by Guest Blogger Jonathan Howald, Auburn Engineering Co-op Student
Using wireless systems for system control makes a lot of sense. Wireless systems allow customers to maintain and watch remote sites easily and cheaply. It alerts the owners of problems or failures immediately when they occur. The wireless option allows an entire system to be seen in one place even if the system is spread out over a large area. The wireless option is cost effective, as it removes the need for installing conduit for in house components, and eliminates the manual labor or landline use for distant components. It also allows a system to grow easily since upgrades can be added to the wireless network and will not require more wire to be run back to each point. A wireless system does not need to accompany an upgrade in controls system but can be implemented in already existing systems. The wireless experts at Revere really know how to get wireless systems working well. They will find the way to make the system work using cell, licensed, or unlicensed radio. When I was helping with radio surveys in Auburn, many of the radio sites would be down low in valleys where it seemed unlikely that a radio path would be possible. But the guys always found a way to get a link back to the plant and knew what to do in each situation. Switching from a leased phone line to a cellular service could save considerable costs, sometimes as much as $100 per site per month. Wireless systems are a no-brainer when you take into account the convenience, the money saved, and the trustworthy people making sure the system works. For more information about Revere's wireless capabilities, visit Wireless Communication Architecture.