How it works

Advanced Wide Access controller

Each Advanced Wide Access Controller (AWAC) contains an embedded ARM based PC running a Linux operating system. Layered on top of this system are specific custom built services which connect to and test the emergency devices. Additional services provide functionality to display, email or SMS the test results.

AWACs have been designed to work together to form larger networks to control and monitor buildings or campuses of varying size and in multiple locations. This distributed style and design provides a powerful and flexible solution to all emergency monitoring installations.

linux powered

Linux powered

AWAC runs on a custom built Linux platform and has been designed to be secure and stable. The Linux operating system provides functionality, flexibility and power in the design of add-on services and software.



Email test results, fault information, reliability graphs and other information to selected groups. Send work orders to appointed contractors to rectify issues.



The AWACs' have the ability to send and receive SMSs' to communicate test results or logged information. SMSs' can be sent directly to the appointed maintenance contractors and give them information such as:

  • What the issue is
  • Where the product is located
  • What parts they might need to rectify the issue

The AWACs' also have the ability to receive SMS notification from the contractor when the issue has been fixed.

Intelligent Testing


AWACs use a smart testing procedure to test, then retest the units after they have been repaired. All the testing logic is built inside the controller so that they can ensure the test results are complete and that after rectification the tests are carried out correctly.

The system will automatically retest faulty devices after they are repaired and even wait until the battery is charged before doing so.

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