Monitoring Generator Fuel Usage Results in Savings for Nex-Tech
Nex-Tech is no different than most Telcos, and performs generator run tests on a regular basis. This practice ensures generators are within operational standards in the event of a power outage. During these tests, we have seen our share of generators fail. Common failures are not starting as scheduled, not turning off after the run test, or even running low on fuel. These can result in network downtime in the event of a power outage.
Documenting generator information has become a regular practice for us over the years and the data can often lead to the detection of issues.
What an Intelligent Driver Assistance System and Network Monitoring Have in Common.
Right before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I traveled to Portland, Oregon to attend the ITA Showcase Northwest Telecommunications Trade Show. I arrived during the weekend so I could schedule meetings first thing Monday morning with clients in the Portland area. With this being my first time to Oregon, I was excited about being able to explore the area on Sunday before I would have to go to work.
What the Chiefs History and Network Monitoring Have in Common.
The date was January 7, 1996. The temperature was 0 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of negative 15 degrees at kickoff. The location: Arrowhead stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs on the AFC side. My father had decided that I was old enough to join him and his two brothers on this trip. There are a few things that 6-year-old me remembers from that game.
With my job, I am blessed to be able to travel the country and tour some impressive facilities. Facilities such as large central offices, carrier hotels and recently, an underground data center. I had a preconceived notion of what to expect in an underground data center as I have toured several above ground. I assumed we would enter a building above ground and an elevator would take us below. After receiving driving directions to the facilities and being told “Once you enter the cave”, I had to ask for clarification. After confirming that I would be driving into the cave, I still assumed we would park just inside the entrance and take an elevator down. Was I ever wrong.
If you haven’t been shopping for a new vehicle lately, you will be impressed with all the technology that has been added in the way of driver-assist features. Are these advanced features making us better drivers or allowing us to become distracted as our cars are doing the driving for us?