The Alarm Control System (ACS) is a platform that improves efficiency at workplaces or industries by ensuring alarms are handled quickly and by notifying appropriate staff via their smartphones, PC’s or other wireless devices like guard radios. Companies and organisations requiring the highest level of safety and stability for the protection of their staff and assets use the ACS.
The Alarm Control System is able to monitor any alarm sources via it’s standardised interfaces. It is scalable and can handle small systems with a few critical alarms to large installations with thousands of alarms from many sources.
ALARM CONTROL SYSTEM FUNCTIONALITY
Many organisations around the globe are using the ACS add-on modules for monitoring the well-being of their staff.
REAL TIME POSITIONING OF STAFF
The ACS integrates with the ZONITH Real Time Location System (RTLS) to add indoor positioning and outdoor GPS positioning of staff. The RTLS saves lives by providing real-time information about the location of people in need, giving rescuers a tool for the quick response.
WIRELESS PANIC ALERTING AND POSITIONING
ZONITH Bluetooth ID Badge based panic button provide a quick, cheap and convenient way to summon help in dangerous situations. From reception desks to security checkpoints, classrooms & mobile devices, ZONITH’s wireless Bluetooth ID Badge panic buttons keep employees connected and safe.
In addition to the panic alerting, the buttons are positioned in real-time using the RTLS functionality.
LONE WORKER PROTECTION
The ZONITH Lone-Worker protection function periodically pings workers to verify their well-being. When a worker fails to respond to an ‘Are you OK’ message, an alarm is raised notifying the response team. Lone-Worker protection can be activated when a geo-fence is crossed using the RTLS system mentioned above. For example, if a staff member enters an unsafe area like a boiler room, the Lone-Worker function can automatically be enabled. When they return to the safe area like the break room, the Lone-Worker protection is disabled.
- Intelligent scheduler ensures the staff on duty receives alarms they should handle.
- Listens to alarms from multiple sources
- Alarm escalation ensures alarms are escalated to the next appropriate person if individual declines or fails to respond
- Always active and provides automated coverage 24/7
- Notifications can be simultaneously sent to multiple media via:
- Smartphones via ZONITH App
- GSM Phones via SMS text messaging
- and sounders and flashlights
DIFFERENT WAYS OF ALARM MONITORING
PANIC ALERTING MONITORING
- Monitoring of panic alarms is essential to protecting of staff in risk of working in confrontation situation. ZONITH’s ACS offer a variety of panic alerting monitoring functions. The ID cardholder with a panic button on the backside, the wireless panic button for fixed mounting, the panic buttons on the ZONITH App or even the emergency button on a guard radio can be monitored.
- Upon receiving a panic alarm the ACS can pair the alarm with the position of the staff in danger and thereby provide a precise guidance for the rescuing team.
- ACS can pick up movement alarms from CCTV cameras during the night and pass on the warning to the guards on patrol. The guard will then be notified about potential security risks even while away from the control room.
- Assets, such as artefacts and paintings at museums or projectors in meeting rooms, can also be monitored and if they are removed. If moved the guard will immediately receive the alarm on their smartphone or radio including information about the real time location of the asset.
- Detailed fire alarm information is sent to Smartphones and radios, complete with the room location, sensor and alarm type for immediate response.
- Quick fire alarm responding is saving time and money by avoiding the fire brigade arriving for false alarms. Hotels and restaurants using ACS are not evacuated unnecessarily.
AUTOMATION AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ALARM MONITORING
- Interfaces to automation systems (e.g. SCADA & PLC) and Building Management Systems (BMS) are monitored via generally accepted industry-standard interfaces. Many interfaces, like the high-level OPC, as well as low-level RS232 interfaces, are available.
- Process alarms are sent to chemical process engineers, while maintenance alarms are passed on to the technician on duty.