What is required for a Polara iNX/iDX pushbutton retrofit?

This article contains information on the requirements for retrofitting a Polara iNX/iDX pushbutton into a compatible Carmanah beacon system.

Product applicability

The following products are discussed in this article:

  • Legacy: SC315, R920
  • E Series: R920-E and R820-E
  • F Series: R920-F and R820-F
  • G Series: SC315-G and R820-G

Carmanah began supporting the Polara iNX/iDX pushbutton in new installations starting 2020 Q4. A few of the benefits of the Polara iNX/iDX compared to its predecessor (Model X) are:

  • Reduced cost

  • Reduced power draw

  • No external control board required

  • Easier installation
  • ADA compliance using smaller Carmanah system (R920-E), if sustainable
  • Integrated Bluetooth with companion app for programming

  • Contactless activation sensor (iDX only)

Requirements:

A Solar Power Report (SPR) must be obtained from Carmanah in order to determine if the Polara iNX/iDX retrofit will be sustainable for your location. Please provide the following information when contacting Carmanah or your distributor:

  • Location of the installation (Google Street View link preferred)

  • Serial number of the system

  • Age of the system

  • Firmware version of the Energy Management System (EMS)

The following systems are compatible with a Polara iNX/iDX retrofit:

Model¹

 

Existing Pushbutton

 

Energy Management System (EMS) Minimum Firmware Version²

 

New Pushbutton Harness Needed?

 

New Energy Management System Needed (EMS)³

 

Polara Bulldog

1.1.5.0

Yes

Yes (if not at version 1.1.5.0 or greater)

SC315

(single EMS only)

Polara Bulldog

Polara Model X

1.1.5.0

Yes

Yes (if not at version 1.1.5.0 or greater)

Polara Bulldog

1.1.5.0

Yes

Yes (if not at version 1.1.5.0 or greater)

Polara Bulldog

Polara Model X

1.1.5.0

Yes

Yes (if not at version 1.1.5.0 or greater)

Polara Bulldog

Polara Model X

1.1.5.0

Yes

Yes (if not at version 1.1.5.0 or greater)

 

¹ Not all legacy systems or configurations may be compatible
² There is a wide range of firmware versions that have been deployed over several hardware releases. Version 1.1.5.0 is for systems that are able to change the input type, “inpt”, between these options - NO, NC, BTTN.

³ EMS firmware is not field upgradable

 

The current firmware version is found via the on-board user interface menu:

 

Procedure:

Contact Carmanah if you have a Polara iNX/iDX retrofit opportunity. Retrofit kits will be available in the near future from Carmanah.

Fill out the form below if you would like to be contacted when they are available.