On the dashboard, all current states of the system are displayed. When there is a pending alarm, you will see at a glance where the alarm occurred and what type of alarm it is.
The alarm zones table shows you which areas are armed or disarmed, or whether there is a burglar alarm in the respective zone.
In addition, you can see all configured network cameras and all monitored servers in the dashboard.
The AlarmManager-logbook stores all important events. Every alarm, access to the system and user interactions are recorded here.
With the logbook you can survey exactly what kind of alarms have occurred, who has been informed and at what time an alarm has been confirmed.
With the filter function the display can be limited to the currently important messages. With this option you can for example select the last alarms and export them for security purposes at any time.
View sensor readings as a graph
The Alarm Manager stores the climatic values for temperature, humidity and dew point for the last 2 months of all connected MultiSensors.
These can be displayed in a day-, week- or month-view inside a graph. If there has been e.g. a temperature alarm during the last days, you can have a look on the according temperature curve to draw conclusions about the duration of the incident.
Configuration – Timer, users and MultiSensors
Automatic arming / disarming with the timer
The Alarm Manager and the connected MultiSensors can be switched into armed or disarmed state for the monitoring of intrusion or unauthorized access. This can be done in various ways, e.g. via a keyboard (Kentix KeyPad) or with the mobile app in the cloud.
For additional security, a time can be set for each day in the week at which the system automatically performs the arming.
In this way it is always ensured that even in case that the activation of the motion alarm has been forgotten, all connected devices activate their motion detection at a certain time.
This setup can be done either for the complete system, or for single alarm zones.
Operate the system
In the ControlCenter up to 100 users can be defined for the operation and the alarming via the Kentix system. By setting up different permissions it is determined how each user can operate the system, which alarm zones they are allowed to switch and in which ways they receive alarms.
For each user the way they receive alarms (E-mail or SMS) is determined by an individual setup. Therefor a phone number and an individual email address can be entered for every single user. If an alarm occurs, all responsible persons who are registered in the system are directly informed.
When will an alarm be triggered?
This decision is mainly determined by the configuration of the connected MultiSensors. In the section “Sensors – devices” all MultiSensors connected to the system are managed. Here you can determine for each measurement value when an alarm will be triggered. Each MultiSensor is identified by a unique name and assigned to an alarm zone so that you can see directly where the alarm occurred.
Settings – Basic settings and alarming
Preparing your AlarmManager for operation
In the basic settings you can first determine the name of your system and choose your time zone.
Via the network configuration the Alarm Manager is prepared for the integration into your existing network.
The current configuration is backed up by the ControlCenter in a backup folder on your PC.
The path to the backup can also be specified in the basic settings.
Setup how your Kentix system will react in case of an alarm:
For example, to receive the newest alarm again after a certain amount of time, you simply enter the appropriate time in minutes in the field “Alarm repetition after”.
You can also setup the device’s built-in buzzer. The audible feedback when arming / disarming or in case of an alarm can be customized to your own needs.
Define communication and alert channels
Enter the e-mail account-data and the information for the interaction with your network monitoring solution.
Also enter the phone number and the PIN of the SIM card here.
Nice to have – Additional features in the AlarmManager
Keep the network at a glance
With a Kentix system up to 50 network attached devices can be monitored for availability.
The AlarmManager can address servers, routers, or other devices on your network by PING or via a communication port and sends an alert when a device could not be reached 3 times in a row. This indirectly increases the availability of your IT, because a failure in your network can be detected more quickly.
Do you have devices in use that can send messages via SNMP? Let them send their alarms to your Kentix system. The integrated SMS gateway forwards the alarms via SMS to the users. This way, the monitoring of your network can be optimized.
Easily integrate cameras
Kentix systems offer the possibility to trigger a network camera in case of an alarm. The camera then no longer has to record permanently or react on every motion event. It only reacts when the AlarmManager signals the camera that an alarm has occurred. This way, the activity of the camera is limited to the really important events avoiding unnecessary messages.
Up to 10 cameras can be connected. You can choose whether a camera is always triggered or only when the alarm appears in a specific alarm zone.
Integrate external systems
Air conditioning and UPS systems usually have signaling contacts. These can be included into the monitoring using so-called IO modules.
Also doors or several leakage detectors can be switched to these modules if the available inputs on the MultiSensors are not enough.
Each input can be configured separately depending on the application. There is an individual name, alarming logic and alarm type that can be defined for each single input. This allows you maximum flexibility in the use of such a module.
Partly demanded, partly simply favored is the ability to send an alarm to an emergency call station. Alarms are then no longer forwarded to the users only, but also to an external service.
The service will then go into action and check what has to be done – for example calling a security service or the fire department.
The connection between the emergency call center and Kentix is constantly monitored. This way, you can improve the monitoring and you are prepared for all eventualities.
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