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The Messages and Alarms functions

Description

The functions 'Messages and Alarms' contain text messages and/or beep tones which inform that a certain situation has occurred. The 'Messages and Alarms' function is only to be used on TELETASK interfaces with a display, on the GUI+ (TDS15105) and via e-mail or sms-service.

Parameters

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Name
Introduce here a suitable short reference name for the real display text which is to be entered below in the 'Data' field. Due to the short 'name' when working in PROSOFT, you should be able to quickly find back the text message you are looking for.
Data
Here the text message is put in which will be announced when a certain situation will have occurred or at a certain moment. The text message can contain no more than 2 text lines ('Line 1' and 'Line 2') of 16 characters each. It is recommended to keep the text messages short and concise.
Alarm
Choose this parameter when dealing with an alarm. When an alarm occurs, then the introduced text message will appear on the selected interfaces with display/GUI+ and all interfaces will beep with the preset number of beep tones.
An alarm always has to be switched off manually. Take care first that the cause of the alarm is taken away.
For the working of an alarm on the AURUS-OLED (TDS12022) or AURUS-OLED PLUS (TDS12032), see chapter 'AURUS-OLED'.
Message on interface
Choose this parameter when the introduced text message has an informative value. With this parameter you indicate as well on which interfaces with display/GUI+the message has to be shown when the situation occurs.
A message disappears automatically as soon as a new action occurs on the respective interface. A new action can be activating a function, receiving another message or alarm.
E-Mail
by activating this function, there will be sent an automatically e-mail to the predefined e-mail addresses.
This functionality requires a continue connection of the Central Unit with the internet and that the e-mail settings were correctly imported (see also 'Extra'-'Options'-'E-mail').
Data' (Messages/alarm)
here you enter the text message which will communicated when a certain situation will appear or on a certain moment.
Text lines
the text message can contain 2 text lines at the most ('Line 1' and 'Line 2'). Line 1 can contain 16 characters at the most, Line 2 can contain 50 characters at the most (only the first 16 of the 50 characters will be shown on the older touch panels (see the data sheet for the concerned application). We suggest keeping the messages short and to the point.
Number of beep tones
Select here the number of beep tones which have to accompany the text message.
Interfaces
Select here the Interfaces/GUI+ on which the messages have to be displayed.
Data e-mail
here you enter the e-mail that will be sent when occurring of a specific situation or on a specific moment.
To
enter here the e-mail addresses to which the message has to be sent. Several mail addresses have to be separated by ';.
Subject
contains the subject of the e-mail.
Message
the length of the message is restricted to 140 characters.

Function behaviour when used on an interface

'Message' type

Short
With a short push the text message appears on the selected interfaces accompanied with the preset number of beep tones. When you push short again on the button, the message is sent again to the interfaces. The previous message is over written.
Long
The operation is the same as described under 'Short'.
A message cannot be switched off, it disappears automatically in the following circumstances: after a predefined time or by executing an action on the touch panel or by a new message/alarm.

'Alarm' type

Short
With a short push on the button the introduced text message appears on all selected interfaces with a display/GUI+ accompanied with the pre set number of beep tones. With a new short push on the button, the alarm is switched off.
Long
The operation is the same as described under 'Short'.
An alarm is never over written. The latest alarm is always shown on the interfaces. All preceding alarms can be checked by means of the 'following' button. For more information consult the manual of the respective interfaces.
An alarm is deleted either by switching off the alarm with the button or by means of the 'delete' button on the respective interfaces. For more information consult the manual of the respective interfaces.

'e-mail' type

Short
' when pushing short on the button the e-mail will be sent to all the predefined e-mail addresses. When pushing again the e-mail will be re-sent.
Long
the working is the same as described under 'Short'.

Function behaviour when operating in another function

'Message' type

A 'Message' can be selected in another function. When another function is activated the message functions as follows:

On
The message appears on the selected interface with the accompanying number of beep tones.
On/-
The message is sent with the accompanying beep tones to the respective interface. When the function is switched nothing happens with the message.
Since a message cannot be switched off, a target value cannot be put in. The target value is indicated in pale grey to indicate the behaviour of the message in the other function.
The status of a message is always 'true (on)'. Therefore every function which only contains a message(s) will also always be 'true (on)'.

'Alarm' type

An 'Alarm' can be selected in another function. When that other function is called the alarm functions in accordance with the target value:

On
The alarm is shown on all selected interfaces with a display/GUI+. All concerned interfaces beep the preset number of times.
Off
The alarm is switched off.
On/Off
When the function is switched on the alarm is shown on all respective interfaces with a display/GUI+ (preset number of beep tones included). When the function is switched off the alarm will switch off.
Off/Off
When the function is switched on the alarm is switched off. When the function is switched off nothing happens or if the alarm became active again in the meantime, the alarm will be switched off again.

'E-mail' type

ON
the e-mail will be sent to all predefined e-mail addresses.
ON/-
the e-mail will be sent to all predefined e-mail addresses.
When switching off this function there will be no e-mail sent.
Since an e-mail cannot be switched off, a target value cannot be put in. The target value is indicated in pale grey to indicate the behaviour of the e-mail in the other function.
The status of an e-mail is always 'true (on)'. Therefore every function which only contains an e-mail will always be 'true (on)'.

Application examples

  • A 'message' (disappears after a short time): when at home and late in the evening there is somebody detected in the garden (motion sensor), not only the garden light is automatically switched ON, but also a message appears on the display in the living room 'somebody in the garden'.
  • An 'alarm' (stays on the display until you clear the message): When the heating system fails, the central heating unit goes into alarm status. Normally it will take a long time (when it's getting cold in the house) before the occupants detect that the heating system has failed. When using a sort message like 'heating system alarm – call technician', it is easy for everybody to see immediately what is happening, long before it gets cold in the rooms.
  • In this last case you can also send a direct e-mail to your electrical contractor.

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