Scheduling refers to changing the value of data points on a timely basis using a time schedule. The schedule contains a weekly schedule, exception days (e.g. holidays), and date periods (e.g. vacation time). The scheduling feature works locally on LOYTEC devices and can be enabled depending on an enable data point.
All LOYTEC devices supporting the scheduling function feature a built-in battery buffered Real Time Clock (RTC). Schedules can change the state of a binary data point or the value of an analog data point. This occurs independently of the underlying communication technology (CEA-709, BACnet, DALI, M-Bus, Modbus, KNX, etc.) or the underlying, physical data point of a L-IOB I/O Module.
Generic schedulers – like generic trends and alarms – can be created, that are neither CEA-709 nor BACnet objects. They are beneficial for creating technology-independent applications. Generic schedulers can write to any technology as well as data point favorites and are the ideal solution if configured via LWEB-900 only.
LOYTEC devices with a BACnet interface use the standardized BACnet schedule and calendar object to map the schedule. A separate BACnet schedule object is created for each schedule. BACnet calendar objects are used for defining exception days. The BACnet schedule object allows scheduling of a single value at a time (multistate, analog, or binary). More than one scheduled value or different data types at a time are not possible. Using the client mapping function, it is possible to access remote BACnet scheduler objects. This allows reading and modifying schedules of third-party devices.
LOYTEC devices for LonMark Systems (CEA-709) support CEA-709 schedulers and CEA-709 calendars via standard LonMark objects. For CEA-709 schedules, more than one data point can be configured, possibly of different data type, for which a set of different values can be scheduled at a time.
Schedules are executed autonomously on LOYTEC devices. The schedules and scheduled values can be viewed and configured in LWEB‑900, LWEB‑802/803, L-VIS Touch Panels, or on the device’s Web interface using the built-in web server. The distributed schedules on LOYTEC devices can be managed by the LWEB‑900 Building Management System. LWEB‑900 allows grouping schedules, building a hierarchical structure, and configuring schedules efficiently.