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RCI - Remote Contol Input

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Examples of RCI usage

A Remote Control Input (RCI) is triggered by an external potential-free contact.

Inputs

Typical external triggers can be:

  • Fire and gas alarm systems
  • Temperature detectors
  • Doors sensors
  • Lift status
  • Alarm buttons


An RCI signal can be received by a number of devices:

Device # of RCI's
AlphaCom XE1 0
AlphaCom XE7 2
AlphaCom XE20 6
AlphaCom XE26 6
ENA Amplifier 6
IPARIO unit (IP) 8
RIO unit (analog) 8
INCA Station 3
Turbine station 6

Select a device from the above table to see details on connections and configuration

Actions

The set-up for the RCI input and the actions you want it to activate is very flexible. An RCI can activate almost any function in the exchange by using action commands, either Built-In Action Commands or Data Protocol Commands. The configuration of the RCI's is done with the AlphaPro programming tool.

Some examples of features that can be activated:

  • Dispatch prerecorded voice messages to stations and PA system (fire alarm etc.)
  • Show status information on a DAK48 panel, e.g. door open/closed
  • Send text message to a station or a group of stations, e.g. temperature warning
  • Set up group calls, audio program or conferences
  • Activate Call Forwarding
  • Control Remote Control Output

etc.

Configuration

Inputs from AlphaCom, ENA Amplifier, IPARIO and RIO

In AlphaPro there is an RCI table, where the physical address of the input is entered, along with the desired actions. The physical address is given as device + pin-number.

The RCI table supports up to 140 inputs.

  • For internal RCIs in the AlphaCom, the device address is 65 (66-68 for Slave Modules), and the pin number is 1-6.
  • Internal pin number 8 is the temperature alarm.
  • Mappings for the internal RCI's are autoloaded. Mappings for external RCI's (ENA amplifiers, Slave modules, RIO's or IPARIO) must be manually programmed.
  RCI Type Device/Station physical Number Pin Number
AlphaCom XE20/XE26 Device 65 1 - 6
AlphaCom XE7/XE1 Device 65 1 - 2
ENA Amplifier Station 1 - 552 1 - 6
IPARIO unit (IP) Station 1 - 552 1 - 8
RIO unit (analog) Device 1 - 64 1 - 8

Example configuration:

RCI configuration window. Here input 2 will trigger voice alarm message number 3 to group 1, and turn on the RCO 5




Inputs from IP Stations/Devices

Inputs from IP Stations must be configured using the Event Handler.

Hardware Event Owner = Station Physical Number Physical Input number Sub-Event
IP Substation 1 - 552 1 - 3 1 - 3
IP Flush Master and IP OR 1 - 552 1 - 3 11 - 13 (*)
IP Turbine station 1 - 552 1 - 6 11 - 16 (**)
IP-LCM 1 - 552 TKIS I/O input 1-6
Additional input 1 - 8
11-16
18 - 25

Important notes:
(*): When set as station type "Master station" in AlphaPro, the inputs are mapped as Sub-Event 11, 12 and 13. When set as "CRM" the inputs are mapped as Sub-Event 251, 252 and 253.
(**): On Turbine stations, the Sub-Event number depends on the AMC software version:

  • AMC 11.2.3.9 and lower: Sub-Event number is 1 - 6
  • AMC 11.2.3.10: Sub-Event number is 101 - 106
  • AMC 11.2.3.11 and higher: Sub-Event number is 11 - 16


In the Event Handler, use the following parameters:

  • Owner: The station/device where the input is used
  • Event type: 30 - Station DAK as RCI
  • Sub-Event: The input number according to the table above
  • When Change to: ON = Input goes on. OFF = input goes off.


Example configuration:

Event Handler configuration window. Here Input 2 (DAK 2) will trigger alarm message 3 to group 1, and turn on RCO 5


See also:

Software

  • AMC 10.50 or later supports RCI's in slave module (devices 66-68). (The software in the slave modules must also be upgraded)