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Time Control

Open the Time Tasks dialog to define tasks that the camera performs at specific points in time (most often recurring periodically). A typical example would be to update an image on a website every 10 minutes between 7 am and 9 pm every day.

Note: In order to properly test the time task, make sure that the first occurrence is at least one minute in the future. If this is not the case, the time task will not be executed!

Configuring Time Tasks

Actions and messages that can be executed as time tasks

Action/Message Description
Restore last configuration

The last permanently stored configuration is retrieved. Temporary setting are lost.

Use this action to reset all cameras periodically which can be accessed by several persons at user level (e.g. for testing purposes).

Rebooting the camera

In order to ensure that the camera functions operate as desired, it is recommended to reboot the camera periodically.

By its factory default settings, the camera will reboot every morning at 3:36 am.

Triggering a Time Task (TT) event

Triggers an event following a certain time scheme.

Note: In case this action is not be displayed, activate the Time Tasks (TT) option in the Event Settings dialog and reload this dialog.

FTP "<profile name>":
Current image

FTP "<profile name>":
Event Archive

Select one of the FTP profiles that you have created in the FTP Profiles dialog and set the action of your choice:

  • Current Image: Stores the current image on the FTP server. Use this action to store periodic images on a website, for example.
  • Event Archive: Downloads all events as compressed archive file on the FTP server.

Note:

  • After the images have been transferred, they are deleted in the RAM.
  • The compressed archive file can be several MB in size.
  • If these actions are not displayed, create a profile in the FTP Profiles dialog and reload this dialog.
E-Mail "<profile name>"

Select one of the e-mail profiles that you have created in the E-Mail Profiles dialog in order to send e-mails periodically.

Note: If this action is not displayed, create a new profile in the E-Mail Profiles dialog and reload this dialog.
Phone call "<profile name>"

Select one of the profiles you have created in the Phone Profiles dialog and the camera will call periodically.

Note: If this action is not displayed, create a new profile in the Phone Profiles dialog and reload this dialog.
IP Notify "<profile name>"

Select one of the IP Notify profiles that you have created in the IP Notify Profiles dialog to send the IP message periodically.

Note: If the desired IP message is not displayed, create a new profile in the IP Notify Profiles dialog and reload this dialog.
Play audio message "<file name>"

Select one of the audio files that you have created in the Manage Audio Messages dialog in order to play back the audio file over the camera's speaker periodically.

Note: If this action is not displayed, record a new audio file in the Manage Audio Messages dialog and reload this dialog.

Numeric Values of the Time Fields

Time Field Possible Values
minutes Minutes from 0 .. 59
Hours

Hours from 0 .. 23

Caution: This field is evaluated without considering the minutes. This may lead to the camera transferring images from 7 am until 7:59 pm if you have entered 7-19 in this and "*" in the Minutes field.
See also: Examples
Days of Month Days of the month from 1 .. 31
Months Months from 1 .. 12
Week Days Days of the week 0 .. 7, with 0 = Sunday, 1 = Monday, ... 6 = Saturday, 7 = Sunday
Note: When filling out the time fields, you can only use numbers.

Combined Time Field Entries

You can enter a numeric value for a point in time, an asterisk "*", a list, a range or an interval:

Character Function Description
  Numeric Value A numeric value means at this point in time: 12 in the Minutes time field means at the 12th minute.
* Every The asterisk "*" means every: "*" in the Hours time field means at every hour.
, List You can combine several numeric values to form a list: 3,6,8 in the Days of Month time field means on the 3rd, 6th and 8th of every month.
- Range

You can enter a range in time field. 7-9 in the Months time field means from the 7th month (July) to the 9th month (September).

Note that the smaller numeric value always comes first. Thus, entering 22-5 in the Hours field returns an error. In this case, you need to enter two ranges (22-23,0-5), or you could define two tasks.

/ Interval
(from - to)

You can shorten a list by entering an interval: 7-18/2 in the Hours time field means from 7 am to 6 pm, every second hour.

The entry corresponds to the following list: 7,9,11,13,15,17.

*/ Interval
(every x ...)

You may also combine an interval with an asterisk (*): */10 in the Minutes field means every 10 minutes, starting with minute 00.

Note:

Values that are larger than 1/2 of the maximum value (e.g. >30 for minutes) only make sense for certain exceptions, as the task will be executed once at minute 00 and then again after the interval.

Example: Entering */50 will execute the task once at minute 00, then again at minute 50.

Note: Enter at least one number in one of the time fields. A task is rejected if you have entered asterisks in every time field.

Examples

minutes Hours Days of Month Months Week Days Explanation
*/10 7-21 * * * The task is executed every 10 minutes between 7 am and 9:50 pm every day. If you would like to store images from 7 am to 9 pm sharp, create two time tasks (see next example).

*/10

0

7-20

21

*

*

*

*

*

*

If you would like the task to be performed on the hour for the last time, you need to define a second task with this exact hour and the value 0 for minutes.
These two tasks now work as follows:

  • The first task is executed every 10 minutes between 7 am and 8:50 pm every day.
  • The second task is performed just once every day, at 9:00 pm.
*/10 7-15 * 6-9 2,4 The task is executed every 10 minutes between 7 am and 3:50 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June to September.
*/15 8-16 * * 1-5 The task is executed every 15 minutes between 8 am and 4:45 pm from Monday to Friday.

Options

At the right border of the dialog, two option switches per defined task are displayed:

inactive The task is deactivated although the definition remains in the configuration.
Delete The task is deactivated and will be deleted from the configuration.
Note: The Remove option is only available for stored tasks.

Storing the Configuration

Click on the Set button to activate your settings and to save them until the next reboot of the camera.

Click on the Close button to close the dialog. While closing the dialog, the system checks the entire configuration for changes. If changes are detected, you will be asked if you would like to store the entire configuration permanently.

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