TouchControl fire touchscreen
19 August 2015
Global fire systems business Advanced has launched TouchControl, its new touchscreen fire system repeater and remote control terminal, which features Active Maps and zone plans.
TouchControl uses its 10” HD touchscreen to deliver panel and network control and monitoring features, plus dynamic graphics and zone plans called Active Maps.
Active Maps allow any image from a technical drawing, a zone plan, photograph, even a Google Map image to be used to display fire info, with multiple views available allowing users to interrogate the status of zones in a site from different angles or scales. Advanced’s Map App software is designed to make it easy to add map images and associate them with a zone.
When not used in Active Map view, it features a unique, colour-coded interface that displays device, zone and network information, using the large 10” HD touchscreen to facilitate easy control and interrogation. Users can immediately identify zones and devices in fire, fault, disablement, test or normal operation via colour-coded status buttons.
TouchControl is a network node in its own right, working in standard or fault tolerant modes. Designed to be recessed and flush fitting, its low profile design will enhance any architectural environment and can be used in areas from receptions to nurses’ stations where network control, aesthetics or simply communicated detailed information are required. The background image can be easily changed to show any image from site plans to logos or products. A surface mount option is also available.
Another feature for its use in public areas is the ability for users to add presentations, company introductions, visitor boards or safety information to run when the fire screen is not reporting fire system information. As soon as the screen is touched or a fire condition arises, it reverts back to fire operations.
John Newton, Advanced’s products manager said: "Advanced customers do not expect us to follow the herd, but deliver something innovative and more useful. TouchControl is absolutely unique and we think the right way to add touch technology to fire systems. We don’t compromise the touchscreen by reducing its size to fit in a panel and we don’t add cost to a panel that may be out of view. Instead we’ve developed a high quality touchscreen unit that has all the benefits a touchscreen can deliver plus more, such as Active Maps. We have invested significant time ensuring it is easy to install and configure, especially when it comes to adding maps and demand is already high.”
TouchControl operates with Advanced’s three levels of user control, accessed via passcode. Depending on the level of access users can: Evacuate/Mute/Silence/Resound & Reset; View fires/faults/disablements/alarms/inputs/outputs/supervisory and network via ‘instant filters’; View/enable/disable zones and devices; Enable/disable outputs by type; Enable Walk Test mode; Test display/zones/outputs/buzzer and LEDs; Quickly access all zones in fire/fault/disablement/test via ‘instant filters’ and where allowed change status; View 1,000 general and 500 Fire event log and set the network time and date.
TouchControl is compatible with Advanced’s MxPro 4 and 5 panels and Axis EN and Axis AU Fire Systems, with more to follow. Visit http://touchcontrol.advancedco.com for more information, ordering info or to book a demo.