This Help File Page was issued on 09/30/2017
❑System tab - Establish universal parameters for the operation of SPA.failed
•If SPA is running, Click the Stop button to stop SPA from processing signals.
SPA Setup Form - System tab
•General - Check each feature to want or need to activate and/or complete the required information:
✓Connect at Startup - Check this box if you want SPA to connect to the Receivers and start processing alarms immediately at Startup (recommended).
➢Important Note: SPA does not actually start (itself) automatically.
After you have manually started the SPA application, this Connect at Startup option will allow SPA to connect to your Receivers without first Selecting the Start button on the SPA menu.
✓Lookup partition - Check this box to activate the Partition Lookup option by which SPA will look for and incorporate the Partition Number into the CSID (See Add period to partitions below and Understanding Partitions later below).
✓Add period to partitions. - Check this box if you want SPA to add a period to the end of the CSID and before the Partition Number (See Understanding Partitions below).
▪For those Central Stations using Partitions, and also receiving various lengths of CSIDs, implementing the Formatting of the CSID+Partition data with a Period inserted between the CSID and Partition ensures that SPA can properly interpret the Areas when they are transmitted - regardless of the length of the CSID.
✓Always set failed state - The use of the field is not currently active.
✓Remove Zeros from Physical Zone/User Number - Check this box if you want SPA to remove any leading Zeros from all Physical Zones and User Numbers.
✓Supervise Receivers - Check this box if you want SPA to Supervise your Receivers.
▪SPA will create an Alarm Event (A101) if the connection is lost with a receiver, and a Restore Event (A102) when the connection is reestablished.
▪This Activates Receiver Supervision which is a UL® Central Station requirement.
▪See Special Subscriber, Subscriber Panel, Panel Zone & CSID Zone Entries for more information.
▪Check this box if you want SPA to notify the Technician via Email through the MKS Customer Connect Service, that an Account which was placed On Test is about to come Off Test.
➢Important Note of Caution: If the Ignore background processes box is Checked, this feature is disabled (see the "Column 3" section below).
✓Signals exempt from Auto-Log while On Test (separate with commas) - Enter the Alarm Condition Codes representing the type of signals that qualify in this field.
▪Separate each Alarm Condition Code entry with a comma.
✓Automated Action Plans employee codes (separated by commas) - Enter the Employee Code(s), as appropriate.
▪This entry is automatically transferred to the "Automated Users" (AutomatedUsers) variable in Company Settings.
▪Read the MKSASP - Automated System Action Plan Service chapter for information on this feature.
✓Log File Path - Enter the location and name of SPA's Log File which is the file used to dump information passed over the ports.
▪The location and name are inserted initially on installation.
▪The information in the log file is used for debugging purposes only.
▪We recommend that you do not change the location or file name.
✓SPA DB Name - This will be MKMSDefault.
➢Use PC Time - Check this box if you want SPA to use the Time on the Clock in the Workstation, instead of those in your Receivers.
▪This is a useful feature if using multiple Receivers because it is difficult to keep each Receiver's Clock synchronized with all of the other Receivers.
▪By using the Workstation's Clock, all signals received will be recorded with the correct - and most consistent - time stamp.
➢Passive Invalid Close - Check this box if you want SPA to insert Invalid Close signals directly into the Alarm History file without processing this signal as an Alarm.
➢Update Phone on Caller ID - To have SPA automatically insert Caller ID Telephone Numbers from which Alarm Signals were transmitted for this Account into the Phone List field's table within the Subscriber Panels Form, Check the Update Phone on CallerID box.
▪A default set of Caller IDs may be defined in the Global Caller ID tab.
➢Event Daily Override (ULC) - Check this box if your are operating under ULC® (Underwriters Laboratories of Canada) rules, and therefore need to implement the special handling of Overrides for supervised Closings that they require.
➢Copy User Number to Zone - When Checked, the Physical Zone Code will be substituted with the User Number on Open and Close packets (e.g, E401, R401, OP, CL).
➢Trigger Zone Hdw - Check this box to respond with the appropriate code to trigger the associated Hardware reporting this Signal (for Video Verification for the hardware that sends commands to a matrix)
➢Ignore background event processes - Check this box if you want SPA to ignore events created by SPA - such as Failed To Open or Failed To Test.
▪Additionally, when Checked, the alarm events On Hold will not reset or come back to the Signal Processing screen.
➢Ignore signals from invalid alarms - Check this box if you want SPA to ignore Alarm Signals from Invalid Accounts - which would be any CSIDs that have not been previously entered in the Subscriber Panels table.
➢Queue Alarms - Check this box if you want SPA to acknowledge (ACK) Receiver Data before it receives Confirmation from the database that the Alarm Signal has been saved in the Alarm Stack table.
▪If not Checked - the default behavior - SPA will not acknowledge receipt of a signal from the receiver until it has received notification from the database that the event was committed to the Alarm Stack table.
▪During extremely busy times in your Central Station, if you get Automation Failure alarms from your Receivers, you may want to Check to box.
▪However, as a warning, this should only be used in extreme cases because a loss of a signal is possible.
➢Append SDI to Physical Zone - For the SIA Communicator Format Only - Check this box if you want SPA to have the additional modifiers PT (point), ID (user id), or RT (rf point) that are received, (the number that follows these modifiers) placed in the Physical Zone field after the Physical Zone code itself (also see CSID Zones and Panel Zones).
➢Supervise Receivers - Checked by default. Check this box if you want SPA to Supervise your Central Station's Receivers.
➢Note: Wedge Mode - The functionality of this MKS LLP (Low Level Processing) feature was formerly referred to as "Wedge" which was activated with a Check box field in the SPA -Setup - System tab.
The MKS LLP service now uses ClickatTell.com (https://www.clickatell.com/) - an international SMS Text Messaging Service.
•On Runaway Alarm - To control the volume of alarm signal traffic as related to runaway alarm signals, UL® 1981 has established a standard for identifying a Runaway Signal which is 30 signals in 60 minutes from an Account (this is a fixed configuration and may not be modified).
✓Third Edition UL® 1981 Standard 11.1.9 - The automation system shall be able to automatically identify an alarm system as a runaway system (also see 5.47 - Runaway System) when the number of signals from that system exceeds the pre-programmed number wit the pre-programmed time frame; the following shall occur (see Mandatory Condition Codes & Panel Zones, Special Panel Zones):
a)It shall immediately and automatically display a message on the operator terminal; and
b)The message shall indicate "runaway" system and identify the details of the alarm system such as type of signal, account number, location, contact person, and similar information.
✓Generate Runaway Alarm when count exceeds 'n1n' in 'n2n' Minutes.
▪n1n - Enter the number of Signals that should trigger the runaway condition
▪n2n - Enter the number of minutes in which those Signals must be received to trigger the runaway condition
✓Set Account "On Test" - Check this box to have Runaway Alarms Signals automatically placed on Test.
▪Only for last Signal Identifier - Check this box to have only the last Signal Identifier placed On Test.
▪Only for Last Physical Zone - Check this box to have only the last Physical Zone placed On Test.
▪For - Enter the number of minutes that a runaway alarm will remain on Test.
oThe default is 30 minutes and this value may be set as high as 240 minutes.
•Save - Click the OK button when to save your entries.
✓An Information message will be displayed to alert the User that SPA must be restarted to have these additions/ changes take affect.
❑Understanding Partitions (a.k.a. Areas):
•In some cases, a Subscriber's premises may have an Alarm System installed in such a way as to be able to sub-divide sections of that premises into separate Areas (often referred to as Partitions) for the purpose of having each section identified as a separate, unique, supervised area, with each of these individual Areas being monitored as separate "systems" within that Alarm System.
✓Areas do not represent the Subscriber's premises as a whole, but instead represent a specifically sub-divided section of that Subscriber's premises.
✓Each Area may therefore be monitored individually, Armed and Disarmed individually, and have Opening, Closing, and other types of Test Events Supervised individually.
✓Areas defined, using either the CSID.Partition or the CSIDPartition Lookup Format (as selected in the Setup Form within SPA), must also be defined in the Areas Form (using the Partition number attached to the "root" CSID).
•Subscribers may have a partitioned system. If you use Partitions:
✓Check Lookup partition in the SPA Setup System tab (see above).
✓Check Add period to partitions in the SPA Setup System tab (see above).
•Each Partition will have the same CSID but will also have an extension - defined in a decimal place - inserted after the basic CSID entry with this format: CSID.PARTITION.
Partition entered as a decimal addition to Primary CSID
•Events - When defining the Open and Close rules for a Partition (and any other monitoring related data) you must First select the CSID with the correct CSID.PARTITION combination in the Subscriber Panels area, before entering the related Monitoring Information.
b.This assures that the correct Description of that Area (Partition), when received, can be displayed for the Operator.
c.Partitions not defined within the Areas Form, can not display this needed information for the Operator.