NOVIGADO Global scans the national electronic toll network of highways in Mexico with Paessler PRTG
About NOVIGADO Global
NOVIGADO Global is a consolidated company with experience in innovation projects in traffic management, tolling, and cybersecurity. Created in Mexico in 2017 and with presence in the international market, it offers comprehensive solutions from consulting to distribution to technology integration.
It accompanies its clients in each of these areas, and thanks to its NOC/SOC monitoring service, provides 24/7 support. This is complemented by an infrastructure maintenance service so that the client does not have to worry about anything.
The good service results NOVIGADO Global has provided to its customers, as well as the good relationship they have with manufacturers and partners, endorse their professionalism and experience, with a specialized technical team offering quality services and highly competitive prices.
NOVIGADO Global believes that, in traffic and cybersecurity issues, the same language is spoken all over the world. This is why it wants to contribute its talent and technology to make people’s mobility faster, more efficient, and safer, regardless of place, country, race, age, or gender, and provide them with a better quality of life.
“PRTG helped us to have control of the project and to be able to make the national electronic toll network highly reliable, returning operation and stability to the network. This is the most valuable element for us.”
Sebastián Medina, Founder and CEO of NOVIGADO Global
NOVIGADO Global was challenged to provide a solution for the design, implementation, and monitoring of the infrastructure for the national electronic toll network that included:
Configuration of communication equipment (switches and firewalls)
Creation of VPN tunnels between the different sites
Implementation of high-availability firewalls
Implementation of SD-WAN technology
Enabling teleworking for more than 100 users
Interoperability with different technologies such as Palo Alto, CheckPoint, and SonicWall for information exchange with third parties
Implementation of VLANs, MAC filtering, VLT on switches, routing, and policies
Monitoring the health status of key equipment such as servers and WAN/LAN communication devices
Monitoring of information exchange via FTP folders
All this with the purpose of having a highly available communication and distribution of information between the electronic toll lanes and the control centers, for which it was required to have a tool that would provide real-time information on the status of the project at all levels.
The transmission medium used in most of the toll stations is satellite, which means constant changes in the quality of the link due to factors such as the weather, so it became imperative to react immediately when any of these links were to fail in order to ensure business continuity.
Sebastián Medina, Founder and CEO of NOVIGADO Global, says: “Due to the criticality of our client’s operations, we needed to have real-time information to be able to intervene/remedy in time and avoid economic losses caused by having lanes without updated balances.”
NOVIGADO Global was looking for a solution that would ensure high availability in Mexico’s national toll road network, so it undertook a benchmarking exercise to compare available tools and selected Paessler PRTG Network Monitor.
The company chose PRTG because of its business model, which allowed the company to have an unlimited sensor license for the first 30 days, with the support of the Pre-Sales team, which facilitated the start-up and made the difference to other solutions.
Within 45 days, including the trial period, NOVIGADO Global successfully implemented PRTG for monitoring the entire infrastructure, including communication equipment, servers, and video recorders.
The tool allowed the integration of Fortinet firewalls via SNMP, located in control centers and toll stations to monitor the health status of the communication links, as well as to have visibility of the VPN tunnels that interconnect the control centers with each other, and with each of the toll stations.
NOVIGADO Global was able to configure sensors that monitor the exchange of information with third parties through XML files deposited in FTP folders, so that when one is not received or is not processed within the established time, PRTG generates alerts through emails, as well as push notifications in the PRTG apps for iOS or Android, to react and remedy incidents in time, thus avoiding economic penalties.
Thanks to PRTG, NOVIGAO Global has maps that allow them to have the status of 4 control centers and more than 100 toll stations in a central overview, displayed in real time on the NOC/SOC video wall.
NOVIGADO Global uses a PRTG license to monitor around 2,500 sensors and the assigned equipment serves the needs of more than 100 people working to maintain Mexico's national toll road network.
NOVIGADO Global fulfills the project by maintaining the required level of service in the network operated by Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos (CAPUFE) in its more than 100 toll stations using PRTG.
The benefits PRTG offers to NOVIGADO Global are:
Initial start-up in a short period of time
Real-time notification of incidents in the monitored infrastructure through alerts that reach the monitoring team members on their cell phones
Allows for immediate remediation of incidents that impact customer operations
Generation of reports with specific sensor data, for decision making and future actions, based on detected incidents, including historical data
Having visibility of the entire infrastructure in a single pane of glass in real time, and intervening proactively in the event of any possible incident to minimize the operational impact
Monitoring the health status of the project’s different links and key devices, and going beyond that, for example, by supervising the exchange of information through the real-time review of FTP folders
Sebastián Medina explains: “The work we do is very important because we have to maintain the availability of communications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As this is a mission-critical project, when a link goes down you forget about applications and databases. That is why we designed the project to have redundancy, that is, two links per site to always have at least one available. This way, we can guarantee that any vehicle can pass between toll stations using electronic toll collection as a payment method.”
In short, PRTG is here to stay in NOVIGADO Global’s portfolio as part of its suite of tools to continue providing the best service to customers.
“Our roadmap includes the incorporation of infrastructure monitoring for the rest of our customers, and we believe that with a technological ally like Paessler, we can meet and exceed the expectations towards us,” says Sebastián Medina.
In the short and medium term, the company plans to offer PRTG as part of its solutions and to cover more sites in the electronic toll network nationwide.
Sebastián Medina concludes: “The above-mentioned electronic toll network monitoring project is added to others that NOVIGADO Global has successfully implemented through the use of first-level technologies such as PRTG, contributing to improve people’s quality of life by saving travel time.”
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