The new generation of Addressable Fire Alarm Control Panels, OCTO+ & GEKKO, and Chameleon peer-to-peer hybrid network.
The OCTO Plus Fire Alarm Control Panel, introduces a full peer to peer networking solution which enables extreme resilience in very large distributed systems.
As far as architecture of the OCTO Plus is concerned, there is one single building block, called the Node, which can have from 1 to 4 loops. The OCTO Plus can be expanded up to 32 Nodes, giving a total of 128 loops in a single system!
Housed in an aluminium back box with a reversible plastic lid, it comprises a PSU, a Node unit with a loop card and a networking interface if necessary. It can naturally also communicate with our proprietary ODYSSEY Graphics Interface, as well as with third party BMS software.
In line with the architecture chosen for the high end OCTO+ expandable panel, the GEKKO can have from 1 to 4 addressable loops but cannot be expanded further. It is housed in a functional ABS plastic enclosure, with only two screws used to close and secure the lid.
The graphic backlit LCD display can accommodate any type of custom characters or graphic symbols, allowing multi-language support, as well as pictorial and customisable elements.
The Chameleon networking protocol uses fully redundant physical layers which can use either RS422 or Fibre optic mediums. It can also use Ethernet interfaces which enable using the existing networking infra-structure of the building. Each of the Nodes in the system has in its internal configuration memory the complete information of the whole system, i.e. in the unlikely event of a loss of communication, there is no degradation in performance of individual Nodes.
Being an event driven protocol, it’s a leap forward with the advantage of single programming download location and P2P network integrity.