Westell Tower Monitoring Solutions Featured in Inside Towers
RTUs are critical to operating tower sites with multiple management functions, whether it is billing for power usage, starting and stopping the generator using an automatic transfer switch, checking fuel levels, or monitoring dry (door) contacts. Natural disasters are a big driver for the deployment of tower site monitoring, according to Walther. They expose the importance of increasing the visibility of the tower operations. She points out Superstorm Sandy spurred a lot of that interest. In 2012, the storm caused $68 billion in damage on the Atlantic Coast.
There are a number of other requirements that have driven companies to increase their monitoring capabilities. Walther cites a greater need for security in the tower compound as an example. She also notes that technicians are responsible for more towers today over a wider area.
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Released September 14, 2023