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The True Power of Alarm Monitoring

If you're not sure why you need an alarm monitoring system in your network, you haven't seen what an alarm monitoring system can do for your network uptime, maintenance costs, and bottom line.

Advanced Alarm monitoring Systems Have Several Key Components
Whether you're operating a small or medium-sized network, or a large-scale network with hundreds of sites, you need an alarm monitoring system to secure your mission-critical processes. An alarm monitoring system is made of several key components. These include an alarm monitoring master, alarm collection Remote Telemetry Units (RTUs), and equipment on your network you would like to monitor.

Alarm monitoring remotes collect alarm information from your network of devices. These remotes then forward the data to the alarm master. Here, reports are generated for the network operator. The alarm master will also send alarm notifications to technicians via email or pager, alerting them of the problem. Within the master's convenient browser window, the network operator will be able to view comprehensive lists of all standing network alarms.

Reduce Downtime with Top-Notch Network Alarm monitoring
Network alarm monitoring reduces your downtime, saving you from losing revenues while your network is offline. This is because advanced alarm monitoring systems provide you instant notifications any time there is a problem with your mission-critical equipment or processes. These email and pager notifications provide your technicians with the information they need to quickly find problem areas, and make the necessary repairs.

Your advanced alarm master can be configured to your specifications, providing for efficient and convenient technician dispatch. With automatic alarm monitoring notifications, your technicians will have instantaneous access to important alarm location information.

After defining your own personal alarm categories, you will be able to view all of your alarms within your alarm master's browser. This will allow you to view alarms grouped by geographic information, severity, and more, enabling you to view your complete network and dispatch your technicians in the most effective manner.

Effective Alarm monitoring Boosts Revenue and Cuts Costs
Effectively monitoring your network with an advanced alarm monitoring system gives your productivity a boost through reduced downtime. With your network online more consistently, you won't have to endure unforeseen outages. Every minute your network is down, you're losing money. Network alarm monitoring will help you avoid these losses.

Network alarm monitoring also improves your bottom line by reducing your customer churn. When your network is more reliable, your customers are more likely to stay with your organization, rather than look to a competitor with a better service record (partially thanks to better alarm monitoring). Alarm monitoring systems instantly notify you when your network has gone down, enabling you to quickly correct the problem before your customers notice an issue.

Secure Your Bottom Line - Deploy an Alarm Monitoring System
With alarm monitoring, you can protect your bottom-line revenues by enhancing your service reliability. These systems not only alert you to problems, but also can help you red-flag possible issues as they arise.

Analog Alarm Monitoring Lets You Know "How Much?" Levels of Monitored Values
Analog alarm monitoring allows you to monitor environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, as well as critical values such as voltages and battery levels. With alarm monitoring systems that support multiple analog alarm thresholds, you can check the exact value from the sensor at any time, and you'll be notified whenever an analog value passes minor or major over and under thresholds. Minor thresholds give you time to schedule maintenance. Major thresholds indicates a serious network threat.

Derived Controls Automatically Correct Detected Problems
Derived controls are user-defined automatic responses to dynamic network threats. When a certain combination of discrete and/or analog alarms occurs, your monitoring can automatically activate control relays to correct the problem within seconds. This can take an infinite number of forms, but one common example is automatic activation of a backup generator when AC power fails AND the site's batteries are low. This will help you to avoid expensive repairs and lost revenues while you wait for a technician to reach the site.