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 radios, SmartPhones, PC’s or other wireless devices. 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 the majority of alarm sources via its 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.
DIFFERENT WAYS OF ALARM MONITORING
- Detailed fire alarm information is sent to handheld devices & PC’s, complete with the room information, sensor and alarm type for immediate response.
- First responders can acknowledge the alarm via a handheld wireless device, saving time and money by avoiding the emergency response from the fire brigade for false alarms. Hotels and restaurants using ACS are not evacuated unnecessarily.
- Assuming the fire is real, doors, gates and other access routes to the facility can automatically be opened for the fire brigade to enter quickly.
AUTOMATION SYSTEM ALARM MONITORING
- Interfaces to automation systems (e.g. SCADA & PLC) via generally accepted industry-standard interfaces. High-level OPC, as well as low-level RS232 interfaces, are available.
- Alarms from the automation systems are inspected for their criticality and type. Process alarms are sent to chemical process engineers, while maintenance alarms are passed on to the technician on duty.
- Pre-warning alarms can be passed on to the operators on their handheld wireless device while in the plant and thereby prevent the plant from malfunctioning and production to be lost.
BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM MONITORING
- From data hosting centres to hotels, in-house technical installations must be functioning at all times.
- Alarms monitored from Building Management Systems (BMS) include: High or low-temperature alarms, ventilation or air conditioning malfunctioning, water leakages or elevator alarms. Once raised, they are sent directly to the technician on duty on their wireless device, whether on or off-site.
- 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 paintings at museums or projectors in meeting rooms, can be monitored and if they are removed the guard will immediately receive the alarm on their radio including information about the location of the asset.
- Panic Alarms from a security guard in distress are passed on to colleagues.
- Intelligent scheduler matches the scheduled worker competencies to those needed to respond to triggered alarms
- The system prioritizes alarms to optimize the use of available resources
- Alarm escalation ensures alarms are escalated to the next appropriate person if individual declines or fails to respond
- Listens to alarms from multiple sources
- 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 more…
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 buttons 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. It gives responders and guards the ability to locate and assist any person in danger quickly.
LONE WORKER PROTECTION
ZONITH Lone-Worker (L-W) 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. L-W 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, L-W can automatically be enabled. When they return to the safe zone like the break room, L-W is disabled.