Asentria provides a full range of hardware and software tools to manage the passive elements at a Base Transceiver Station (BTS or cell site) location. Passive monitoring refers to the monitoring of a cell site for power, security, and environmental issues that might affect the service providing communication equipment located within the site. The purpose of Asentria's products is to reduce the costs of operating the communication network. This is accomplished by reducing the frequency and length of network outages caused by power, security, or environmental issues. If an outage does occur, service personnel can be dispatched with valuable data regarding what problems they may encounter once they reach the site.
Asentria units are capable of monitoring and managing a variety of power related issues at remote communication sites, such as BTS, eNodeB’s, or microwave sites. A SiteBoss can monitor all the items in the power chain at a remote site including the AC grid power to the site, rectifiers/batteries, back-up generators, and potentially newer solar or other hybrid power types. Asentria offers a variety of tools to manage power at your remote communication sites.
Diesel fuel monitoring is a huge concern for mobile operator's BTS locations, or anywhere that a diesel generator is used to provide back-up power for mission critical communication. A SiteBoss unit can be deployed with a variety of possible diesel fuel sensing devices to prevent theft, allow better timing of refuel visits, or avoid the shutdown of a remote site due to running out of fuel.
Generator management is a huge concern for mobile operator’s BTS locations or anywhere that a generator is used to provide back-up power for mission critical communication. A SiteBoss unit can be interfaced directly to many generators, either through some communication protocol, or via contacts or relays. The SiteBoss can be controlled from the Network Operation Center (NOC) to perform the start or stop of a generator, or groups of generators. This ability to start or stop generators on-demand can help reduce site visits, as well as help with regulatory compliance related to air pollution or noise.
Cooling efficiency applications can be created using a SiteBoss as the central control unit, deciding when to alternate between different cooling methods. Consider the following scenario: a communication site with two HVAC units and a fan capable of bringing in air from outside the cell site. The SiteBoss can alternate between HVAC systems every other day to make sure both are used equally. If the SiteBoss senses the temperature is too high, it can turn on both. If the SiteBoss recognizes that the outside temperature is lower than the internal temperature, it can turn off both HVAC units, and turn the fan on.
Generator fuel monitoring is a huge concern for mobile operator's BTS locations, or anywhere that a generator is used to provide back-up power for mission critical communication. A SiteBoss unit can be deployed with a fuel sensing device capable of monitoring liquid petroleum gas such as propane, butane, or propane/butane mixes to prevent theft, allow better timing of refuel visits, or avoid the shutdown of a remote site due to running out of fuel.
A SiteBoss unit can be paired with a variety of different AC monitors, from a simple wall plug that indicates presence or absence of current, up to a sophisticated 3-phase power monitor that provides a wide range of data regarding the status and quality of AC power. The SiteBoss can interrogate the sensor and provide logging of important data, or deliver alarms to your NOC via SNMP if values go outside user-defined parameters.
Fuel cells are a modern back-up power source for modern communication sites. SiteBoss units can monitor pressure in fuel cells in order to get a reading on the fuel level within the cell.
A SiteBoss unit can be used to do very simple measurements like monitoring voltage. Adding specific peripheral devices gives the ability to further measure values like temperature and impedance. The SiteBoss can query the peripheral device and provide data back to the Network Operation Center (NOC) if values go outside user-defined parameters.