DIVUS OPTIMA user manual

DIVUS OPTIMA user manual
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User manual
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INTRODUCTION _____________________________________________________________________________ 6
REQUIREMENTS_____________________________________________________________________________ 6
FIRST ACCESS ______________________________________________________________________________ 7
GRAPHICAL THEMES ________________________________________________________________________ 8
VISUALISATION LAYOUT _____________________________________________________________________ 9
HOME PAGE _______________________________________________________________________________ 10
INTRODUCTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 12
NAVIGATION BETWEEN DIFFERENT ROOMS __________________________________________________ 12
ROOMS IN GRID VIEW ______________________________________________________________________13
ROOMS IN BACKGROUND VIEW _____________________________________________________________ 16
VISUALISATION _______________________________________________________________________16
CUSTOMIZATION ______________________________________________________________________17
FOLLOW ME __________________________________________________________________________19
INTRODUCTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 23
ILLUMINATION _____________________________________________________________________________ 24
DIMMER ______________________________________________________________________________ 25
RBG LIGHT ____________________________________________________________________________ 25
COLOR TEMPERATURE _________________________________________________________________26
SHADOWING, DOORS AND WINDOWS _______________________________________________________ 27
SHUTTERS UP/DOWN/STOP____________________________________________________________ 27
SHUTTERS UP/DOWN AND PERCENTAGE VALUE _________________________________________27
SHUTTERS / CURTAINS WITH LAMELLAE ________________________________________________ 28
DOOR / WINDOW OPEN / CLOSED ______________________________________________________ 28
ELECTRIC LOCKS ______________________________________________________________________28
STATE DOOR / WINDOW CONTACTS ____________________________________________________ 29
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THERMOREGULATION ______________________________________________________________________29
THERMOSTATS ________________________________________________________________________29
ENERGY MANAGEMENT ____________________________________________________________________32
AUDIO ____________________________________________________________________________________ 33
AUDIO - ZONE ___________________________________________________________ 33
ADDING / REMOVING OBJECTS TO THE FAVOURITES PAGE ____________________________________34
INTRODUCTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 35
TIME SCHEDULING OF OBJECTS _____________________________________________________________ 35
INTRODUCTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 38
EXECUTION / INTERRUPTION OF SCENARIOS _________________________________________________ 38
UPDATE OF A SCENARIO ___________________________________________________________________39
CREATING NEW AND EDITING EXISTING SCENARIOS __________________________________________39
SCHEDULING OF A SCENARIO _______________________________________________________________ 41
INTRODUCTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 42
NOTIFICATIONS ____________________________________________________________________________ 42
MESSAGE BOARD / FAMILY BOARD __________________________________________________________ 43
INTRODUCTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 44
VISUALISATION OF THE VIDEO SIGNAL _______________________________________________________ 44
INTRODUCTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 46
CONSUMPTION ____________________________________________________________________________ 46
LOADS ____________________________________________________________________________________ 49
INTRODUCTION __________________________________________________________________________52
WEATHER PREVIEW _____________________________________________________________________52
KNX WEATHER STATION _________________________________________________________________52
INTRODUCTION __________________________________________________________________________54
VISUALISATION OF FEEDS ________________________________________________________________ 54
AUDIO SETTINGS ________________________________________________________________________55
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NOTES __________________________________________________________________________________ 56
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General overview
OPTIMA is a web based visualisation software, which is used on KNXSERVER and KNXSUPERIO, as well as on the
KNXCONTROL PDK. OPTIMA provides a simple possibility to supervise and monitor home & building automation
systems, which have been realized on the basis of the worldwide KNX standard. The software itself is on the
respecting KNXCONTROL-device (KNXSERVER/KNXSUPERIO). The software is accessible through a web interface
through a browser from any PC, MAC, touch panel, tablet or smartphone of the last generation, within the same
network or remotely via internet.
This manual contains all the important information necessary to operate correctly on OPTIMA within the own
system; nevertheless, it is assumed that OPTIMA has first been correctly configured from the installer by following
The instructions in this guide refer to the access via a browser from a traditional PC / MAC, if not noted differently;
OPTIMA is compatible with the following browsers:
GOOGLE CHROME (recommended, guarantees maximal compatibility)
The usage of the following browsers is not recommended, since thei
In order to access the visualisation locally, make sure your own PC / MAC or your mobile device is connected to
the same network as your KNXCONTROL-device (also via Wi-Fi, if the network supports it). However, if you want
to access to OPTIMA via internet, the local network must be configured to support a remote access via port
forwarding. In both cases, specific addresses must be known:
For local access: the IP address of the KNXCONTROL-device within the network
For remote access via internet: the public IP address of the network to which a connection should be
These parameters are defined by the installer or network administrator (if present) during the configuration of the
KNXCONTROL-device and can be obtained from them.
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Open a browser window and enter the IP address of your KNXCONTROL-device in the address bar; after a few
seconds, a loading screen will appear. On the first access, the different informations are loaded into the local
cache and stored there (HTML-client cache, DB-client cache). These information are used later to navigate in the
visualisation and to command the different objects, by preloading this information is the future access accelerated
and the operating is nearly at real time. Even if the browser is closed or the device is restarted the cache will be
kept and no reloading is needed. The different cache technologies can be disabled if it is wanted, detailed
information on how this is realized can be found in the ADMINISTRATOR-MANUAL.
If the cache is loaded, the login window appears, just like the one shown in the following screenshot:
Click inside the first input field and enter the username you want to login with. Then enter the password
corresponding to the entered user name in the second input field. Finally click on LOGIN in order to access the
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be skipped and the login will be made automatically. If it is wanted to login on every access the option can be
disabled by unchecking the box.
The credentials of OPTIMA will be defined by the installer and can be obtained from him. The factory-set login
credentials are:
Basic user: can use the visualisation of OPTIMA, but has only very limited access to the configuration.
User with access to the most configuration parameters of OPTIMA, but not to
the administrative configurations
System administrator: has full access to all aspects of OPTIMA (visualisation
and administration).
Hint: If not defined differently by the installer, usernames and passwords are configured in LOWER CASE letters.
If the system integrator has it defined, it is possible to skip the login process based on the IP address of the
OPTIMA provides several THEMES for the graphical interface of the visualisation. The different THEMES offer the
same functionality and the same layout, but differ in color, symbols, etc. The desired THEME can be set in the
ADMINISTRATION area of OPTIMA, as described in the ADMINISTRATION MANUAL. The following screenshots
show the HOME page of the visualisation area in different THEMES:
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Once logged in, the HOME screen will be shown:
The HEADER at the top of the page contains the following elements:
HOME button, allows a quick return to the HOME page from every page
Label: shows the name of the visualisation page which is currently displayed (e.g. the name of a room,
the displayed functions menu, etc.)
3 icons for these functionalities:
Customize scenarios
(Scenarios) of this manual.
chapter 6
Schedule: using the same mechanism as the previous icon, after clicking this icon you may
choose an object to edit its time schedule. More details in chapter 5 (Scheduling) of this
Favourites: after clicking this button, you may choose an object to add to the favourites page.
Button to show/hide the NAVIGATION MENU, in the upper right corner:
The default behaviour of this icon is to open or close the navigation menu.
The setting in Administration: Customization Options Accessibility
Navigation menu
always open
ange the default behaviour, fixing the side menu in its open position.
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The navigation menu icon has another important function: it opens the horizontal bottom
bar (see screenshot above) containing the icons with the following functions
Permits the synchronization of the local cache of the KNXCONTROL device. This is only necessary if
changes are made in the ADMINISTRATION of OPTIMA.
Starts the cleaning mode. All inputs on the screen of the client device are ignored for 30 seconds; the
glass of a touch screen can be cleaned easily without have to fear unwanted actions in the visualisation. This option is only available when it is enabled in the ADMINISTRATION of OPTIMA; detailed information can be found in the OPTIMA ADMINISTRATOR MANUAL.
Permits to access the ADMINISTRATION of OPTIMA, as explained in the ADMINISTRATION MANUAL.
Appears only if the current user has the necessary access rights.
Performs the logout of the current user and in this way permits to login with another user
In addition to the already presented elements, the HOME page of the visualisation also offers the following
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Current WEATHER data and forecasts for the next two days (requires that an active internet connection
is available and that the location for the weather information has been set correctly in the configuration
area of OPTIMA)
If the WEATHER function
the background image of the HOME page is updated depending on
the current weather data. Alternatively, a static background image can be set.
The central part of the home screen will show the current date (left) and time (center).
The configured entries within the navigation menu
Hint: If the displayed time / date are not correct, please make sure that the values have been set correctly in
; the time can be set either manually or if an internet connection is available - it can also
be synchronized automatically. More information can be found in the OPTIMA ADMINISTRATION MANUAL.
Hint: All elements of the HOME page can be hidden / shown through the configuration area of OPTIMA, as
described more in detail within the OPTIMA ADMINISTRATION-MANUAL. For this reason, the HOME page can also
appear in a different way, if the installer previously changed these parameters.
You may choose to redirect to the favourites page or to a room of your choice. In this way, the chosen page will
be shown as first page when you connect to Optima through a browser or app. The default home page may still
be reached using the home icon.
Starting from Optima v. 2.0, you may also choose to have an automatic redirection to the configured homepage
after X seconds. When this option is checked, the visualisation will automatically return to the home page after
the configured number of seconds of inactivity.
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OPTIMA allows navigation structured in rooms, through which all functions of the system may be accessed. The
individual pages must be created by the installer in the configuration area of OPTIMA, as described in the
ADMINISTRATOR-MANUAL. The rooms are freely configurable and therefore they can also contain functions,
which in the installation must not necessarily be part of the selected room. For detailed information about the
different rooms and the included functions present in your project, please contact your installer.
Depending on the amount and type of the rooms in the visualisation, the navigation can be structured in one or
(or HOME page).
In this case, if an entry is selected, the corresponding room is displayed and the NAVIGATION MENU remains
By clicking on the BACK button it is possible to return to the list of the rooms and from there, either another room
can be selected or alternatively it is possible to return back to the main menu ( in this case the HOME page is
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If the visualisation instead is structured on multiple levels, the NAVIGATION MENU will show a list of "sub-rooms"
when a main room is opened. If the chosen room contains graphic content, it is displayed and the contained
functions can be accessed immediately. If no content has been defined, the NAVIGATION MENU will show the
contained rooms, while the content of the displayed page will not change. Also here, by clicking on the BACK
button it is possible to navigate back to previous pages / menus up to the HOME page.
which may make the navigation in complex structures easier.
The room pages can represent the configured content in different ways. The most common view mode is the
GRID view, which lists the contained objects in tabular form. The GRID view can also include an image file, which
can be placed either on top, on the left or on the right side of the page:
Room in grid view with image on top
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Room in grid view with image on the right
Room in grid view without image
In all variants of the GRID view the objects are automatically positioned within the available space: depending on
the window width, more or less columns are displayed. For this reason, the representation of the same page
can vary from device to device because of the different screen resolutions, since the objects are arranged
worry about adapting the pages
for different resolutions. Of course also the choice of representation of the single objects between the compact
and the expanded design will need different amounts of space.
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In the GRID view the functions are displayed within a "box", which provides a series of information and buttons.
Depending on the object type and the configuration made by the installer, the boxes can be shown in a different
way, in order to best meet the requirements for the single operations.
The graphi
(compact and expanded design):
Status icons
The ICON represents the intended purpose of the object in a graphical way and changes depending on the current
state of the object (on, off, open, close etc.). The NAME describes the function of the object and allows an easy
identification of the function within the system.
The STATUS ICONS on the right show information about the object itself:
Scheduling: active when the object is associated with a time schedule and is therefore controlled by a
Datalog: active when the object is logged and a graphic history of the object is traced
Scenario: active when the object is part of a scenario and is controlled together with other objects
In the lower part of the box some BUTTONS can be found, through which the object can be controlled. Those are
directly dependent on the object type: the previous example of the "Light On/Off" function has buttons to turn
on or off the associated light (the button that corresponds to the active state is highlighted).
state functions. In the expanded design, the buttons are in the lower half of the area and the two states are
labelled in their respective push area.
In the case of blinds or
more in general - motor controls, three buttons are available (move up, move down and
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If a dimming function is used, it is possible to turn on and off the light, and in addition through a slider element
the brightness value can be changed:
A list of the various types of functions and their boxes can be found in the chapter "FUNCTIONS" of this manual.
In alternative to the GRID view, the rooms can also be displayed in the BACKGROUND view. In this case, an image
file can be defined as background image for the related room; afterwards it is possible to position the individual
functions directly on the image, as shown in the following screenshot:
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Normally, only the icons of the functions are displayed in this view mode (and in some case a value directly below
the icon). Clicking on the icon, the box of the related function is displayed, which shows the same information as
in the GRID view. If another object is clicked or the current page is left, the box is closed automatically. In addition,
the box closes by itself after a few seconds.
iew: a
click on the icon will trigger directly a toggle action on the object).
If the logged in user has appropriate permissions, he can change the content of a room in BACKGROUND view in
the following way:
Open the desired room
Open the NAVIGATION MENU through the appropriate button (if closed)
Click on the button "EDIT PLAN" in the bottom TOOLBAR
Use the CUSTOMIZATION MENU on the right side (replacing the normal content of the NAVIGATION
When you first access the page in editing mode, all the objects will be located in the upper left corner. Simply
click on the first object and drag it to the desired location within the page. Repeat this process for all objects. The
currently selected object is identified by a red border; it is also possible to select multiple objects by holding down
the CTRL key and to move them simultaneously. Also other changes in the right menu will affect all the selected
objects simultaneously.
If at least one object is selected, in the CUSTOMIZATION MENU the following actions can be performed:
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Shows the amount of currently selected objects. To deselect an object or select multiple
objects use the CTRL key while clicking.
Shows/hide the background of the icon
Shows/hides the text label of the object
Shows/hides the icon
Shows/hides the value of object
Allows to rotate the selected object(s) of the degrees set here
Icons may be adjusted in size in the range between 25% and 500%.
Allows to add an independent text label to a room. To activate the PLUS icon, no object
must be selected.
A special case occurs when a room contains other rooms ("sub-rooms"): in this case the contained rooms are
represented by an empty box (black when using the theme "OPTIMA-EBONY" and white for "OPTIMA-IVORY").
This box can also be moved to the desired position like other objects and it's possible to change also the size of
the box through the elements displayed on the borders of the box (the pointer turns into a pad, if these elements
are hovered). The box can also be kept fully transparent by using the option "Hide Shadows" (with the exception
of a slight edge, which appears only in editing mode for orientation purposes).
In this way transparent, TOUCH-SENSITIVE areas can be created, which can be used to access the sub-rooms:
after termination of the editing of the room, a click in the area covered by the box will open the page of the subroom.
Other objects can be placed directly on such TOUCH-SENSITIVE areas. In this case, a click on the icon commands
the object, while a click beneath the object (on the TOUCHIf the option "Show Title" is enabled for such an area, the name of the room will be shown in the center of the
If you want to stop the editing of a room, this can be done either by clicking the SAVE button (green check mark,
saves all changes) or by clicking the DISCARD button (yellow X, discards all changes).
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orientation/position of a mobile device.
background image in dependency of the
This function is only available accessing the OPTIMA with an iPad or an Android-Tablet with the OPTIMA-App or a
compatible Browser. OPTIMA recognizes the position of the used mobile device over the integrated compassand acceleration sensors in real time (mostly available in the mobile devices of the newest generation). If the
device is turned (compass) or moved in a direction (acceleration sensor) OPTIMA can react accordingly and turn
to be configured accordingly. Details can be found in the OPTIMA ADMINISTRATOR-MANUAL
The used mode is defined during the configuration:
If the mobile device is hold horizontally, to look at its screen from above, the calibration can be made in compass
mode and the corresponding room will be used in this mode on mobile devices.
s screen directly forward, the
calibration can be made in panorama mode and the corresponding mode will be used on mobile devices.
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As the name suggests, this mode manages the rotation of the background image of a room using the compass
sensor of the mobile device. Before the automatic alignment of the background image may be used, the direction
that should be used as reference has to be defined. To do this, click on the compass symbol in the lower left area
to start the calibration. Then rotate the device so that the background image is aligned to the right direction
If the mobile device is rotated, also the background image including the contained objects is rotated so that it is
always aligned to the previously defined direction. This function allows an intuitive Orientation in a room.
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The panorama mode does not align the background image of a room to a certain direction. Instead, it gives the
possibility to scroll the background image according to the direction the used mobile device is moved to. The
background image including the objects is moved accordingly to the direction the used mobile device is moved
to. This makes the panorama mode really useful if big background images are used. Normally it would be necessary
to scroll left, right, up, and down in a background image with a bigger resolution as the resolution of the used
mobile device, to reach all objects. In the panorama mode, the scrolling can be made in intuitive way by moving
the mobile device in the corresponding direction. To use the panorama mode, the device has to be calibrated
first. Simply click in the room where the panorama mode shall be used on the compass symbol in the lower left
area; follow the instructions showing up. During the calibration the left and the right border has to be defined,
first it is needed to define the left border, so the mobile device has to be hold to in the direction where the room
matches the displayed background picture; with a click on the displayed window this alignment of real room and
background picture can be saved. Then you will be prompted to calibrate the right border of the room; the
procedure is the same as already described for the left border, but just for the right side of the room.
Then the mobile device can be moved in the defined area and the page is scrolled to the part of the background
picture the mobile device points to. It the device is moved to the left, the background picture including the
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contained objects is scrolled to the left. This way in a room with a big background picture all objects can be
reached easily by moving the mobile device intuitively inside the corresponding room. If the device is hold still the
reached sector of the background image is hold until the mobile device is moved again.
transparent or solid.
The calibration can be repeated by a long click on the symbol.
-function was tested on newer iPad models and on some Android tablets; generation 1
vileges of Apple in iOS6. On some devices the
compass can be used only in certain directions, here it may be needed to turn the display through 180 degrees.
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OPTIMA allows not only the navigation through rooms, but also a navigation structured by object types via the
"FUNCTIONS" entry in the NAVIGATION MENU. The provided functions with the respective colours are:
Some of these entries could be disabled in your project, depending on the configuration made by the installer.
Each function is shown on its objects by a subtle coloured strip on the left border of the objects
If a function entry is selected from the NAVIGATION MENU, a special GRID view page showing all objects assigned
to the corresponding function type will appear.
If a function page contains a large number of objects, it is possible to scroll within the displayed page; depending
on the used device, either the mouse wheel (if accessed from a PC / Mac) or scroll gestures (for touch devices)
can be used for this purpose.
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Optima 2.0 introduced a new, compact overview of the single rooms showing their respective content as black
(for off devices) or coloured (for on devices) dots. This instantly shows where there are e.g. lights turned on or
off. When you click on a room, it shows/hides its content and allows to regulate the single contained objects.
The following pages show the primary object types and their representation / usage within the pages of OPTIMA.
3.2.1 LIGHT ON / OFF
function is shown in the visualisation as shown below (expanded design):
trol the connected light; the button, which corresponds to the current
state of the object is highlighted in a different color (furthermore, the icon in the upper left corner shows the
current status).
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In the software several icons are available for illumination; each icon shows a different illumination device:
Light - generic
Standard lamp
Plug (outlet)
Dimming functions are represented in the software through the following box:
The buttons "ON" and "OFF" permit to switch the light on and off directly. Using the slider scale, the brightness
refreshed. In addition, the brightness value is shown under the icon in the upper left corner and also the brightness
of the icon itself changes with the current dimming value.
This special object allows the control of light points with RGB control; these objects are represented in the rooms
and function pages in the following way:
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In In the lower left side of the box the last set color is shown, while the button on the right side opens the following
pop-up window:
Through the displayed graphic elements it is possible to set the desired color of the related RGB light in a simple
way: while the ring permits to select the color spectrum, the rectangle permits to tune brightness and saturation
of the color. If available, also the brightness of the RGB light itself can be adjusted through the slider scale at the
In order to store a new color combination in this way, please click on the "+" button; in the connection you can
simply select the desired color and store it using the SAVE button. In order to select the color in a second moment,
it is enough to click on the just created field. Through the DELETE button existing color combinations can be
removed from the system.
Through this object it is possible to set the color temperature using the white balance of two light sources. This
can be configured within the following pop-up window:
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If a point within the indicated square is selected, the corresponding color temperature is correctly set by the two
light sources.
These object types allow the operation of motor control objects (e.g. blinds, shutters) by using the "UP" and
The buttons "UP" and "DOWN" are highlighted in a different color, depending on the last command sent; the
These object types allow the operation of motor control objects (e.g. blinds, shutters) by using the "UP" and
"DOWN", as well as a percentage configuration going from 0% (totally open) up to 100% (totally closed):
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These object types allow the operation of motor control objects with lamellae (e.g. blinds, shutters, curtains,
Objects of this type allow the sending of an opening or closing command to an electrical lock (e.g. a window or a
The button corresponding to the current state of the lock is highlighted in green or red color.
This object is similar to the previous object, with the difference that only the "ON" command can be sent:
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In diesem Fall hat das Objekt keinen Status und die Schaltfläche ändert die Farbe nur während der Bedienung.
Das Objekt versendet den Öffnen-Befehl für den Zeitraum, welcher vom Systemintegrator/Installateur bei der
Konfiguration der Anlage festgelegt worden ist (normalerweise wenige Sekunden).
These objects show the state of door and window contacts:
In this case, no commands can be sent: therefore the lower part of the box contains no buttons, but just shows
the state of the associated contact.
The administration of thermostats within the visualisation of OPTIMA strongly depends on the manufacturer / type
of the used thermostat and their respective configuration. The instructions in this manual refer to the most
common configuration methods and try to represent the maximum of available objects. In your own configuration,
some of the functions presented may not be used.
The following graphic shows the typical box of a thermostat within the rooms or function pages of the visualisation:
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In the display on the left side the measured temperature of the thermostat is shown, which is also shown directly
below the icon (useful for BACKGROUND view, where the box is initially closed). By clicking on the button on the
right side, the following pop-up window will appear:
Measured temperature
State of:
healing / cooling / ventilation
Current setpoint
Operating mode
Category tabs
Sepoints of
operating modes
Measured ambient temperature of the thermostat
Temperature setpoint, towards which the thermostat regulates the temperature; depends from the selected operating mode of the thermostat.
State icon, which shows the active mode of the thermostat (heating, cooling, ventilation)
The buttons below the display are used to change the OPERATING MODE of the thermostat. Depending on the
type of thermostat, different setpoints can be adjusted for heating, cooling and ventilation (if present).
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The tabs on the category selection (if configured) determine the items displayed in the bottom area of the object:
Allows the configuration of the several heating setpoints for the different operating
modes of the thermostat
Allows the configuration of the several cooling setpoints for the different operating
modes of the thermostat
Permits to control the ventilation (automatic or manually); by selecting manual control, the single ventilators can be controlled.
The following screenshot shows an example of a thermostat with active "VENTILATION":
The "SCHEDULE" button (if enabled by the installer) allows time scheduling of the thermostat functions; for further
details, please refer to the chapter SCHEDULING of this manual.
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OPTIMA provides various types of objects, through which various energy information (which are provided from
KNX energy counters installed in the system) can be represented in the software. Furthermore, the parameters
of load-controllers can be actively controlled. The following graphics show some examples of the existing object
These objects can be connected to rooms, just like all other objects, in order to show individual consumptions, or
they can also be used in combination with load controllers for the representation of the total consumption.
MENU. This section shows a complete overview of the current power consumption. For more information about
the ENERGY MANAGEMENT, please refer to the appropriate chapter in this manual.
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In OPTIMA it is possible to manage the single zones of a compatible multi-room audio system (e.g. SONOS, DUNE)
using the following pop-up window:
The pop-up can offer the following action buttons (some of them could be missing in your configuration, since
the buttons depend on the functionalities provided by the installed audio system):
Playback mode: NORMAL, RANDOM or REPEAT
VOLUME control
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With the FAVOURITES page OPTIMA offers a special page, which can contain the most frequently used functions.
The FAVOURITES page can be accessed directly from the NAVIGATION MENU or the HOME page.
In order to add an object to the FAVOURITES, please follow the steps below:
Open the room/page containing the target object
Click on the
A light blue bar appears on the top of the page with the message select an item to add to the
The object you now click on will be added to the favourites page. To interrupt the procedure, click/tap
on the upper right X symbol.
To remove an object from the favourites, repeat the same procedure from the favourites page: this
time the clicked/tapped object will be removed from the favourites page.
Favourites icon in the title bar (upper right)
Added to
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OPTIMA allows the time scheduling of all objects that are present in the rooms and function pages of the
visualisation. If a time schedule is active, the installed KNXCONTROL device controls the related objects, even if
no one is in the building. This chapter shows how a schedule can be set up, from a simple daily scheduling to a
complex planning with the year calendar.
To set up a time scheduling:
Go to the room/page where the target object is located
click on the
Schedule icon in the title bar (upper right)
select an object for scheduling
When you click/tap on an object now, it will open the time scheduling popup window
A click on the plus will show the new entry
The icons here have the following functions:
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Edit this scheduling
Delete this scheduling
Activate/deactivate this scheduling (toggle)
The main scheduling page will open when you click the edit icon. The individual time schedules are
always based on daily activities (from 00:00 to 23:59).
In the upper area, a title can be assigned to the scheduling, through which it can be easily identified. It is
recommended to define the title
contains, to facilitate the configuration and usage of the scheduling.
The section "DAILY SCHEDULING" allows the configuration of one or more actions that should be executed during
the period of a single day. To add new actions, simply click on the "+"-button and for each action configure the
following parameters:
Action to execute
Value to set (if available)
The section "CALENDAR-BASED SCHEDULING" defines whether the configured actions will be executed on one
or more days of a week or ALTERNATIVELY on one or more days selected through the yearly calendar.
In the case of the weekly-scheduling, the individual days of the week can be selected by clicking the appropriate
buttons at the bottom.The following screenshot shows the scheduling of a thermostat with multiple daily actions,
active from Monday to Friday:
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To save the scheduling, click on the SAVE button in the upper right. To discard the editing, simply click on the
CANCEL button. To create a complete yearly calendar, the single days on which the defined actions should
take place can be selected in the calendar available in the "YEARLY" section of the "CALENDAR-BASED
SCHEDULING". This type of scheduling also allows the omission of individual days to take care of holidays or
vacations in the weekly scheduling.
Hint: If several individual schedules are defined for the same day, OPTIMA will give priority to the schedules of
type "YEARLY", since - as already mentioned - the creation of exceptions, e.g. for holidays, can be configured
only within this type of scheduling. If no yearly scheduling is defined, the weekly scheduling is executed without
Attention: within the same scheduling it is ONLY possible to use EITHER the WEEKLY OR the YEARLY calendar
scheduling (not both!). Exceptions, as described above, must always be configured in a SEPARATE weekly or
yearly scheduling!
It is furthermore possible to disable individual schedules and therefore prevent their execution, without having to
delete the defined schedules. This can be done through the button activate/deactivate icon on the right side of
the time scheduling row. In the screenshot below the scheduling "HOLIDAYS" is disabled and is therefore ignored
by the system, but may be re-activated in the future.
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OPTIMA allows the automatic execution of different commands; these sequences are called "SCENARIOS". The
entry "SCENARIOS" in the NAVIGATION MENU displays all the scenarios that have been configured in the project
by the installer. The following screenshot shows an example of the SCENARIOS page:
The box of a scenario provides the following buttons:
Starts the command sequence defined in the scenario
Stops the command sequence (premised the scenario is running)
Permits to update the commands configured in the scenario with the current states of the
related objects; in other words, the current values of all the involved objects are saved as
the new values to set whenever the scenario is played.
Since the execution of the actions of a scenario may include also time delays (due to wait commands added by
the installer), the scenario may remain in PLAY mode for a longer time. In this case, the scenario can be interrupted
with the STOP button.
Hint: The interruption of a scenario does NOT reset the actions executed before the interruption. This may mean
that actions that should be reset after an interruption of the scenario must be reset MANUALLY.
A typical example are irrigation scenarios: these usually include the delayed opening and closure of the irrigation
valves; if such a scenario is stopped before its completion, the already opened irrigation valves remain open and
must be closed MANUALLY through the appropriate KNX objects.
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If the UPDATE button of a scenario is pressed, the scenario for all contained objects assumes the current state
in the system as new reference value for future executions of the scenario. This operation can last a few seconds,
depending on the amount of objects contained in the scenario. Once the UPDATE procedure is finished, the
UPDATE button returns to its original condition.
Hint: The UPDATE button could also be disabled for the scenarios in your configuration. In this case, your installer
blocked the update of the scenarios. This may be especially the case for scenarios that commands the same
object multiple times. In this case, the update process would cause a malfunction of the scenario.
Optima 2.0 introduced the ability for the user to manage scenarios on his own. The modus operandi is similar to
that for managing scheduling (see chapter 5 (Scheduling)) or favourites (see 4 (Favourites)).
To create a new scenario:
Start by going to the room where the first object to add is located
Click on the
Customize scenarios button in the title bar (upper right)
select an object to add it to a
When you click/tap on an object now, it will open the scenarios editing popup window. This window will
be empty in case you have no scenarios in your system or a list of existing scenarios otherwise. Clicking
the plus button to add a new scenario will show the new entry in the list:
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Choose the new scenario to reach its detail view:
These are the available functions for editing the scenario (numbered):
Close the scenario editing window
Text label for giving the scenario a recognizable name
Choose this function to change the order of the objects of the
scenario. The same icon will appear at the beginning of each
row: use it as a handle to move a row by drag & drop. Click the
main Order icon again to exit the ordering mode when done.
The main Delete icon (4) near the Order icon allows to delete the
(4, 5)
whole scenario. The other Delete icons (5) in front of each obsequence.
Clicking this icon will add a pause to the scenario. The amount of
time to wait between the previous and the following actions may
be set using the Hours, Minutes and Seconds fields using their
arrow buttons.
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Permits to add an additional object of the current room to the
scribed procedure after having closed the scenario editing window and moved to the target room/page.
The STOP, PLAY and SCHEDULING buttons will stop or execute
the scenario or open the scheduling window
see below for de-
Hint: The editing of single scenarios may be locked on the administration layer. A scenario which has been locked
can of course not be edited and will warn about it through a yellow message bar.
Scenarios can be scheduled like any other objects. See chapter 5 (Scheduling) for details.
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Message central
The message central of OPTIMA allows the centralized management of system-generated messages. Those can
either be generated by events / alarms in the system or by the user.
The message central is always available through the NAVIGATION MENU or the HOME page.
If there are unread messages, an icon is displayed including the number of unread messages, as shown in the
following screenshot:
The Section "NOTIFICATIONS" of the message central displays a list of all messages generated by OPTIMA,
which are triggered depending on the configuration within the system (e.g. by events, alarms or faults).
The message central will only be opened automatically when a notification of type "ALARM" is received, if not
configured differently. Other messages are shown only through the icon in the NAVIGATION MENU or the HOME
page; the user must manually click on "NOTIFICATIONS" to check out those messages:
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The different levels / types of notifications are represented through different colors. If a message was read, it
can be acknowledged using the appropriate
button on the right side. The message will not be
deleted, but only marked as read, and can be checked out again in the future, if needed.
If several messages are displayed, they can be marked as read all together by using the
the upper right corner.
DELETE button in
The MESSAGE BOARD permits to enter messages directly through the touchscreen (for touch devices):
At completion of the message, a blue icon is displayed informing about the presence of a new message; it appears
in the NAVIGATION MENU / the HOME page on the entry MESSAGE BOARD; the icon remains visible also after
closing the message central window.
Hint: The messages on the MESSAGE BOARD are only displayed on the device on which the message has been
entered and not on other devices in the network. Furthermore, these messages will be lost if the browser is closed
or the visualisation is updated.
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IP Cameras
OPTIMA permits to display video streams of compatible IP cameras, video servers and video recorders inside the
pages of the visualisation. The video streams can be accessed from within the local network or also by remote
access through the internet.
By selecting the entry "VIDEO SURVEILLANCE" in the NAVIGATION MENU, a list of the configured cameras is
displayed. If one of them is selected, a pop-up window containing the video stream of the selected camera will
be shown (the perfor-mance of the stream depends on camera type, the quality of the network and the
performance of the client device):
If you click on the top bar of the pop-up window, the window will be closed and another camera can be selected
from the NAVIGATION MENU or other pages of the visualisation can be accessed.
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If the camera object was assigned to one or more rooms, it can also be displayed within the pages of the
visualisation, together with the other objects of the project, as shown below:
A click on the camera icon opens a pop-up window showing the related cameras video stream in the configured
resolu-tion; the result basically is the same as opening the camera through the NAVIGATION MENU.
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Energy management
The "ENERGY" section of OPTIMA shows an overview of the complete energy consumption and possible energy
production (e.g. photovoltaic) of an installation. This feature requires that the necessary KNX devices are installed
in the plant, which collect energy data and provide it through the KNX bus.
This section is highly dependent on the nature of the own system and how it is configured by the installer.
Therefore this chapter shows a typical application with two KNX energy counters - one to measure the current
energy consumption of the plant and the other to measure the energy production of a photovoltaic system - as
well as some loads, which are driven by load controls.
By selecting the entry "ENERGY" in the NAVIGATION MENU or HOME page and subsequently the entry
"CONSUMPTION", a page is opened containing a general power consumption overview:
This page shows one or more circle objects which indicate the energy consumption or energy production of a
building. The colour of the inner circle (green - orange - red) indicates graphically whether the configured limits
are exceeded.
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By clicking on the central gear wheel icon of one of the circles, the following pop-up window is opened, which
provides further details about the energy consumption and gives access to the configurable parameters:
Each circle symbol has three small icons inside, plus a fourth function
toggling the visualisation of the graph, activated by clicking inside the
circle area.
Each circle symbol has an outer coloured circle, using the same colour
as the one of the corresponding graph, which permits to easily
recognize it even when more than one graph is shown.
The small icons offer the following functions:
Shows / Hides the
Shows hides the comparison values, which are calculated from the average value of the lastly
measured values
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Shows / Hides the coloured area which marks the range between the minimum and maximum
values of the energy counter (in dependence of the selected time period)
The lower area of the page contains the graphs of the single energy counters from the upper area. The data
shown in the graphs always refers to a certain time period, which can be selected by the user through the different
TABS on the top of the page:
Data of the current day (from 00:00); the comparison value
if enabled
is calculated from
the average of the daily values logged
Data of the previous day; the comparison value
if enabled
is calculated from the average
of the values logged the previous day
Data of the current week (from Monday, 00:00); the comparison value
if enabled
is cal-
culated from the average of the weekly values logged
Data of the previous week; the comparison value
if enabled
is calculated from the aver-
age of the values logged the previous week
Data of the current moth (from the first day, 00:00); the comparison value
if enabled
calculated from the average of the monthly values logged
Data of the previous month; the comparison value
if enabled
is calculated from the aver-
age of the values logged the previous month
Data of the current year (from the first day, 00:00); the comparison value
if enabled
calculated from the average of the yearly values logged
Data of the previous year; the comparison value
of the values logged the previous year
if enabled
is calculated from the average
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The following screenshot explains the different elements within the visualisation area of the graphs:
Graph explanation
incl. total consumption
in the current time period
Average value
of the current
time period
Range of
the current
time period
Energy values of
the current time
This section shows the energy consumption of individual loads in real time. Furthermore, the priorities of the load
control system can be displayed (if configured / available), as shown in the following screenshot:
Selector Load control (if more than one present)
Energy counter
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The circle symbol in the upper area shows the total consumption of the system in relation to the configured limits
of the load control. On the right side two icons inform about the current state of the load control logic (idle or
active) and the current priority value:
The energy counter in detail shows the following information:
Current power value
Load control enabled
(Load over Limit)
Current priority value
Under normal circumstances the priority value equals 0; if, however, the configured maximum limit is exceeded,
the priority is increased on 1 and all loads connected to this priority are disabled. If the consumption still remains
over the limit, the priority is furthermore increased (and corresponding loads are switched off), until the maximum
priority value is reached.
If instead the consumption goes back below the configured minimum limit, the load control starts acting in the
opposite way; the priority value is decreased and previously disabled loads are turned back on.
The limits of the load control can be changed easily through the pop-up window, which appears when the battery
of the total consumption is clicked:
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The loads instead are shown in the following way:
Also in this case, the properties of the single loads (for example the priority) can be changed through the pop-up
window, which is shown when clicking on the corresponding battery:
As you can see in the screenshot above, a load can also be put into a MANUAL mode; in this case, the load is not
disabled by the load control of OPTIMA but can only be controlled manually by the user (this can be helpful in
order to exclude loads temporarily from forced switch-off).
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OPTIMA allows quick and easy display of weather data, which is obtained either over the internet and/or
available - from a connected KNX weather station.
By selecting the entry "WEATHER" in the NAVIGATION MENU or in the HOME page, a pop-up window will be
opened, which displays the current weather data and the weather forecast of the configured location:
If a KNX weather station is installed in the system and integrated into OPTIMA correctly by the installer, in the
WEATHER pop-up window it will be possible to select a second tab containing the data provided by the KNX
weather station:
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The displayed values depend on the data provided by the weather station.
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11 RSS Feeds
OPTIMA ermöglicht das Abrufen von Nachrichten aus ein oder mehreren RSS Feeds aus dem Internet. Der Zugriff
erfolgt wie immer über das NAVIGATIONSMENÜ oder die HOME-
After selecting the entry "RSS NEWS" the following pop-up window will appear:
Depending on the number of configured RSS feeds (max. 5) you can switch between the single tabs. Within a
feed it is possible to scroll up and down with a mouse wheel (on PC / MAC) or through touch-gestures (for touch
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12 Audio / Video
navigation menu. Through this complex object it is possible to change the sensitivity of the microphone and the
Hint: These audio settings are available only on KNXSUPERIO, which has a loudspeaker and a microphone on
For the intercom communication a fine tuning of the conversation volume is possible; more information about
this topic can be found in the INTERCOM MANUAL.
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13 Appendix
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