One benefit of Texecom Connect is its ability to add flexibility to the alarm system through user-configured Recipes. These are created through the system’s App, and use ‘Cause and Effect’ programming to enhance functionality. In this look at Recipes we consider how a business can ensure powered devices are switched off when the site is closed.
Recipes allow the end user to create ‘cause and effect’ programming to manage actions that are triggered by certain events. One example of how this can enhance site management is with regard to the simple automated control of powered devices. It has been estimated that as much as 50 per cent of energy use by UK businesses is due to wastage, and given the importance of Green credentials in today’s market, power management is key for some users.
When a business closes for the day, it makes sense to ensure that any appliances or systems not required are switched off. This process can be automated by using a Recipe.
The first task is to create a trigger for the site closing. This might be when the alarm system is fully set, or it could be a scheduled event. The latter allows departments within a main site to be managed based upon expected occupancy. The timer can be overridden if the full site’s alarm is armed.
The Recipe causes can be set as the alarm system being armed (this could equally be when the system is part-armed, disarmed, in alarm or any other user-configured mode) or a timer can be created. The latter sets periods with On and Off times, to be set for specific days or the full week via the Days screen. There is also a Date option, which allows time periods for specific dates or sequences of dates to be established.
If the Recipe is to use alarm setting or a timer, this is achieved via an ‘Or’ condition, meaning that either the alarm being set or the timer can trigger the Recipe.
With the causes completed, the effects to be triggered are set. In this case the effect is to switch off numerous devices connected to the power via Ricochet-enabled plug socket. The switching then has a time applied: off while the recipe is active (this would result in devices being repowered when the alarm is unset or the timer ends), to stay off or to be off for a predefined period.
Finally, the Recipe is saved and made active.
Texecom Connect’s Recipes allow simple everyday automations to be enhanced quickly, easily and economically.
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