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REFERENCE: 

Optima Document Number: 4000-T200053A 

DATE: 

June 7, 2018 

DESCRIPTION: 

Optima is proud to announce the availability of the June 2018 T:LAN OS Update. This version includes several ecoLOGIC Script Engine enhancements as well as a few minor bug fixes, firmware changes and improvements.  For more information, please refer to the associated OS release notes or check out the WHAT’S NEW section below.

T:LAN OS DETAILS

VERSION:
1.06.68A

RELEASE:
C2318

BUILD:
7612

RELEASE DATE:

June 7, 2018

IMAGE NAMES:

NETPRO   
 RevisionFileSize
    
 Rev.3xnpe4x…1668AC2318… .rom467,196
 Rev.4xnp44x…1668AC2318… .rom537,546
    
OCP   
 RevisionFileSize
    
 Rev.3xoce4x…1668AC2318… .rom346,476
 Rev.4xoc44x…1668AC2318… .rom358,434

COMPATIBILITY:

This release is suitable for the following models/units:

  • Optima T:LAN NetPro e42/e44, Rev.3x,
  • Optima T:LAN NetPro e42/e44, Rev.4x,
  • Optima T:LAN OCP e40, Rev.3x,
  • Optima T:LAN OCP e40, Rev.4x,

REQUIREMENTS:

For best results, use in conjunction with Optima Remote Commander Client (RCC) Version 3.11.0.356 (or newer).

WHAT’S NEW:

ADDED FEATURES   
 IDScopeDescription
    
 6000-S4001091T:LANGeohash Support.
    
 6000-S4001092ecoLOGICget152-RIOActiveAlarmsCnt Support.
    
 6000-S4001093ecoLOGICSYSINFO$(24) Geohash Support.
    
 6000-S4001097ecoLOGICeL App Name & Version Column Support
   In RCC 3.11.0.656 Client.
    
CHANGES   
 IDScopeDescription
    
 6000-S4001094T:LANAdded Alternate Way To Retrieve T:LAN
   Configuration File To Better Support
   PDH Microwave Links.
    
 6000-S4001095ecoLOGICSYSINFO$(15) Now Outputs Hours With 5
   Digits Instead Of Just 3.
    
FIXES   
 IDScopeDescription
    
 6000-S4001090T:LANBN7606 And BN7608 Did Not Load The OPL
   Server Records Or OPL Settings In SECURE
   MODE Units After Power-Up/Reboot.
   Fix Was Already Applied In BN7610.
    
 6000-S4001096T:LANDisplay Output In GENERAL SYSTEM
   PARAMETERS MENU When Parts Of The Geo
   Location Are Missing.

Authorized users can now download the latest T:LAN OS firmware files via the Optima Cloud Storage.

Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

Optima has just released Version 1.25A of the Optima SAM application.

MAJOR CHANGE:

The most important upgrade concerns the operation of the SIREN. A maximum alert duration timer has been added to limit the duration the SIREN will sound (once an alarm has been tripped).

Separate SIREN notifications/traps have been introduced as the active period of the SIREN can now differ from the active period of the INTRUSION alarm.

This lets the administrator review the log entries or the received traps and to accurately determine when the SIREN was activated and whether it was indeed silenced.

IMPACT:

This will permit SAM installations near residential areas. Improved application management.

REQUIRED WORK:

No wiring or physical installation changes are required to enable the new features incorporated into the V1.25A release.

Detailed list of changes since V1.24A:

ADDED:

  • SIREN ALERT DURATION LIMIT
  • separate traps to report SIREN operation

CHANGED:

  • new OCCUPIED and INTRUSION status indicators in MAIN DASHBOARD
  • adapted MANUAL CLEAR behaviour:
Effect of ON-SITE CLEAR: Effect of REMOTE CLEAR:
Clear INTRUSION ALARM. Clear INTRUSION ALARM.
Clear LIGHTS ALARM. Clear LIGHTS ALARM.
Turn off buzzer. Turn off buzzer.
Turn off siren. Turn off siren.
Turn off indicator lamp. Turn off indicator lamp.
End EXIT DELAY. End EXIT DELAY.
Stop OCCUPIED timer.
Restart DOOR timer (if door open). Restart DOOR timer (if door open).
Switch to ARMED-STAY mode. Switch to ARMED-AWAY mode.
Set OCCUPIED mode. End OCCUPIED mode.
Start VACANT mode.
  • log entries/traps now distinguish between manual/on-site and manual/remote clear operation
  • MAIN MENU: clean-up
  • TIMING MENU: added SIREN ALERT DURATION LIMIT
  • NOTIFICATIONS MENU: added SIREN alarm/clear events
  • SAM.par file: added support for SIREN ALERT DURATION LIMIT
  • SAM_traps.par file: added support for the SIREN notifications

FIXED:

  • eliminated duplicate VACANT notifications
  • VACANT notifications now show proper prior occupancy duration
  • no longer pops up sporadic ‘manual‘ message when editing values
Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

A lot has changed over the years since we first released the T:LAN in 1999. Different hardware revisions introduced new advances in technology. They have also transformed the roles that this product family has been fulfilling. Here is a condensed overview, listing the differences between each iteration:
Model Revision FLASH ROM DRAM WAN LAN RIO SER SPX Status
T:LAN NetPro 100 Rev.1x 1MB 4MB,a 1 1 c 1 L
T:LAN NetPro 200 Rev.1x 1MB 4MB,a 2 1 c 1 L
T:LAN NetPlex 200 Rev.1x 1MB 4MB,a 2 1 1 L
T:LAN NetStream 200 Rev.1x 1MB 4MB,a 2 1 1 L
Model Revision FLASH ROM DRAM WAN LAN RIO SER SPX Status
T:LAN NetPro 142 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 1 4 c 2 L
T:LAN NetPro 144 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 1 4 c 4 L
T:LAN NetPro 242 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 c 2 L
T:LAN NetPro 244 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 c 4 L
T:LAN NetPlex 242 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 2 L
T:LAN NetPlex 244 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 4 L
T:LAN NetPlex 242DX Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 2 L
T:LAN NetStream 242 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 2 L
T:LAN NetStream 244 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 4 L
T:LAN NetStream 242DX Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 2 L
T:LAN OCP 242 Rev.2x 1MB 4MB,a 2 4 L
Model Revision FLASH ROM DRAM WAN LAN RIO SER SPX Status
T:LAN NetPro e42 Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 d 2 L
T:LAN NetPro e44 Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 d 4 L
T:LAN NetPlex e42 Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 2 L
T:LAN NetPlex e44 Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 4 L
T:LAN NetPlex e42DX Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 2 L
T:LAN NetStream e42 Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 2 L
T:LAN NetStream e44 Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 4 L
T:LAN NetStream e42DX Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 2 L
T:LAN OCP e40 Rev.3x 1MB 4MB,a f 4 L
Model Revision FLASH ROM DRAM WAN LAN RIO SER SPX Status
T:LAN NetPro e42 Rev.4x 4MB 16MB,b f 4 d 2 P
T:LAN NetPro e44 Rev.4x 4MB 16MB,b f 4 d 4,up to 20 e P
T:LAN OCP e40 Rev.4x 4MB 16MB,b f 4 P

LEGEND:

N/A    
      
a4MB standard
  8MB optional
  16MB optional
      
b16MB standard
      
cSupported
  RIO4802 (all variations) only
      
dSupported
  RIO4802 (all variations),
  RIO1608R8S4 (all variations)
      
eSupported
  Expands serial port capacity to 20 RS-232 ports
      
fNumber of WAN ports depends on label information:
      
  (-/-)0 WAN ports(LAN only) 
  (T/-)1 WAN port(T1/E1) 
  (T/T)2 WAN ports(T1/E1) 
      
  (G/-)1 WAN port(G.703) 
  (T/G)2 WAN ports(T1/E1+G.703) 
  (G/G)2 WAN ports(G.703) 
      
LLegacy (EOL)
  No longer in production
  Last supported OS version: BN7610
      
PCurrent
  In production
      
ModemsOptional on all models (except OCP)
  Presence of a modem is indicated by
  the suffix ‘m’ added to model number.
  Example: T:LAN NetPro e44m
Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

Overview

Each T:LAN integrates the Optima ecoLOGIC® Script Engine. It implements a complete eco app environment, bringing hidden far-off processes to light.

This article attempts to highlight how:

  • you install ecoLOGIC apps,
  • how to access & monitor them,
  • how you can work with the data generated by these apps,
  • and how you can utilize reports & dashboards,

all to maximize the inherent business intelligence values offered by these apps.

Ready, Set, Go!

Installing or updating an ecoLOGIC script/application is a simple drag & drop process. Just select the most current ecoLOGIC Container File (which holds the application and any number of supporting files), then drag & drop it onto the proper T:LAN drive. No further action is required.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Start Remote Commander Client, right-click the T:LAN to be updated to display the pop-up menu, then select FILE BROWSER.

2. This will open the T:LAN file browser. Navigate to drive A:

3. Drag and drop the ecoLOGIC Container File (*.ECF) onto drive A: in the file browser window.

4. Wait for the process to complete. Once uploaded, the application will start automatically.

More Sites, Less Work

The process outlined above works really well for single sites. But may become cumbersome when dealing with larger deployments. For this, we have devised a slightly different method.

It allows you to upload or upgrade your ecoLOGIC applications on many different target sites, all at the same time. Equally easy. After all, why should having to work with more sites be harder?

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Start Remote Commander Client, then highlight all the T:LANs/sites (in your RCC device list) you wish to update/upgrade.

2. Right-click on any one of the highlighted T:LANs in your device list, then select UPLOAD FILE TO

3. Next, move your cursor to the right to reveal the 2nd level pop-up menu: the drive selector.

4. Select the most current ecoLOGIC Container File to be uploaded to each T:LAN/site.

5. The rest will be automatic. The RCC will upload the app to all required sites.

Keeping An Eye On Your Apps

To verify if the deployed application is up and running:

1. Right-click on the proper T:LAN in the RCC device list.

2. Select Access ecoLOGIC App.

This will pop up a small window with the icon of the application currently running in the T:LAN. It also shows the app uptime. The amount of time the application has already been active/running.

 

3. To log into the application, just click on the icon.

access_application3

If the application is currently off-line, the uptime will show 00:00:00 on a dark blue background. In that case, you can kick-start the app by clicking on the app icon, then typing run ENTER in the app session window to re-start.

access_application2

Another way to monitor the state of the application is to check the QUICK ALERTS COLUMN of the RCC:

Hover the mouse cursor over the small gears icon to view these pop-up displays:

A green GEARS ICON symbolizes that the application is up and running.

A red icon means the application is off-line (rare).

App Central

The RCC ecoLOGIC Dashboard allows a user to track the overall network-wide, real-time performance of any number of deployed ecoLOGIC app instances. Refer to the RCC User Guide for more details and how to customize the display for your needs.

fig_ecoSENTRY_dashboard

In a very condensed form, it shows:

  • the current TIME, DATE and TIME ZONE,
  • your total APPS UPTIME score in percent (trend in lower left: up/down/same),
  • the number of APPS that are ONLINE (trend in lower left: up/down/same),
  • the number of APPS that are OFFLINE (trend in lower left: up/down/same),
  • the number of APPS that have not reported in, or are of UNKNOWN state (trend in lower left: up/down/same),
  • graphs showing the same over the last 24 hours,
  • the number of T:LANs that are ONLINE (trend in lower left: up/down/same),
  • the number of T:LANs that are OFFLINE (trend in lower left: up/down/same),
  • T:LAN uptime graphs,

and more.

Moving Data Files

Each ecoLOGIC application writes out the log and statistics files as *.CSV files onto drive B:

Transferring files between the drives in a T:LAN and a laptop/PC is easy. The Remote Commander Client incorporates a full file browser for the T:LAN drives A: and B:. To transfer files:

  1.  Just open the appropriate T:LAN drive,
  2.  Highlight the required files,
  3.  Then simply drag and drop onto the laptop/PC drive of your choice.

Or:

  1. Simply drag files from a laptop/PC drive,
  2. And drop them onto drive A: or B: to store files on the corresponding T:LAN.

Harvesting Your Data

Start analyzing your data in a flash. Just drag & drop the CSV files from the T:LAN drive B: directly into your favourite spreadsheet program.

fig_csv_access

More Ways To Interact

Our ecoLOGIC applications only require a few system connections and external sensors to operate. This eases rapid deployment. All complex computations are carried out internally by the application itself.

Optima app solutions support full remote statistics collections via SNMP. Monitor devices, alarms, apps and sensors via Optima’s NMS. But our apps also easily integrate with SNMP ready enterprise data warehousing or analytics platforms already in place.

All apps store log files as CSV files to expedite post-processing. This facilitates copy and paste operations into any popular spreadsheet program. Optima also offers special support packages for the Optima NMS and Optima Quantum Report Generator to make working with our apps more efficient.

interacting_with_apps

Getting All The Reports

The ecoLOGIC applications supports a number of comprehensive reports in combination with the Optima RCS and Quantum Report Generator.

 The following samples illustrate some of the available report types, graphs and styles.

 

ecoSENTRY_reports_gcr
ecoSENTRY_reports_oer
ecoSENTRY_reports_kpi

Real-Time Dashboards

Optima created a new set of web-based dashboards to further enhance insights into all aspects of the Optima facilities monitoring operation.

fig_realtime_dashboards

This provides our customers with the best business intelligence possible. Here are a few samples to showcase the Optima OMNI ZOOM dashboard offerings:

omni_zoom_light2
omni_zoom_light3

Built On Flexibility

We constantly strive to perfect our offerings. And we value your feedback. We have incorporated customer suggestions and pushed our products to perform better and fulfill new requirements. The purpose of this post was to highlight the many ways in which you can work with the Optima ecoLOGIC applications. Leave a comment below if you have additional questions, or e-mail us directly with your unique application specs.

Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

Data protection plays an increasingly important role in our modern societies. In turn, it is gaining significant economic importance. Over the last few years, we all witnessed the increase in media attention. The public is now more sensitive than ever to new rules and data protection violations. With the increased awareness, new concerns have arisen. About the extent of our data being processed, stored, and shared on-line.
 
On May 25, 2018, a key new European data protection legislation comes into effect. It regulates how companies deal with data from EU citizens. But its implications reach far beyond the EU, as it provides new rights and obligations for everyone dealing with ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII).

In preparation, we have implemented a number of tools to fulfill the EU GDPR privacy requirements:

  • Users can now request to be removed from our site and have all their data deleted from our server or any server that Optima might have sent their data to.

  • Users can now request to have their data rectified.

  • Users can now submit a complaint to our Data Protection Officer (DPO).

  • Users can now request a copy of all the data that Optima collected on them.

To review the latest Optima privacy policies, please head over to our Privacy Policy page.

To access the Optima privacy tools, click here.

As boring or irritating as these paragraphs might look at first glance, protecting our digital data and profiles is a shared responsibility. Safety awareness and a sensible approach to data protection are key. By working together, even small steps will ultimately lead to a safer and more enjoyable digital on-line experience.
Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

Overview

T:LAN units can be pre-ordered from Optima with the proper ecoLOGIC App license keys/activation codes already programmed into each unit. If you have such a device, you can skip this procedure and continue with the actual app installation itself.

Otherwise, here are the required steps if you plan on installing an ecoLOGIC application on a unit that has already been deployed in the field and still requires the activation of the application license keys:

  1. Contact Optima Sales to obtain the required ecoLOGIC application license key sets.

  2. Submit the MAC address of your T:LAN to Optima.

  3. Optima will generate and return the license key data sets.

  4. Enter the license key data supplied into your unit.

  5. Proceed to install and run the ecoLOGIC application on your T:LAN unit.

Step-By-Step Instructions

To carry out step 4 listed above, follow the instructions:

  1. Log into the T:LAN. From the T:LAN MAIN MENU, press the N key to activate the [N]PA command:

  2. Next, type:
    $ADBC3425 ENTER

  3. This will prompt the T:LAN to ask for the license key data:

Enter License Key Data                              
Format: 99999999-99999999-99999999-99999999-99999999
   
(Enter [.] to abort):                               
  1. Either type or use the copy & paste method (recommended) for each of the two required license key data sets, then press ENTER

  2. The T:LAN will then try to apply the entered license key information.

If this attempt fails, it will respond as follows:

Commencing. Please Wait ...
Operation Skipped/Failed.

---Press [+] to continue---

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Pay attention to the spelling.
  • Enter the license key exactly as shown.
  • Do not forget the dashes between the individual blocks.
  • Ensure the proper use of upper/lower case letters.

If everything has been entered properly, the following will be shown on-screen:

Commencing. Please Wait ...
Operation Complete/Success.

---Press [+] to continue---
  1. Press any key and repeat the operation for the 2nd license key supplied.
  1. To verify that the operation has succeeded, please type the N key again to issue the [N]PA command, this time entering in:
    $ADBC3555 ENTER

The T:LAN is now ready to begin the ecoLOGIC app installation process itself.

Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

What does it mean? Where did the colon come from?
 
As we get asked about this from time to time, I thought this is a good opportunity to share a little bit of insight today.
 
Optima’s motto has always been Integrated Networking. From the start we combined WAN (Wide Area Network) and LAN (Local Area Network) connections.
 
Back in the late ’90, there was a great demand for running LAN traffic over T1 links. Thus the T:LAN was born.
 
It featured two DS1 (also commonly known as T1) links. And it forwards the remote site LAN traffic using a number of different WAN topologies.
 
The colon acts as a (more or less tongue-in-cheek) representation of the two WAN connections. It symbolizes the inter-linking of the T1 and the LAN sides.
Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

After first unveiling the OMNI ZOOM dasbhoards in early December 2017, we have been busy. We’ve continued to develop our BI dashboard solution. And are proud to announce the latest updates:
 
  • Top Level Overview, and
  • a modern, light dashboard theme.
 
 
Above: The Top Level Overview provides a comparative view of the current health status of your sites. Get to see the trouble spots in your network at a glance. Then drill directly down to to the issues by clicking on the itemized issues list.
 
For the biggest impact, sites with issues turn red. Sites that are performing well stay green. Sites that are off-line or not reporting turn gray.
 
This allows you to instantly assess the health status of all your monitored sites.
 
 
Above And Below: The light theme perfectly complements the dark theme introduced last year. It provides a fresh new, modern look for all your OMNI ZOOM dashboards.
 
Unlock the hidden power of your data sets. Contact Optima to convert/upgrade your OMNI ZOOM dashboards today.
 
Or ask for a quick demo so we can showcase our BI dashboard solutions.
 
Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

SUMMARY:

Users that share and copy the same T:LAN configuration file between a large number of units might occasionally run into RAM:FILE FULL log messages. It indicates that no further configuration changes can be stored in this T:LAN unit unless the user takes remedial action to free up some space in the Non-Volatile Configuration Memory (NVCM).

BACKGROUND:

Customers seem to copy a small number of preset configuration files from unit to unit. Over the years, this may lead to an accumulation of legacy entries. Although the T:LAN OS does include code to remove older entries, that code is specifically designed to work only on:

  • deprecated entries, or
  • entries that have been replaced with newer versions with updated layouts.

This leaves behind a number of entries that have been in use at one time or another but may no longer be in use today. Especially if customers rarely upgrade their T:LAN OS firmware, or skip a large numbers of OS builds at once, thereby bypassing most of the built-in tools that would have taken care of the older entries automatically.

Starting with the Remote Commander Client Build 642 (RCC 3.11.0.642), Optima now provides a handy utility to deal with the RAM:FILE FULL situations.

These utility functions are built right into RCC. They allow the user to ‘slim down’ any T:LAN Configuration File (*.TCF).

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

Select the T:LAN Configuration File Cleaner option from the TOOLS MENU:

 

This will bring up the T:LAN Configuration File Cleaner dialog window:

Either copy & paste the file location of the T:LAN Configuration File you wish to clean-up, or click on the button to the right of the input box. Select the proper TCF file using the file selector:

 

Once the proper file has been loaded, observe the Current File/Free Space counter on the right:

You can now proceed to either manually clear out:

  • all recognized legacy entries,
  • pick out only a few select entries to be cleared, or
  • use the predefined ‘RARELY USED‘ selection criteria, or
  • use the predefined ‘SELDOM USED‘ selection criteria.

First, to select all listed entries, click on the check-box labelled ‘All‘:

 

To select/deselect all shown entries. Alternatively, you can also just pick individual entries from the list as required.

Or click on the ‘RARELY USED‘ button to clear out rarely used entries:

 

Or click on the ‘SELDOM USED‘ button to clear out entries that are seldom used:

 

Then click on the ‘CLEAN‘ button on the lower right:

 

This will bring up the last selector dialog:

Here you can choose whether or not the program will keep a backup copy of the original file for safety/documentation purposes (Optima recommended) or just overwrite the original TCF file with the cleaned up version.

At last, re-apply the modified file to the corresponding T:LAN unit(s).

Ralf Doewich

Optima Tele.com, Inc.

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