Learn about the general types of Intrusion Detection devices and how they are used:

 

  1. Control Panel
  2. Contact Devices
  3. Motion Detector
  4. Photo Beam
  5. Passive Infrared
  6. Keypad
  7. Glass Break Detector
  8. Seismic Detector
  9. Hold-Up Switch
access control devices

 

Control Panel

   
Intrusion Detection Control Panel is a wall-mounted unit where the detection devices and wiring of the alarm points are ultimately connected and managed.
access control devices

Features:

  1. Central Processor
  2. Flash memory capable of handling multiple zones

Benefits:

  1. Retains user settings even when power is cut off
  2. Stores Alarm codes and Entry/Exit times

 

Contact Device

   
Contact Devices are used on any accessible door/window opening to activate alarm signals.
intrusion detection contact switches

Features:

  1. Allows intrusion panel to detect when a door/window is opened
  2. Audible alert each time a door opens

Benefits:

  1. Acts as first line of detection
  2. Increases ability to partition specific areas of the business

 

Motion Detector

   
Motion Detectors detect moving objects, specifically people.
motion sensor

Features:

  1. Can detect motion/heat/vibration depending on type
  2. Perform well indoors/outdoors depending on type

Benefits:

  1. Provides more conclusive evidence when there is both contact AND motion detection
  2. Allows detection of an individual inside a specifc area of a building after entry

 

Photo Beam

   
A Photo Beam Motion Sensor is a device that transmits a beam across an open area to detect movement.
photoelectric beam

Features:

  1. Coverage area varies by model
  2. Dual or Quad Beam configurations

Benefits:

  1. Good for spot motion detection
  2. Allows for external detection in fenced areas

 

Passive Infrared Sensor

   
Passive Infrared, or PIR sensor, detects movement by body heat.
passive infrared sensor

Features:

  1. Ranges up to 40 feet
  2. Detects heat differential and frequency of movement in protected areas

Benefits:

  1. Good for detection at choke points
  2. Provides secondary evidence of intrusion upon a contact device alert

 

Key Pads

   
The keypad is the main customer interface for arming/disarming the intrusion system.
intrusion detection keypad

Features:

  1. Can be touchpad or LCD Keypad
  2. Supports alphanumeric with custom configurable icons

Benefits:

  1. Allows for bypassing of devices
  2. Facilitates adding/removing pass codes
  3. Allows users to see history or send for help

 

Glass Break Sensor

   
The Glass Break Sensor detects the sound frequencies of breaking glass.
glass break detector

 Features:

  1. Detection ranges up to 15 feet
  2. Window coating and laminates must be taken into consideration when used

Benefits:

  1. Increases the protection perimeter by detecting break-in attempt before someone enters
  2. Increases protection in areas with consistent motion, helping to reduce false alarms

 

Seismic Sensor

   
Seismic Sensors are designed to monitor for specific vibration frequencies in financial, retail, and other business sectors
seismic sensor

 Features:

  1. Can be installed in new or existing alarms
  2. Can be attached to solid structures or freestanding objects

Benefits:

  1. Offers higher level of resolution/discrimination than traditional shock sensors
  2. Detects attacks coming from heavy strokes like a sledgehammer or repeated knocks from hammer/chisel

 

 

Hold-up Switch

   
A device that sends an audible or silent signal when pressed. It is typically mounted under a counter or register for inconspicuous operation.
hold up switches

 Features:

  1. Simple push button
  2. Can be wireless, conventional, or addressable depending on model

Benefits:

  1. Allows for quick and silent communication of an incident
  2. Can be configured to activate all cameras when triggered

 

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