AMS-Net Alarm Networking
Connect AMS-Net is an industrial-strength networking backbone developed by Drax Technology for the express purposes of the collection and distribution of alarm and event data in medium to large buildings and on sites with multiple buildings.
One of the issues a planner must face when considering dealing with the alarms and fault notifications in a building is that the alarm indications will not all be in one place. Some may be in the roof area, some in switchrooms, and some in basements. And quite often none of them are where they are really needed - in front of the people who really matter.
AMS-net provides fast, reliable communications between different alarms systems and display devices. Based around proven industrial networking techniques and building upon Drax's experience in the networking and alarm management business, AMS-Net has been developed to provide a high integrity cost-effective solution to the problems of alarm monitoring, management and distribution.
AMS-Net consists of a range of modules which are used as building blocks to create a system tailored to each application. These modules include:
AMS-Net nodes can be used to collect make repeater panels using LEDs or, as is much more common, they are used to collect alarms which are displayed on one or more AMX1 alarm management workstations.
Wouldn't life be simple if all sites consisted of a single building with all technical, plant and alarm systems neatly within reach? Of course, that is not the case in the real world. Many sites consist of several buildings. If these are all on the same site, then AMS-Net is an ideal solution, but sometimes part of the site is further afield. However, AMS-Net can still solve this problem - using modems.
A remote site could be across a busy truck road, with no possibility of running a data cable to it, or it may be in another county. By using telephone lines, modems, and AMS-Net modem interfaces the remote site can be brought into the main AMS-Net network and the remote systems appear just as part of the one big system
You don't want to use telephone lines? Maybe you have a TCP/IP Ethernet connection to your remote site(s)? See TCP/IP networking.
Datasheets for some of the AMS-Net Range are available in thedownload area.