The Idratek guys have been busy. As well as launching a new version of their website they’ve also just released a major new update of their Cortex software (version 25). In addition there are two new hardware modules available too.
“IDRATEK ANNOUNCES NEW SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE RELEASES – A new major release of IDRATEK’s hugely powerful Cortex software is now available. Incorporating numerous new features and enhancements, the new Cortex V25 also implements a variety of less visible foundational changes to support present and future developments.
A new Alarm object (Alarm Pro) has been added to the Cortex module options. The Alarm Pro object is designed to provide a single unified alarm feature to manage not only an intruder alarm but also continuously monitored alarm features (referred to as Environment Alarms). Multiple users with different credentials, 5 intruder alarm modes and 11 environmental alarm categories are just an example of the breadth of Alarm Pro.
Cortex V25 extends its energy management capabilities by introducing a specific object to handle the management of a thermal store, typically utilised in heating systems with solar panels as a secondary energy source.
Support for the transition to MS Windows 7 and a number of new hardware modules is also included. Transition to Cortex V25 remains free for existing customers. However users wishing to upgrade from V24 should read the release notes carefully in order to understand any configuration changes that need to be carried out. See: http://www.idratek.com/public/software/cortex/ReleaseNotes.pdf for further details.
HARDWARE RELEASES – A new PC/IDRANet interface module (PCU-001) is now officially released. The PCU-001 provides a USB data interface and conventional analogue audio interfaces. This module is mandatory for users wishing to operate in a Windows 7 environment but is also recommended to all new customers irrespective of operating system See: http://www.idratek.com/products/catalogue/pcu-001 for further details
Also released at this time is a new push button module. The DBI-001 is a dual button module with LED indicators and also incorporates two general purpose digital inputs with pulse counting capability. Ideal for simple user interactions such as light switching/dimming or blind control and for connecting any nearby switch type sensors into the IDRATEK network. See http://www.idratek.com/products/catalogue/dbi-001 for further details”