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Getting Started with the Controls App
Getting Started with the Controls App
Set-up controls for your connected equipment
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Written by Julien Stamatakis
Updated over a week ago

Senseware’s Controls App is a centralized location to configure, set and monitor your controls alongside our Timer Control Bridge and Modbus Bridge. In addition to performing on/off operations and manual overrides on your equipment, the Controls App expands the control parameters, allowing Sensor inputs to control multiple equipment outputs, such as exterior lights and thermostats. 

You can view the current state of your equipment on your app's Dashboard or add widgets to your existing Dashboard.

Create a Control Group

A Control Group is a simple way to manage multiple controls at once. A control group frequently corresponds to an installation, but multiple installations can be assigned to a single control group.

To get started, click on the Controls icon in the Navigation bar.

Next, click Add Control Group to create and select the View and Modification Permissions for each team.

Once you've set up your controls group, click Add Controls and name your control.

Schedules

Schedules are a type of trigger that allow you to automate your building around your time preferences. Please allow your schedules to be in intervals of 15 minutes. Your schedule will be in the time-zone of the installation where your controls are installed.

Sensors

Sensors are a type of trigger representing a real time channel that can be used to set up Rules. For example, a temperature channel can be used to decide whether or not a HVAC unit needs to turn on.

Outputs

An Output is a specific connector of a Sensor Bridge that is being controlled. Controls such as Turn On/Turn Off are sent to each Output once all Rules have passed. The status of a Control's Outputs can be seen on the Details Page. Be sure to set up your Outputs so your Rules have something to control!

The fallback schedule becomes active when the installation is disconnected from the internet over an extended period of time.

Rules

Rules allow you to combine many different Triggers such as Schedules and Sensors. At least one Rule must be true before your Outputs receive a command.

When you create Rules to Turn On your equipment, Rules that will stop your equipment are automatically generated. You can also start by creating Rules to Turn Off your equipment, in which case Rules that will start your equipment will be automatically generated.

Modbus control bridges needs a ‘Stop Sending Modbus Command’ in order to not continuously send the same command to the bridges. That Stop Command can be equivalent to the register being written being equal to value being written, but it can also be a confirmation given by another sensor such as a Current Transformer measuring when a HVAC unit has been turned on. 

Conditions

Rules are made of one or multiple Conditions. For a Rule to be true, all its conditions need to be true (AND). Conditions are based on Triggers such as Schedules and Sensors that are then compared to states or values, depending on the type of Trigger.

Differential

When you are adding a new Condition, you can decide to use a differential. A differential is a type of threshold that prevents frequent, unwanted changes to a control. For example, for an HVAC unit the temperature difference between turning on and turning off is a differential. A thermostat set to 70 degrees with a +/-1 degree differential will turn on the air conditioner at 71 degrees and will turn it off at 69 degrees.

Once you've configured the control, the app will display your control's current status widget and the 24-hour status.

When looking at the numbers beside the "on" and "off" labels, such as "1/1 on", the first number represents the number of channels currently active in the desired state, whereas the second number represents the number of channels that should be active in that state according to the schedule, if one exists.

For example, if you are controlling two circuits that are scheduled to be On and they are both actively in the On state, the widget will indicate "2/2 on" and "0/0 off". However, if one of the channels is overrides to Off, the new numbers will be "1/2 on" and "1/0 off". If the Controls are not based on a schedule, but instead are based on another data channel or are purely used for overrides, you can ignore the second number as it will remain 0 as long as there are no schedules active. 

Click on Details to see the Sensor, Schedule, and Rule Settings.

For more information on adding control widgets to other Dashboards, please check out our article on Control Widgets.

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