Telecom Towers – Choose the Best Remote Monitoring System for Your Sites


– Today we’ll look at the top three ways that you can identify quality
remote monitoring systems for your telecom towers. (soft guitar music) Whether you work for a wireless provider, you have microwave towers
and a private network, or you maintain a public radio system, you need to be monitoring
your telecom towers. But how do you know which
remote monitoring system is the best one for you? Let’s start by looking at the first thing that you should be thinking about when you’re choosing a system, monitor the right things. The first two things that
your monitoring system needs to cover are related
to the tower itself. First, unless your tower is very short you probably need to monitor the status of your tower obstruction lights. You don’t want to leave yourself open to government finds and even liability for contributing to an
airplane or helicopter crash. Second, you probably
don’t just have a tower for no good reason. You must be doing some kind
of transmission or reception. To make sure that
everything’s running smoothly, your monitoring system should be monitoring your radio status, forward and reflected power,
and any similar values. Now finally, don’t forget
that your tower site is still a remote telecom
sight just like any other. You need to at least be
monitoring the basics, like equipment status, door
opens, motion, temperature, smoke, humidity, just cover
all those basic environmentals. Now let’s move on the the second thing you need to think about
when you’re choosing a remote monitoring
system for your towers. Decide whether you need a master station. Master stations are a great way to bring data from all of your tower sites and all of your other
sites on to one screen. You can have a list view, or
maybe a geographic map display. They’re excellent for
medium and large networks, but they can actually represent a largely unnecessary
expense and complexity if you just have a few sites to monitor. The general rule that I follow
for my clients is ten sites. If your towers count in the double digits, if so, you probably want a master station. But if you have nine sites or fewer, you’ll probably get the best results by simply using your
remote monitoring RTUs at each site independently. You’ll log into the interface, set up some email or SMS alerts,
and you’ll be ready to go. This works great for a few sites, but I think you can see that
it quickly gets out of hand once you have dozens of towers that you gotta keep track of separately. If that’s you, you need
a central master station. So finally, let’s take a look at your third important consideration, choose a system with
flexibility and support. Remote site monitoring
is deceptively complex. When you’re just getting started, it seems like you don’t need much more than the RTUs and the
master stations themselves. There’s some truth to that, but only for a very, very short time. You’re gonna be using
your monitoring system for 10 to 15 years ideally. The world is going to
change underneath you. You’ll have new systems, new standards, new laws, new protocols and all of that is gonna throw a lot of new challenges at you. You need a system that’s
flexible enough to evolve, tech support that’s there to help you in the middle of the
night on a mountaintop, and ultimately, a manufacturer that’s in it for the long haul. If you’d like to talk about your tower site monitoring options, give me a call. Just click the link below
for my contact information. If you found this video helpful, please click the like button
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excellent network reliability. (soft music)

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