Monitoring a generator is not a new phenomenon, but the technology for doing so keeps getting better. Today’s remote generator monitoring systems bring all sorts of features to your fingertips including:
Text and email notifications of system status
Low fuel and real-time fuel levels
Battery voltage and trends --- (see problems before a failure occurs)
Utility power off/power restored
Ability to remotely operate the generator
Diagnosis and ability to clear alarms
Some states now mandate keeping records of when your generator runs, and for how long. A remote monitoring system is an automatic and easy means to create these reports. Your provider can also remotely control the exercise schedule to run the generator only on designated clean air days in jurisdictions where such rules apply.
Alerts can be sent to you directly, and/or to your generator service provider. When your service provider is alerted to generator fault conditions, it allows for quicker response and minimizes potential downtime. Generator monitoring also provides alerts when scheduled maintenance is needed allowing you and your service provider to proactively schedule generator maintenance.
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There are three main means of communication with your generator system:
Ethernet / RS485 Hard-wired into LAN
No subscriber fees
Generally part of a commercial installation tied to a Building Management System (BMS)
Difficult to set up initial communications between devices
Requires site hardware to be backed up by UPS and a generator
Assumes that internet access is available during a power outage
Wireless / Bluetooth
No fees (for basic reporting)
Generally limited to residential applications
Limited range (Bluetooth less than 50’)
Subject to interference in rain and snow
Not available during loss of power and/or internet
Uses proven 4G Wireless Technology
Works independently of local internet, hubs or servers
Some systems allow the use of prepaid data/sim cards
Commercial systems with built in modems
Cost for one time purchase of hardware
*The greatest level of flexibility and reliability is achieved with a cellular connected device. This applies to both residential and commercial applications.
Today, it’s easier than ever to monitor the real time status of your generator from anywhere. It’s one small monthly subscription that you won’t regret getting! Contact the pros here at FM for more info and a free quote for your home or business.
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