The system will annunciate and display tree categories of alarm events:
- Access Alarms
- Monitored Alarms
- System Alarms
The system provides pre-defined and user-configurable Access Alarms including:
A. Pre-Defined: These alarms may be linked to local output relays to activate external devices for
- Door Open Time Exceeded
- Door Forced Open
- Irregular Attempts
- Invalid Facility Code
B. Configurable Logical Alarms: The following events can be configured to be treated as access alarms
- Lost badge · Invalid User
- Unknown badge · Missing PIN
- Unassigned badge · Missing reading from reader 1
- Expired badge · Missing reading from reader 2
- Invalid badge · Invalid User
- Inactive temporary badge · Invalid Pool
- Incorrect direction · Full Pool
- Inactive visitor badge · Full Zone
- Employee on vacation · Requested to Full Zone
- Incorrect PIN · No Driver
- Incorrect time · Wrong Pool
- Incorrect area · No vehicle
- Incorrect location · Wrong Owner
- Active temporary badge · Blocked Car Pool
- Blocked user · Invalid Date
Monitored Alarms originate from Real-Time Monitoring Processor (RTMP’s) can be in any one of five states:
Monitored Alarms inputs are linked to an output relay to activate external devices.
System Alarms include events that report communication and device failure or a system warning. System alarms include:
- Communication Failure
- Cabinet Tamper Violation
- Low Battery
- AC Failure
- Event Buffer Full
- Event Buffer Reached Threshold
The system will automatically present the status of each access and alarm point in order to be reviewed by the operator in the Alarm Monitoring Window. This window is composed of four queues, one for each class of alarm. Each of these four queues displays its highest priority unacknowledged alarm event. The definition of the alarm classes and the routing of alarms to the four queues are user configurable. If the Alarm Monitor Window is covered by another window or minimized, it is automatically brought to the foreground. The window will show the following alarm information: Time, Alarm ID, Device, Description, Priority and Status.
Individual or groups of alarms may be routed to any of the four queues.
To display more alarm events, the Alarm Monitor Window may be expanded to a full-screen window, which can be re-sized and has scroll bars to move vertically or horizontally across the list of alarm events.
The Alarm Monitor Window displays all alarm events that are in one of the following conditions:
- Active (still in alarm condition)
- Pending a response
Acknowledged alarms that are in a secure state are automatically removed from the window. Alarms may be acknowledged in either the Alarm Monitor Window or the expanded Alarm Monitor Window.
The following information is displayed in the full screen Alarm Monitoring Window: Date, Time, Type, Alarm ID, Alarm Code, Device, Device Description, User Number, Class, Priority, Status, and Acknowledge Time.
The operator is able to filter the information displayed in the full screen Alarm Monitoring Window based on alarm queue and alarm state (Alarm, Secure, Acknowledged, Not Acknowledged, Operator response entered, Operator response not entered).
Each of the following type of alarm state are displayed in user-selectable colors:
- Acknowledged / Alarm state / Pending Response
- Acknowledged / Alarm state / Not Pending Response
- Acknowledged / Normal state / Pending Response
- Acknowledged / Normal state / Not Pending Response
- Unacknowledged / Alarm state / Pending Response
- Unacknowledged / Alarm state / Not Pending Response
- Unacknowledged / Normal state / Pending Response
- Unacknowledged / Normal state / Not Pending Response
Alarms are assigned a user-definable priority from 1 to 99 per alarm queue in order to distinguish the importance of multiple alarms occurring simultaneously. (1=highest priority; 99 =lowest priority)
All alarms will remain in the alarm queue in priority order until acknowledged by the system operator.
The system can print alarm point changes, selectable by point, on the logging printer. All alarms are archived on the system hard disk in real-time, with date and time stamping.
WGY-ESP provides an Alarm Masking feature. A masked alarm is not displayed on the Alarm Monitor or logged to history. This feature is available as a manual command from the workstations and also as a scheduled command based on pre-defined time zones. When scheduled, the mask will be automatically applied to or removed from the alarm point at the scheduled times. The schedules are user-definable.
System users can define which group of workstations will receive and display which alarm conditions. Alarms may be routed individually or as an alarm group. It is possible, on a demand basis, to re-route alarms to others workstations, overriding the standard, pre-defined reporting structure.
The system supports an Alarm Bumping feature, so that if an alarm is not acknowledged at a certain workstation within a user definable time period, that alarm can automatically be transferred to another pre-configured workstation.
System users can define the alarm reporting method for each alarm point in the system. Choices may be made from a:
- Text only display
- Text display and a pop-up Alarm Instruction window
If so configured, the system can display alarms on color maps with dynamic icons in order to assist operators to locate and respond to alarm conditions.
It is possible to link an alarm input to:
- predefined CCTV actions and open a live video window on a workstation to provide visual supervision of a detection zone.
- predefined Time Lapse Recorder (TLR) actions. TLR actions will include start recording, change recording speed and/or stop recording.
- activate an optional Paging System to send a pre-defined alarm message to remote alphanumeric pagers.
- activate an optional Intercom system. Intercom functions that are supported include making a connection to an intercom station and activating intercom functions such as placing certain intercom stations in monitor mode.
For each alarm point, users can link relays for equipment control. When an alarm occurs, the linked relay will perform one of the following actions:
latch on and then be reset by the operator from the workstation, or automatically follow the alarm status, or pulse for a specific period of time on a change of status of the alarm point.
The system provides up to 96 system-wide time zones. Each alarm point may be assigned to any or all these 96 time zones for automatic enabling/disabling of alarm points. Any alarm point may be masked, or disabled, during any of those periods to which it has been assigned.