Expandable control panel

June 2003 Access Control & Identity Management

The CS250 security panel from GE Interlogix is an 8-zone control panel that can be expanded to up to 16 or 24 zones by adding either one or two 8-zone hard-wired input expanders or one or two RF (wireless) gateways.

Each RF gateway supports up to 8 or 16 RF devices such as PIRs, door/window detectors, smoke detectors, shock sensors acoustic glassbreak detectors as well as up to 16 RF keyfobs. Patented Learn-Mode Technology ensures the ease and reliability of installation. Each device has its own factory-programmed identity so the receiver 'learns' the identity of each device, dramatically reducing installation time and eliminating programming errors in the field. The gateway monitors the alarm, battery, tamper and supervisory status of each transmitter. In addition, it reports any change in status to the panel, which takes action according to the programmed zone types.

Flexible zone configuration

All zones can be freely programmed as any of the following types: burglary, exit/entry (x 2), access, 24 hour, lifesafety (fire, medical, personal attack), tamper, keyswitch, emergency and timed door. In addition, a dedicated output for fire detector power with reset control allows the connection of 2 or 4 wire smoke detectors.

Integrated communicator

An integrated fully featured communicator and modem embraces a wide range of applications. The communicator offers a choice of five formats for alarm reporting including Voice Protocol for use with a voice module. Available as an optional accessory, this module provides the end user with an attractive alternative to central station reporting by sending pre-recorded messages to friends or neighbours.

Programming made easy

The panel can be programmed in several ways to suit your application. On-site, the LCD keypad offers full programming possibilities using an intuitive menu structure. Alternatively, by using a serial interface, the panel can be connected directly to a PC for programming using our Windows-based software package. Off-site, the same software package allows remote programming and the upload and download of panel data by dial up connection via the on-board modem.

Remote diagnostics

Whilst on-line, several key parameters of panel operation can be verified without having to visit the installation. This includes the display of mains power status and battery voltage, the loop-state and resistance value of each zone, the state of all outputs and the system state of both areas and the common area.

User friendly

To provide error free operation for the end user, there is an optional infrared keyfob which can be used with the LCD/LED keypad or arm/disarm station for turning the system on and off and generating lifesafety alarms. Up to 16 infra-red keyfobs can be used per system. As an alternative, everyday tasks such as arming and part-arming can be set up as a one touch operation by using the three freely programmable Function Keys which are incorporated on the LED or LCD keypads.

For more information contact Brett Birch, GE Interlogix, 011 805 1590.

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