We recently did productivity analysis for RimotRF deployment at multiple plants run by a global manufacturer. The potential productivity gains from remotely monitoring their radio systems were substantial and we thought they were worth sharing.
MOTOTRBO repeaters are smart with onboard diagnostics that monitor system health and alert when something goes wrong. All too often this vital diagnostic data is unseen and just becomes digital exhaust. With the newest release of RimotRF you can easily take advantage of these smarts to remotely monitor MOTOTRBO sites.
The International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is the premier event for critical communications technology professionals, bringing together product, workshops, courses and networking with over 7,000 industry peers.
IWCE will be taking place March 4-8, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. At IWCE people can connect to information about a technology, product or policy that is crucial to success, see innovation at its best and be a part of the premier event for critical communications technology.
Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR or SWR) is an important stat for transmitter sites that should be continuously measured and monitored to be able to see - and frequently preempt - a problem before it has a significant impact.
VSWR / SWR is worth paying attention to on a wireless transmitter site as it:
- Is a good measure of the overall health of the antenna system
- Can highlight degraded system performance – coverage, voice quality, data throughput, etc.
- Helps avoid damage and failure to transmitters and repeaters from high VSWR
- Indicates if the system is performing as designed and intended
Progressive system owners are shifting their field maintenance and support from a traditional break-fix model to new proactive service models.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is making new proactive support and service models possible, built on remote monitoring to enable equipment and assets at remote sites to be more easily accessed and continuously monitored. With IIoT comes continuous data providing insight about what is happening now, what has happened, and increasingly what will happen.
Chances are if you bought a new watch in the last year or two it was probably a fitness tracker or smartwatch. It’s really convenient to be able to monitor your heart rate, steps, and exercise - oh and it probably still tells you the time. You put it on your wrist and it just works!
The benefits of remote monitoring of critical infrastructure is relatively obvious to the people who count on them – more reliable uptime and fewer disruptions. As a value-added reseller or systems integrator who maintain those systems, you can leverage remote monitoring to secure and grow your business.
The world of value-added resellers and systems integrators is evolving quickly. The hardware side of the business is getting commoditized and margins are falling accordingly. Industry consolidation is creating some large players and others are staying independent building on their strengths. The growth and focus is on higher-margin professional services and recurring revenue.
You have a transmitter site that is a remote tower or maybe a rooftop. The site houses one or more transmitters or repeaters that support activity that is critical to your organization. You want visibility to that site and transmitters so you can ensure system reliability - and be able to recognize and resolve any problems quickly.
We have listened hard to system owners, technicians and users as to why they don’t remotely monitor their critical infrastructure. These are the capable people in companies and government who look after and rely on wireless transmitters, generators, hydraulics and more. Almost without exception they want remote monitoring; however there are real challenges that have kept them from doing so.
In our previous lives in the wireless industry we constantly wondered why transmitters that did important things weren’t monitored. Important things like paging firefighters, dispatching fleets of trucks, navigating ships and aircraft, communicating on police radios. All too often the first person to find a system problem is that firefighter, truck driver or police officer in a moment of need.