The benefit to this type of signaling is that it is always on, thereby increasing the security and supervision of the central station connection from once every 24 hours for a supervisory test signal to once every 90 seconds.
The IPDACT-2UD model allows a programmer to upload & download data between the user's PC and a supported fire alarm panel. The panel &PC can be anywhere on the worldwide web, or within a corporate intranet.
The user’s computer runs a program called UDPORT.exe to capture the modem signals from Fire Lite's PK-PLUS or the newer PS-TOOLS panel programming software. In UDPORT.exe the user enters the main IP address of the VisorALARM receiver, the UDP port to use, username, and password. Instead of using the PC’s modem, this process allows communication to happen between the IPDACT-2UD’s modem at the panel and the panel’s own modem. The benefit is that while speed is still limited to the baud rate of the panel's modem, panel communications are now 100% digital over IP from the remote program PC all the way to the remote panel installation. This eliminates any dropouts in modem communications caused by noise or other factors. If an alarm should occur during upload or download, the panel is able to interrupt modem communications immediately and transmit the alarm to the central station.
Each IPDACT-2UD is registered in the VisorALARM with a unique serial number. A subscriber number must be entered into the subscriber number database field for each IPDACT2UD. This same number is entered into the subscriber telephone number field (panel to call) in PK-PLUS or PS-TOOLS as if calling the panel on a telephone. If these numbers match, and the master username and password are correct, full-duplex communication is permitted to the panel.