The Gateway can connect alarm systems to a variety of outputs such as email, radio text, SMS, GPIO and many more.
1 - Serial data node
Serial data is passed through the RS232 connector on the OPT-01 or OPT-04 Option board into the gateway. Configure the node to point to your Com port specific for the cable connected to the fire panel.
2 - Fire alarm node
There are 2 fire alarm nodes, depending on which fire panel you are connecting to. Place one of the nodes, and inside you will find a drop down box. As you can see below, the “firealarm2” node is used for the Honeywell Notifier panel.
The fire panel node has 3 outputs.
- The top is for high priority, fire alarms, and pre-alerts (usually sent a few minutes before triggering the full alarm).
- The middle is for medium priority, usually fault messages.
- The lowest output is for low priority messages.
3 - Outputs for high priority messages
This example will take the high priority messages, and forward certain parts of the message to radio users.
The message from the fire panel node will be placed into msg.payload, however certain fire panels send the message with sub groups such as the zone, location, time, date and panel where the alarm originated.
We can use the above syntax to take the parameters that are most importent to us. For example above , the message will read on the radio as
Zone: Second floor
Loc: East corridor
This way we do not have to try and fit into the radios screen the time, date or panel the alarm originated from. Our radio users only need to know the emergency type, and the location of the fire.
We have set this particular output to be sent to radio group 10 and private call 101.
4 - Outputs for medium priority/fault messages
The medium fault messages have been set to play a pre-recorded voice message, stored on the Gateway, over the radio network to inform the maintence staff there is a fault with the panel.
Using telephone interconnect, the Gateway will call the idents / groups as requested and as soon as the radio user answers play the .wav file assigned. If it goes to a group the voice file will play straight away, so you may wish to place a “Call-alert” node before this with a delay of a couple of seconds.
The autodialler node has been used for this example, and is setup as below. Radio group 10 will be called, and the test.wav file will be played.
5 - Outputs for low priority messages
All other messages will be emailed using the email node. You will need to fill in who you wish to email, and your SMTP details. If you need some help with this, please look at the Sending email from the smc gateway using mailgun FAQ.
Please bear in mind you can change the outputs to any of the others. For example, if you wish to have high priority messages sent via email then create a wire from the fire panel’s high priority output, and connect it into the email node, and you will now send the email along with the text messages.
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