]
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.
How to Manage an Effective Gas Well Monitoring System [Thursday, December 19th, 2019]
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...
Remote Monitoring Alerts to Your Phone [Wednesday, December 18th, 2019]
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.
What Are The Best SCADA Training Classes? [Wednesday, December 18th, 2019]
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.
How a Remote Facility Monitoring System Improves Maintenance Quality and Security [Tuesday, December 17th, 2019]
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...
SNMP Proxy Best Practices - How to Choose [Monday, December 16th, 2019]
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.
Types of RTUs: Which is Best for You? [Monday, December 16th, 2019]
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.
7 Things to Look For in a SCADA Operating System [Friday, December 13th, 2019]
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.
3 Reasons Why You Need a Protocol Mediation Solution [Thursday, December 12th, 2019]
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.
How a Multiprotocol Master Station Can Overcome Systems Incompatibilities [Thursday, December 12th, 2019]
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.
Top 5 Causes of Network Failures [Tuesday, December 10th, 2019]
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...
Identifying a Cost-Effective Wastewater Treatment Plant Monitoring System [Thursday, December 5th, 2019]
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...
Is a Low-Cost SCADA System Right For Me? [Wednesday, December 4th, 2019]
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.
How to Monitor Beacon Lights Remotely [Wednesday, December 4th, 2019]
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.
Top 3 SCADA Attack Prevention Strategies [Wednesday, December 4th, 2019]
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.
How SCADA Systems Can Be Used in Different Industries [Wednesday, December 4th, 2019]
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.
Beacon Light Monitoring: Automatic Monitoring Vs. Hiring 24 Hour Staff [Wednesday, December 4th, 2019]
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.
Temperature Monitoring System: How it Works & How to Choose [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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...
NOC Best Practices for Remote Monitoring [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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.
How Much Does an SNMP Manager Cost? [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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?
Pros and Cons of a Network Operations Centre [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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...
SNMP MIB: The File That Powers All SNMP Communication [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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.
Remote Monitoring Systems: Open Protocols Vs. Proprietary Protocols [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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.
How Do I Update My Remote Monitoring System? [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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.
Windows SNMP Manager vs. Dedicated Hardware Manager [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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...
What is SNMPWalk and When Should You Perform One? [Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019]
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...
The Price of SCADA [Monday, December 2nd, 2019]
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...
How to Install a SCADA System [Monday, December 2nd, 2019]
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.
PID Controllers Vs RTUs [Monday, December 2nd, 2019]
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...
How to Remotely Detect Tower Light Failures [Friday, November 22nd, 2019]
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.
The Leading Remote Monitoring and Management Tools for Utilities [Thursday, November 14th, 2019]
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...
Developing the Best Substation SCADA System [Tuesday, November 12th, 2019]
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...
14 Major SCADA Hacks/Threats and What You Can Learn From Them [Thursday, November 7th, 2019]
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.
Why an Effective Asset Monitoring System is Critical for Telecom Infrastructure [Thursday, November 7th, 2019]
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...
Implementing Advanced Positive Train Control Technology (PTC) [Tuesday, November 5th, 2019]
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...
Remote Infrastructure Monitoring: Top Strategies for Better Results [Thursday, October 31st, 2019]
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...
How Can SNMP in Networking Improve Company Strategy? [Tuesday, October 29th, 2019]
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...
Implementing an Effective Remote Tower Management System [Thursday, October 24th, 2019]
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....
How to Prevent Copper Wire Theft with Remote Control [Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019]
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...
Remote Terminal Unit Manufacturers: The Ultimate Guide [Thursday, October 17th, 2019]
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...
2020-2021 Guide for Remote Monitoring of Industrial Equipment [Tuesday, October 15th, 2019]
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...
Choose The Best BACnet Controller [Tuesday, October 15th, 2019]
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...
Best Managed Switch [Friday, October 11th, 2019]
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...
Using Oil and Gas Monitoring Equipment for Your Remote Sites [Thursday, October 10th, 2019]
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,...
Systemizing Communication Protocol: Automation Strategies for Industrial Environments [Tuesday, October 8th, 2019]
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...
Security Risks from Doors Propped Open [Tuesday, October 8th, 2019]
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...
Best Network Telemetry Tools for the Healthcare Industry [Thursday, October 3rd, 2019]
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...
Telecom Engineering Services [Thursday, October 3rd, 2019]
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...
Implementing an Effective Security Warehouse System with Surveillance and Alarm Capabilities [Tuesday, October 1st, 2019]
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...
Factory Training in New Jersey [Tuesday, October 1st, 2019]
At DPS, we get rave reviews about our Factory Training, but people often have trouble devoting time and travel budget to visit us in California. That's why we're proud to offer: Free T/Mon & NetGuardian training November 12-15 (Tues-Fri, starting...
Remote Monitoring Real-World Applications [Friday, September 27th, 2019]
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...
The Top 3 Hospital Security Access Control Best Practices [Thursday, September 26th, 2019]
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...
SNMP MIB Browser [Thursday, September 26th, 2019]
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...
SNMP Community String [Thursday, September 26th, 2019]
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...
Why Industrial Remote Monitoring is Critical to Prevent System Failure [Tuesday, September 24th, 2019]
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...
What Is an RTU? [Friday, September 20th, 2019]
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...
Efficient Substation SCADA Design for Preventing Downtime in Utilities [Thursday, September 19th, 2019]
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...
How to Use SCADA Equipment for the Oil and Gas Industry [Tuesday, September 17th, 2019]
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...
SNMP Manager Comparison [Thursday, September 12th, 2019]
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...