Railroad SCADA

Critical SCADA Applications for Efficient Railway Systems

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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 in endangered lives and millions in downtime costs, repairs, fines, and lawsuits. SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) networks allow remote monitoring of failure conditions in complex systems. As such, SCADA applications in railways are a critical component of your efficient operation.

SCADA applications in railways are a critical component of your efficient operation.

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RTU for Utility Company

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

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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 no one model, but there IS one set of rules to follow to find the right model for your utility company. Each location or condition you monitor often demands a different RTU.  

So, how do you decide which equipment to use? Rather than choosing a one-size-fits-all solution that may not be compatible with other equipment in your system, start by considering what you’re trying to accomplish with this RTU. Detail the specific needs of each of your remote locations, then look for the RTU that meets your unique requirements.

This could take a few different forms depending on how common your requirements are in the marketplace. The most convenient case for you is solving a problem that many other utility companies have, which is finding an RTU that will function properly and ensure visibility of your remote sites.

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The Best Network Uptime Monitoring Tools to Increase Reliability

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On a normal day, your Serving 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 violates your SLA, you can be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Any SLA you have with a business or enterprise defines service level expectations, and that includes uptime. It can be very costly to break your SLA. That’s why you need the best network uptime monitoring tools to increase reliability. Making sure you can monitor your network and keep every node running is the best way to keep you free of SLA penalties and keep your cash flowing in a positive direction.

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5 Use Cases of Remote Alarm Monitoring for Railways

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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 there are complicated, dangerous, and ever-changing circumstances. The real world isn’t interested in maintaining the integrity of your railway system, which means that things are going to cause problems, frequently. The bigger the system, the more that can go wrong. If too much goes wrong, you won’t have a railway anymore.

That’s why railroads invest in remote alarm monitoring for railway systems—to keep an eye on the stretches of track and supporting telecom towers that you can’t see. This way, if problems develop, you’ll quickly know about it in time to proactively make it right.

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9 SCADA Alarm Management Best Practices That Will Improve Your ROI

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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 your network. This is especially critical if your organization depends on operations at remote sites. You also need to know that implementing remote alarm management procedures will provide cost-savings for your company. In other words, you want to know what the ROI on your investment will be.

That’s where a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system comes in. SCADA enables intelligent interfacing devices that automate industrial processes. SCADA helps you manage, monitor, and control remote equipment and operations quickly, and cost-effectively, in real-time. It cues you into any potential problems and helps you direct resources to fix them. And, if you follow SCADA alarm management best practices, it can very easily pay for itself. Advantages of SCADA include preventing costly equipment repair and replacement, thus producing long-term ROI and growth for your company.

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3 SNMP Network Monitoring Tools to Manage Widespread Infrastructure

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Modern telecommunications networks, both large and small, 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 do streamline alarm monitoring, without the right tools, implementing the protocol may not be simple. The revenue-generating equipment and remote terminal units (RTUs) installed across a telecommunications network are unlikely to be uniform. Made by different manufacturers, in different decades, they speak a variety of languages.

SNMP network monitoring tools allow companies to translate these various “languages” or protocols and gather all the critical information into a single user interface. Department managers are able to see their entire network in the same place, even remote unmanned sites. Managers can then allocate maintenance and repair resources where they’ll be most effective. These tools can prevent up to tens of millions of dollars in asset damage, network outages, and service-license agreement penalties. The cost savings alone makes a strong case for implementing effective SNMP monitoring.

These tools can prevent up to tens of millions of dollars in asset damage, network outages, and service-license agreement penalties.

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master stations for SCADA systems

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

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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 successful SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system, a widespread physical network is like a body without nerves. When a correctable issue, like battery loss, low fuel, or an air conditioning malfunction arises, and nobody is aware of it, it will go uncorrected. Read More

Substations Remote Monitoring

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

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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 at all times.

If you are responsible for keeping substations running, you know the value of instant access to all relevant equipment and environmental information, while saving time and money. Read More