THE INBUILT INTELLITEST
AWAC has its own inbuilt intelligent testing software (intelliTest) which allows for emergency devices to run two key emergency tests as well as feeding back many other pieces of important information. These emergency tests include:
A duration test, which will test the battery periodically (either initiated from the attached control system or through a calendar inside the emergency device itself). This test can give feedback on the device’s current battery status, lamp status and if the device discharged for the required time before the battery was exhausted.
A function test, which gives quick feedback on the current status of the device, battery and lamp. This test can be initiated via the attached control system or through the emergency calendar inside the emergency device.
When a device fails it will be logged by the AWAC. Failures can be viewed on the controller by using the web application. The fault page is the screen the user will see when loading the emergency testing page. Each fault in the table describes the fault, controller and device allowing the user to correct the fault with an appropriate fix. Once the device has been fixed the image in the ‘Fixed’ column will change from a red cross to a green tick.
To apply a fix to a device simply double click on the fault. This will bring up a dialogue where the user can enter their name and the fix they performed. Once a device is fixed it is then automatically retested if the re-test option is selected. If the device passes the test, it is removed from the fault database and the new result stored in the test results.
As soon as a device is fixed, the information that has been entered is stored and is accessible by clicking on the fixed devices tab on the emergency test page.
The test log displays all the tests that have been performed whilst the controller has been installed. If the user double clicks on one of the tests it will bring up a detailed view of the time each device was tested and if it passed or failed.
CHANGING TEST PREFERENCES
From the Preferences page, when the user selects Emergency Tests tab, they can adjust the behaviour of the function and duration tests the AWAC runs. This will allow them to monitor wireless emergency devices on the line. Users are able to adjust the following:
- If emergency tests are enabled/disabled
- The way function/duration tests are performed:
– staggered – run the test in smaller device groups with a delay between groups. This testing method lowers the peak power usage as emergency devices do not recharge at the same time.
– all at once
- How staggered tests are performed:
– how many groups
– time between testing the next group
- How long to wait before re-testing after fixing a device
- The start time and date for function/duration tests
- The occurrence to run function/duration tests
- The time between checking results of function/duration tests
- The type of duration test:
– pass only if duration reaches 180 minutes
– pass if 120 minutes for a new device or 90 minutes for an existing device
– pass only if duration reaches 90 minutes
– pass only if duration reaches 60 minutes
– pass only if rated duration is met1