Groups in WIN-911 tie alarms with a list of operators who will get notified. If you are using one of the connection methods that supports importing tags, you will have noticed that it created a group by default; if you are configuring WIN-911's FactoryTalk Direct Connect or adding more groups to an existing connection to include more dynamic notification, you can do so by navigating to the following icon on your WIN-911 Configurator.
A. Group Definition
By clicking on the Group icon, a window showing all available groups will appear. If you imported your alarm tags, an import group was created by default. Here, you can edit existing groups, or create new groups.
B. Base Definition
By default, clicking New/double-clicking on an existing group, you will be taken to the Base Definition.
NOTE: if you are just trying to test connectivity with your FactoryTalk Alarm &amp; Events server, all you will need to do is create a group, users can be added later, you can then move on to creating filters.
The Group Name is user-defined, it can be used to help identify the list of alarms/operators
By default Display alarms in Alarm Monitor are checked, this will send alarms to Scan &amp; Alarm's Alarm Monitor.
NOTE: if running WIN-911 as a service, un-check this box
The checkbox to Send alarms to Alarm Loggers should remain checked, as it is a source of creating history files.
Pop Up on Alarm gives you different options for displaying alarms. By default it is none, however, in the event of a new alarm, you have the option to:
- Summary List on new Unacked - Opening the Alarm Monitor to the Summary screen on the event of a new unacknowledged event.
- Summary List on Any Change - Opening the Alarm Monitor to the Summary screen on any event (acknowledgement, state change).
- Box - Opening a splash screen with a list of the active, unacknowledged events.
C. Contact List
Under the Contact List tab, you will see two windows. The window to the left titled Available Name List will display all the users available in the Phone Book definition, while the window on the right, titled Selected Name List, will list the users who will get notified if there is an unacknowledged event.
To add/edit users in the contact list, use one of the four options to
- Add - Takes a highlighted user on the Available Name List on the left, and adds them to the Selected Name List on the right
- Remove - Takes a highlighted user on the Selected Name List, and removes them from that list.
- Move/Down - Moves the highlighted name under the Selected Name List up or down in the list.
D. Contact Delays
Under the Contact Delay tab, you will be able to define a delay before and after processing the Selected Name List mentioned previously. To simplify, in the case of an unacknowledged event, it will wait x amount of time before processing the Selected Name List, then, if the list has been processed, and the event is still unacknowledged, it will wait x amount of time after the last person is contacted, to recycle the list. This will continue to happen until the alarm is acknowledged
Notice that there are two sections for delays, each with two options.
The Delay Before setting will wait x amount before processing the Selected Name List. For example, with a setting of 5 Minutes in the delay before the field, an alarm will come into WIN-911, the system will wait 5 minutes before contacting the first person on the list. These options are split between phone book entries with a Voice connection, and phone book entries with Pager, SMS, E-Mail, and/or Mobile-911 connections.
The Delay After setting will wait x amount after the Selected Name List has been processed before recycling the list. For example, with a setting of 5 Minutes in the delay after field, an alarm will come into WIN-911, the entire Selected Name List will get processed, and the system will wait 5 minutes before recycling the list and contacting the first person on the list, this will continue until the alarm gets acknowledged. These options are split between phone book entries with a Voice connection, and phone book entries with Pager, SMS, E-Mail, and/or Mobile-911 connections.
Under the Sound tab, you will be able to define the string used to create the sound clip in Group Sound. To enable local annunciation, check the box labeled Announcer Enable, this will play a script consisting of the alarm and the group it is in. Checking the box will only play the message one time, if you would like to repeat continuously, you can set a cycle to the right Repeat Enable/Duration, this will continuously repeat the message for x amount of time until the alarm gets acknowledged.