Sensors and Detectors: Part of a Smart Security Plan

When it comes to integrated systems solutions, intrusion detectors and sensors are smart and necessary devices. They provide the basis for alerting breaches at the protected premises and can also be used in other security activities, including triggering camera recordings or in conjunction with access control, doors, and closers. With more robust microprocessor power and enhanced overall performance, they continue to develop into integral devices that initiate and integrate a range of processes and are applicable to a variety of vertical markets and businesses.

The category of intrusion detection is transforming dramatically and this trend will continue with the move to the Internet of Things (loT) and growing reliance on sensors as gateways to connectivity in building automation processes. With greater reliability, ‘catch’ or triggering performance, fortified signal strength and ever-improving aesthetics, sensors and detectors are important components in commercial, industrial and even critical infrastructure and government specifications.

Variety in form and function

Intrusion detection as a product category includes many different technologies and form factors. There’s outdoor microwave, fiber optic perimeter and even laser detection to protect the farthest reaches of your facility or enterprise. Long-range optical sensors detect approaching vehicles and automobiles in real-time at the outskirts of a building and at gates and entrances. Indoor sensors range from simple intrusion to devices incorporating video and even detectors that alarm on sensing standing water, excess humidity and temperature variations above preset or compliance-regulated levels. They can be hardwired or wireless and some devices on the market take a hybrid approach including both traditional wiring and radio frequency signals.

Wireless sensors have seen significant technological improvement. Wireless technology is reliable and stable and especially suited for applications where running wires or disturbing the structure may not be possible.

Many of the detectors on the market now incorporate two different or dual sensing technologies, such as passive infrared (PIR) and microwave or PIR and ultrasonic, requiring both technologies to trigger in order to initiate an alarm. Recent developments in detectors focus on anti-vandalism features and encryption of signals to prevent cyber-attacks and system compromise.

Motion detectors and sensors also offer greater connectivity and are becoming gateways to the loT. You can easily bring security and automation together with these sleek and unobtrusive but powerful devices.

APL Access & Security is your partner in integrated system solutions—and sensors and detectors are an important part of your security ecosystem. Every project from APL Access & Security is always custom designed, but that doesn’t mean expensive. It means that only technology that is appropriate for your security issues or challenges will be selected and only after a thorough site visit and personal consultation. Contact APL Access & Security today at 866-873-2288 for more information.

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