FieldServer Driver – Serial
Fire Control Instruments – FCI 7200 Series
The FCI 7200 Series System Control Units (SCU) are manufactured by Fire Control Instruments. A SCU with an enabled serial port can transmit data to a FieldServer which can, in turn, make the data available to other devices including those which communicate using different protocols (e.g. BACnet)
This is a passive Client driver which does not poll for data, nor does it send data or commands to the SCU. Messages received from the SCU are ignored or stored on the FieldServer depending on the status of the panel. The method of message processing and location on the FieldServer is determined in the FieldServer configuration file. Once stored in the FieldServer the data is available to be read or written using other protocols such as BACnet.
No automatic panel data synchronization technique exists. The data in the FieldServer and the panel status have to be synchronized manually. This typically requires a panel reset.
Since the driver cannot send data or commands to the SCU it cannot be used to acknowledge, silence or reset alarms and other events.
The driver can process the single line messages sent from SCU firmware versions earlier than 2.20 and 3 line messages produced in firmware versions 2.20 and later. Processing of 3-line messages requires the 20 character System ID label to be defined.
The driver provides both client and server emulation. The server side of the driver is intended to support FieldServer’s Quality Assurance program and is not intended to provide complete emulation of a SCU and is thus not fully documented.
|Client||1||Each port on the FieldServer can only be connected to 1 single SCU serial port.|
|Server||N/A||Server side is not supported. See description.|
Formal Driver Type
|FieldServer Model||Compatible with this driver|
|Baud Rates:||1200 – Vendor Limitation|
|Data Bits:||8 – Vendor Limitation|
|Stop Bits:||1 – Vendor Limitation|
|Parity:||None – Vendor Limitation|
|Device||Tested (FACTORY, SITE)|
|FCI 7100 Series||SITE (FCI Distributor)|
FieldServer connects using pre-assembled RJ45-RJ11/12 connector to J1 on FCI SCU board.
The driver listens passively for messages from the SCU serial interface. The driver assumes that each message relates either to the SCU or a single point.
A point is considered to be a zone , relay output, loop, ALU sensor or ALU Module.
If the driver has not been configured to store data for particular points then messages containing status information for those points will be ignored.
The driver may be configured store data in any combination of the following. Multiple methods may be used for each point.
- Store the type of event (by storing an index number – Zero for restore) or
- Store a ‘1’ when an event occurs and a zero when an event is restored or
- Recognize only specified events for a point. Example. Configure driver to store alarm events for point L1M03 at one location and store trouble events at others. The selection is limited to Alarm, Fault, Trouble. All other events are captured as ‘Other’.
New event types can be added to the driver using the configuration file. This feature may allow the driver to capture new events when the FCI panel firmware is updated to generate new event types.
Manual synchronization is required. Push the reset button on the panel. This transmits a reset message to the FieldServer, which clears the data in the FieldServer. After reset, the panel sends messages to report all abnormal states. When all these messages have been processed the FieldServer and panel will be synchronized. This process can be repeated at any time.
Unsupported Devices or Protocol Options
|Event Date and time, Device Type Identifier (Signal Ckt 1, Municipal Circuit etc) , Unit Identifier ( SCU, QZU etc), User define Label||This data is discarded.|
|12/21/04||PMC||0.00||0||First Draft for customer Review.|
|1/7/05||PMC||0.00||1||Issued for QA Review.|
|3/1/05||Meg||Meg||0.00||2||Minor format changes. Added redrawn connection diagram.|
|3/29/05||Meg||Meg||0.00||3||Minor updates as per customer request – DUR0571|