What makes our Wireless Gate Alert different from any other device?
Most other wireless devices rely upon a PIR (Passive Infra Red) Motion sensor to trigger a wireless signal back to the receiver however, from past experience we have found that PIR technology is fine indoors but not outdoors. A PIR is looking for sudden heat changes to determine motion although a gust of wind could be considered motion as far as a PIR is concerned and will therefore send an alert to the recevier. Of course there was no movement at all and what you would have is a FALSE ALARM. People can put up with the odd false alarm but consider a windy or wet day and that is where outdoor PIR sensor is simply not up to a decent standard.
Furthermore, if you have a wide gate or wide entry point, a person would not have to be too far away from the PIR not be seen at all. Our Wireless Gate Alert is quite different in every respect. It does not rely on PIR technology at all. It relies upon dual Photo-electric beams between two points up to 50m apart and both beams need to be broken before an alarm is triggered. Consequently, our system is not affected by heat, wind, rain or any normal outdoor elements the result being NO FALSE ALARMS. So the question is WHY SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS?
Who could benefit from a Wireless Gate Alert system and why?
Its a good point actually and just who could benefit from a wireless device such as this? To give you a few examples, our customers include Farmers, Builders, Hobby Farmers, Residential Home owners, Construction Sites, Machinery Owners & Operators, Loggers, National Parks and Wildlife, Councils, Wineries are big customers and so the list goes on.
One of the most challenging aspects of any perimeter zone or gate security is power, access, distance, the amount of work involved in simply running cable and the cost involved. Forget about all that, its not necessary. Lets look at a typical scenario and from that, you decide whether the Wireless Gate Alert would benefit you.
If we look at a typical Winery as an example. In many instances the Winery is run by a husband and wife team, and perhaps other family or staff. These properties are quite large but the owner needs to encourage passers by to come in for wine tasting. More often than not people will either drive or walk onto the property unannounced. Suddenly and without warning, someone is standing at the front door of the homestead. Sure its nice to be able to welcome new people and potential customers but wouldn't it be even nicer to have at least a little warning that someone is approaching?
In this instance Mr Smith is driving the tractor so he didn't see or hear anything. Mrs Smith was in the shed (sampling some produce perhaps) but she didn't hear anything either. No one is inside the house at this time and even worse the front door is either unlocked or open. You don't need me to tell you what a dangerous situation could present in such circumstances!!. You don't know who these people are at the front door, they could be anyone and not necessarily customers!
If on the other hand Mr Smith had installed our Wireless Gate Alert either at the driveway entrance or, if you like, further up the driveway, several things would have happened. Mrs Smith first of all would have been rather proud of her husband that he was able to mount the wireless driveway beams in the first instance. I'm just kidding
What Happens when a small animal or our pet moves through the beam zone?
This is another great feature about our Wireless gate Alert kit. As mentioned previously this is not an Infra Red Motion sensor. It is dual PE beams and those beams can be lowered or raised to any height you desire. At about 1m in height, a small animal can move freely beneath the beams without causing a motion activation to be sent to be sent to the recevier. On the other hand, if a person (obviously above 1m in height) or a vehicle were to pass through the beam, it will then send a signal to the receiver inside the main house. The result is less false alerts.
How does it work?
When the beam is crossed, a wireless signal is sent to a home base receiver notifying you immediately with a "beep beep" sound. With just one base receiver, up to 6 separate zones can be monitored from the one location. If a zone is crossed or breached, the receiver will announce a different tone for each zone and the base receiver light will display which zone (1-6) was triggered. For those hearing impaired, options include an interface that could trigger a home or office light/strobe etc to illuminate rather than an audio signal or both. This feature could be handy in noisy environments as well.
The 12V receiver is provided with relay inputs and OUTPUTS meaning the receiver can trigger any number of devices to activate once a beam zone area is breached. An outdoor loud speaker or alarm siren for example, could be used as another alert option is desired. Talk to us if you have any questions or looking for suggestions.
Without any additional antennas expect between 300-400m signal reception (we have achieved double that distance in trials) from beam sets to the receiver using our standard supplied antennas. Optional high gain antennas are also available for long distance transmissions of several ks. Please note that terrain and obstacles will play a role in reception distance but in many instances transmission distance issues can be overcome quite easily by adding a higher gain receiving or transmitting antenna. Sometimes simply moving the receiver slightly in one direction or another will make all the difference but the point is, all properties are different but in most instances issues concerning transmission can be overcome by making slight adjustments to antennas.
Can I have more than 1 single Zone?
Actually this is DUAL zone system capable of monitoring a distance 40m wide. in some circumstances our Wireless Gate Alert system is powerful enough to create an entire perimeter surveillance zone. Assuming you have 2 gates, one at the back and one at the front, or perhaps a gate and shed entrance, at least the home owner will know from which direction a person or vehicle has accessed your property. Extra zones are $450.00 each. Please call our office if extra zones are required rather than purchasing online.
Will I get false alerts due to rain or wind and sudden temperature changes?
No. As Wireless gate Alert has dual invisible PE beams between two points, both beams need to be broken at the same time to triger movement so again our system is not affected by weather and temperature.
Can I be alerted to any movement if i am not at home?
The receiver supplied with the Wireless gate Alert kit is small (about the same size as a cigarette box) but actually quite powerful. The receiver is provided with a 12V power supply and whilst it is a good idea to plug into a normal power point, it could also be connected to a 12V batteries. Best to contact our office if you have questions of this nature. The question in this instance is how can I be alerted to any movement on my premises if I am not at home.
If you have mobile phone reception on your property, we can also supply a GSM modem. You supply a SIM card. Simply connect the GSM modem to our receiver and if any zone is tripped, an SMS will be sent to your mobile phone. in fact it can send SMS alerts to any number of mobile phones. Its called the GSM Text Message Communicator and cost is $590.00. A pre paid SIM is all that is required. See more below.
Wireless Gate Alert - Main Points
Proper 'photoelectric beam' (not a PIR)
Solar panels over-rated, freely mountable with UV protection + 15m leads
Customer can replace rechargeable batteries (after about 3 years)
Pocket receiver or text messaging options
Spare parts available and repairable if damaged etc.
50m detection beam (maximum)
Transmission range is typically 300-400m and may be extended to 2.5km's with larger antennas.
Outputs for controlling lights or sirens
You can temporarily isolate particular zones
Six beams may be monitored
Beam design proven reliable for six years (October 2005)
IP66 rated enclosure (waterproof)
Ant / insect proof
Optional SMS alerts via GSM (see below)
GSM Text Communicator
Receive text message alerts from your Gate Alert system anywhere within mobile phone coverage
Plugs directly into the base receiver - no additional power source required
Ideal for almost any remote monitoring applications
Know when to view your CCTV network cameras
Sent "plug and play" - pre-programmed with your phone numbers
Use prepay or on-account Telstra, Optus or Vodafone SIM card
Can send text message alerts to multiple telephone numbers
Customised alert messages such as: "Gate One Intrusion" / "Car Park Activity"
Enable / Disable by text message
Two zones - alerts sent from zones 1-2 of base receiver.
Activate a spare relay output via text message to operate lights etc Low power consumption - may be incorporated in a solar-powered solution<span >
Can I still be alerted if I am in shed or not near the receiver?
Absolutely. This is our optional Wireless Gate Alert Pocket Pager. Cost is $230.00. This is a small battery operated pager to be carried in a pocket or worn on a belt. The Pocket Pager will beep and/or vibrate (better in a noisy environment) if there is entry through the beam set/s. Very handy if you are not in the main house, perhaps out the back or in the shed and you still need to receive alerts or notifications that someone has come through the front gate. The Pocket Pager is simply an optional item that can be added to your Wireless Gate Alert system at any time. The beeper as you can see is battery operated and is carried. The T-Shape antennas is connected by the black and red wire to the receiver. It serves as a mini transmitting antenna specifically for the pocket pager.