SmartSeries - Linear Controls
When faced with the responsibility of upgrading your plant communication system...or
with the task of designing or recommending an Emergency Notification System for your
facility...GAI-Tronics SmartSeries systems offer a smart solution.
After more than 50 years’ experience in producing rugged and reliable communications
systems for industrial and hazardous environments, GAI-Tronics knows what it takes to
keep a communication system running smoothly. We used this experience in designing the
microprocessor-based SmartSeries System, the intelligent way to address all of your communication, supervision, and notification needs.
SmartSeries systems are fully adaptable to a variety of facility sizes, from a few handsets to
several hundred. Using SmartLink technology, multiple independent communication systems
can be interfaced and monitored from a central location.
The same features that improve operational communications assume even greater significance
in an Emergency Notification System:
Broadcast of up to 250 alarm tones and pre-recorded speech messages, all custom configured.
The ID feature identifies the specific station generating a page, so that control room personnel
can locate the source of the emergency.
The Emergency Party Line feature automatically connects the SmartSeries station to the
Control Room, as well as identifying the specific station, to locate the source of the emergency.
The Priority Page feature allows a control room operator to override operational
communication to issue priority pages to emergency response personnel, or to issue live
updates to the emergency situation.
The SmartStatus feature provides a graphical user interface to the system, allowing quick
location of emergency pages or reports. SmartStatus provides a graphical representation of the
facility and communication system.
GAI-Tronics’ SmartVolume technology ensures that even in the presence of high ambient noise
levels, employees will hear important emergency announcements.
Auxiliary Input/Output features allows alarm initiation and auxiliary device activation from the
field stations.
SmartSeries system field devices utilize the latest technology in data communications to significantly improve system integrity and functionality. By interfacing with the SmartSeries control unit, the devices exchange fault and
activity messages. The SmartStatus feature provides a graphical display of the entire communication system, making the system very user-friendly.
Current faults are displayed or logged, depending on the system configuration, to provide maintenance personnel
a means to diagnose equipment problems. For example, a handset left off-hook can degrade an audio channel. To
alleviate this problem, the stations report this condition and are programmed to go electronically on-hook after a
pre-set time period configured at start up.
Other system functions monitored by the control unit include use of the page line, integrity of the system cable,
and the functionality of the station amplifier and associated speakers. Supervision of these features significantly
reduces the costs associated with maintaining your communication system.
With emergency notification as a major industrial concern, GAI-Tronics offers the ADVANCE Emergency
Notification System. The ADVANCE Control Unit interfaces with GAI-Tronics standard Page/Party® or
SmartSeries stations to provide all of the features required for an Emergency Notification System that you and
your employees can depend on to give you peace of mind.
Indoor/Outdoor Stations
Station off-hook status monitored
Page and off-hook duration
limited to prevent nuisance pages
and open microphone problems
SmartVolume feature automatically
adjusts station speaker volume
according to background noise
Self-diagnostics monitor status
and report problems with speaker
amplifier, speaker voice coil, cable
path, and handset amplifier
Priority page allows important
messages to override operational
communications. Different priorities
are available for normal and alarm
Hazardous Area Approvals
• Division 1
• Division 2
• Zone 1
Desktop Station
Flush-mount Station
Indoor Speaker Amplifier
Outdoor Station
Indoor/Outdoor Handset Stations and Speaker Amplifiers
SmartSeries Indoor/Outdoor Handset Stations offer communication and monitoring features for use in the
GAI-Tronics SmartSeries System. The stations interface with the SmartSeries Control Unit, exchanging information
including station health check and the status of the associated speaker. These stations are equipped with
GAI-Tronics’ SmartVolume feature to automatically adjust speaker volume by measuring ambient noise levels.
Indoor/Outdoor Stations with RTU
The SmartSeries Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) Station provides the added benefit of interfacing with the
SmartSeries Control Unit to monitor inputs such as pullboxes or smoke detectors, and activate outputs such as
strobes. A typical installation allows the user to initiate alarms or signal equipment starts by pressing a remotely
located pushbutton (up to twenty feet from the enclosure). The system recognizes the input and proceeds as
configured by the system software.
Indoor/Outdoor Stations with Emergency Party Line
SmartSeries Indoor/Outdoor Emergency Party Line stations are designed especially for use in emergency notification systems. The stations interface with the SmartSeries Control Unit, exchanging information including station offhook status, page detection, and station health check. The Emergency Party Line stations offer the added benefit
of reporting use of Party Lines #1 and #2. This feature is essential when reporting life critical events or for providing hot-line service to a central command center.
Access Panels
martSeries Access Panels provide an operator interface for alarm
control, speech communications and system status monitoring. Four models
of Access Panels address a variety of customer requirements.
Console models include an integral display, handset and programmable
switch/lamp array. Rear connections are available for remote amplified speaker
and sounder attachments. These models are available with 15 or 25 switch
configuration. Desktop models include a handset, integral speaker and 15
programmable switch/lamp elements. One model supports an integral display.
The handset supports paging and/or party line communications as determined
by the system configuration. Models with a display include a vacuum fluorescent display (VFD), acknowledge switch sounder and lamp, and previous
switch. The VFD allows operator review of textual system status messages
including system alarm initiation, faults and operation information. A sounder
and lamp alert the operator of system status changes.
Access Panel Interface Card (API)
he Access Panel Interface (API) supports the deployment of eight
customer configured Access Panels. These panels provide operator-machine
interface for SmartSeries system alarm, page, party and status operations.
The Master Control Unit (MCU) interrogates and establishes audio connections for each of the eight (8) Access Panels through each API. The line connection to the panel is one twisted pair. This line supports one-way speaker
output audio (page output), two-way handset audio (page and party), and data
Each API provides digital switching, conferencing and conversion capabilities to
support one analog and four digital party lines, and two analog page lines. The
API page and party lines connect to the Card Rack resources.
Monitored Relay Module (MRM)
Monitored Input Module (MIM)
Amplifier Distribution Module (ADM)
he Monitored Relay Module (MRM) controls relays typically used for
alarm notification, such as strobe lights to supplement alarm broadcasts. The
MRM supports line supervision to the notification appliance when it is not in
The MRM is capable of supplying and supervising eight (8) relay circuits. Any
outputs that are not utilized may be configured for use as an alarm initiation
input. Each line may be configured independently for its intended use. All lines
are supervised for open circuits and ground faults. Indication and single device
configurations monitor short circuit conditions.
The MRM transmits and receives data via RS485 when deployed as a standalone module. Data communication is accomplished by FSK for RTU applications.
The Monitored Input Module (MIM) interrogates switch status changes for
an alarm initiation request or various line fault conditions.
The MIM is capable of supervising eight (8) alarm initiating lines for such use
as alarm pull box loops. Each line may be configured independently to monitor
single or multiple switch activation or deactivated if not used. All lines are
supervised for open circuits and ground faults. The single device configuration
monitors short circuit conditions.
The MIM transmits and receives data via RS485 when deployed as a standalone module. Data communication is accomplished by FSK for RTU
The Amplifier Distribution Monitor/Module (ADM) distributes the audio
level to amplifiers and monitors the return speaker loop integrity and amplifier
fault status condition. The ADM is used to distribute audio to up to six central
amplifiers. The ADM also verifies the integrity of the related speaker loops and
monitors up to six amplifier failure contacts, reporting their status to the MCU.
The ADM’s speaker loop inputs detect various fault conditions on up to six
speaker loops. These fault conditions include ground faults, cable breaks and
wire-to-wire short circuits (while associated amplifier is not in use), and amplifier failures.
The ADM’s contact closure inputs are typically used to monitor the contacts of
the central amplifiers to determine amplifier failure.
Card Rack Assembly
he Card Rack Assembly is the central component for the SmartSeries system. It houses the control, audio generation and interface assemblies for the
system. Two power supply formats are available: universal AC and 48 VDC.
The Card Rack Assembly supports a total of eighteen SmartSeries plug-in
cards. Two of the card slots are dual format. The remaining slots accept single
width cards. All of the cards described in this brochure may be installed in the
Master Control Unit (MCU)
he Master Control Unit (MCU), the central processing component
of the SmartSeries system, coordinates and processes all system functions.
Pre-loaded with system software, the MCU includes system configuration
information stored on a solid state disk. During start-up, the MCU executes all
system operations based on the programmed configuration.
The MCU maintains constant communication with the Card Rack interface
assemblies through an ISA PC style bus structure. Static conditions (e.g.,
Page/Party® Interface line in-use status) are monitored by the MCU through
this mechanism. Data communications to field devices are supported by this
mechanism and the specialized data port of each interface.
Audio Generator Interface (AGI)
he Audio Generator Interface (AGI) produces alarm audio messages, composed of synthesized tones, digitally pre-recorded audio play back, or a combination of both. The AGI also supports two external input connections for page
audio routing.
The AGI generates frequency modulated tones such as steady, siren and alternating tones. The AGI also accepts a PCMCIA memory card that supports
pre-recorded speech and specialized tones.
The AGI provides two audio sources: Primary Audio Generator and Backup
Tone Generator. The primary source develops audio from either a tone or digital audio processor. Pre-recorded audio is played back by the digital audio
processor. The backup source is directly controlled by the MCU and is activated if the primary source fails. Both audio sources are supervised when not in
use. A third fail-safe mechanism activates when communication between the
MCU and AGI is interrupted, either for an indication or evacuation alarm tone
broadcast (EVAC).
Page/Party® Interface (PPI)
he Page/Party® Interface (PPI) is used to route audio to Page/Party®
and SmartSeries field equipment connected to a Page/Party® system cable with
interrogation for up to 200 SmartSeries devices and/or numerous Page/Party®
stations. A data communications port supports interrogation of the addressable devices by the Master Control Unit (MCU).
System page operation to/from the Page/Party® area is sequenced by the
MCU through use of the Card Rack Assembly page resources. The internal
page audio path is supervised when not in use. Two Card Rack party line
connections support MCU system merge/isolate party operations. The
corresponding Page/Party® party lines are monitored for in-use status.
The PPI monitors the Page/Party® page line and one party line for faults that
degrade audio quality. Faults may be attributed to continuity to ground, wireto-wire shorts or open circuit conditions. Detection of short or open conditions require an end of line device to be placed at the end of each circuit
Amplifier Zone Interface (AZI)
he Amplifier Zone Interface (AZI) is used to route Card Rack page audio
to twelve power amplifiers. These amplifiers may feed from one to twelve
The AZI supports Master Control Unit (MCU) selection of any of the 12 audio
outputs for three simultaneous page operations: two page broadcasts and
audio supervision. Two output level settings are provided for normal or emergency page broadcasts. In addition, the interface supports ten SmartSeries
devices through a data communications port. These devices are interrogated
by the MCU.
Supervision of any amplifier audio path requires the use of the Audio
Generator Interface (AGI) and one or more Amplifier Distribution/Monitor
Modules (ADM). This configuration routes a high frequency inaudible test tone
from the AGI to the amplifier and associated speaker-loops when the circuit is
not in use. The ADM monitors the return path for faults that degrade audio
quality. Faults may be attributed to continuity to ground, wire-to-wire shorts
or open circuit conditions.
SmartLink Network Connection
arger facilities with many communication points frequently use
multiple SmartSeries Control Units. These customers benefit from the
use of our SmartLink technology because the systems can be
combined for page and party line communication, and for the exchange
of system status data.
Use of this feature requires a Voice Network Adapter Interface Card,
shown at left, and an Ethernet card mounted on each MCU Card.
SmartStatus Graphical User Interface
tandard SmartSeries systems provide a printout of equipment and
system status. Customers who prefer a flexible PC platform utilize the
SmartStatus Graphical User Interface. Via a dedicated PC, SmartStatus
provides an interactive tool for monitoring system and equipment status
in real-time.
Use of this feature requires a dedicated PC for the GUI, and an updated
MCU Card including an Ethernet Connection.
Smart Services
AI-Tronics offers system support agreements in four flexible coverage
plans designed to meet the facility needs. Key features of these plans are:
• 24 Hour Telephone Support
• On-Site Emergency Support
• Advance Replacement of Critical Spares
• System Support and Maintenance Training for Quick Restore
• Software Support
Our Services Bring Peace of Mind
GAI-Tronics® - USA
Toll Free: 1 (800) 492-1212 Tel: (610) 777-1374 Fax: (610) 796-5954
GAI-Tronics® Limited, UK Tel: +44 (0)1283 500500 Fax: +44 (0)1283 500400
GAI-Tronics® S.r.l, Italy Tel: +39 02 48601 460 Fax: +39 02 4585 625
GAI-Tronics® - Malaysia Tel: +60-3-8945-4035 / 8945-7348 Fax: +60-3-8945-4675
Quality Management Systems Certified - ISO9001:2000
The policy of GAI-Tronics® is one of continuous improvement, therefore the company reserves the right to change specifications without notice
Pub. 961109 9-2004
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