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The 5 Alarm Notification System Features You Can't Live Without

Is the mission-critical equipment in your network properly protected? Are the critical utility functions monitored to ensure smooth operation? Are your crucial remote sites adequately monitored to prevent outages?

Answering "no" to any of these questions is bad news for your company. Leaving your valuable network, infrastructure, or remote sites unmonitored is exposing your company to unnecessary risk. The damage from a catastrophic outage can't be understated - massive repair bills, lost revenue, and a lot of angry customers looking to take their business elsewhere.

an alarm notification system can be used in many different industires
Alarm notification systems can be used in many different industries. Fully protect your network or infrastructure with the right alarm notification system.

Don't be one of the unfortunate ones. Protecting your network doesn't have to be a giant challenge - and it certainly doesn't have to be expensive. Choosing the right alarm notification system is exactly like a wise investment: You investment a little bit up front, then sit back and reap the rewards of your savvy decision.

Not all alarm notification systems are created equal. Choosing the wrong system leaves you in the same position as having no protection at all. The wrong system, that lacks the right features, gives you a false sense of security. You may think your network is protected, but in reality it's far from it.

That's why it's essential for your alarm notification system to have these 5 features:

  1. Live analog monitoring - Without the right analog sensor technology you can't monitor temperature, humidity, flow rate, battery levels, etc. A basic discrete sensor can only provide you with binary "on/off" information (for example it can only tell you if the temperature has risen past a certain point or if your battery levels have dipped below a certain point). Discrete sensors are limited, so make sure you have live analog monitoring. Analog sensors can give you precise readings (for example, the temperature of your server room is 84.2 degrees or the battery level has dropped below 10%).
  2. Back-up reporting - Don't rely solely on your primary network to report alarms. If there are any problems with your transport you'll lose critical reports - exactly when you need them most. Your alarm notification system should support back-up dial-up alternate path reporting. The right back-up reporting guarantees your network is still monitored even if your primary LAN connection goes down.
  3. Detailed alarm notifications - Receiving an alarm that just says "Relay 3 Out" doesn't tell you much. Your system should start with live analog monitoring that can measure your critical variables and report them to you in a meaningful way. You should receive detailed alerts that tell you exactly what's going on like "Critical Power Failure to Generator 1". Without meaningful alarms, you'll never know how to properly respond to an emergency on your network.
  4. Versatile notification methods - You never know exactly where you or your technicians will be when an emergency hits - so you need a system that can alert you 24/7 no matter where you are. Look for an alarm notification system that can provide notifications via pages, email, voice alerts, or SMS text messages. With a flexible alert system you'll never be in the dark about the status of your network or infrastructure.
  5. Easy-to-use web interface - A quality system doesn't need to be complicated and setting up your alarm system shouldn't be a hassle. Having a user-friendly graphical web interface provides you with a simple display to set up and manage all the alarms monitoring your network - from any computer at any location. Complicated interfaces don't provide you with results you need, that's why it's crucial to find a system with an easy-to-use web interface.

Where can I find the right alarm notification system?
Imagine if you had the specific detail to make the right decisions to prevent critical outages. If you could implement your own alarm system how much easier would your job be? How much better would you sleep at night knowing your mission-critical sites and networks are secure?

Everyone has different needs. No two networks are exactly the same, so you need the right vendor that will provide you with the options you need to get the right fit - without charging you a fortune. An excellent starting point is the NetGuardian 832A G5. This device gives you the 5 features you can't live without and more. The NetGuardian 832A G5 comes with first-class 7x24 (that is 7 days a week, 24 hours a day) tech support and a 30 day risk-free guarantee.

"All the alarm monitoring systems I make are backed by my no-risk, money-back guarantee. If you buy my equipment and you're not satisfied for any reason during the first 30 days, simply return it for a full refund. If my product doesn't solve your problem, I don't want you to have it."
- Bob Berry, CEO, DPS Telecom

DPS Telecom offers much more than just the NetGuardian 832A G5. Other powerful monitoring solutions exist - like the SCADA Guardian (great for water treatment) or the Building Access System (great for securing facilities). Call the alarm notification system experts at DPS Telecom to figure out the right solution to fit your needs. You can reach them at 1-800-693-0351 or by email at sales@dpstele.com.