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Edition 48
December 2010
 

Regional Training Dates 2011

Since 2008 we have been performing product training to our customers at strategic locations throughout the UK. In 2009 these dates were increased to two days Syncro product training at each venue, with the second day being used to build on the first day’s foundations.

We are pleased to announce that this training will continue throughout 2011 and the first 6 months training dates have been allocated and are in the following locations:

January 20th-21st - Swindon
February 16th-17th – Newcastle
March 16th-17th – Cardiff
April 20th-21st – Peterborough
May 18th-19th – Plymouth
June 15th–16th – Nottingham

Places for these courses are limited therefore we recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment.

Full details of the course schedule, eligibility to attend and registration may be found on our web site using the following link - www.kentec.co.uk/training.htm

Syncro Repeater Panels

The Syncro product range includes a family of four repeaters, used to provide remote indication of the Syncro and Syncro AS panel activity.
However, it is not always apparent which repeater panel best suits the site specific application. The features, advantages and disadvantages of each are given below

Syncro View –
This is best described as a “remote display unit”. It is a relatively unintelligent device and simply passes any user control actions to the main panel via a serial data link. The main panel to which it is connected will then respond as if the same local button had been pressed on the main panel and the display will change as appropriate. This display information is then passed back serially to the Syncro View and its display will update to match the main panel display.
Advantages

  • Low cost unit that connects to the panel serial “Com” port (provided as standard on all panels except Syncro and Syncro AS Lite versions).
  • It is not necessary to purchase and install a network card in the panel for this repeater
  • Can be powered from the main panel (use a 4 core power / data connection between panel and repeater)
  • Can be used to provide all the same controls as can be performed at the panel (including disablements, zone tests, view devices)
  • Up to 15 may be connected to any panel on a total cable run of up to 1200m
  • Does not use any of the network node addresses

Disadvantages –

  • Not configurable. It will repeat exactly the same event information as shown on the host panel. It is not possible to configure the view to only show certain event information.
  • Priority – the control panel will always have priority over the View repeater. If you are using the View repeater and somebody logs into the main panel then they gain control

Typical use –

  • In systems where a low cost full function repeater is required

Syncro Focus and Focus+ network repeaters –
These two units are very similar in their operation and styling. The Focus repeater is a networked unit that can be configured to provide display of particular event types from particular network Syncro and Syncro AS panels. The Focus repeater has a “More Fires” button to scroll just the fire events, “More Events” button to scroll all other event types and “Silence Buzzer” facility to mute the onboard buzzer.
The Syncro Focus+ repeater has the same facilities but also provides three additional simple panel controls for “Silence Sounders”, “Re-sound Sounders” and “Reset”, protected via an enable controls key.

 Advantages

  • Can be configured to show only particular event types (Fire events, for example)
  • Can be configured to only show events from particular panels on a networked system
  • Up to 63 Focus repeaters may be connected to a single panel (subject to network address availability)
  • Uses the fault tolerant Syncro network to pass data between the panels and is therefore protected from cable open / short circuit faults
  • Acts as a data booster and isolator on the RS485 Syncro network
  • Fire, Fault and Alarm relays provided for local plant controls

Disadvantages –

  • Requires a network card to be installed on the panel / panels in order to allow data communications to be passed to the Focus repeater
  • No panel “user menu options” supported – unable to perform disablements, test zones, set the system time etc.

Typical use –

  • Focus – Nurse stations, Fireman’s Entrances to buildings
  • Focus+ - Fireman’s Entrances, Reception areas

Syncro Response Full Function repeater –
The Syncro Response repeater is a full function repeater. It has the same display and power supply as the Syncro multi-loop panel, differing only in that it does not have any detection circuits, sounder outputs and limited input / output facilities within

Advantages

  • Can be configured to show only particular event types (Fire events, for example)
  • Can be configured to only show events from particular panels on a networked system
  • Up to 63 Response repeaters may be connected to a single panel (subject to network address availability)
  • Uses the fault tolerant Syncro network to pass data between the panels and is therefore protected from cable open / short circuit faults
  • Acts as a data booster and isolator on the RS485 Syncro network
  • Supports zone LED indicators (16, 48 or 96)
  • Supports the 40 column thermal printer
  • 500 event log provided
  • Serial interface for support of the Guide graphics system
  • Full “User Menu” facilities are supported for any Syncro / Syncro AS panel on the network (Disablements, Zone Test and View Devices)
  • Fully programmable

Disadvantages –

  • Requires a network card to be installed on the panel / panels in order to allow data communications to be passed to the Response repeater

Typical use –

  • Reception areas, Security Rooms
  • Locations where full control is required, yet minimal quantities of cables are permitted

For more information on the Syncro Repeaters

Download Syncro View Datasheet:

Download Syncro Focus/ Focus+ Datasheet:

Download Syncro Response Datasheet:

Or visit the Kentec website

 

 
 
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