February 20, 2019
Edited May 8, 2019
What is a configuration mode?
Configuration modes are accessible through the configuration profile. Each profile can now support up to a total of five ‘modes’ — these modes allow G7 to temporarily change its behavior for different situations, and can be turned on and off through G7’s interface.
*If you are using G7x and G7 Bridge, please keep the following in mind:
If possible, please update all of your bridges to the latest firmware immediately following the release of this update. G7x can still use configuration modes safely with a bridge using old firmware, but the server will not know what mode G7x is in at any given time.
If you cannot update all bridges to the latest firmware immediately and you are concerned about not being able to track device modes, please continue using your current gas sampling protocol until all bridges have been updated.
Available configuration modes
This mode is the configuration you determine for everyday operation. G7 will operate using this mode as a default.
Pre entry mode is used before entering a space that could potentially contain dangerous gas. This mode can be used with or without a pump attachment, which will actively draw surrounding air in to its sensors and test gas levels.
This mode is meant to be used when the device user is wearing a self-contained or supplied air breathing apparatus and is entering an area that is known to have high gas levels.
Leak check mode can be used when checking for gas leaks in a particular area. This mode — like pre entry mode — can be used with or without a pump cartridge.
This mode is unique in that it is meant for general high-risk situations, such as an evacuation or travelling through a dangerous area. Unlike the other modes, you will never be timed out and must exit it manually.
This mode is unique in that a pump cartridge is required to use this mode, and it runs the pump continuously – such as for use in a hole-watch situation. Unlike the other modes, you will never be timed out and must exit it manually.
New features and settings
Drive safe check-in & operational while charging
This setting now has two functions; the drive safe check-in will automatically acknowledge check-ins and other yellow pending alarms when the device is travelling at speeds over 35 km/h (22mph). Additionally a new “operational while charging” feature will keep the device on while it is charging — this feature will also auto-acknowledge yellow pending alarms. G7 will continue to collect gas readings and go into alert if a gas event occurs.
This setting can be modified to mute yellow warning alarms including low gas alarms, incoming message notifications and low battery warnings.
The “pump required” toggle only appears under the pre entry and leak check mode tabs, and indicates whether a pump needs to be attached to G7 in order to access the mode. If this setting is enabled, this means that the mode will only show up in G7’s mode menu if a pump cartridge is attached. If the setting is disabled, the mode can be used anytime.
This feature is present in pre entry, SCBA and leak check mode, and functions similarly to a check-in. A timeout reminder countdown will appear on the device — when the countdown reaches zero, G7 will prompt the user to either extend their time in the mode, or exit the mode. Doing either action will also send a check-in to the portal. If the user does not respond to the timeout request, G7 will exit the mode and immediately request a check-in to ensure the user’s safety.
Gas alarm behavior
This setting defines alternate alarm behavior in the event that G7 detects gas. These behaviors are only displayed when the device is using pre entry, SCBA or leak check mode. There are three kinds of behavior G7 can display in these cases:
Normal alarm functionality — G7 behaves as it normally would. Low gas triggers a yellow warning alarm, while high gas, STEL and TWA events trigger a red alert, which are sent to monitoring personnel.
Displays red alerts as yellow alarms — All gas events are communicated with a yellow warning alarm. Gas-related alerts will not be sent to monitoring personnel.
Mute all alarms — G7 does not communicate any gas events with lights, vibrations or sound. It will still collect and show readings, but will not notify the user of any dangerous gas levels.
Accessing modes on G7
The new firmware update will involve a few changes to the device’s interface — the menu will be reorganized and will have new options available. One of these new options is a modes menu, which will redirect to a list of all available modes from the G7 configuration profile. Simply select a mode to turn it on. You will instantly notice that G7's screen will invert to white, indicating a mode other than normal is in use.
Pushing a firmware update
To update G7’s firmware, call our Customer Care team and provide your device’s unit ID. If the firmware can be updated, Customer Care will push the update. Simply restart the device to receive the updated firmware.
For more information about configuration modes, please refer to the configuration mode guide or contact Customer Care for help.