Introducing Zoneworks XT HIVE
oneworks is the world’s most advanced emergency lighting system with over 1,000 sites installed across Australia and New Zealand.
The introduction of Zoneworks XT HIVE is a significant milestone for the emergency lighting market as it will redefine the way emergency lighting is designed, installed and managed. XT HIVE is smarter and more advanced than any other system on the market.
Zoneworks XT HIVE reduces the backbone hardware requirements to a single RF controller and adds dynamic self-managed meshing technology to make your emergency lighting simpler, faster and easier than ever before.
- If you are designing an emergency lighting system, it is simpler
- If you are installing and commissioning emergency lighting, it is faster
- If you are managing emergency lighting, it is easier
Zoneworks XT HIVE will continue to be supported by a team of Advantage Lifetime Support specialists that ensure each system is looked after for its lifetime at no additional cost. It’s just what we do.
Zoneworks XT Hive key features
Zoneworks XT HIVE features the absolute simplest RF backbone set up for any site.
One single RF controller for 1,000 fittings
Unlimited fittings per system
Powerful Sub-GHz radio frequency
Highest data throughput and performance
Maximising the efficiency of the overall network
Minimising commissioning and system management time
Faster & more reliable
Zoneworks XT HIVE Backbone & Connectivity
Once HIVE fittings are installed and powered up they automatically create a network by self-discovering others around them using dynamic self-managed meshing (DSM Meshing).
Switch on the controller to provide access and control of the emergency lighting system.
The fitting register can now be easily uploaded via spreadsheet, and a smartphone or tablet can be used to perform local fitting diagnostics and identification.
Dynamic Self-Managed Meshing
When the Zoneworks XT HIVE fittings are powered up they self-discover surrounding fittings to automatically form a network.
DSM Meshing manages the optimal communication path of each fitting using frequency, signal strength and timing. This ultra-fast data network enables real-time analytics and response. In a 1000 fitting network, the collection of status and test results average one second or less per fitting, this ensures a fast and less complicated process when commissioning, testing and performing maintenance.
A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process
Making your own decisions about how to organize your work, rather than being led or controlled
To join together to form strong links
enabling end-to-end connections
single Hive RF controller manages
up to 1000 fittings, and the system can handle unlimited fittings by adding additional controllers on larger projects.
Zoneworks XT HIVE is simple because you don’t need this hardware:
- Additional Routers
- Additional Controller
- Additional Repeaters
- Additional Extenders
- Additional Couplers
- Additional Data Points
- Cable Between Fittings
A simple two-step process is used to commission a Zoneworks XT HIVE system.
Once HIVE fittings are installed and powered up they automatically create a network by self-discovering others around them using dynamic self-managed meshing (DSM Meshing), saving valuable commissioning time.
Zoneworks XT HIVE has all the functionality users are familiar with, including a clean and simple web-based interface that can be integrated seamlessly with other networked building management services.
Fittings by Group
The reporting functionality provides everything you need at the push of a button from faulty fittings, maintenance log and full test results.
Zoneworks XT Hive is compatible with the extensive LP Premium and L10 Nanophosphate ranges across exit, emergency, battens and specialised fittings. Clevertronics have dedicated engineering resources to ensure we can satisfy the requirements of every project.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the XT HIVE fittings compatible with structured cabling installations?
Yes, as long as the fittings are powered up they communicate messages via RF without further reliance on the cabling infrastructure.
Can older/existing ZW sites be upgraded to ZW Hive?
Yes, older sites can be upgraded, however it’s likely that upgrade would occur on LW sites where a complete fitting replacement is justified due to product age. An upgrade will require fittings to be replaced with XTHIVE compatible products and installation of an XTHIVE controller.
Will XTHIVE fittings have a visible antenna?
What happens if I have 1,050 fittings on a site – is the 1,000 fittings per gateway absolute?
Yes, this maximum number of fittings per gateway is absolute. For 1050 fittings we will need a second gateway.
Is CleverEvac compatible with XTHIVE?
Yes, XTHIVE actually makes it simpler and easier to monitor CleverEvac fittings.
Does the XTHIVE system come with the advantage lifetime support program?
Absolutely, After-sales support with the ALS program continues as usual with XTHIVE sites.
How do I design an XTHIVE system?
An XTHIVE system is very simple and fast to design. Simply allow 1 XTHIVE controller to be installed to manage each 1000 emergency lights and exit signs. In a typical building scenario install the controller in the core area next to the facility managers office, provide it with an ethernet port for network access then add the emergency fittings onto the lighting circuits. No networking cables or additional aerials required! Contact your local Clevertronics office for free expert design assistance.
Are there any issues with interference between the XTHIVE RF signal and other RF frequencies in a building environment?
With XTHive DSM Meshing there is no single point of failure because all the devices are homogenous and can forward data as required. It is self-healing and reacts to changing physical or radio environments automatically. The XTHive Mesh is robust against interference. There can be several different wireless systems in the same area. Devices within the XTHive Mesh locally choose the best channels to operate in whilst minimizing interference to other radio systems. In case a message is lost it will automatically be re-sent until it’s receipt is verified.
What is a MAD Device and how is it used?
A “MAD” or Mobile Access Device is a mobile commissioning and diagnostic tool that can be used to connect with individual or groups of fittings locally on a site. A MAD is a handheld unit the size of a mobile phone that can connect via Bluetooth to a mobile device (Phone or Tablet) and to fittings via an RF signal. Though not needed to commission a site it can be especially helpful for maintenance contractors and facility managers to perform function tests at individual fittings and check the live status of fittings locally after performing maintenance.
Can you connect a phone via Bluetooth to each fitting?
Yes, A Clevertronics MAD device can be used as an interface between a mobile device (Phone/Tablet) and individual fittings on a site. Please read the FAQ “What is a MAD device and how is it used.
Are the mobile bridge devices locked to a site or can a maintenance contractor use across multiple sites?
The Mobile Bridge can be used across multiple sites, however users will need the local XTHIVE network key to access a specific network. In that way we prevent unauthorised access to any given network.
How far can XTHIVE fittings communicate?
The minimum expected line-of-site coverage is 300m and the 921mHz signal can pass through concrete walls and structures. Our antenna platform on the XTHive Node (the RF device within each fitting) is omni-directional allowing signal transmission in all directions. The XTHive platform is designed to Mesh so devices need only to reach the next adjacent device and in the case of Emergency Lighting the next device is well within the range of the XTHive RF node’s capability.
How can you tell that the fittings are communicating via RF?
- 2 amber flashes Uncommissioned for on but no controller found
- 1 amber flash for Uncommissioned and controller found
HOW DO YOU SECURE THE NETWORK TO PREVENT XTHIVE FITTINGS COMMUNICATING WITH NEIGHBOURING BUILDINGS/SYSTEMS?
When HIVE fittings are installed and powered up they automatically build their own network using a factory default network key. In the unlikely event that separate installations are installed side by side fittings may temporarily communicate with those in an adjacent site. This is remedied when the register is uploaded assigning a location reference to each fitting. Each site will then use/assign a custom network key to “lock down” the network and networks keys are unique to a building/site.
Can the service pin (test button) be used to send a message from a fitting back to the server?
Yes. You can also communicate directly to each fitting on the floor at the individual device using the Mobile Bridge device.
How can XTHIVE communicate to Emergency lights in RF restricted areas?
If a site contains a RF restricted area (eg Faraday cage) An XTHIVE-DATA (DALI) conversion module can be used to communicate via data cable to fittings within the restricted area. All fittings will still be visible as part of the XTHIVE Network.
What is the maximum distance achieved between a XTHIVE gateway and a fitting?
Technically approximately 300m in open air and 50m/3 walls inside a building, but this becomes irrelevant as the XTHIVE Gateway only needs to connect with the closest HIVE fittings (Won`t be 300m away!) and the HIVE platform uses DSM meshing to create our network – not point to point to the furthest fitting on site as per Galaxy.
We can extend the 300m for external building connections to link multiple buildings using the one gateway through the use of externally mounted directional antennas. These would only be needed if builds were not adjacent and were significant distances apart.
How many floors can the signal travel through?
XTHIVE uses DSM meshing rather than Gateway to each fitting (point to point) technology. This means Hive fittings only need to communicate with the next emergency fitting IE the floor above or below. This means the question on distance of travel (how many floors?) becomes irrelevant.
Does the XTHIVE signal interfere with Microwave sensors?
No, The XTHIVE RF frequency will not disrupt a microwave sensor signal
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