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VegaNET

Display System

Network Hardware Manual


PROPRIETARY RIGHTS NOTICE

This document and the information that is contains are the property of Kidde Fire
Protection Ltd. Rights to duplicate or otherwise copy this document and rights to
disclose the document and the information that it contains to others and the right to
use the information contained therein may be acquired only by written permission
signed by a duly authorised officer of Kidde Fire Protection Ltd.

Copyright 2001 Kidde Fire Protection Ltd

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. GENERAL INFORMATION .................................................................................. 4

2. TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION ............................................................................... 5

3. POWER REQUIREMENT .................................................................................... 6

4. TYPICAL SYSTEM SCHEMATIC......................................................................... 6

5. NETWORK SYSTEM CAPACITY ........................................................................ 6

6. RADIAL EXPANDER............................................................................................ 7

7. INSTALLATION.................................................................................................... 7

8. STATIC SENSITIVE DEVICES ............................................................................ 8

9. APPROVED CABLE............................................................................................. 8

10. MOUNTING OF EQUIPMENT .......................................................................... 9

11. 527-NETWORK CARD ADDRESS SWITCH TABLE ...................................... 10

12. TYPICAL SYSTEM SCHEMATIC.................................................................... 11

13. 527-NETWORK CARD.................................................................................... 12

14. NETWORK CARD VARIANTS ........................................................................ 13

15. NETWORK WIRING SCHEMATIC.................................................................. 14

16. NETWORK CONTROL UNIT ....................................................................... 14

17. VEGA CONTROL PANEL 527-NETWORK INTERFACE ............................ 15

18. PROCYON CONTROL PANEL 527-NETWORK INTERFACE ....................... 16

19. MULTIPLEX CENTRAL TO 527-NETWORK INTERFACE UNIT................. 18

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1. General Information

With the advancement of technology the requirements for monitoring the fire
detection and extinguishing systems within buildings and/or building complexes has
come to the forefront. To meet these requirements the Kidde Fire Protection network
card has been developed which offers a high degree of system integrity. The system
utilises the "master - slave" relationship to connect analogue addressable fire control
panels to a central reporting display system. Network outstations can be connected
to the system to cater for digitally switched inputs generated from third party
equipment. The network system can also accommodate ancillary equipment such as
network serial event printers and geographic site wide mimic panels.

In general the "slave" network cards are passive and only transmit data when in an
alarm condition. This allows the following features to be utilised.

- Comprehensive monitoring and supervision of device threshold levels


- Continuous monitoring of all transmission paths in the system
- Precise representation of the events
- Quality hardware and software

The network cards connected within the system are continuously monitored for
transmission failure with indication being provided locally and at the central reporting
station.

The network card employed by the system is the 527 card. The particular hardware
variant for the network card depends upon the required connection within the
system.

527-Network Card

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The 527-network card is currently used in the following equipment: -

a) Network Control Unit - PC \ serial printer interface to network


- Part number VN2100.
b) Vega control panel - option back plate assembly
- part number VN2200.
c) Procyon control panel - option back plate assembly
- part number PR0074.
d) Multiplex Central to Network Interface Unit
- part number AR3000.
e) Network Outstation
e) Multiplex Outstation

2. Technical Description

The 527 card is an intelligent serial communications module that communicates via a
4-core data cable using RS422 technology. The RS422 connection permits a
maximum cable distance of 2KM between intelligent cards, providing the approved
cable (Beldon 9729) or equivalent or MICC type cable is used. The 527 card is
available in two standard configurable formats providing RS 232 and TTL host
connection.

RS232 Host connection variant - part number 29-020527-000


TTL Host connection variant - part number 29-020527-001

The slave 527 card when located in the fire control panel communicates with the
panel via a serial TTL host interface connection. The master 527 card is connected
to the central reporting system via the serial RS232 host interface connection. An
isolating DC power supply is employed along with op-to coupling circuitry to isolate
the host equipment from the network communications path allowing multiple network
cards to be successfully connected together over large distances with varying supply
distribution circuits.

The master 527 card communicates with slave 527 cards on a strict polling basis. All
slaves listen to a common transmission from the master with each slave transmitting
data to the master when requested. This system avoids congestion on the reply line
when more than one slave is used within the system design. Each 527-network card
has a unique address within the system that is set using address switches located on
the card.

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Total loss of power to the host equipment will enable permanently energised relays
located on the 527 card to drop out therefore removing it from the network system.
Data transfer for the remaining panels attached to the network is maintained
provided the line distance for the section including the powered down host
equipment is not exceeded. A communications fault indication will be shown at the
central reporting station.

3. Power Requirement

A power supply is connected to the 527-network card using the screw down
terminals TB1 located on the card. The screw down terminal connectors accepts
2mm-diameter cable. The 527 card is powered by 5-volt dc ( 5%) and uses a
maximum current of approximately 450mA.

4. Typical System Schematic

The diagram above details a simple network configuration consisting of four control
panels and a central reporting station.

5. Network System Capacity

The network system can accommodate a maximum of 50 network cards. Predefined


network card address ranges have been specified in the 527 software to cater for 32
sectors comprising of addressable panels, multiplex central or network outstations, 6
network event printers and 6 site geographic mimic panels.

The Network wiring takes the form of a multi-drop radial, with regeneration at each
node originating from the master Network control unit (NCU). Communication is in
the form of RS422, utilising 1 pair transmit and 1 pair receive from network. It is
possible to wire 'spurs' onto a network using a 4 way Radial expander card, retaining
system integrity.

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6. Radial Expander

The Network Radial Expander unit has been designed to enable the network
communications cable to be spurred enabling site cabling to be reduced. The unit
can also be used a line booster to increase the communication cable distance
between 527-network cards. There is no limit to the quantity of Radial Expander
units that can be accommodated within one system design.

7. Installation

The installation of the fire detection and alarm network system must comply with the
current editions of the IEE wiring regulations. Care should be taken not to install
cables in the proximity of high voltage cables or in areas likely to induce electrical
interference. Junction boxes should be avoided but if they are to be installed then
they must be clearly labelled "FIRE ALARM".

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8. Static Sensitive Devices

A static sensitive device is any transistor or integrated circuit, which may be


permanently damaged due to electrostatic potentials and is generally encountered
during routine handling, repair and transportation. Static electricity is produced
almost every time plastics or textiles are stroked or separated. Static charges are
collected on adjacent conductors and delivered in the form of sparks passing
between the conductors through insulating space or material. The sweat layer on
the human skin is a sufficient medium to store induced static charges and deliver
them to any receptive conductor such as a component or printer circuit board.

Adhering to the following guidelines can reduce static discharges:

1) Always use conductive or anti-static containers for transportation and storage.


2) Wear an earth wrist strap while handling, ensuring a good earth is maintained.
3) Never subject a static sensitive device to a sliding movement over any surface
and avoid any direct contact with the pins.
4) Avoid placing sensitive devices on plastic or vinyl surfaces.
5) Minimise the handling of sensitive devices and PCB's

All static sensitive devices are marked accordingly but it is good engineering practise
to treat all components and boards with the same degree of protection.

9. Approved Cable

The following cables have been approved for external connection of the 527-network
card and must be used for their designated application: -

UL 2493
Beldon 9729

These cables provide two individually screened twisted pair. Use one pair for the
Talk Line connection and one pair for the Listen Line connection. Satisfactory
operation of the system with other cable types cannot be guaranteed especially
when not wired to the appropriate regulations, i.e. wiring run with high voltage (mains
and above) cabling.

Tests have also been carried out using mineral insulated copper conducting cable,
MICC 2 x 2 core 1.5mm non-twisted cable.

Connect the earth shield, braids or drain wires at one end only, usually within the
master 527-network control unit.

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10. Mounting of Equipment

Control Panel Mounting

To facilitate fixing and alignment, all, panels and associated network equipment
irrespective of size, are provided with a single 'keyhole' near the top of the box and
four indented mounting holes (one per corner). It is not necessary to remove the
back plate or outer door to mount the panel. Additional boxed power supply/ancillary
equipment units can be mounted in a similar manner.

20mm knockouts are fitted in order to allow for cable entry.

Care should be taken to provide adequate protection to the control panels


components when drilling metal work and terminating MICC type cables.

If the control panel is being installed in a harsh environment adequate protection


should be afforded to stop the ingress of dust, water etc., as it should be
remembered that the control panel is microprocessor based electronic equipment.
Prior to commissioning any installation debris should be removed from the control
panel, preferably with a vacuum cleaner.

The PC must be installed in clean, dry and suitable environment to allow correct
functionality of the computer. Awareness should be given to food and drink, as this
should not be allowed in the proximity of the PC and keyboard in case of accidental
spillage.

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11. 527-Network Card Address Switch Table

Switch set Sw1 and Sw2 are used together to define the 527-network card address
as follows: -
No Equipment sw sw1 No Equipment sw Sw1
2 2
1 Sector 1 0 1 27 Sector 27 1 B
2 Sector 2 0 2 28 Sector 28 1 C
3 Sector 3 0 3 29 Sector 29 1 D
4 Sector 4 0 4 30 Sector 30 1 E
5 Sector 5 0 5 31 Sector 31 1 F
6 Sector 6 0 6 32 Sector 32 2 0
7 Sector 7 0 7 33 Reserved 2 1
8 Sector 8 0 8 34 Reserved 2 2
9 Sector 9 0 9 35 Reserved 2 3
10 Sector 10 0 A 36 Reserved 2 4
11 Sector 11 0 B 37 Reserved 2 5
12 Sector 12 0 C
13 Sector 13 0 D 48 Network Printer NCU 1 3 0
14 Sector 14 0 E 49 Network Printer NCU 2 3 1
15 Sector 15 0 F 50 Network Printer NCU 3 3 2
16 Sector 16 1 0 51 Network Printer NCU 4 3 3
17 Sector 17 1 1 52 Network Printer NCU 5 3 4
18 Sector 18 1 2 53 Network Printer NCU 6 3 5
19 Sector 19 1 3 54 VFD Rep \ Mimic Driver 1 3 6
20 Sector 20 1 4 55 VFD Rep \ Mimic Driver 2 3 7
21 Sector 21 1 5 56 VFD Rep \ Mimic Driver 3 3 8
22 Sector 22 1 6 57 VFD Rep \ Mimic Driver 4 3 9
23 Sector 23 1 7 58 VFD Rep \ Mimic Driver 5 3 A
24 Sector 24 1 8 59 VFD Rep \ Mimic Driver 6 3 B
25 Sector 25 1 9
26 Sector 26 1 A 255 P.C - Master N.C.U 1 F F

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12. Typical System Schematic

The following diagram shows a typical installation incorporating the full range of
equipment that can be connected to the 527-network system.

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13. 527-Network Card

The 527-network card layout is shown below detailing key major components and
terminal connections: -

5v
0v
0v
29-020527 001 Rev 5a
SW 1
Serial No 32970 1
TB1

SW 2

Power
DC - DC IC17 TB3
Converter Tx

Host
Watchdog Rx
0v
IC18
Host TM + Talk
- Out
Host Rx
+ Listen
Host Tx - Out

Network TM Screen Out


Earth
Network Rx
Screen In
Network Tx
+ Talk
IC 9
RL 1 - In
LK2
LK4
+ Listen
IC4
LK1 - In
LK3
Plug 2
Software
LK5 LK6
EPROM

Status LEDs

The status LEDs provide information about the operating state of the network. At power
ON the LEDs will light one at a time scanning up and down on the 527 addressed at F,
F. This indicates that the card is awaiting initialization from the central reporting station.
Slave network card LEDs will operate correctly when poled by the host equipment and
the master card via the network.

In normal operation, the yellow Host Rx and Tx LEDs will periodically flash indicating
normal communication between the panel MCP and network card. If communication
between the two is lost the Host Tx LED will continue to flash and the red Host Fault led
will illuminate. The Host Rx LED will remain extinguished.

If the master NCU (address F.F) is communicating with the other equipment on the
network the yellow master Network Tx and Rx LEDs will be illuminated almost constantly
while the yellow Network Tx and Rx LEDs on the slaves will flash periodically. If the red
Network LED is flashing periodically, this indicates a loss of communication with one or
more of the other networked panels.

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Software EPROM

The network operating software is held on electrically programmable read only


memory EPROM located in IC socket 9. The standard part number for the software
is P01103-1xx.

Supply Input

The 5-volt power supply input is located on TB 1. (+5V, 0v)

Other Key Components located on the 527-Network Card

The DC-DC converter together with various op-to-coupling devices is responsible for
isolation of host equipment from the network communication path. Relay RL1
maintains network cable continuity during power failure or loss to the host
equipment. During normal healthy communications the relay is permanently
energised and drops out during power failure conditions leaving the network data
communications highway intact. The RS422 communications line driver, SN75174 is
located in IC18 with the RS422 line receiver, SN75175 being located in IC 17.

Host Connection

Connection to the host network equipment can be made using TB3 or Plug 2
depending upon the variant of network card and type of interface to be used.

14. Network Card Variants

The KFP part numbers are clearly shown on the network card to differentiate the two
standard card variants.
The full part numbers and descriptions are as follows: -

a) RS232 Host Connection 29-020527-000


b) TTL Host Connection 29-020527-001

RS232 variant

This version is generally used within the network control unit, part number VN2100
and provides RS232 host connection for interface to the central reporting station
(PC) or network serial event printer. Connection to the host equipment is made using
the screw down terminals located on TB3. This version of the 527-network card will
have IC4 installed with a TTL to RS232 converter, max232 and have the shunting
links LK1 to LK6 removed.

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TTL variant

This version of the network card is used in Procyon \ Vega control panel, Network
VFD repeater \ Geographic mimic panel and Network outstation type host
equipment. Connection to the host equipment is made using a TTL logic level via
plug 2. This version of the 527-network card will have IC4 removed with LK2 through
to LK6 shunting links made. LK1 is not required.

15. Network Wiring Schematic

The 527-network cards should be connected together using the appropriate cable as
shown below.

16. Network Control Unit

Party Number VN2100

Connection between the computer and the network control unit is made using a 3-
core data cable, the maximum length for this connection is 3 meters.
Connect the PCs serial port 1 RS232 output to the Host PC terminal TB3 on the
527-000 network located within the network control unit NCU.

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17. Vega Control Panel 527-Network Interface

Part Number VN2104

The option can be enabled using either the Viper panel support software or directly
through the panel membrane fascia controls and associated menus. The output is
enabled using the set-up option located in the menu structure under standard
features and sub-menu set-up. The serial port 1 options must be located and set to
KFP network.

The serial port 1 output is located on the MBLC card, part number 44782-K073 at
TB9. This should be connected to the 527-network card (29-020527-001) plug 2
using a suitable 10-way IDC flat band ribbon cable. The maximum length for this
cable is 500mm.

The 5-volt dc power supply required by the network card can also be obtained from
MBLC card at TB8. This must be connected to the 527 card at TB1.
5v
0v
0v

29-020527 001 Rev 5a


SW 1
Serial No 32970 1
TB1
SW 2

Power
DC - DC IC17
TB3
Convertor Tx

Host
Watchdog Rx
0v
IC18
Host TM + Talk
- Out
Host Rx
+ Listen
Host Tx - Out

Network TM Screen Out


Earth
Network Rx
Screen In
Network Tx
+ Talk
IC 9
RL 1 - In
LK2 + Listen
LK4
IC4
LK1 - In
LK3
Plug 2
Software
LK5 LK6
EPROM

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18. Procyon Control Panel 527-Network Interface

Part Number PR0074

The serial port output is enabled using the coloured bit switches located on the main
control processor. This card is usually located on the back of the outer door
assembly. SK1 bit switch 7 set to the ON position enables output.

The diagram below details the connections and settings for the Procyon PR0074
option back plate assembly.

5v
0v
0v
29-020526 001 Rev 2d 29-020527 001 Rev 5a
Serial No 21962 1 SW 1
Serial No 32970 1
TB1
SW 2
E
Power
DC - DC IC17
TB3
SW1
Convertor Tx

Host
Watchdog Rx
0v
01234567

IC18
Plug 1 Host TM + Talk
- Out
Host Rx
+ Listen
Host Tx - Out

Network TM Screen Out


Earth
Network Rx
Screen In

IC4
Network Tx
+ Talk
IC 9
RL 1 - In
LK2 + Listen
TB1 LK4
Plug 2 IC4
LK1 - In
LK3
Plug 2
RTS
CTS

Software
0V
Rx
Tx

LK5 LK6
EPROM

The 527- network card is connected via plug 2 to a parallel to serial converter card,
part number 29-020526-001 using a flat band ribbon cable-using plug 2. The 526
card should then be connected to the main control processor via the 20-way data
bus from plug 1.

Note, the parallel data bus may also be connected to additional option cards within
the control panel such as the 8 way relay \ sounder card or the 489\490 open
collector output card suite. A special harness assembly manufactured specifically for
the control panel may therefore be required.

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Settings for the above card 29-020526-000

a) SW 1 Baud rate setting 9600 =E


b) Decode select address on 20 way parallel bus =7
c) RTS \ CTS insert wire link between terminals

On the 527 network card 29-020527-001 set panel address using SW1 and SW2.

Connect the 5-volt dc power supply to the system power supply output located on
cards 29-020600-000 or 29-020372-000.

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19. Multiplex Central to 527-Network Interface Unit

Part Number - AR3000

General Description

Multiplexing is the process of combining a number of signals so that they can share
a common transmission facility. Multiplexing is used for the monitoring and control of
remote satellite systems through the two-way transmission of data on a pair of wires.
Utilisation of the latest microprocessor technology in both outstations and central
multiplex control gives high data integrity, fast scan rates and flexibility in system
design.

Each outstation is located in the area of the system (e.g. fire alarm panel) being
monitored and controlled. The outstations are connected to the central multiplex
using screened twisted pair of wire in a radial or loop format. Each outstation accepts
the inputs from the system being monitored and transmits the data to the central
multiplex. It may also receive control signals (e.g. 'Sound and 'silence' alarms) which
are input at the central and transmitted to the outstation.

The central multiplex will monitor data from the outstation and transmit commands to
the appropriate outstations. The multiplex central can produce analogue outputs to
correspond to the data received so that it may be displayed e.g. on a geographic
mimic or used in plant controls etc. The data may also be fed in serial form to a
central processing unit.

The central multiplex can also be connected to the VegaNET Display System (VDS).
The VDS system principles function is the automatic control and supervision of alarm
processing and display. Real Time multi-tasking software is used to produce
standard screen formats on a computer and tree structured option menu levels
provide the operator with simple user friendly operation. Using a keyboard, giving
location and action to be taken. The VDS system can send commands to the
outstations via the central multiplex, either automatically in specified circumstances
or via the keyboard.

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Application of Multiplex Techniques

Multiplexing techniques can be used for the central monitoring on a pair of wires of
some or all of the following remote systems: -

- FIRE ALARM
- GAS DETECTION
- EXTINGUISHING GAS
- SPRINKLER
- PLANT ALARMS
- HEATING AND VENTILATION
- MEDICAL GAS ALARMS
- BLOOD BANK ALARMS
- NURSE CALL
- CELL CALL

The same pair of wires can be used for the central control of: -

- FIRE/SECURITY ALARMS
- EXTINGUISHING GAS CONTROL
- SECURITY LIGHTING
- PLANT CONTROLS
- PRESSURE LEVEL ETC
- HEATING AND VENTILATION CONTROL

NOTE: -

Monitoring and control can be repeated at other points on the two-wire data highway.

Design Criteria

In the design of an integrated system particular attention must be paid to the


simplicity of use and ease of maintenance. Kidde Fire Protection systems use solid
state "plug in" modules with a high degree of inter-change ability. This design
recognises the need for flexibility to allow for expansion and continuing change,
which will take place. It is recommended that each outstation and satellite system
have a stand-alone capability.
Care must be taken to comply with relevant standards. The use of microprocessors
in outstation gives the system the "intelligence" to identify the priority of a signal.
In any integrated system where any element can be time consuming (e.g. the remote
control of CCTV cameras) it is recommended that a twin twisted pair cable be used
with high priority signals e.g. fire alarm on one pair and lower priority/time consuming
control on the second pair.

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Method of Operation

Each outstation or data gathering panel is located adjacent to or in the area of the
system being monitored and controlled. A screened twisted pair of wires connects
these outstations to the central control. The integrated system may be wired in radial
or loop format, dependent upon the position of the outstations in relation to the
central control. Each outstation is capable of generating inputs for the transmission
of data from the system being monitored, e.g. fire alarm, and the output of data
received from the central console e.g. sound/silence alarms.
The central console will monitor and display data received from outstation and
transmit commands to the appropriate outstation.
Data received by the multiplex central can be displayed on an indicator panel,
geographic mimic, visual display unit, event printer or fed to a separate computer
system (VDS) Control from the central console can be inputted from dedicated
switches, key pad, keyboard, pre-set switches, or a VDS computer system.

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Multiplex System Schematic

Network Control Unit

Optional Interface to Multi- Geographic Mimic or Repeater


Alarm Reporting System Switch Control Unit Display Unit
(MARS)

4 core
Data cable

Multiplex Cental Unit


Hardwired link to central

Outstation No1 Outstation No32

Outstation No2

Outstation No3

Outstation No4

Screened Twisted Pair


Data Cable

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