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TCS 3.5 GSM remote control versions

The TCS 3.5 board can be supplied in many versions, for different prices. Here is a list of the available options with explanations.

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In the above table are you may see the available versions for the TCS 3.5 electronic board, together with the options that are available on each version. Let's see them in details:
  • TCS ONLY: this is the TCS board without a modem on-board. It has the same features as the TCS-Basic but it doesn't have a modem on board, so you have to buy one and connect it yourself. We decided to offer also this solution because some customers think our boards are expensive and don't realize that a big part of the cost (half) is the GSM modem, that we offer already on-board on all the other versions. Another reason to use a different external modem may be special relations with a manufacturer or other commercial or technical reasons. We don't push any particular manufacturer and it is up to the customer to choose. We have tested the board with the Siemens TC35T, the Nokia 30 and the Wavecom WMOD2. The TCS 3.5 board has a connector with the RS232 signal that interfaces the modem. You have to provide the power and the connection to your modem. We don't provide any low level assistance so you must be experienced or have access to somebody that is. It is not a plug and play solution. If you want a ready to use solution use one of the other versions, detailed below.

  • TCS BASIC: This is the standard entry level product. It has all the basic features:
  • 8 inputs (active LOW, active High, Counters) and 8 Outputs (one with a 48VAC 1A relay)
  • Gate function: it clicks the relay upon reception of a voice call from a phone in the white list. Ideal to open electric gates free of charge. A logof the numbers ( up to 200) which opened the gate is stored on the board and is downloaded to a PC with TCS-COMMANDER software (supplied with the board) when connected to it.
  • Modem sharing function: GSM modem can be switched to the PC RS232 port to be used directly by other equipment
  • SMS gateway function: It may be used to send and receive SMS with a PC. It is a powerful low cost messaging system.
  • It comes with the TCS-COMMANDER PC package that allows easier programming and use of the board when connected to a PC.
  • TCS PRO: This is the favourite product. It has the same characteristics of the TCS-BASIC plus the following:
  • Battery Management: necessary to allow TCS 3.5 to be operated also when there is no main power supply. It includes a on board 12V Lead Battery charger that works with any input voltage above 15 V, like a Solar panel or any other source. A powerful logic control allows measuring of battery voltage via SMS and automatic shutdown at 10.5 V to prevent deep battery discharge, with warning messages to all phones in the alarm telephone book. The TCS Battery management is a smart TCS UPS on board. Battery not included (it may come with TCS-BOX). Due to charge current, we recommend a 1.2A to 7A lead battery.
  • Temperature management: Allows TCS 3.5 to measure external temperature through a probe (that we supply separately). Temperature range is -25 to +100 degrees celsius. It is possible to set a low temperature alarm and a high temperature alarm. Passage through these thresholds will trigger alarm SMSs.
  • Analog Input: Allows measurement of an analog value applied to a specific input. Standard input type is 4-20 ma, that is a very common industry standard. It is possible to transform it into a 1-5 Volt voltage input simply removing a resistor. Values are expressed in percentage of maximum. There are 2 lower and 2 upper alarm thresholds to allow for pre-alarms and final alarms to be sent. Please check the analog input page for more details.

  • TCS PRO VOICE:It has the same characteristics of the TCS-PRO plus DTMF and IVR MENU:
  • DTMF recognition: allows control of most TCS functions with touch tones. This is convenient to control the TCS units even from ordinary land lines phones or phone booths anywhere in the world (they must be Tone phones, as it happens in most countries nowadays). Another interesting application is to use a DTMF password (a 6 digit number that is input on any phone keyboard) to access some voice functions, like opening the gate (clicking output 8 for half second). See more specs of DTMF functions on the DTMF option page.
  • IVR MENU: IVR means Interactive Voice Responder and becomes powerful coupled with the DTMF function. If you call the voice number of the TCS you will listen to a voice that will tell you what to do to read and set various TCS parameters. Click this link for an example of the TCS IVR that is supplied with the TCS PRO VOICE version. It is possible to modify or translate this menu, for a price or even for free, depending on type of modification required (if we evaluate to put it as a standard) and quantity involved.
  • If you want to try a working IVR demo, please call +39-348-2572024, a TCS board in our office will answer you and you will be able to test it. Follow these instructions:
    When you call +39-348-2572024 you will hear 3 tones that will prompt you to insert your password, that, for this board, has been programmed to 123456.
    After the 3 tones type 123456 on your phone, the voice reading the menu will start soon after.
    If you made a mistake digiting the password you are allowed to try 3 times (wait again for the tones).

  • TCS-CT (Chrono Thermostat):It has the same characteristics of the TCS-BASIC plus a SPECIAL SOFTWARE that enables daily weekly control of temperature.
  • Battery Management: necessary to allow TCS 3.5 to be operated also when there is no main power supply. It includes a on board 12V Lead Battery charger that works with any input voltage above 15 V, like a Solar panel or any other source. A powerful logic control allows measuring of battery voltage via SMS and automatic shutdown at 10.5 V to prevent deep battery discharge, with warning messages to all phones in the alarm telephone book. The TCS Battery management is a smart TCS UPS on board. Battery not included (it may come with TCS-BOX). Due to charge current, we recommend a 1.2A to 7A lead battery.
  • Temperature management for residential use with chrono thermostat function: Allows TCS 3.5 to measure temperature through a probe (that we supply separately) and act on output 8 or 7 (you can program it) to activate or deactivate the heating/cooling system so to keep the temperature required.
    Temperature range is 5 to 30 degrees celsius, with 0,2 degrees division. It is possible to set a low temperature alarm and a high temperature alarm. Passage through these thresholds will trigger alarm SMSs. The powerful Chrono thermostat function allows setting of daily set points at certain hours with different temperatures, for every week day. I.E. you can set 20 degrees on monday at 8:00 and then set 15 degrees at 22:00. Again you may set 21 degrees on tuesday at 8:00 and then set 16 degrees at 22:00 etc.
    You can choose a temperature hysteresis or a time hysteresis and you may set Winter/Summer logic.
    This is quite a powerful temperature control software not only for residential use but for professional use only.
    If your company sells heating on a calories basis, this solution can help you a lot, avoiding energy waste and useless trips to a location.



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