Extended route control

The ECoS offers many options for setting routes. Now you can define up to 8 conditions, which must be met in order to switch a route. Furthermore it is possible to respond to feedback contacts (occupancy or non-occupancy). Finally as from now it is possible to prevent the multiple triggering of a route (anti beat function).

We will explain these functions in the following example.

In order to facilitate these features you must have installed firmware version 3.5.0. or higher on your ECoS.


First call up “Route editing” as described in the ECoS manual. There you will find all new features. 

  • The page „Extended“ has been renamed „Properties“.
  • There is an additional page called „Switching conditions“

Remark: In order to edit a route the track voltage must be turned on thus assuring that accessories can be switched into their correct position, if necessary. The automatic triggering of a route is blocked during editing a route in order to avoid any unintended switching of routes.

There are some new options on the "Properties" page:

  • Switching delay: Here you can define the delay until the first accessory is switched after having activated a route.
  • Switching option: If the option “Do not switch activated route again” is ticked, then an already switched route will not be activated again even if all necessary conditions are met. We recommend ticking this option for all routes.
  • Group of routes: Each route can be assigned to 4 groups (“A” through “D”). You may turn off each group individually.

Notes: The switching delay is also active if you trigger the route manually (with a pen or your finger). This may lead to irritations. The anti beat device will not work in case of manual switching. In that case a route will always be switched.

For triggering a route one condition must be met. This condition may consist of up to 8 individual conditions, which all have to be met in order to activate the route (AND relation). All feedback contacts or accessories are suitable individual conditions.

Whether conditions for switching a route are met is always checked, whenever the status of one individual condition is changed.

Each of the 8 individual conditions has its own entry in the list, where the required switching status can also be seen.

Notes: The hitherto known switching contact has been automatically sorted as individual condition “1” (when converting the status). The manual switching of a route is always possible even if not all conditions defined here are met.

Click onto the field in order to change an individual condition.



Fist select the type of activator, namely feedback contact, accessory or nothing (by leaving that switching condition empty).


Feedback module:

Select the desired module and port. You may choose between occupancy feedback (changing from not occupied to occupied) and non-occupancy (changing from occupied to not occupied).



First select the desired accessory from the list.

Then move to the right and select the desired switching status (respectively signal aspect) of the accessory.

Then select at the bottom if the status should be met (“Switching status”) or not (“All other switching aspects”). This represents the inverse condition.

Note: Return to the switching conditions by clicking on “Back to overview”.

You may turn off one or more of the four route groups “A” through “D” at any time during operations. This is quite helpful when searching for errors.

To accomplish this, open the operating settings in the main menu.

Then select the groups, which you want to activate. Group "A" is the default setting; all routes will be automatically assigned to group “A” after the update.