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  • Wireless Mesh

  • Web-based Scheduling

  • Alerts

  • Overrides

  • Continuous Monitoring

  • Graphs & Analysis

Coris Wireless Mesh

SELF-CONFIGURING & SELF-HEALING

In a typical wireless setup, all devices must communicate directly with the router. The design is similar to a wheel, where the hub is the router and the spokes are the connections to the devices. Each device needs to be specially configured in order to join the network. Out at the edges of the wheel, the wireless signal becomes weak and unreliable.

CORIS MESH NETWORKING | Unlike the typical wireless setup, the innovative CORIS wireless mesh network is based on the design of a net, where the devices are intersecting points—called nodes—that both transmit and receive info from each other. The wireless signal can hop from the Internet connection point (the Gateway) out through the nodes, as many as five times before reaching the edge of the mesh. Each device acts as its own hub and communicates with its peers. If a node on the mesh is blocked by interference, the traveling signal simply hops over to another node, healing and re-configuring all on its own. And the signal at the edges of the mesh is as robust as it is nearest the Gateway.
 
 
Web-Based Scheduling
SCHEDULE YOUR DEVICES WITH MINUTE-TO-MINUTE PRECISION
Each CORIS device has a simple scheduling interface. Whether you’re putting water coolers on a typical workday schedule using Outlet Modules or configuring temperature settings for your vacation home with our Internet Controlled Thermostat, the desired options and settings appropriate to each device are available. If you have multiple devices following the same schedule, simply create the schedule and it can be applied to an entire folder of devices. Our interface allows you to start simple and add layers of customization.The screenshot below shows what a user would see while automating their office’s thermostat settings via the web.
The screenshot shows what a user would see while automating their office's thermostat settings via the web.
Alerts
ALERTS CUSTOMIZED TO YOUR NEEDS
ANY SCENARIO | A very powerful feature of CORIS technology is its ability to notify people. The CORIS server will send out messages to any number of people, once specified conditions are met and a user-defined delay interval elapses.
The most commonly used alerts are:
  • Temperature is too high or too low—for protecting facilities, food, medicines and other temperature sensitive items
  • Motion is detected when a facility is closed
  • Water is detected, especially in basements and sump pits
  • Communications with the remote sensor or control has been lost—possibly indicating power outage or other problem
  • Schedules or temperature settings on thermostats are being overridden by local users
Alerts can also be set up to monitor other CORIS controller or sensor status, or even external factors (weather, price of electricity, demand response signals from utility, etc.)
 
Overrides
 
OVERRIDE WITH SENSORS, BUTTONS OR BROWSERS
CORIS devices get most of their intelligence from the CORIS servers, where users have established schedules, selected sensor options, set up alerts, etc. Every so often, though, something comes up that makes it desirable to override the “rules” that are stored in the CORIS servers that control the local CORIS device. In these cases, the server controls if the local “rules” can be overridden; and if so, for how long before the server rules go back into effect. At the end of the override period, the schedule takes control again to ensure energy savings. Some examples of this are:
  • CORIS Outlet Modules control window air conditioners—A cleaning crew comes into an office and touches the button on the side of the Outlet Module, and the air conditioner is turned on for 15 minutes (time interval set on server) so they can clean the office at a more comfortable temperature. The air conditioner then automatically shuts off after 15 minutes.
  • CORIS Thermostat in a classroom—If a teacher comes into a classroom and feels cold, he or she can manually adjust the thermostat to a warmer temperature. The thermostat turns up the heat for one hour (set by server), and later reverts to the temperature that is stored in the active schedule.
  • CORIS Lighting Controls in a gymnasium—A PhysEd teacher decides to hold a make-up practice on a Saturday in the gym, but the lights are scheduled to be off for the weekend. The teacher logs into the CORIS server, and overrides the schedule for 3 hours, turning the lights on in the gym.
Folder Controls
 
SIMPLIFY ENERGY MANAGMENT WITH CENTRALIZED CONTROL
 
CORIS devices can be controlled together by organizing them into Folders. A single schedule will control all of them, or all the devices may be turned on/off with just one click. If desired, the schedule can be temporarily overridden from a single screen. Any PC, tablet, or cell phone can do the job. Hundreds, even thousands, of devices located anywhere in the same time zone can be controlled with a single command.
 
Folders make it easy to organize large numbers of devices by location or by schedule, similar to how file folders work on a PC, with simple “drag-and-drop” operation. CORIS Folders can contain all the devices in a particular department (all having the same schedule), or all the devices in a particular location (e.g. concession stand #6). There is no limit to the number folders and subfolders you can use—allowing sophisticated organization by schemes such as by country, by region, by city, by building, by floor, by department, etc.