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    What are Point Profiles and how are they used to program points on B8512G/B9512G or B-series panels?

    1.  What is a Point Profile?

    • Point Profiles are the set of parameters assigned to points that define how the control panel will behave when a point is faulted. The type of alarm or trouble report as well as a variety of additional options are configured in settings within the point profile. This article’s primary focus is with how to configure the Point Type and Point Response depending on the Circuit Style used for end of line (EOL) supervision. The profile settings are explained in Help Screens that are accessed by pressing F1 on the selected item or clicking on the question mark.
    • Older panel types; D7212, D7412 or D9412, G-GV4 types used the term Point Index to define this set of parameters. Point Profiles and Point Indexes are more or less the same except for differences in features or options between panel types and firmware revisions. The terms Profile and Index are so similar that they are occasionally used interchangeably.
    • The panel’s response when a point changes state varies depending whether it changed from normal to open or from normal to short. For example, changing from normal to short may generate a Fire, Gas or Burg Alarm while the same point changing from normal to open may generate a trouble response. This behavior is determined by the point response selected in the Profile assigned to the input point.
    • Each panel type contains a number of number profiles that are preconfigured for the most standard types of points such as door contacts, motion detectors or smoke detectors. Programmers should begin programming points by using one of these preconfigured indexes to avoid unnecessary errors.

    2.  How to work with Point Profiles and understand the settings with B8512G/B9512G and GV4 version 2+ panel types.

    • Each profile begins with an entry for Point Profile Text, which describes the settings in the profile. The best practice when programming points is to identify an index with preconfigured settings which are appropriate for the point. Minor adjustments are acceptable where needed however major changes to the point type and response are generally not recommended to new programmers. The Point Profile text should be updated whenever changes are made to always clearly reflect the profile configuration (see figure 1 below).

    B9512G Point Profile Text.png

    Point Profile Text in B8512G/B9512G and B-series

    3.  The Point Type, Circuit Style and Point response are the primary settings which define the panel’s behavior.  Access the available settings by double-clicking on the Point Type/Response/Circuit Style field (see figure 2).

    Point Type Response Circuit Style Display.png

    Figure 2  Point Type/Response/Circuit Style display

    4.  Point Type: The Point Type determines how the panel behaves when the point changes state.  For example, points may always be armed or follow an area arming state. The point may generate a Fire, Gas or Burglar type of event or even arm or disarm an area with their change in normal, open or shorted state. A number of point types are available and programming instructions are available by pressing F1 on a selected field.  Point types can be broken down into the following groups;

    • Controlled or 24 hour point: The panel responds to controlled points depending on the armed or disarmed state of the assigned area. 24 hour points are always armed and the panel responds in the same way regardless of an arming state.
    • Perimeter or Interior point: Perimeter points, typically doors and windows, are armed when the assigned area is armed Part-On Instant or Part-On Delay. Interior points, typically motion detectors, are armed along with Perimeter points when the assigned area is armed All-On Instant or All-On Delay.
    • Keyswitch; Maintained or Momentary point: Keyswitch Maintained points are used to arm or disarm an area when the point changes from normal to open or from open to normal. Keyswitch Momentary points are used to toggle the area’s arming state when the point changes from normal-short-normal.
    • Non-Fire, Fire or Gas point: The panel generates the appropriate response to an Alarm, Supervisory or Trouble condition based on the type of point such as Fire, Gas or Burg.
    • Aux AC Supervisory point: Used to monitor the AC power source of auxiliary power supply modules and incorporate a programmed delay before generating a trouble response.
    • Open/Close point: Used for points that arm and disarm independently of the assigned area.

    5.   Circuit Style: Provides programming options to match the wiring configuration used to supervise the point. Select the end of line supervision and with the optional Tamper response for devices with a tamper switch.

    • Single with 1KΩ or 2KΩ
    • Single with 1KΩ or 2KΩ EOL with Tamper response.
    • Dual with 1KΩ
    • Dual with 1KΩ EOL with Tamper response.
    • No EOL with normal state as Open or Short.

    6.   Circuit Style wiring diagram: The Point Type/Response/Circuit Style display provides a wiring diagram for the EOL (end of line) resistor configuration. Three wiring diagrams are possible and the one which displays depends on the selection for Circuit Style. The displayed diagram provides a visual representation of the supervision circuit to assist with selecting a point response in the next step of programming.

    Circuit Style -All 3 diagrams.pngFigure 3  Circuit Style Wiring Diagrams

    7.   Point Response Tables: A point response of 0-9 or A-F is selected from a table in the Point Type/Response/Circuit Style Several tables are possible and the one displayed is determined by selections for Point Type and Circuit Style.  

    • For example, selecting Point type Part On with Circuit Style Single EOL displays the table in figure 4.

    Point Response Table for Part On Single EOL.png

    Figure 4 Point Response Table for Part On/Single EOL

    • Select an appropriate response to generate an instant alarm (I ), delayed alarm (D) or trouble event (T) for Open or Short conditions during both Armed and Disarmed states.  For example response 4 selects [D on Open / I on Short] while Armed, and no response while DisarmedPoint response 4 is commonly used for perimeter delay doors with no trouble response. Opening the door while the area is armed generates an entry delay or an alarm is generated if the point becomes shorted. Point response 5 adds a Trouble condition while the area is disarmed, in case the point becomes shorted due to damaged wiring or a broken contact.


    • Figure 5 below shows the point response table when Point type: Interior with Circuit Style: Single EOL with Tamper is selected. This table provides responses for a Tamper Alarm to be generated by devices incorporating a Tamper switch.

    Point Response Table Instant-Single EOL w Tamper.png

    Figure 5  Point Response Table for Instant/Single EOL with Tamper

    • In another example, selecting Point type Custom Function with Circuit Style Single EOL displays the table in figure 6. This configuration, as with the others, could be configured for Single, Dual or No EOL and with or without the Tamper Alarm. Each different Circuit Style selection would produce a different point response table for use in selecting an appropriate point response.

    Point type Cust Funct with Single EOL.png

    Point type Custom Function/Circuit Style Single EOL

    • The remainder of settings in the Point Profile are explained in RPS Help screens, accessible by selecting the field and pressing F1.
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