ObSys release notes

ObSys is updated on a regular basis with the latest interfaces, software and documentation for the range of North Building Technologies products including ObServer, Commander, and Zip.

The current release of ObSys is October 2020.

For the updates on upcoming drivers and products, follow @NorthBTDevs on Twitter.

October 2020

This release features:

  • ObView with improved auto-scanning and type-checking
  • New Johnson Metasys driver
  • Updated help assistant and documentation.

ObSys

ObView
Auto-scanning and object type checking, introduced in the previous release, has been enhanced and can now be enabled using the ‘Auto Scan/Check’ option.
ObSearch
Improved responsiveness when scanning an object that no longer exists.
Help Assistant
ObSys Tutorial (Part 1) released; older versions of driver manuals moved to ‘Historic versions’ section; improved display on high-DPI monitors.
Data Transfer
Fixed issue with COV write, causing value to be written when unchanged (issue introduced with build 16/11/18).
Telnet Server
Resolved an issue with Telnet not re-enabling after being disabled.

Commander

Commander Firmware

Commander v2.0 (build 21/10/20) includes updates to Essential Data and Data Transfer:

Essential Data has improved checking when ObvProcessor requests objects that are out-of-range.

An update to Data Transfer fixes an issue with COV write, causing value to be written when unchanged (issue introduced with build 16/11/18).

Resolved an issue with Telnet not re-enabling after being disabled.

Drivers

Johnson Controls Metasys
New JciMetasys driver presents Essential Data values on the Johnson N2 bus, replaces the JCIMSN2 driver.
Philips Hue Lighting
A new version of Hue driver (version 1.1) replaces room with group support; adds scene and switch support, and CLIP sensor adjustment.
Lutron HomeWorks QS
Version 1.1 of LutronQS driver adds support for HVAC and output monitoring, reduces scanning limit on Integration-ids to 500, improves handling of error responses.
Advanced Electronics fire detection
Fixed issue with Load Labels not loading all detector labels, modified panel action object values when reading to improve operation with Essential Data.
BACnet/IP
Updated priority array for multi-state objects, added additional protection against malformed network messages, device mac address cache increased. Also improved ObView pages for a device to reduce object requests and increase description length.
Other updates

This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Omron PLC, iLight lighting, Daikin air conditioning, Modbus, Kentec fire.

New driver manuals are available for Adam, Andover Controls AC8, Andover Controls Continuum/Infinity, Andel Floodline, Autometers, Benning, Carrier, Danfoss, Lutron HomeWorks, Mitsubishi City Multi air conditioningNotifier fire, Pelco Endura, Rafiki, Rotex Solaris, Safegard, and Texecom

Crestron application note is updated to include information on Crestron Home system.

December 2019

This release features:

  • ObSys usability enhancements
  • Updated Modbus driver supporting both serial and TCP connections
  • Updated drivers for DALI lighting and Heatmiser Neo.

ObSys

ObView

Views are auto-scanned when no items have been discovered previously;

Items that have changed since the view was last scanned are highlighted, prompting a rescan;

Quicker page load and refresh times for table views, such as Data Transfer and Essential Data;

ObView's toolbar has been refreshed;

Marked object is reset to the local ObServer when ObSys is started.

ObVerse Editor
An update to the ObVerse Editor application resolves an isolated issue when inserting or pasting ObVerse. When a pasted item's reference was already in the ObVerse processor, the reference was four characters long, and ended in a 'z'; then the item's reference became corrupted.
Essential Data
Essential Data is updated to reduce the retry period from 15min to 5min, when remote fails reach 9.

Commander

Commander Firmware

Commander v2.0 (build 01/09/19) includes a minor update to the Essential Data:

Essential Data is updated to reduce the retry period from 15min to 5min, when remote fails reach 9.

Drivers

Modbus
The latest Modbus driver (version 3.0) incorporates features from our existing range of Modbus drivers (Modbus v2, ModbusTCP, and ModbusSlave) replacing them with a single unified driver.
DALI Lighting
The DALI driver is updated to include support for DALI compatible emergency lighting, and brightness levels as a percentage.
Heatmiser Neo

A HeatmiserNeo driver update (version 2.0) incorporates the latest Heatmiser API. It is compatible with 2nd generation neoHub gateways and the latest neoStats, including heat/cool features. Finding a neoHub using the connect key is now supported.

Note some object references have changed within the HeatmiserNeo driver following changes to the API.

Other updates

This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Lutron QS Lighting, Panasonic air conditioning.

Updated driver manuals are available for Mitsubishi air conditioning and Xtralis Vesda smoke detection.

June 2019

This release features:

  • New Zip Module Types configuration, enables pre-engineering of a Zip System offline
  • Essential Data alarm delay, reducing false alarms
  • ObVerse Manual examples now available as macros, insert them into your ObVerse Processor project.

ObSys

Essential Data

Essential Data (version 3.1) introduces an optional delay in reporting a value alarm state. Use it to reduce false alarm events. The delay can be set up to 12 hours.

This version also resolves an isolated issue where if an object is adjusted multiple times before the remote device acknowledges the first, the last adjustment may not be sent to the remote device.

ObVerse

Examples from the ObVerse Manual: Standard Processor are now available as macros. Using ObvEditor, insert them into your ObVerse Processor project.

The ObVerse Manual: Advanced Processor document is released, consolidating ObVerse documentation for the extra features within ObView - the advanced processor.

ObvEditor application is also updated with links to these new documents.

Web Server
An update to WebView enables faster page loading from logs containing a large amount of data, and pages with Essential Data values.
ObSave and ObLoad
The ObLoad and ObSave applications have been updated with more command line options, useful for automating object backups.

Commander

Commander Firmware

Commander v2.0 (build 01/06/19) includes the following new and updated features:

Essential Data (v3.1) introduces an optional delay in reporting a value alarm state. Use it to reduce false alarm events. The delay can be set up to 12 hours.
This version also resolves an isolated issue where if an object is adjusted multiple times before the remote device acknowledges the first, the last adjustment may not be sent to the remote device.

The North IP Devices module has a functional change when DEFAULTIP switch is set ON. When set to use the default IP address, the local encryption key is disabled.

Zip

Pre-engineering a Zip System

With the new ZipMaster v1.2 driver, it is also now possible to engineer a Zip system before the physical network is available.

Using the Module Types Setup object, the engineer can specify the module type to expect at each address (without the physical module being connected). When the Zip System is scanned, the modules appear. Great for pre-engineering.

Saving the Zip Setup and Zip System objects will save the module types as well as the individual module settings for each address. The backup file(s) can be loaded into a Zip interface elsewhere, even if no modules are physically attached to the new Zip network.

Module Lock
Get better control of what happens when a new module is physically added, replaced with another of the same type, or changed for a module of a different type on the Zip network. Use the new Module Lock object to protect against unwanted changes.
Updated Documentation
Check out the latest Zip Manual and Zip Tutorial for more information on these added features.

Drivers

Protec Fire
The Protec driver (version 1.5) features enhancements from the latest Protec protocol release, support for general alarm and technical alarm panel events, and a pause between commands is now enforced by driver. The driver also adds options to filter particular panel events, and can optionally resend output group overrides when the system is reset.
BACnet/IP
A BACnetIP driver update resolves an issue when reading an object description containing a long text value.
Daikin & Panasonic
The Daikin and PanasonicVRF drivers are both updated to improve their re-connection time after a power fail of the connected system.
MQTT & JSONNotify APIs
The MQTT and JSONNotify drivers are both updated for compatibility with the latest Essential Data version included in this release.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Advanced MxPro Fire, TextOut
Updated driver manuals are available for Colt OPV and Hitzinger.

December 2018

This release features:

  • ObSys speed and performance optimization
  • ObVerse improvements
  • New StateCheck driver

ObSys

Speed and Performance Optimization

We've optimized several applications to improve their speed and performance, particularly when engineering a North device.

Optimization of the North IP Devices module speeds communication to Commander. In ObSave, the time taken to save a complete Commander object to a backup file has been reduced by 80%. In addition, ObSave can now include ObVerse Processors as part of the backup. In ObView, experience faster page refreshes for some devices.

ObView, ObSave, ObLoad, ObSearch applications, and IPBus OSM are all updated.

ObVerse Improvements

We've added the option to cancel a Get ObVerse or Put ObVerse action. ObvEditor application has a smoother page refresh in Watch mode, enforces property references to four characters, and resolves a few issues when repositioning an item. ObVerse Processor resolves issues with the following modules: Rescale (divide by zero), On-Off-Delay (restart), and Counter (reset when input 1).

ObvEditor application and ObvProcess OSM are both updated.

Data Transfer
The Data Transfer module has improved handling for values from a profile or times object type. Allowing you to transfer time profile values.

Commander

Commander Firmware

Commander v2.0 (build 24/12/18) includes the following new and updated features:

An ObVerse Processor update adds the option to cancel a Get ObVerse or Put ObVerse action; and resolves issues with the following modules: Rescale (divide by zero), On-Off-Delay (restart), and Counter (reset when input 1).

The Data Transfer module has improved handling for values from a profile or times object type. Allowing you to transfer time profile values.

Web Server
An update to the Web Server module resolves an issue when viewing web pages via a slow Internet connection. The Essential Values page navigation list may have been incomplete.

Drivers

State Check
The new State Check driver monitors digital states and counts the times these states change. It also records the length of time the states were active. Limits can be used to indicate out-of-bound counts and times for each period.
North IP Devices
The IPBus driver speed and performance optimization reduces the time taken to back-up a North Commander.
BACnet/IP
The BACnetIP driver has improved scanning on large BACnet inter-networks using multiple routers. Support for device address 0 is added, and the driver can now respond to requests from different UDP ports.
Modbus
Support for Modbus function 15 (multiple coil write) has been added to the Modbus driver (client operation), and ModbusTCP driver (client and server operation).
Lutron HomeWorks QS Lighting Control
The LutronQS driver adds an object for a single heating/cooling setpoint in the Lutron HVAC module.
Advanced MxPro Fire Control Panels
The Advanced4000 driver reworks the North alarm condition field to give a better indication of cleared and reset events.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Device Check monitor, Ziton Fire, North Zip

July 2018

This release features:

  • New Object Exporter application
  • Updated BACnet/IP driver
  • New driver for Philips Hue lighting
  • New DeviceCheck driver

ObSys

Object Exporter
This new application assists with documenting your engineering of North products. In ObView, when viewing the configuration of Essential Data, Zip System, Data Transfer and others, simply select the Extras menu then Export to CSV.
ObSys Applications
ObVerse Editor updated to resolve an issue with Essential Data properties on a sheet.
North Product Documentation
We are continually improving our documentation. In additon to the driver updates below, this release includes updates to Commander Manual, Cisco TelePresence, EnOcean, Mitsubishi, and SeaChange.

Commander

Commander Firmware
No changes to Commander base firmware in this release. Some multi-driver CDMs have been renamed to include all driver names.

Drivers

BACnet/IP
This new version 3.1 of the BACnetIP driver adds support for revision 19 of the BACnet standard. We have also expanded the capabilities of the BACnet client, enabling you to access many more object types within other BACnet devices, including schedules and calendars.
Philips Hue Lighting
A new Hue driver interfaces with a Philips Hue wireless lighting system.
Device Check
The new Device Check driver monitors the health of remote devices and web servers. When the driver detects a problem reaching a device, it can notify you by sending a North-format alarm message, and trigger an automated action by setting an object value within a device.
M-Bus meters
An updated version 1.2 of the MBus driver offers improved support for battery-powered meters, fixed baud rate option, and advanced options.
Kentec Syncro Fire
An updated version 1.4 of the Kentec driver offers enhanced filters to ignore certain event types.
DALI Lighting
We have added additional commands to the DALI driver making the addressing of a DALI network easier.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Advanced fire detection, Crestron, Heatmiser Neo, Lutron HomeWorks QS lighting, Modbus, XML file reader

March 2018

This release features:

  • Update to Commander firmware
  • Minor updates to ObSys and drivers

Commander

Commander Firmware

Commander v2.0 (build 01/03/18) resolves the following issue:
When an object in Essential Data is configured with a remote action of 'read' and the current value does not change for 24 days, then Essential Data will stop reading the object for the next 24 days, after which it will start reading again. If Commander is restarted during this time, then reading will resume and the timer restarted.

We recommend Commander with firmware build 01/11/17 or later is updated to this release

ObSys

ObServer
The latest ObServer includes an update to Essential Data (v3.0 build 01/03/18) to resolve the issue above.
ObSys Applications
ObVerse Editor updated to resolve an issue when selecting an object reference.

Drivers

JSONData, JSONNotify and MQTT
These drivers are updated to resolve an issue with date & time objects. Object values did not include the time when the hour is '00:'.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: EnOcean

December 2017

This release features:

  • Update to Commander firmware

Commander

Commander Firmware

Commander v2.0 (build 07/12/17) resolves the following issue:
Essential Data's Task Control object is used to enable the operation of Essential Data. On reading this object it reports an incorrect value, and adjusting may cause operation to be disabled.

This issue was introduced with firmware build 01/11/17. We recommend updating to the latest release.

ObSys

ObServer
The latest ObServer includes an update to Essential Data (v3.0 build 06/12/17) to resolve the issue above.

November 2017

This release features:

  • Update to Commander firmware
  • New drivers for Cisco TelePresence and EnOcean.

Commander

Commander Firmware
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 01/11/17) includes optimizations for Alarm Email, Essential Data, ObVerse Processor, and Web Server.
A Telnet update increases the number of sessions available, and resolves an issue when Commander is attempting to transmit on to a congested IP network. We recommend installing this update.

ObSys

ObServer
The latest ObServer includes optimizations for Alarm Store, Alarm Email, Essential Data, ObVerse Processor, and Telnet.
ObSys Applications
We've added support for the current marked object in ObVerse Editor.
Load from a Backup now additionally supports a semicolon (;) as an end-of-line separator. Useful when creating back-up files (.obs) in a spreadsheet.
North Product Documentation
We are continually improving our documentation. This release includes an update to Zip Manual, and new Application Notes for Crestron, Savant, and Hitachi CS-Net.

Drivers

Cisco TelePresence
The new Cisco TelePresence driver provides value access to the Cisco TelePresence Touch 10 in-room control panel. Allowing HVAC, lighting, blind and shade control from the video conference touchscreen.
EnOcean Self-Powered Wireless Sensors
Our EnOcean driver has been redesigned for the latest EnOcean standard. This new version supports EnOcean serial protocol 3 (ESP3) available within gateways using the TCM 310 chipset, and more EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs).
Sending Commands with Text Out
Send simple ASCII commands to third-party equipment, such as a CCTV matrix, using the TextOut driver. The updated driver can now connect with up to four TCP/IP devices and a serial device.
Lutron HomeWorks QS Lighting
We have updated the LutronQS driver to improve interoperability with shade and blind devices.
KNX Standard
An improved KnxIP driver includes destination objects, for improved interoperability with keypads, and supports Gira routers.
Advanced MxPro Fire Systems
The new version of Advanced4000 driver adds filtering to events.
Heatmiser Neo
The HeatmiserNeo driver has been updated to improve reliability with larger Heatmiser systems.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Compass, CSVRead, Daikin, DataSync, GeistPDU, JSONNotify, LegrandMyHome, MBus, MitsubishiG50, ModbusTCP, MQTT, Protec, XMLRead, and ZipMaster.

May 2017

This release features:

  • Commander firmware update
  • ObVerse Processor can now link directly to Essential Data
  • Minor enhancements and documentation updates.

Commander

Commander Firmware
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 17/03/17) includes the following new and updated features:
  • Default Configuration - added the ability to save Commander's current configuration to permanent flash memory, so that if settings are lost, the default configuration can be loaded. This feature can be used as a failsafe (if the battery and power both fail), or as a pre-configuration mechanism
  • Default IP Switch - changing the switch will now auto-restart Commander
  • ObVerse Processor - you can now link a module's inputs and outputs directly to values in Essential Data

ObSys

ObServer
The latest ObServer includes the following updated features:
  • ObVerse Processor - you can now link a module's inputs and outputs directly to values in Essential Data
  • WebView – resolved issue when displaying Data Manager logs with long names.
ObView
When changing object references in ObView, a new window now provides a selectable list of available objects.
North Product Documentation
We are continually improving our documentation. This release includes updates to Commander Manual, Commander Tutorial, Zip Overview, Zip Manual, and ObVerse Manual - Standard Processor.

Drivers

Zip
The updated ZipMaster driver accompanies the release of the new Zip Smart Switch display.
Heatmiser Neo
Version 1.1 of the HeatmiserNeo driver has several enhancements - support for zone numbers >32, Hold Temperature now adjustable, faster refresh after adjusting a zone value, and improved adjustment of timeclocks and comfort level profiles.
Mitsubishi
Improved operation of the MitsubishiG50 driver when frequently writing values to controller.

March 2017

This release features:

  • Updated Commander firmware
  • Minor enhancements and documentation updates.

Commander

Commander Firmware
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 24/02/17) features improved reliability when receiving a broadcast storm on the Ethernet network. We recommend installing this update.

Drivers

Daikin
Improved operation when connecting to a Daikin iTouch Manager on congested Ethernet networks.
Modbus Slave
Added support for multiple register write.

December 2016

This release features several enhancements:

  • New drivers for DALI lighting, Heatmiser Neo, Panasonic CCTV network recorders, and MQTT IoT messaging
  • ZipMaster driver includes support for the new Zip Smart Switch display. The Zip Manual has been updated, accompanied with the release of the Zip Tutorial.
  • MBus v1.1 driver now includes support for more value types, including 64-bit values
  • Daikin v1.1 driver adds compatibility for the Daikin iTouch Manager
  • We also release new documentation for the PhilipsLM, VaisalaWXT, Heatmiser, SG, SNMPTrap, and CSVStore drivers.

Commander

Commander Firmware
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 1/11/16) includes the following updated features:
  • Essential Data - value of object type 'Times' optimized to allow more on-off time periods
  • Baud rate - slower baud rates supported, required for some MBus meters
  • IP address - resolved inconsistency when changing to a DHCP assigned address (0.0.0.0). Commander now requires a restart for settings to take effect
  • ObVerse Processor - resolved issue with Raise-Lower module
  • Documentation - updated Commander Manual and Commander Tutorial.

ObSys

ObServer
The latest ObServer includes the following updated features:
  • WebView v1.4 – new objects to disable WebView Editor access (preventing HTTP PUT and DELETE methods for enhanced security).
    Changed operation of 'show logs' object to now only disable the page list navigation. Direct in-page links are now possible
  • Essential Data - value of object type 'Times' optimized to allow more on-off time periods
  • ObVerse Processor - resolved issue with Raise-Lower module.
ObvEditor
The ObVerse Editor has had an update to create the folder, if required, when saving to a new location.
North Product Documentation
We are continually improving our documentation. In addition to Commander and Zip updates, driver documentation has been updated for Philips LightMaster, Vaisala weather, Heatmiser, SG, SNMPTrap, and CSVStore. The ObVerse Manual - Standard Processor is also updated.

Drivers

DALI
The new DALI driver interfaces to lighting devices supporting the DALI standard.
Heatmiser Neo
The new HeatmiserNeo driver connects to the Heatmiser Neo heating and hot water control system.
Panasonic Network Disk Recorder
The new PanasonicNDR driver triggers alarm inputs on a Panasonic network disk recorder.
MQTT
The new MQTT driver provides a method to publish values from a North device to an MQTT message broker. The broker stores these values and delivers them to any M2M application that subscribes to them. MQTT message brokers are available as part of many IoT platforms, both cloud hosted and on-premises.
MBus Metering
Version 1.1 of the MBus driver is available. This adds support for 64-bit values, more value types, and some manufacturer specific values.
Zip
The updated ZipMaster driver adds support for the new Zip Smart Switch display.
BitIn and BitOut object types have an improved invert object.
Zip Overview and Zip Manual are updated, and a new Zip Tutorial is now available.
TextOut
Version 2.1 of the TextOut driver is available. Used to trigger simple text commands within connected third-party equipment, the driver now support TCP/IP connections in addition to serial.
Daikin
Version 1.1 of the Daikin driver now supports connections to a Daikin iTouch Manager.
ExtraData
Version 1.1 of the ExtraData driver provides several bug fixes, and now includes a formula increment option.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: CSVStore, CSVWrite, Protec fire, KNXIP, JSONNotify, MitsubishiG50, andZiton.

April 2016

This release features several enhancements:

  • New driver for Daikin air-conditioning
  • New Raise-Lower and Usage modules in ObVerse processors
  • Essential Data now has more values, and a new ExtraData driver extends these capabilities further
  • New North logo on ObSys applications, devices, and documentation.

Commander

Commander Firmware
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 31/03/16) includes the following updated features:
  • More drivers pre-loaded - Commander will now be supplied with 50% more drivers installed and ready to start. These including interfaces to Advanced, Daikin, KNX, Legrand, Lutron, MBus, Philips, and APIs for North devices.
    We're also unlocking the expanded storage available in Commanders by introducing CDM Bank 17 onwards. Compatible with hardware version 2.0, which has been shipped since 01/03/2015 (starting with serial number 80001309).
  • ObVerse Processor – new Raise-Lower and Usage modules
  • Essential Data - number of objects per page now configurable. Total database values expanded to 640. Load the ExtraData driver (on version 2.0 hardware) to increase this to 1664 values.
  • Support for FastComms – our drivers can now talk to each other faster in the same North device. Great when accessing Essential Data values.
  • Web Server – improved reliability over slow Internet connections.
  • Data Transfer – resolved an issue when the destination write rate was set to 1 min. This prevented the transfer from reading the source object.
IMPORTANT: Essential Data, BACnetIP, JSONData, and DataSync drivers will have their settings erased when updating to this version. Before updating, you should take a backup of the configuration.

ObSys

ObServer
The latest ObServer includes the following updated features:
  • ObVerse Processor – new Raise-Lower and Usage modules
  • Essential Data - number of objects per page now configurable. Total database values expanded to 1280. Load the ExtraData driver to increase this to 2304 values.
  • Support for FastComms – our drivers can now talk to each other faster in the same North device. Great when accessing Essential Data.
  • WebView – minor enhancements
  • Data Transfer – resolved an issue when the destination write rate was set to 1 min. This prevented the transfer from reading the source object.
IMPORTANT: Essential Data, BACnetIP, JSONData, and DataSync drivers will have their settings erased when updating to this version. Before updating, you should take a backup of the configuration.
ObvEditor
The ObVerse editor adds support for new modules within the processor. There are also several usability improvements, along with a completely new ObVerse Manual.
North Product Documentation
The help system has had a make-over this release, sporting a new look North logo and improved search. We have also added some major new documentation: Commander Manual, Zip Manual, and ObVerse Manual: Standard Processor.
ObView
This has an updated Start Engineering, and some minor fixes.
Data Manager
This application includes improvements when displaying intensly logged data channels. When Data Manager is unable to display all data, this is now indicated in the information area rather than using a popup.

Drivers

Daikin Air Conditioning
The new Daikin driver interfaces to a Daikin iTouch controller. Compatible with the Daikin VRV, HRV and SkyAir air-conditioning ranges.
Extending Essential Data
The new ExtraData driver extends the Essential Data capabilities of a North device, and therefore extends the capabilities of drivers that use Essential Data. These include the BACnetIP, DataSync, JSONData, JSONNotify, ModbusTCP, and ModbusSlave drivers.
Protec Fire
The updated Protec driver now supports the latest Algo-tec 6500, 6600 and 6700 series fire control panels.
Modbus
The ModbusTCP and Modbus drivers can now access 64-bit register values. The Modbus driver has also been updated with a configurable request timeout, improving fault recovery on faster devices.
Simple Text Commands
The updated TextOut driver, which allows a North device to send simple text commands to connected third-party equipment, is now faster with more output options.
Kentec Fire
The Kentec driver has been improved to better detect the fire panel powering-up.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Minerva, Printer, BACnet, TelDial, Micros Fidelio, and ColtOPV.

May 2015

This release includes several enhancements:

  • New drivers are available for KNX/IP, metering, importing and exporting comma-separator value (CSV) files, and importing xml files
  • New LeadLag and Latch modules for ObVerse
  • Improvements to MitsubishiG50, Morley Fire, and Protec Fire drivers

ObSys

OBV Editor
New LeadLag and Latch modules available. This requires the included update to ObView, OBVProcess, and Commander.

Commander

Commander Firmware
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 15/04/15) includes the following updated built-in drivers:
  • OBVProcess – new LeadLag and Latch modules

Drivers

KNXnet/IP
The new KnxIp driver provides support to a wide range of equipment supporting the KNX standard.
Metering
the new Meter driver periodically collects cumulative totals from several metering devices, calculates usage over the period, and records these usage figures within a CSV file.
Importing XML and CSV data
The new XMLRead and CSVRead drivers allows North to read data from XML feeds and delimiter-separated text files. Access to this data is made available as objects.
Exporting CSV data
The new CSVWrite driver exports data from Essential Data to delimiter-separated text files.
Morley Fire
The updated Morley driver has been redesigned and improved to provide better access to information from the system.
Mitsubishi
The updated MitsubishiG50 driver is now compatible with the latest Mitsubishi AE-200 controllers.
Protec Fire
The updated Protec driver now includes support for MICCO damper states.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: BACnetIP, DataSync, JSONData, JSONNotify, PelcoXPortal, and TelDial.

September 2014

This release includes several enhancements:

  • New drivers are available for Legrand and BTicino My Home range of home automation devices, Lutron HomeWorks QS lighting control system, Panasonic VRF air conditioning system, Kidde Fire Protection Vega panel, and a Modbus slave device
  • Improvements to OBVEditor
  • New APIs are available that enable your applications to collect and adjust information from Essential Data. These can support JSON, Webhooks, WebDAV, and a simple text-based API designed for home automation controllers.

ObSys

ObServer
The following built-in drivers are updated with this version:
  • Essential Data – for object write actions, changed ASAP to write on change-of-value.
  • WebView – updated RemoteNum and RemoteRange to include a state for failed object read, and audio support.
  • Alarm Store – resolved issue with archive file not reducing to defines maximum size.
  • Telnet – improved response with large messages. Resolved issue in closing active session when Ethernet disconnected.
  • Time Control – resolved issue with value written to destination object.
ObView
Resolved issue with the file dialog box when inserting a bitmap onto an ObView page.
WebView Editor
Minor enhancements including no longer auto-connecting to the last server, and local files moved to user’s documents folder.
OBV Editor
Improvements include a new find property feature, global properties now shown with object reference, resolved an issue when saving file outside of the TypeInfo folder, and enhancements for tablet/stylus use.
Product Documents
We are continuing to roll-out our new range of product documentation.

Commander

Commander Firmware
IMPORTANT: Due to changes in the latest Commander firmware, and in preparation for future hardware changes, all of Commander’s settings will be erased when updating the firmware to this version.Before updating, you should take a backup of the configuration, ensuring that all ObVerse Processors are saved. We also recommend you only update Commander when connected locally, as IP settings will also be erased.
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 20/08/14) includes time server enhancements, improved handling of an IP socket failure, and improved memory handling to resolve issue with module occasionally erasing on update.
The following built-in drivers are updated with this version:
  • Essential Data – for object write actions, changed ASAP to write on change-of-value.
  • Telnet – improved response with large messages. Resolved issue in closing active session when Ethernet disconnected.
  • Time Control – resolved issue with value written to destination object.
  • Web Server – the support page has been changed to include battery state, and labels have been updated.

Drivers

Legrand My Home
The new LegrandMyHome driver interfaces to the Legrand and BTicino My Home range of home automation devices, connecting to an Open Web Net gateway.
Lutron HomeWorks QS Lighting
The new LutronQS driver is compatible with the HomeWorks QS, Quantum, or QS Standalone lighting control system from Lutron.
Panasonic VRF Air Conditioning
This driver, renamed to PanasonicVRF, is now compatible with the Panasonic ECOi and ECO G in addition to the Sanyo AMY air conditioning system.
Kidde Fire Protection
The new KiddeVegaPanel driver interfaces with a single Vega fire panel, replacing the obsolete 527 network card.
Modbus Slave
this new ModbusSlave driver replaces the ModbusDev driver, and presents values from the North device’s Essential Data as Modbus registers.
JSON web-based APIs
the new JSONData and JSONNotify drivers provide APIs that enable your application to collect and adjust information from the North Device’s Essential Data. JSONData provides a web service that your application can request data from. JSONNotify provides a web service that will push data to your application using Webhooks or as a WebDAV file.
DataSync API
This new driver provides a simple text-based API, allowing your application to synchronise with and adjust information from the North Device’s Essential Data. Ideal for home automation controllers.
Protec Fire Detection
this new version of the Protec v1.3 driver includes event support from latest protocol, and improved damper event support.
Ziton ZP2 Fire
this new version of ZitonZP v1.2 includes more event storage, support for our latest fire object model, and a minor change to the alarm format. New-style documentation is also available.
Geist PDU
this new version of the GeistPDU v1.2 is now compatible with a larger range of PDUs.
Alarm Set
receives North-format alarms, and signals the event by setting an object value within another device. The new version of AlmSet v1.1 driver includes more signals, and an option to ignore case. New-style documentation in also available.
North Zip I/O
added support for new M7006 modules, and resolved an issue with echo corruption on noisy networks.
GSM SMS Gateway
updated SMS interface, and new-style documentation.
Other updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Carel, Cylon, Helvar, Modbus, ModbusTCP, PowerOne, and Advanced4000.

April 2014

This release of ObSys includes several enhancements:

  • ObServer now starts automatically when launching ObSys applications – just launch Start Engineering to begin
  • ObView has more views optimized for engineering – look out for the ‘Extras’ menu and try the new Modbus default views
  • We have started to release our new-style documentation – easy-to-follow tutorials and driver manuals
  • New drivers include JAM Aqualarm leak detection, Giacomini, Helvar lighting, and Rotex Solaris solar
  • Several drivers now load a default configuration on first use, so you have less to engineer
  • Commander drivers (CDMs) are now included

We have removed support of some older products from the ObSys setup. Support for Compass and Commander v1.0 products can now be found in a separate download.

ObSys

ObServer
ObServer now starts automatically when launching ObView, Alarm Manager, or Data Manager. ObServer has a new-style start window, and the icon has been removed from task bar.
The following built-in drivers are updated with this version:
  • Alarm Emailer – AlmEmail v2.2 features Improved routing of alarms. [Note: any existing configuration will clear on updating to this version]
  • Alarm History – General performance improvements.
  • Alarm Store – Added object to delete all alarms when store is full.
  • Essential Data – This new version of UserData v2.3 includes a new profile object type.
  • North IP Devices – IPBus v2.1 includes enhancements to support ObView ‘Extras’ menu features, and improved network scanning.
  • ObVerse Processor - New modules types added include Linearize, BitToNum, NumToBit, BitsToByte, and ByteToBits.
  • Security Server – TokenMax v2.0 resolves an issue of writing an incorrect privilege level.
  • Telnet – Improved performance of incoming TCP/IP connections.
  • Time Control – This new version of CalTimer v2.0 includes a new profile object type and 20 new profile objects.
  • WebView Server –WebView v1.3 has been updated to support the new profile object type, and the latest Time Control module. Some minor issues have also been resolved.
ObView
ObView and Start Engineering now launch ObServer if not running. Improved support when using a touchscreen device, and additional helper views and tools added – look out for the ‘Extras’ menu.
Alarm Manager
Alarm Manager now launches ObServer if not running. Resolved some minor issues.
Data Manager
Now launches ObServer if not running. Resolved some minor issues.
WebView Editor
Minor enhancements including no longer auto-connecting to the last server, and local files moved to user’s documents folder.
OBV Editor
Added support for adding custom modules (ObView processes only).
Object Editor
Support for new profile object type.
Product Documents
The new version of Helper supports our new range of product documentation – driver manuals now include all the information you need in a single document, and improved keyword searching.

Commander

Commander Firmware
The latest firmware for Commander v2.0 (build 01/03/14) includes improved Ethernet performance on large networks, a reset reason, and information on the last NTP server synchronisation. We recommend updating to this version.
The following built-in drivers are updated with this version:
  • Alarm Emailer – AlmEmail v2.2 features improved routing of alarms and resolves an authentication issue with SMTP servers.
  • Alarm History – General performance improvements.
  • Essential Data – This new version of UserData v2.3 includes a new profile object type.
  • North IP Devices – IPBus v2.1 includes an enhancement to support ObView ‘Extras’ menu features, and improved network scanning.
  • ObVerse Processor - New modules types added include Linearize, BitToNum, NumToBit, BitsToByte, and ByteToBits.
  • Security Server – TokenMax v2.0 resolves an issue of writing an incorrect privilege level.
  • Telnet – Improved performance of incoming TCP/IP connections.
  • Time Control – This new version of CalTimer v2.0 includes a new profile object type and 20 new profile objects.
Web Server
The web server (C2Web v1.1 build 25/02/14) has been updated to support the new profile object type and latest Time Control module.

Drivers

This release also includes several new drivers for ObServer and Commander, including: JAM Aqualarm i-Zone water leak detection, Giacomini GIACOKLIMA system, Helvar lighting, and Rotex Solaris solar thermal system.

Advanced MxPro Fire Systems
The new version of the Advanced4000 v1.2 driver adds support for damper devices, caches detector labels, and improves network scanning. This version also resolves an issue with repeated normal alarms when ignore isolations is enabled, and a CRC calculation problem. New style documentation is also available.
Kentec Syncro Fire Detection
The new version of the Kentec v1.3 driver includes improved network scanning, increased number of sub-addresses supported, and on-board I/O support on loop 0. New style documentation is also available.
Meaco Radio Telemetry
The new version of the Meaco v1.2 driver has been updated for compatibility with latest Meaco sensor range. New style documentation is also available.
Modbus over Serial Line
The new version of the Modbus v1.1 driver includes improved device scanning, a default baud rate and other parameters are set on initialisation, and some configuration objects have moved to an advanced section – including a new exception device-type list. A problem when writing to a bit value has also been resolved. Enhanced ObView pages are now available for default Modbus devices, enabling faster engineering. New style documentation is also available.
Modbus over TCP/IP
The ModbusTCP v2.0 driver includes improved compatibility when connecting to certain devices, and resolves a problem when writing to a bit value.Enhanced ObView pages are now available for default Modbus devices, enabling faster engineering. New style documentation is also available.
Philips LightMaster Lighting System
This new version of the PhilipsLM v1.1 driver includes enhacements to add a DALI error count, and an option to disable communications with an area controller whilst engineering.
North Zip I/O
ZipMaster v1.1 includes support for the new profile object type, and improves reliability when a corrupt device type message is received. When a display is connected to the network, this update improves editing of a time value, and resolves a conflict with modules at address 0. New style documentation is also available.
BACnet/IP
BACnetIP v2.1 resolves an issue with messages received from a BBMB, improving response to BACnet I AM messages. New style documentation is also available.
SMS
The new version of GSMSMS v1.2 now supports more users.
Echelon LonWorks
LonSLTA v1.2 now sets a default baud rate for the SLTA on initialisation. Support for latest SNVT types has been added and new style documentation is also available.
Other Updates
This release also includes minor enhancements to the following drivers: Carel, CSVStore, EIB, Eltek, Gent, MBus, MFidelio, and SkiData.