Reporting the state of an apparatus to a remote computer patented

Speaking on Deep Background, the Press Secretary whispered:

> so ... mark lottor's your-machine-room-is-melting thermo+modem circa 1990
> is what? prior art?

Or the first project that I was senior systems analyst, back in 1979,
all published and everything -- remote sensing in farmers' fields via
satellite and X.25. (Messages contained type=value tuples, not XML.)

I used to work on North Electric Paracode on a pipeline control
system. It sent six bits, with 2 of the 5 spaces as longer to
count decimal:

1 12
2 13
3 14
4 15
....
9 35
0 45

It generated the longer pauses with copper-cored -48v telco relays
that hung in a little longer.

There were relay-based A-D converters to read meter pressures.
And shift registers to sample&hold meter counts.

The acceptance test was in Galion OH on the day President Kennedy
said:

  Good evening my fellow citizens:

  This Government, as promised, has maintained the closest
  surveillance of the Soviet Military buildup on the island
  of Cuba. Within the past week, unmistakable evidence has
  established the fact that a series of offensive missile
  sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island. The
  purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide
  a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere.

Does that count as prior art?