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Cell towers are abundant worldwide. Since they are typically tall structures they pose a threat to low flying aircraft.
There are strict regulations which make sure the cell tower is clearly visible at night to minimize any danger of collision.
There is a regulatory requirement to have appropriate lights (usually flashing red) at the top of each tower. Furthermore, some form of compliance reporting, about the light’s performance, is compulsory. There are heavy fines associated if towers are unlit for any extended period.
These regulations are generally the reason why it is important to independently monitor cell towers.
Cell towers have antennae at the top or side of a structure, an equipment enclosure for the communications instruments as well as some form of primary or backup power supply. They also have constant flashing red lights which are used at night.
A Neon Remote terminal or Module can be set up to monitor important operational and regulation requirements.
It also comes complete with an independent power supply, typically a battery with a small solar panel.
While there is a communications channel available at the cell tower, often authorities consider a different / independent communications system. Additional system provides completely independent monitoring from the actual cell phone network using the tower.
The Neon Remote Terminal or Module may have
– analog and digital inputs to monitor tower light states,
– communications equipment status and primary and backup power system status
Some more complex equipment may also have Remote Terminal Units which come with Modbus registers that can be read routinely and reported, perhaps every 5, 10 or 30 minutes to a Neon Server. As a result, important data, on the overall status of the cell tower, can be displayed on a standard web browser.
To maintain network diversity / network independence, it is better to report the status using a satellite communications channel, either geostationary or low earth orbit, so the monitoring does not rely on the actual cell tower being operational.
The status of the cell tower can be displayed on a Google Map display and a mimic diagram can provide an easy visual representation of the tower and the status of the key monitoring points.
The Neon Server Applications software can display each cell tower on a Google maps interface, with a mimic icon colored based on operational status, green fro normal and amber or red for alarm condition for control room staff to quickly view areas where the cell towers are installed.
Alarms set up on key parameters and on an alarm condition, an SMS Alarm Alert, with escalation, or an email can be sent to key staff alerting them of a failure.
|Options for Application Specific Instruments / Inputs||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Analogue Inputs/Modbus RTU||Custom Part||Telco Provided RTU / Sensor|
|Options for Neon Telemetry - NRT / RTU / Field Units||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Cellular RTU 3G||2013F-AB03||Neon Metering Module 3G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Cellular RTU 4G||2013F-AB04||Neon Metering Module 4G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Cellular RTU 3G - Industrial||2016F-AB03||Neon Remote Terminal 3G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Cellular RTU 4G - Industrial||2016F-AB04||Neon Remote Terminal 4G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar||2015E-AB0||Neon Remote Terminal - Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries|
|Ethernet||2017E-0B0-1 or 3||NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports|
with three Li Batteries
|Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat||2018E-AB0-1 or 3||NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports|
with three Li Batteries
|LCD Display||2500E||NRT LCD Display|
|NRT Field Termination Strip||2103F||2015E,2016F,2017E, and 2018E NRT FTS|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-8M||8M Extended Memory Option|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-8M-CAM||8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-CAM||Serial Camera Option|
|Options for Neon Application Software - Customer Server||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Application Software||2302A||Neon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL |
|Neon Application Software||2302A-10||Additional 10 NRT Access Licences|
|Neon Application Software||2302A-20||Additional 20 NRT Access Licences|
|Neon Application Software||2302A-50||Additional 50 NRT Access Licences|
|Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata Server||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Application Software||2301A||Neon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-01||Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-02||Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-10||Neon Data Service Fee Metering|
|Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field Units||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Standards Starlogger||6004D-11||Red Logger 512K with Alkaline Battery|
|Display Starlogger||6004D-21||Blue Logger 512K with LCD and Alkaline Battery|
|Prologger||7001D-11||Green Logger 1M with LCD and Alkaline Battery|
|Starlogger Field Termination Strip||6103E||6004D FTS|
|Prologger Field Termination Strip||7100E||7001D FTS|
|Starlog V4 Management Software||6308A-AUE||Starlog V4 Full Licence Key|