I'm working on a failsafe alarm system monitoring 12 separate normally- closed switches. When a switch is momentarily opens I want it's circuit to latch OPEN until I press a Reset.
I figured out how to have a normally closed switch latch a relay Open but it has 2 problems... 1) The relays are energized all the time so the 12 of them draw almost an Amp (they share a 'common'). 2) The circuit goes "tripped" (open) on power-up. I had to add a 555 circtuit to do a power-up reset.
I'd rather use solid state devices but am not sure the best way to do it. Latches, Flip-Flops, Comparators...?
I'm thinking of sending a couple mA@5V to the switches which then go to ground. When a switch opens the 'signal' line goes high and a comparator flips. The comparator output will throw an analog switch to OPEN. My question is how do I latch this?? Once I get that part I think I can figure out the Reset button.