As cable systems continue to grow in complexity and length a good status monitoring system capable of reducing down time is a must. Such a system should be able to detect a problem before an outage occurs and be expandable to meet the future needs of the system.
As the power of micro computers increases and the cost continues to fall a multiple processor status monitor system becomes a cost effective tool for the system operator. The multiple processor system will decrease detection time while increasing reliability and future expandability.
This paper will describe the advantages of such a system in detail and try to show what could be done in the near future by using the power of the micro-computer.