Reliable and affordable high-speed data services have paved the way for “smart equipment”. EGM Automation is on the forefront of this movement and offers control panel designs that can include WAN connection capability to allow customers to remotely connect, monitor and communicate with their equipment. Not only does EGM work with some of the most reliable brands of data collection and transmission hardware, but also has the unique ability to combine the required products together to offer turn-key and plant-wide data collection services. Process analytical measurement equipment, hardware monitoring systems, and skid-mounted equipment instrumentation can be outfitted with appropriate industrial grade modems, wireless or wired networking components to allow for real time data collection and transmission to remotely located data archives. The information can also be used for process analysis, automated alerts and messaging and trending of equipment and process performance.