QuickServer Gateway (LonWorks)
QuickServer is a high performance, fully configurable, cost-effective Building and Industrial Automation gateway for integrators to easily interface devices to networks in commercial buildings and industrial plants.
System integrators worldwide have benefitted from the value of the powerful line of interoperability gateways offered by FieldServer. Now, QuickServer adds to that value by running the same robust FieldServer protocol conversion software on a highly cost-effective platform backed by the experience, engineering expertise and proven technical support that integrators have come to expect from FieldServer.
QuickServer is available in two series:
The FS-QS-1X11 Series is preloaded with two BAS drivers (one RS485 serial port, one LonWorks Port, and one Ethernet port) drivers from a choice of at least 150 Protocols. There is a basic QuickServer that can handle up to 250 points and an enhanced QuickServer that can handle 500 points.
The FS-QS-1X21 Series is preloaded with two BAS drivers (one RS232 serial port, one LonWorks Port, and one Ethernet port) drivers from a choice of at least 150 Protocols. There is a basic QuickServer that can handle up to 250 points and an enhanced QuickServer that can handle 500 points.
Each QuickServer includes browser-based tools to make it easy to set-up QuickServer and perform diagnostics including determination of status, network settings, node information, map descriptors and more. The USB flash drive also includes the Discovery utility to determine what FieldServers are on a network.
The LonWorks driver allows the FieldServer to transfer data to and from devices using LonWorks protocol over the TP-FT/10 channel amongst others. The LonWorks FieldServers can emulate either a Server or Client.
The FS-B30, QuickServer, and SlotServer Series FieldServers have a built-in LonWorks Interface and a Fieldbus connection is available on the FieldServer.
The FS-B30 and the SlotServer can handle up to 4096 Network Variables which can be of the Standard Network Variable Types (SNVT) and/or User-defined Network Variable Types (UNVT), and the QuickServer can handle 250 Network Variables (or a limit of 500 for the enhanced model).
The Ethernet DNP 3.0 driver allows the FieldServer to transfer data to and from devices over Ethernet using DNP 3.0 protocol. The FieldServer can emulate either a Server of Client. The DNP 3.0 Ethernet Driver adheres to and supports the framework specified by the IEEE 1815-2012 Standard for electrical power system communications.
The following information was copied form the DNP 3.0 User Group Internet site.
The development of DNP3 was a comprehensive effort to achieve open, standardsbased Interoperability between substation computers, RTUs, IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices) and master stations (except inter-master station communications) for the electric utility industry. Also important was the time frame; the need for a solution to meet today's requirements. As ambitious an undertaking as this was, we reached this objective. And since the inception of DNP, the protocol has also become widely utilized in adjacent industries such as water / waste water, transportation and the oil and gas industry.
DNP3 is based on the standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 57, Working Group 03 who have been working on an OSI 3 layer "Enhanced Performance Architecture" (EPA) protocol standard for telecontrol applications. DNP3 has been designed to be as close to compliant as possible to the standards as they existed at time of development with the addition of functionality not identified in Europe but needed for current and future North American applications (e.g. limited transport layer functions to support 2K block transfers for IEDs, RF and fiber support). DNP3 has been selected as a Recommended Practice by the IEEE C.2 Task Force; RTU to IED Communications Protocol.
DNP3 is an open and public protocol. In order to ensure interoperability, longevity and upgradeability of, protocol the DNP3 Users Group has taken ownership of the protocol and assumes responsibility for its evolution. The DNP3 Users Group Technical Committee evaluates suggested modifications or additions to the protocol and then amends the protocol description as directed by the Users Group members.
DNP3 Features: DNP3 offers flexibility and functionality that go far beyond conventional communications protocols. Among its robust and flexible features DNP3 includes:
- Output options
- Secure configuration/file transfers
- Addressing for over 65,000 devices on a single link
- Time synchronization and time-stamped events
- Broadcast messages
- Data link and application layer confirmation
DNP3 was originally designed based on three layers of the OSI seven-layer model: application layer, data link layer and physical layer. The application layer is objectbased with objects provided for most generic data formats. The data link layer provides for several methods of retrieving data such as polling for classes and object variations. The physical layer defines most commonly a simple RS-232 or RS-485 interface.
DNP3 is very efficient for a layered protocol while ensuring high data integrity
DNP3 Benefits: Because DNP3 is based on the IEC 870-5 requirements, DNP3 is suitable for application in the entire SCADA environment. This includes RTU to IED communications, master to remote communications, and even peer-to-peer instances and network applications.
Being an object-based application layer protocol, DNP3 has the flexibility to support multiple operating modes such as poll-response, polled report-by-exception, unsolicited responses and peer-to-peer. It permits multiple masters and encourages distributed intelligence.
Users can expect many benefits from using DNP3. In the short term:
- Interoperability between multi-vendor devices
- Fewer protocols to support in the field
- Reduced software costs
- No protocol translators needed
- Shorter delivery schedules
- Less testing, maintenance and training
- Improved documentation
- Independent conformance testing
- Support by independent users group and third-party sources (e.g. test sets, source code)
QuickServer Gateway (LonWorks)
- Operating Temperature: -40 to 75°C (-40 to 167°F)
- Relative Humidity: 5-90% RH non-condensing
9-30V DC or 12-24V AC
(RS-422 = 15-30V DC or 12-24V AC)
(M-Bus = 12-24V DC)
Current draw: @ 12V
- FS-QS-1010, FS-QS-12X0: 240 mA
- FS-QS-1011, FS-QS-12X1: 250 mA
- Slave: 550 mA @ 12V
- Master (1 Slave): 580 mA @ 12V
- Master (64 Slave): 980 mA @ 12V
- Dimensions (WxDxH): 4.5x2.9x1.6 in. (11.5x7.4x4.1cm
- Weight: 0.4 lbs (0.2 Kg)
- Input voltage: 24 V DC nominal: 10-30V DC
- Capacity: 250 points FS-QS-10X1. (500 points FS-QS-12X1)
- Table, Wall or DIN rail mount
- Baud: 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200
- Start Bit: 7, 8
- Stop Bit: 1, 2
- Parity: Even, Odd, None
LonMark Certification on the QuickServer FS-QS-1XX1-XXXX
- SPID: 80:00:95:46:00:84:04:01
- Profiles: 0000 - Node object (1), 0001 - Open Loop Sensor Object (5), 0003 - Open Loop Actuator Object (5)
- Ethernet: 1, 2
- Parity: 10/100 BaseT
- TUV Approved: to UL 916, EN 60950-1, EN 50491-3 and CSA C22.2 standards
- BTL Mark:
- LonMark Certified: (FS-QS-1011 and FS-QS-12X1)
- RoHS Compliant
- GOST-R Certified
- CE and FCC
FST - Lonworks Approvals
The following FieldServer Platforms are LonMark Certified:
The FieldServer provides the capability of defining multiple functional blocks, but only a single LonMark object. The user can create multiple functional blocks or a LonMark object by filling out the Node SelfDocumentation String and the respective Network Variable Self-documentation String fields in the FieldServer configuration file.
Standards & Certification
LonWorks became and ANSI standard in 1999, and subsequently became a widely adopted global standard. The standard is supported and maintained by LonMark International. Standards include:
LonMark International is responsible for certification, education, and promotion of interoperability standards for the benefit of manufacturers, integrators, and end users. LonMark International has developed extensive product certification standards and tests to provide the integrator and user with confidence that products from multiple manufacturers can work together.
Sierra Monitors FieldServer has more LonMark Certified gateways for integrators and OEMs that carry the LonMark logo than any other gateway manufacturer. For more information about our LonMark Certified products, visit the LonMark International Product Certification Directory.
Certified Products are listed here:
https://www.lonmark.org/products/search check for updates
|FS-B2011 Serial/Ethernet/LonWorks® Gateway||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.4||TP/FT-10|
|FS-B3510 Serial/Ethernet/LonWorks® Multiport Gateway||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.4||TP/FT-10|
|FS-B4011 Serial/Ethernet/LonWorks® 10-port Gateway||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.4||TP/FT-10|
|ProtoCarrier/ProtoCessor FPC-CD2 Daughter Card Gateway for OEMs||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.4||TP/FT-10|
|ProtoCessor FPC-F04 Embedded Gateway Module for OEMs||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.4||TP/FT-10|
|ProtoNode LER External Protocol Gateway for OEMs||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.4||TP/FT-10|
|QuickServer FS-QS-1XY1 Gateway for LonWorks®||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.4||TP/FT-10|
|Liebert SiteLink-12 LonWorks® Adapter||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.3||TP/FT-10|
|SlotServer LonWorks® Open Interface||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.3||TP/FT-10|
|FS-B2011-01 Water Temp Sensor||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.2||TP/FT-10|
|Cleaver Brooks Adapter for LonWorks®||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.3||TP/FT-10|
|Discharge Air Controller||Manufacturer||Version||Transceiver|
|FieldServer Data Aire DAP Adapter for LonWorks®||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.3||TP/FT-10|
|FieldServer Caterpillar EMCP II Adapter||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.3||TP/FT-10|
|FieldServer Kohler 550 Adapter||Sierra Monitor Corporation||3.3||TP/FT-10|
Lonworks - LonWorks Protocol
A set of services is offered by the LonWorks Protocol that enables all devices in the network to transmit and receive messages to and from other devices via their application program— requiring no acquaintances with network topology or the other devices’ names, addresses, or functions. Besides, LonWorks Protocol can be made to deliver authentic, high priority messages within delimited transaction times. Moreover Network management services allow remote network management tool’s interaction with devices over the network; making them capable to reconfigure network addresses and parameters, download application programs, report network problems and Start/stop/reset device application programs. Consequently it’s relatively easy to employ LonWorks network over any medium, including power line, twisted pair, radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR), coaxial cable, and fiber optics.
Lonworks is another communications protocol useful in building automation applications. The protocol was developed by the Echelon Corporation in the late 1990s. Lonworks originally transformed from Echelon’s earlier “Lontalk”, and was submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for acceptance. Lonworks was designed on a low bandwidth platform for networking devices through powerlines, fiber optics, and other media.
The entire Lonworks package consists of the following components by the Echelon Corporation:
- Lonworks – communications protocol (ANSI/EIA 709.1, and others).
- Echelon’s “Neuron” chip (Three 8-bit inline processor). Two are used by Lonworks, and one as a general application processor.
- Twisted-pair and/or powerline transceivers to transmit Lonworks protocol.
- LNS Network Operating System is the required software.
- Internet connectivity through Standard Network Variable Types (SNVTs) or with LonMark profiles.
- LonMaker allows interoperability among devices.
Lonworks has various advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include:
- Less architecture at the device level.
- Numerous developers of Lonworks products in the market.
- Lonworks devices are close to “plug & play” ability, but still far from achieving interconnectivity in today’s computers using Microsoft Windows.
The disadvantages of Lonworks are presented in the following list:
- Less architecture causes controlled devices and variables to be connected to a separate control device. Most designers do not recommend this type of architecture because network interruptions could eventually produce system failures.
- The protocol is proprietary, and not truly open to the public. Only actual members, mostly manufacturers are included in standard development(s).
- Extensions within Lonworks are allowable only through the LonMark Consortium.
- Hardware specific, and requires the Neuron chip for network movement of the protocol.
Lonworks - LonWorks Applications
Amongst the extensive range of LonWorks technology applications the vital nine are listed below:
- Semiconductor manufacturing
- Lighting control systems
- Energy management systems
- Heating/ventilation/air-conditioning systems
- Security systems
- Home automation
- Consumer appliance controls
- Public street lighting, monitoring, and control
- Gas station control
Lonworks - Building Control Networks
A P2P (peer to peer) architecture is undoubtedly the preeminent way to build control networks. Being exclusive of a single master control, P2P-based control network confers high reliability and high performance to its users. Unlike other control networks, in P2P architectures, there is absolutely free and open communication between network devices which automatically puts a stop to the system collapses that could occur whenever the master stops working.
Lonworks - Neuron
A processor identified as Neuron chip embracing three 8- bit inline processors designed by Echelon is well optimized for control network devices. Out of three processors: two are committed for the communications protocol and one is a general-purpose applications processor. Standardization of the variables used to illustrate physical things to LonWorks is maintained by LonMark International and each standard is known as Standard Network Variable Types (SNVTs). LNS Network Operating System is a mandatory software component of open control systems which ensures an open environment for extending, maintaining, and managing LonWorks based system
Lonworks - Introduction
LonWorks is not just a protocol or physical layer for communication but an exclusively designed networking technology platform to install, maintain, monitor and sense various automation and control applications. Essentially LonWorks was established for a range of automation functions within buildings such as lighting and HVAC. Invented by Echelon Corporation, the fundamental communications platform, twisted pair signaling technology, power line signaling technology, and IP tunneling method constitutes a global standard documented ISO/IEC 14908.
Lonworks - Software - XIFdump
Another useful utility is XIFDUMP. It is a report generator (DOS), and it allows you to generate reports (text file) from a XIF files.
Lonworks - Software - NodeUtil
What happens if you need to learn about a Lonworks network and it devices but you haven’t been provided with the database or if you don’t have LonMaker?
NodeUtil is a Lonworks utility that can be used to explore Lonworks networks and devices without having LonMaker. All you need is a device such as an Echelon U10/U20 USB Network Interface.
Using NodeUtil you can discover devices , learn about the Domains, SubNets, NodeID’s. You can also upload the XIF file from specific nodes.
More Nodeutil Downloads available: HERE
Lonworks - Software - Lonmaker
LonMaker is a Windows GUI based network/device management tool for Echelon LonWorks. It can be used for initial network setup and functioning as a management console on a completed network.
Lonworks - Why are Lonworks communications so good
The communications between all Lonworks devices is done by means of a proprietry chip (The Neuron chip) made according to one design by one company according to one standard which it wrote on its own. It’s obvious that there are so many less aspects of the data communications process that can go wrong when there is a single entity involved. When a device vendor implements a Lonworks System Interface he simply has to implement the application layer of the data communication process. For almost all other protocols the device vendor must implement the physical layer, data link layer, the Network Layer, The transport Layer, The Session Layer, the Presentation Layer and the Application Layer. You can see how many more areas of risk there are.
When Echelon released the standard, their license terms required anyone who implements it to implement the full standard. The fact that other vendors can’t cherry pick features and services means that even when implemented by other vendors you still have the same strong chance of success.
Lonworks - Jargon Watch
Lonworks – a wide ranging term generally applied to describe the whole technology developed by Echelon. It is used frequently and ambiguously.
LonTalk – A registred trademark belonging to Echelon. They use it as the name of the protocol used for data communications in a Lonworks system. Ie. It is the brandname protocol. Echelon released this protocol so it could be adopted as a standard – ANSI-approved standard EIA/CEA-709.1-A-1999 – SO/IEC Standard 14908 or European standard EN14908.
Lonworks - How to - Commissioning and Binding
How to Commission and Bind using Lonmaker. CAS can configure Lonworks gateways so Commissioning and Binding can be avoided. Call our Tech Sipport for more info.