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What Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Tell Us about Wireless Carrier Preparedness.

Disclaimer: This blog is in no way meant to diminish the concern everyone at BatteryDAQ has for every living creature in the paths of these natural disasters.  We would also like to note that there exist many other ways to disrupt the power grid, both naturally and man-initiated. It is our hope and deepest desire that the effective protections against these type of events continues to improve.

If Shakespeare had penned "A hurricane by any other name is still a hurricane.", he would have been wrong. They may all meet certain criteria that place them in the category, but the devastation they leave behind can differ, depending on their particular destructive force. 

After 12 years without a major hurricane landing on the U.S. mainland, 2 significant storms have severely damaged Houston and nearly the entire state of Florida in recent weeks.  However, when we examine the impact they had on cell tower outages, they tell very different stories. (Click here to read more)

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With BatteryDAQ cloud, scan a 2D barcode on Sentry unit or battery rack, your smartphone may show real-time battery data and graph: bank voltage, current, temperature, individual battery voltage and internal resistance etc. (SOH%, SOC% and Runtime minutes for Telecom models).

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With BatteryDAQ cloud data service (FREE, if < 100 sites), you can watch your solar power remotely from anywhere with internet. This screenshot shows battery history querying for a telecom site in Arizona desert with solar panel and diesel generator. Nice batteries. 3 years of cycling now. All data can be archived in your computer if you leave Battery Analyzer software running continuously. Once a while, you may pull out data for an in-depth analysis. Don’t like our simple graph design? Just right click, dump data to Excel and plot your own beauty.

battery history data

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Sentry-NB8 has been chosen for many telecom carriers worldwide including recent order of 100 units from South Africa.

This unit has been tailored to cell towers or micro sites with 8 batteries, 2 strings of 4x12V. Separate harness goes to each string for quick and clean installation. Unit automatically accepts 1 or 2 current transducers so no surprise when come to a site for retrofitting.

It is more than a data collector for voltage, current, temperature and internal resistance. It faithfully processes the data and even with machine learning to achieve high accuracy estimation for SOH (state-of-health), SOC (state-of-charge), total runtime and remaining runtime, plus thermal risk level. Ethernet port provides remote web access to battery data and Modbus-TCP integration. Plug and play, compatible with MyBattery Platform to manage unlimited number of sites. (Really, 100,000+ sites on your big screen.)

Two dry contacts for urgent and service alarms. No more extra ports or functions. It is simple.

Sentry-NB8

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Automate NERC Reporting and Save Time and Money!

North American utility workers are buzzing with chatter these days.  They are all becoming aware of the "North American Electric Reliability Corporation", or "NERC" for short.  Standards have been established, inspections are being made, violations are being sited, and...fines are being paid.

Fines. Operations personnel hate fines.  CFO's hate fines.  I suppose no one likes fines...except those who impose them.

The truth is, change always presents some level of difficulty.  In the case of NERC standards, the changes make sense and should be adapted as a best demonstrated practice. (Click here to read more ...)

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