The Most Complete and Comprehensive Remote Site Management Solution for Broadcasters
Take Your Site Intelligence to the Next Level
Davicom’s powerful Cortex Series takes your transmitter remote control to the next level. This is a level where a remote control system actually reduces your workload instead of increasing it. It is a level where false alarms are minimized and where an intelligent unit takes care of the little things that waste so much of your time.
You can depend on this smart box to automatically reset or power-cycle flaky equipment, to start a backup device without requiring your attention and even to reboot your network if it stops responding. This is a level that is well beyond the FCC’s basic remote control requirements.
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Transmitter Remote Monitoring
& Automatic Control
Broadcast Transmitters are unique and complex pieces of equipment. Davicom’s Cortex units can adapt to any transmitter and be used to perform extensive automation, monitoring and control with these transmitters. One example of a heavy-lift configuration is a versatile N+1 controller.
An explicit Graphical User Interface provides instant visibility of system status and switchover progress while allowing safe manual control, if required. Switchover can occur in as little as 2 seconds, if the interlocks and RF switch allow rapid operation.
Interfacing to the transmitters and switches is achieved via metering and status inputs as well as relay outputs. SNMP control and monitoring is also optionally available for transmitters having such capabilities.
- A typical switchover sequence goes as follows:
- Problem detected in Main TX (low RF power, no response to ping, no audio)
- Shut-down main TX
- Check to ensure both TX’s are off
- Switch Main TX to RF load and Backup TX to antenna
- Validate the position of Baseball switch
- Turn Backup TX RF power ON
- Keep checking the rest of the conditions in real-time and wait for manual Return-to-Main TX command.
At Your Site
Intelligently Manage Your Utility Power
Monitor site power and save on battery or fuel consumption by automatically shutting-down non-essential equipment.
Cortex units can use inputs from environmental sensors such as anemometers or lightning detectors to take defensive action by isolating critical circuits before the passage of lightning storms.
Keep a watchful eye on your generator by using the Cortex’s built-in logic functions to ensure it is running when it is supposed to, but more importantly, that it’s not running when it isn’t required.
Cortex units operate with as little as 200mA from a 12VDC supply. They can therefore stay in control of your site while still logging critical events during power failures or equipment breakdowns.
Turn your Cortex Into an Efficient HVAC Economizer
One of the most power-hungry systems at your site is probably the HVAC system. Using indoor and outdoor temperature sensors as well as built-in logic and math functions, the Cortex Series units can be configured to create an economizer function for your system. If your indoor temperature isn’t too high, and the outdoor temperature is cool enough, an economizer will allow your refrigerant-based AC to take a break while the outdoor air does most of the cooling work.
Save on Costly Interfacing Equipment and Connect Everything At Your Site
Has your site photocell become defective? No problem: Use the Cortex’s integrated sunrise/sunset calculator to control tower, and site security lights.
Don’t have an electronic gauge on your fuel tank? No problem: Use the Cortex’s built-in Activity Timers to estimate fuel level from total generator run-time.
Don’t have an audio silence detector? No problem: Use the signal rectifier that is built-in to every Metering input on the Cortex and continually check for audio loss on the channel.
Want to listen to live audio from inside your site building/shelter or from your on-air signal? No problem: Use the Cortex’s built-in microphone or line inputs to remotely listen to ventilation fans, compressor motors, radar gearboxes or on-air audio.
Don’t have an SNMP interface on a piece of legacy equipment? No problem: Use the Cortex’s built-in Agent to convert analog readings into SNMP OID fields that can be read by a remote SNMP Manager.
Don’t have an on-site timer to run the Generator test every week? No problem: Use one of the Cortex’s built-in versatile event schedulers to start and end the test.
Various Time-Tested Sensors
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP Appliance)
With their SNMP Agents and built-in SNMP Managers, Davicom’s Cortex units are powerful SNMP appliances.
The Agent can convert analog readings or contact closures from legacy equipment into SNMP-compatible OID’s that can be sent to, or read by an external SNMP Manager software.
The Cortex’s Manager can take readings, make settings and receive alarms from other, on-site SNMP-compatible devices, including most modern transmitters. Depending on the situation, it can then take action locally, or even concentrate the information from all the devices and pass it along to a remote SNMP Manager at the studio or Network Operations Center (NOC).
With both an SNMP Agent and Manager built right-in to the Cortex unit, it can take internal readings and, based on your own logic, re-program itself to, for example, automatically adjust thresholds, change alarm destinations or whatever your imagination can come up with.
Today, IP networking has become the nervous system of most organizations, including at remote sites. Davicom’s Cortex units can monitor the health of your on-site IP LAN to ensure everything is interconnected and communicating as it should be. The Cortex’s built-in Pings can check on the network status of connected devices as well as validate that remote WAN backhaul connections are operating correctly.
By strategically addressing different Ping commands, the Cortex unit can analyze and determine which specific network branch, STL, TSL or device is down. It can then use its virtual logic and built-in relays, or SNMP SET commands to individually, and automatically, reset site equipment, routers, switches or gateways.
Incorporating its own 4-port network switch, the Cortex360 can easily connect to other IP devices, and keep these connections alive should the site’s main utility power fail.
Since an image is worth a thousand words, the Cortex’s customizable GUI will help you, your system operators and technicians to quickly understand the situation at the remote site. Based on the powerful HTML5 suite, these GUI’s (or Workspaces) are customized with the Cortex’s user-friendly workspace development and edition tools.
We have been providing complete, reliable solutions for alarms, monitoring & automation at remote sites for over 25 years.
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