Edition 57 March 2012

Apollo Discovery Open-Area Voice Sounder / Voice Sounder Beacon Support

 

 

The Syncro control panels have fully supported the Apollo Discovery Sounder Beacon Base since firmware V6.1 was released early 2010.
This device supports 7 volume settings and 15 tone pairs, configured by the panel via the loop protocol.
This permits up to 30 different tones to be selected against different event types for special applications or unique fire tones to be selected for different international local codes of practice to be fulfilled.

In addition, the Discovery Sounder Beacon Base supports software group addressing, allowing a number of sounders to be switched on at the same time with a single command from the panel. Finally the Syncro panel allows individual control of the sounder and beacon when using cause and effect logic control.
Tones and default volume options are configured using the Loop Explorer programming application for the Syncro and Syncro AS control panels.

Recently the Apollo Discovery range of audio visual devices has been expanded to include the Discovery Open-Area Voice Alarm Devices (Part numbers 58000-010 / 58000-020 / 58000-030 and 58000-040).
These devices do have unique type code identifiers, but at this stage the Syncro control panels will recognise these devices as the same type as the Discovery Sounder Beacon Base.

Therefore when configuring the volume and tone selections, the commissioning engineer will need to “cross map” the Open-Area Voice selections to the Sounder Beacon Base equivalent. The details of these mappings are shown in the tables below.

NOTE: It is important that the Discovery Sounder Beacon Base and Discovery Open-Area Voice Sounder / Sounder Beacons are not mixed on a single system when configured to Tones 1-3 / Tones 16-19.  The variation of tones and messages may cause confusion and impede the evacuation process. 

Volume Settings
The seven volume settings are cross mapped as follows;

Discovery Sounder Beacon Base Volume configured in Loop Explorer – dB(A)
Actual Volume of the Open-Area Voice Sounder / Sounder Beacon – dB(A)
60 60
70 72
74 77
78 82
82 87
86 92
92 97

 

 

 

 

 



Tone Settings
The tones are cross mapped to the Voice messages as follows;

Discovery Sounder Beacon Base Tone configured in Loop Explorer Actual Tone / Message of the Open-Area Voice Sounder / Sounder Beacon
Tone 1 – Apollo Evacuation Tone (550Hz for 0.5s, 825Hz for 0.5s)

Tone 1 - Apollo Evacuation Tone (550Hz for 0.5s, 825Hz for 0.5s) followed by “Attention please. Fire has been reported in the building. Please leave immediately by the nearest exit. Fire has been reported in the building. Please leave immediately by the nearest exit”.

Tone 2 – Alternating – Hochiki and Fulleon (925Hz for 0.25s, 626Hz for 0.25s)

Tone 2 - Apollo Evacuation Tone (550Hz for 0.5s, 825Hz for 0.5s) followed by “In the interest of safety please evacuate the building now. In the interest of safety please evacuate the building now”.

Tone 3 – Medium Sweep (800Hz to 970Hz at 1Hz)

Tone 3 - Apollo Evacuation Tone (550Hz for 0.5s, 825Hz for 0.5s) followed by “This is a test of the fire alarm system. Please do not take any action. This is a test of the fire alarm system. Please do not take any action”.

Tones 4-12 are the same for both units

Tones 4-12 are the same for both units

Tone 13 – Emergency Warning Siren

Tone 13 – Apollo Evacuation Tone (550Hz for 0.5s, 825Hz for 0.5s)

Tones 14-15 are the same for both units

Tones 14-15 are the same for both units

Tone 16 – Apollo Alert Tone (1s off, 1s 825Hz)

Tone 16 – Apollo Alert Tone (1s off, 1s 825Hz) followed by “This is a fire alert. Await further instructions. This is a fire alert. Await further instructions”.

Tone 17 – Continuous – Hochiki and Fulleon (925Hz)

Tone 17 – Apollo Alert Tone (1s off, 1s 825Hz) followed by “All clear. The emergency has been resolved. It is safe to resume normal activities. All clear. The emergency has been resolved. It is safe to resume normal activities”.

Tone 18 – Continuous (970Hz)

Tone 18 – Apollo Alert Tone (1s off, 1s 825Hz) followed by “The fire alarm test is now complete. The fire alarm test is now complete”.

Tones 19-27 are the same for both units

Tones 19-27 are the same for both units

Tone 28 - Emergency Warning – All Clear

Tone 28 – Apollo Alert Tone (1s off, 1s 825Hz)

Tone 29-30 are the same for both units

Tone 29-30 are the same for both units

 

 

 

 

Syncro Historic Firmware Support

 

 

Early versions of the Syncro multi loop control panel used an AMD microprocessor on their display card, to execute the main operating system program.

During 2004 the AMD microprocessor was replaced with a similar product manufactured by RDC, however it was necessary to make some small revisions to the firmware to allow the program to run properly on the new hardware.

The first firmware version that supported the RDC microprocessor was V4.00, released in April 2004.

The S550 display cards typically used on older Syncro panels did not have the Write Enable switch fitted and went up to firmware V4.61.

At this point, the Syncro product design was updated and approved to EN54-2 requirements. The display card was fitted with a memory write enable and a number of revisions were added to the panel operation so the firmware was updated to V5.xx to denote the major revision.

When replacing display cards on existing Syncro networks, it is important to ensure that all panels on the network have the same firmware version.
To help with this, it is possible to request for replacement / spare display cards to be pre-loaded with specific firmware versions to match the other panels on the network.

However due to the revisions added to the firmware to support the RDC microprocessor, it is not possible for us to supply S550 display cards with firmware versions lower than V4.00.

In such cases, there is no alternative but to upgrade the other panels on the network to V4.00 or later firmware.
If you encounter such a scenario, please contact Technical Support to discuss the best approach to ensure the system is upgraded without problems.  

 

 

 
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