System Integration

The IFAX range of Control Panels supports several protocols to enable System Integration with Building Management Systems (BMS), Graphical Display Systems, Mimic Systems and Paging Systems.

IFAXComms Protocol

The IFAXComms protocol allows secure, full two-way read and write control over every function of the IFAX control panel.

Using the IFAXComms it is possible to access every property of the IFAX. There are over 100 properties, including the status of individual detectors, the complete event record and alarm performance statistics.

The IFAXComms protocol can be used to control every function of the IFAX. There are over 60 functions, including disabling and re-enabling detectors and outputs, changing the sensitivity of detectors, activating and de-activating outputs, putting messages on LCDs and triggering stored procedures. Each function may be disconnected from the IFAXComms protocol if it is not required.

When the IFAX is on a IFAXNetwork, the protocol can be used to access and control any of the IFAX’s on the network.

The protocol uses a secure challenge-and-response authorisation process, unique to each IFAX, so that only authorised systems can access the IFAX.

This protocol has been implemented by Central Data Control (CDC) in its Integra range of Building Integration products.

icon Download the IFAXComms protocol definition here. (591.51 kB)

BMS Protocol

The BMS protocol is a report-only protocol, suitable for Graphical Display systems and for Mimic diagrams. This is a simpler protocol than the IFAXComms protocol.

Every event that occurs at an IFAX is reported by this protocol. There are over 200 events defined (see the online help for the IFAXOnSite configuration program for details). The event information includes loop and address (where appropriate), location, date and time.

The format of the reporting can be changed through the use of the IFAXOnSite configuration program.

This protocol has been implemented by Selva Integrated Systems in its Santana range of graphics-based Integrated Protection Systems.

icon Download the BMS protocol definition here. (114.14 kB)

Paging Protocol

The Paging protocol is designed to allow the IFAX to report to Paging Systems over a serial link.

The IFAX transmits a report for each zone that enters an alarm condition. The report can contain the zone number and name and IFAX name.

The format of the reporting can be changed through the use of the IFAXOnSite configuration program. The default format is suitable for numeric and alphanumeric pagers from Scope Communucations.

The Paging protocol is described in the online help for the IFAXOnSite configuration program. Download the online help here.

Other Protocols

Multi Alarm is happy to implement further protocols, as required by its customers.