This guide provides an overview of how to configure a TELETASK Home Automation System (TDS). It is a complete guide to the PROSOFT -Suite configuration software and other TELETASK products with additions and tips for a state-of-the-art integration.
Prior to the configuration part you will find:
- Capturing the requirements and wishes of the end-user, in close cooperation with the end-user, architect and/or interior designer.
- The Lighting plan
- Choosing the appliances, motors, etc which will integrated by the to the TDS.
- Choosing the appropriate heating/cooling system.
- Choosing the appropriate security system.
- Capturing the typical routes throughout the house, to be able to decide where to place touch panels or screen.
Once all this is done, you can start configuring (also called 'programming') the system.
Comfort and flexibility are not only important for the user, but also for the integrator. The simplicity and comfort for the installer of a TELETASK automation system is possible thanks to its unique construction. The specific structure is characterized by the strict separation of inputs and outputs in the system.
With this way of working there is still something missing because there is nothing which defines yet that the push button on the wall is for example going to control the ceiling light in the dining room. Therefore the system needs a relation which is to be defined between that particular input and the related output.
In the TELETASK domotics systems the relation between inputs and outputs will be defined in the central unit. This central unit becomes the heart of the system and is a far more powerful and reliable solution than working with a decentralised approach which has by definition a more complex configuration and a larger chance that information gets lost.
In large installations you will learn that a multi-central unit approach will offer you simplicity, highest reliability and distributed intelligence without the need of a master-slave setup like traditional systems use. With a TELETASK system there is no central unit behaving like a master, so there are no such slaves either. In case of a failure, this guarantees no loss of functionalities except for the defect part itself. In a decentralised setup where a master can fail, the whole system may go down or at least lose a number of features which also effect non-defective parts of the system.
With a TELETASK domotics system, the central unit (with power supply) is the most important component. The inputs and outputs can communicate with this central unit. These are connected via a two-wire high-speed data cable (+ two wires for 12V power supply- which we call the 'AUTOBUS' cable. In traditional installations this would require a whole bunch of cables.
This way the input-to-output relations become both simple and flexible, because they are not defined as in a traditional solution, but by the powerful and flexible TELETASK software relations. These relations are configured in the TELETASK PROSOFT Suite. PROSOFT is offered free of charge with any TELETASK system and can be downloaded from the website.
As a result of this, when for example pushing a wall mounted momentary push-button (= the input), the ceiling light in the dining room (= the output), can be switched (= the relation between the input and the output) on/off.
The relations can be defined by you, by means of PROSOFT software. PROSOFT was specially developed by TELETASK to make it possible to define the inputs, outputs and the relations between them on a standard MS Windows based PC. As soon as your relations are defined, they can be downloaded to the TELETASK central unit which will keep them in its non-volatile memory, where they always remain after disconnecting the PC, even when power fails for short or long (unlimited) periods.
As soon as the relations are downloaded into the central unit, the PC can be disconnected from the central unit and is no longer needed. You will be able to control all integrated (= connected) lights, curtains, shutters, heating, cooling, audio, etc… as defined. You can control all these outputs by means of standard buttons and specific touch panels, sensors, touchscreens or even by remote control, by mobile phone or on a PC, PDA/Webpad via Ethernet over LAN/WAN wired- or wireless connections.
You will have noticed that there are both hardware and software items to be distinguished.
‘The hardware part’ contains the different TELETASK components and the connection to the central unit(s). All hardware components have their own specific features and may behave as an input, an output or sometimes even both of them. To find out more details about the hardware and its hardware aspects, please refer to the TELETASK ''datasheets'.
‘The software part’ contains the creation of the relations between the inputs and outputs, defining extra functions, setting up integrations like heating/cooling, audio, setting clocks, defining access control, etc…
With PROSOFT SUITE you can define all integrations within your home automation project. If you install and run PROSOFT, you will see it consists of 5 different parts:
In this technical handbook you will find all software aspects of your TELETASK domotics system explained in detail. Because the hardware and the software items are connected close to each other, we will regularly refer to the DATA SHEETS handbook where you can find any specific datasheet you may need.
You can always download the latest version of most of the documents from http://www.teletask.be/en/downloads. If you are using the latest version of the PROSOFT Suite, you can also open this Technical Handbook and the Datasheets Handbook via the Help menu.