Bus SCS

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SCS is an acronym for "Sistema Cablaggio Semplificato" ("Simplified Wiring System"). It uses a fieldbus network protocol and has applications in the field of home automation and building automation. It is used mainly in bTicino and Legrand installations.

General features[edit]

An SCS bus is based on a sheathed twisted pair formed of two flexible conductors; these are braided and unshielded with isolation 300/500V, SELV as double isolation is required – according to the rules adopted by CEI (Italian Electrotechnical Committee). The bus is unpolarized, devices are required to support the DC power supply in both polarity.

Wiring[edit]

Two kind of wiring are possible:

  • Free cabling were a mix of bus and star topology are present, better for old houses
  • Star wiring were all devices are connected to the switch rack, better for new houses

Communication[edit]

Across the SCS bus four different types of signals are transmitted in frequency modulation:

  • Electricity supply via 27 Vdc
  • Data with a frequency clock of 9600 Hz
  • Sound
  • Video

The transmission protocol is the CSMA/CA.

Functions[edit]

Through the SCS bus you have the following functions:

  • Light control
  • Automation
  • Sound diffusion
  • Energy management
  • Thermoregulation
  • Video intercom
  • Alarm system

All the listed functions share the same technology and the same procedures for configuration / installation.

Configuration[edit]

All devices connected to SCS bus must be manually configured, no autolearn is possible, apart Alarm system and extenders. Configuration assign an address and an operating mode. Two kind of configurations are possible:

  • Physical - using numbered jumpers with different values resistor
  • Virtual - using a configuration software connected with an ethernet gateway. In this case the address and operating mode are written in a non volatile memory in every device. Applying a physical jumper override the virtual configuration wiping the memory.

Addressing details[edit]

Device addressing use three different 'digits' A|PL|GR. The A mean the room, the PL is the Point of Load in the room, and GR is the group. Group join loads in same or different rooms in a logical manner. Not all devices has group addressing. All devices must answer to room broadcast called AMB. All devices must answer to general broadcast called GEN. Physical and Virtual addressing has different limitations:

digits Physical Virtual note
A 1-9 0-10 11 rooms max in a single SCS domain
PL 1-9 0-15 A=0,PL=0 is forbidden, so 175 loads are addressable in a single SCS domain
GR 1-9 0-255 group

In big houses and buildings, SCS address extension is possible, were different address domains are connected via some bridges. Only some kind of messages can cross a bridge. Here the values of physical configuration jumpers:

marking color value code description
<empty> --- infinite --- default to virtual
0 green 4659 kOhm  ? digit
1 green 817 kOhm 3501/1 digit
2 green 673 kOhm 3501/2 digit
3 green 556 kOhm 3501/3 digit
4 green 471 kOhm 3501/4 digit
5 green 389 kOhm 3501/5 digit
6 green 329 kOhm 3501/6 digit
7 green 271 kOhm 3501/7 digit
8 green 218 kOhm 3501/8 digit
9 green 179 kOhm 3501/9 digit
GEN blue  ? kOhm 3501/GEN general broadcast
GR blue  ? kOhm 3501/GR group broadcast
AMB blue  ? kOhm 3501/AMB room broadcast
AUX blue  ? kOhm 3501/AUX auxiliary channel
ON blue  ? kOhm 3501/ON send ON command
OFF blue  ? kOhm 3501/OFF send OFF command
0/1 blue  ? kOhm 3501/01 send toggle command
PUL blue  ? kOhm 3501/PUL button command monostable
SLA blue  ? kOhm 3501/SLA slave of another control
CEN blue  ? kOhm 3501/CEN advanced scenarios mode
↑↓ blue  ? kOhm 3501/T up/down for shutters
↑↓M blue  ? kOhm 3501/TM up/down for shutters monostable

Certifications[edit]

Devices connected to the SCS bus are IMQ-certified and comply with these product standards (International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) EN 50428 - IEC EN 60669-1/A1 - IEC EN 60669-2-1 - IEC EN 50090-2-2 - IEC EN 50090-2-3 ).

Integration[edit]

You can interact with the SCS bus through a gateway and an open high-level protocol called OpenWebNet. Two king of gateway exist:

These gateways are bidirectional; they translate SCS frames into OpenWebNet frames, and the other way round. The open protocol OpenWebNet shared by MyOpen community, let everybody to build software that iteract with SCS devices. SCS protocol is a proprietary bTicino protocol. Interaction with other field bus must happen only writing software that use OpenWebNet.

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