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Alarm Control

Alarm Control
Alarm Control provides the user with an interface to view and control Alarms. The Alarm Control menu interface also allows operators to acknowledge and comment on any kind of alarm.  You can manage alarms originating from Portals, IPS groups, Monitoring Points, or even logical alarms from BluB0X Analytics.

Alarm Control is broken up in to the three tabs, Alarms, Intrusion, and History.  The Alarms tab is focused on live alarms and acknowledging the alarms in real time. Intrusion is focused on arming and disarming IPS groups or the alarm points.  The History tab enables an operator to review all alarms and understand patterns.

Alarms Tab

The Alarm Tab gives you a heads-up real-time display of the alarms in BluSKY. This is a critical component of real-time monitoring. The Alarms page opens to the filter criteria dialog, allowing users to select the exact fields needed, such as system. Once the filter has been submitted it is remembered.  If there is only one System or Facility, these fields may be filled in automatically. Please note that you can select multiple Systems and Facilities. These screen is to help you find the information you are looking for quickly and to customize the data displayed. 

Once criteria is selected, click  (Submit Button) to populate the Alarm Control list. If you need change your criteria, you can reenter the filter criteria by clicking the filter icon in the top left side of the screen.

Once the list loads you will be able to see recent Alarms. Your can review the Alarm event by selecting the row and clicking the  (Action button). If you do not wish to review or comment on the Alarm event, you may use the  (Clear button) instead. You can multi-select rows, or use the  button to select/deselect all, to clear multiple alarm events at the same time. After you have cleared the Alarm it will be viewable in the Alarm History Tab.

When a user selects the  (Action button) they will see an Alarm Details Pop-up.  From this pop-up the user can read instructions (future feature), add a new comment, and decide if they want to clear the alarm or just leave a comment.  If the user selects the Ok Button button they will change the alarms status to "Acknowledged", but it will not be cleared.  Use this selection if you are in the process of investigating, but you still want the alarm to show up in the Alarms screen.  If the user selects the  button, then the alarm is cleared, removed from the Alarm screen, and can only be viewed in the Alarm History screen.

Definitions

Field Description
This indicates the number of rows selected out of the total number of rows found. Click to toggle between selecting or deselecting all of the displayed rows. This can be particularly useful when many alarms have accumulated. 
Event Date The time and date of the alarm. The time is displayed based on the time zone of your default system. 
Meta View This indicates the source and current status of the alarm point. The indicates that the alarm was caused by a Portal DPS. The / will indicate the state of the point, open or closed.
Source The name of the point generating the alarm.
Type A text description of the kind of point being alarmed, Ex. portal or monitoring point.
Description A short description of the cause of the alarm.
Status Current state of the alarm it is either Acknowledged or Unacknowledged.

 

 


Intrusion Tab

This screen is used to manage the IPS Zones or individual alarm points. Since BluSKY is cloud based, you can manage multiple buildings from a single screen. 

 

Key Highlights: 

  • Complete Control - From this one screen, you are able to select one or more systems, one or more zones, or one or more individual points and make holistic changes.
  • “Meta View” - This shows you the status of each alarm point, means open, or not active,  means closed, or active.
  • "At-a-glance Information" -  See the exact state of the system at-a-glance. You can see if the IPS zone is armed, disarmed, or in an alarmed state.  If you are more interested in the Intrusion points, you can see if the point is enabled/disabled and if it is energized/de-energized.
  • By scanning the zones button you know immediately the status of each zone just by looking at the status icon, which is the same icon used to set that status. Very clear.
  • By scanning the alarm point you know its status as well, is the point enabled, disabled, bypassed, energized or de-energized.

Definitions

Field Description
Armed Away - This option will arm both interior and perimeter points in the IPS zone
Armed Instant - This will arm the perimeter points immediately with no delay for the selected IPS zone
Armed Stay - Arm the perimeter points only, with time to exit, for the IPS zone selected.
Disabled - This disables the selected IPS zone.
Enable Point - This action enables monitoring for the selected IPS Points.
Disable Point - This action disables monitoring for the IPS Point.
Bypass Point - This action will cause the IPS to ignore the point and allow the system to arm despite the bypassed points being in an alarm state. 
Alarmed
Not Enabled (De-Energized)
Enabled (Energized)

 


History Tab

The History Tab provides historical data on past alarms. This can be a convenient tool for a quick audit of recent alarms. If you need to look back further than the last 3 days, then use the Alarms Report. 

Alarm History

From this screen you will also be able to add a comment or review the alarm. Simply select from the list and click the  (Action Button). Then you will be able to review information about the event, clear the Alarm or add another comment.  Note you selecting OK just acknowledges the alarm, selecting Clear will remove the alarm from the Active Alarm screen and leave it in the history.

Definitions

Field Description
This indicates the number of rows selected out of the total number of rows found. Click to select or deselect all of the displayed rows. This can be particularly useful when a great deal of alarms have accumulated. 
Resolved Date When the alarm was acknowledged.
Resolved By The person in BluSKY that acknowledged the alarm.
Meta View This indicates the source and current status of the alarm point. The indicates that the alarm was caused by a Portal DPS. The / will indicate the state of the point, open or closed.
Last Comment The comment associated with the alarm.
Source The name of the component that caused the alarm.The name of the point generating the alarm.
Type A text description of the kind of point being alarmed, Ex. portal or monitoring point.
Event Date The time and date of the alarm. The time is displayed based off the time zone of you default system. 

 


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