Fire-Lite IPDACT-2UD IP Communicator with Upload/Download Capability
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The new FireWatch IPDACT-2 and IPDACT-2UD are IP Communicators from NOTIFIER. These IP Communicators are UL 864 listed for signaling under Other Transmission Tech- nologies and comply with NFPA 72 requirements.Refer to the IPDACT Series Installation Document PN 53109 for more information.
Both models connect to the primary and secondary communi- cation ports of the panel's DACT, converting the analog signals into digital signals at the panel for transmission to a compatible Teldat VisorALARM PLUS IP receiver at a central station. The panel operates normally during an alarm, supervisory or trou- ble event and sends contact-ID formatted analog information out of the telephone ports to the IP Communicator.
The IP Communicator reformats the data into highly encrypted Ether- net UDP packets for transmission to a compatible receiver at the central station. This new listing only requires an IP connec- tion. No backup analog phone line is necessary. Customers can still use a traditional backup phone line from the panel's second phone port if desired.
With compatible Contact ID DACT-equipped panels, the IP Communicators allow for faster and more economic digital alarm transmissions, improving response times and decreas- ing costs found with traditional analog systems. They offer supervised line functionality, where a central station can detect any off-line alarm panels within seconds. On the central station side, a compatible VisorALARM Plus IP receiver from the Teldat Corporation emulates popular receiver formats and allows seamless integration into existing conventional central station architectures.
The benefit of an IP Communicator is that it is always on, increasing the security and supervision of the central station connection from once every 24 hours for a supervisory test signal to once every 30 - 90 seconds.
The IPDACT-2UD allows a programmer to upload and down- load data between the user's PC and a supported fire alarm panel. The panel and PC can be anywhere on the world wide web or within a corporate intranet.
The user's computer runs a program called UDPORT.exe to capture the modem signals from PS-TOOLS panel program- ming software. In UDPORT.exe the user enters the main IP address of the VisorALARM receiver, the UDP port to use, username, and password. Instead of using the PC's modem, this process communicates between the IPDACT-2UD's modem at the panel and the panel's own modem.
While speed is still limited to the baud rate of the panel's modem, panel communications are now 100% digital over IP from the remote program PC all the way to the remote panel installation. This eliminates any dropouts in modem communications caused by noise or other factors. If an alarm should occur during upload or download, the panel is able to interrupt modem communica- tions immediately and transmit the alarm to the central station.
Each IPDACT-2UD is registered in the VisorALARM Receiver with a unique serial number. A subscriber number must be entered into the subscriber number database field for each IPDACT-2UD. This same number is entered into the subscriber telephone number field (panel to call) in PS-TOOLS as if call- ing the panel on a telephone. If these numbers match, and the master username and password are correct, full duplex com- munication is permitted to the panel.