System Control Panel

The System Control Panel integrates a user interface with addressable zone inputs, relay and bell outputs, and communication capabilities.

The control panel continually reads the status of zone and relay devices on its expanded buses, and delivers status information to the user keypad when prompted.

The ECP and V-Plex data buses extend the panel out into the facility by allowing for a number of remote, onsite user interfaces, and additional zone and relay connections.

You can use the system for applications like Intrusion Detection, Fire Alarm, Remote Control, Panic Alarm, Gate Control, Temperature Threshold Monitoring, Energy Management, and other applications.

When the system partitions are in the armed state, the systemís behavior changes so that changes in a zone input state causes local alarms to sound and alarm reporting to the central monitoring station.

Depending upon the control panel selection, and the use of auxiliary user interfaces, the system can be locally or remotely controlled and interrogated for current status.


 

Figure 1: Control Panel Connections

 
Connections and Considerations

Reference

Description

Notes

A

Auxiliary Power Output

Typically 18AWG, 2-wire. Provides 12VDC power to system devices.

E

ECP

4-wire, 18AWG, non-shielded. Connects to communication keypads, and user interface devices.

G

Earth Ground

16AWG solid. Connects the panel to earth ground to add protection that suppresses transients and voltage spikes.

N

Network

CAT5 cable (for optional network connection).

P

AC Power

2-wire, 18AWG zip. Connects to power transformer and supplies primary power to the control panel.

T

Telephone

8-wire Dual Modular Cord (RJ45). Connects to RJ38X Jack at telephone company demarcation.

V

V-Plex

2-wire, 18AWG, non-shielded. Connects to addressable zone inputs, access door controllers, and relay outputs.

Z

Zone Input

2-wire, 22AWG, non-shielded. Connects to detection sensors (for panel zone inputs).  Panel zone inputs are Class B, isolated from ground, and supervised with an end-of-line resistor.

 

Panel Operation and Capabilities

Although basic panel operation is the same for various control panel models, certain capacities of user identification depend upon which panel you choose.

Generally, the control panel stores user pass codes and associates the pass code with the user's authority level, which enables system privileges. The zone inputs connected to the control or its expansion devices can be grouped into facility departments called partitions. Keypads can control one or more partitions depending upon the userís authority.

Different control panels have varying capabilities for the number of zone inputs, user pass codes, access doors, relay outputs, and other features.

The table below summarizes some basic capabilities of control panels. Click on the control panel's model number to see more information about the selected control. Click on the feature listed in the first column to learn why the feature is important to your application

Model No.

20P

32FB

128BP

128-FBP

250BP

250FBP

Zones

48

32

128

128

250

250

User Codes

48

75

50

150

250

250

Card Holders

N/A

250

250

250

500

500

Partitions

2

2

8

8

8

8

Events

100

512

512

512

1000

1000

VistaKey Doors

N/A

4

8

8

15

15

Facility Automation

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Panel Linking

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Graphical User Interface Support

3

No

3

3

1

1

UL Commercial Burglary Listed

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

UL Commercial Fire Listed

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Supports 8 and 24-Zone Fire Annunciation

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Thermostats* to bypass

2

96

96

96

96

96

Auto Locking Doors*

2

96

96

96

96

96

Dampers to control *

2

96

96

96

96

96

Gates to control **

N/A

4

8

8

5

15

Vending and ATM machine applications

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Humidity Threshold Monitoring * devices

32

32

128

128

250

250

Elevator Control**   ***

N/A

4 Elevators 24 Floors

8 Elevators
12 Floors

8 Elevators
12 Floors

8 Elevators 12 Floors

15 Elevators 6 Floors

Elevator  ** Recall

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Safe and Vault applications

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Temperature Threshold sensors for refrigeration *

32

32

128

128

250

250

 

* These devices use one or more zone inputs on the system.
** These devices use one or more door controller inputs in the system.
*** These devices use one or more relay outputs in the system.

Design Considerations

Mounting

Locate and mount the control panel at a location that has easy access to electrical, ground, network, and telephone connections.

Routing

Route the specified cable from control panel to remote user interfaces, zone inputs, and relay output devices. There are two data bus types:

ECP Bus: for keypads, access control, and annunciation devices.
V-Plex Bus: for addressable zone inputs and relay output devices.