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.

Cloud / Web2.0

Cloud / Web 2.0

Ektor provides the next level of functionality with the offer of cloud services to link multiple sites, appoint contractors, track assets and many other features. Cloud services are an optional upgrade on traditional services, and provides that next level of flexibility, automation and control.

email

Email

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

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi provides the wireless layer connecting the emergency devices together and linking them back to the Wi-Fi capable AWAC. The Wi-Fi layer has been designed to be fast and secure. Utilizing Wi-Fi allows the wireless emergency devices to connect to standard networks (or standalone emergency Wi-Fi networks).

Connecting to existing infrastructure reduces installation costs of additional Wi-Fi networks. The emergency devices can even be configured to connect to the cloud in off peak times.

sms

SMS

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

intelliTest

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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