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Home Security 101 – What is a Glass Break Detector?


Most people would say that home security is built around door/window sensors and motion sensors, and that’s been true – just about every system includes both of these devices. But we also find more and more customers selecting glass break sensors to enhance a system, as an effective cost-saving device when protecting a group of windows in one room. And, unlike motions sensors, glass breaks are active in both the “Stay” and “Away” modes. Since folks are increasingly arming their systems when home at night, glass breaks could be the key.

How Glass Break Technology Works

So, how does a glass break sensor work? It listens for the specific frequency that is generated by breaking glass. Glass breaks sensors are active any time your system is armed, so once you turn your system on (even in the “Stay” mode!), you need to remember that accidentally dropping a glass could trigger an alarm. These sensors have a range of 20 feet in any direction. That means one sensor can cover lots of windows in a single room, as long as there are no doors or walls blocking the “sight” of the sensor.

Where Do You Use Them?

Clustered window areas like sun rooms are a natural spot – and one sensor is great for a room with several windows and a sliding glass door, in case the intruder breaks through the glass door. Other good areas are fixed windows (some of my windows are painted shut!), and vulnerable spots where my motion sensors will not be active in the Stay alarm mode. Wireless glass break sensors mount on the wall or ceiling, and don’t have to “point” at the glass they are protecting – they just need a clear “line of sight” to do their thing. Bad guys do break glass, often to reach in and unlock a window: it’s much more efficient to use a single glass break sensor than place a door/window sensor on every window in a room.

They do have their downsides. If you drop a glass on the floor and break it, the sensor will go off since the alarm is based upon the frequency of breaking glass so be prepared for a call from the monitoring company!

Specifications
Dimensions and weight
  • Diameter: 4.55″
  • Height: 1.9″
  • Weight (including battery and bracket): 5.1 oz. (144.6 g)

Regulatory Listing(s)

  • ETL, FCC Part 15, Industry Canada
Features
  • Two test LEDs
  • Dual shatter recognition technology
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • 360° range
  • Tamper protected
  • Fully supervised
Benefits
  • Dual-shatter recognition technology: Reduces false alarms by monitoring for both stages of breaking glass—the initial blow and the shatter
  • Reduces costs: Lowers up-front installation costs by providing one device in rooms with multiple windows
  • Maximum detection coverage: Features a 360° horizontal sensing angle that provides maximum detection coverage, no matter where you put it
  • Tamper–proof: Know when someone is trying to tamper with your alarm
  • Fully monitored: Get connected to the Vivint central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds
Radio
  • Wireless signal range
  • 300 ft., open air, with 2GIG Wireless Alarm Control Panel
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
  • Transmitter Bandwidth
  • 24 kHz
  • Modulation Type
  • Amplitude Shift Keying—On/Off Keying (ASK-OOK)
  • Peak Field Strength
  • Typical 50,000 uV/m at 3m
Housing
  • Material
  • ABS plastic
  • Color
  • White
  • Operating temperature
  • 32° to 120°F (0° to 49°C)
  • Relative Humidity
  • 5-95% Non-Condensing
  • Unique ID Codes
  • Over one (1) million different code combinations
  • Supervisory Interval
  • 70 minutes
Warranty
  • Lifetime
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • Two (2) Panasonic CR123A, or equivalent Lithium batteries
  • Included Accessories
  • (3) Phillip’s head screws, three (3) plastic wall anchors

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Security 101 – How are Locks Controlled?


Control Your Locks From Anywhere

Burns & McBride Home Comfort Kwikset automatic door locks are where home automation meet home security in the perfect universe. We can provide you with complete control and security over one of the most fundamental aspects of your home, your doors. These keyless‐entry electronic locks can communicate wirelessly with your Go!Control panel, allowing you to check whether or not your doors are secured and automatically arm and disarm your security system. They also feature true remote locking and unlocking features, courtesy of a motorized deadbolt. This means you can now monitor and manage your locks using either a smart phone, an Internet browser and your Go!Control panel.

Our automatic door locks are unique in that they also include two‐way functionality—that is, your door lock can directly and wirelessly control your Go!Control panel, and vice versa. So essentially, your door lock can act as a secondary keypad that has access to your Go!Control panel. You can use up to 30 customizable codes to arm your Go!Control when the door is locked and disarm it when the door is unlocked.

Need to let a repairman in while you’re at work? Just unlock the door using your telephone and then lock it when they leave.

Would you like to add Burns & McBride Home Comfort Kwikset locks to your system?

Our door locks will add an incredible new dimension to your home. We’re confident you’ll not only be satisfied, but we can promise you’ll be amazed at the simplicity, ease & peace of mind you’ll experience with your new Burns & McBride Smart, Safe Home system

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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Home Security 101 – What is a Motion Detector?


There is definitely some mystery surrounding motion sensors. They are a core element of most alarm systems and a standard feature ion our Smart, Safe Home package. So, let’s dig into what they really do.

Motion sensors detect and report motion – in most cases when nobody is home (Armed-Away). That’s why they are not “awake” when you arm your system for the night (Armed-Stay) . It’s usually not practical to put a sensor on every window, and you usually don’t need to, since you can use motion sensors and glass break detectors to get the protection you need more affordably. Plus, motion sensors have come a long way from the original models – much more reliable, and less prone to false alarms.

How do they work?

The early motion sensors were considered “active” devices, because they emitted energy (microwave or ultrasonic) to see what was happening around them. There are some still some microwave sensors being installed in commercial spaces. Today the most common motion sensor uses Passive Infra-Red energy to detect heat given off by people (and animals!) – hence the name “PIR” given to the device. The smart detectors look for objects warmer than the normal background temperature, using a special lens to create “beams” of passive energy, and then look for motion: when the sensor detects a “warm” object moving across several beams within a specified time frame – that trips the alarm.

Where do you use them?

The standard range is 30-35 feet, and the coverage area is shaped like a large water droplet, with the skinny part at the detector. The ideal spot for a motion sensor is in a high-traffic area that an intruder would cross if moving about in your home or business: think hallways, living rooms with big-screen TV, etc. The sensors work better when people move across the beams, as opposed to approaching the sensor directly. The beams project out and down, to pick up anyone trying to avoid detection by crawling.

Motion sensors and pets

Today’s sensors are usually “pet-friendly” up to 40 pounds, which means they “ignore” cats and small dogs – unless your Siamese is downright acrobatic! That means that large dogs with the run of the house all day and night make it harder to use motion sensors – unless you kennel them!

 Things to Remember

Manufacturers recommend careful placement of their products to prevent false (non-intruder caused) alarms. They suggest mounting the PIDs in such a way that the PIR cannot ‘see’ out of a window. Although the wavelength of infrared radiation to which the chips are sensitive does not penetrate glass very well, a strong infrared source such as from a vehicle headlight or sunlight reflecting from a vehicle window can overload the chip with enough infrared energy to fool the electronics and cause a false alarm. A person moving on the other side of the glass however would not be ‘seen’ by the PIR.

They also recommended that the PIR not be placed in such a position that an heating and air conditioning vent would blow hot or cold air onto the surface of the plastic which covers the housing’s window. Although air emits very small amounts of infrared energy, the air blowing on the plastic window cover could change the plastic’s temperature enough to, once again, fool the electronic

Specifications

Based on the latest in infrared technology, the Burns & McBride motion detector comes with three different mounting brackets and a 90° lookdown, ensuring intruders cannot pass by unnoticed. It also communicates directly with tyour Burns & McBride Go!Control panel, so if the detector is triggered, the panel will connect you to the central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds.

Dimensions and weight
  • Width: 2.5″
  • Height: 3.2″
  • Depth: 1.9″
  • Weight (including battery and brackets): 3.7 oz. (104.9 g)

Regulatory Listing(s)

  • ETL, FCC Part 15, Industry Canada
Features
  • 90° lookdown
  • 110° wide-angle spread
  • Three different mounting brackets
  • 30’x50′ range
  • 33–55 lb. pet immune
  • Five-year lithium battery
  • Tamper-protected
Benefits
  • 90° lookdown: Ensure that no one can walk beneath your sensor undetected
  • Tamper–proof: Know when someone is trying to tamper with your alarm
  • Fully monitored: Get connected to the Burns & McBride central monitoring station in as few as 17 seconds
Radio
  • Wireless signal range
  • 350 ft., open air, with 2GIG Wireless Alarm Control Panel
  • Transmitter Frequency
  • 345.000 MHz (crystal controlled)
  • Transmitter Frequency Tolerance
  • ± 15 kHz
  • Transmitter Bandwidth
  • 24 kHz
  • Modulation Type
  • Amplitude Shift Keying—On/Off Keying (ASK-OOK)
  • Peak Field Strength
  • Typical 50,000 uV/m at 3m
Housing
  • Material
  • ABS plastic and poly-carbonate
  • Color
  • White
  • Operating temperature
  • 32° to 120°F (0° to 49°C)
  • Relative Humidity
  • 5-95% Non-Condensing
  • Unique ID Codes
  • Over one (1) million different code combinations
  • Supervisory Interval
  • 70 minutes
Warranty
  • Lifetime
Included equipment and accessories
  • Battery (installed)
  • Two (2) Panasonic CR2032, or equivalent Lithium batteries
  • Included Accessories
  • Mounting brackets, two (2) long Phillip’s head screws, two (2) plastic wall anchors, magnet

For more information on this exciting product call us at 302-656-5110 or visit our website at http://www.burnsandmcbride. Finally you might want to follow our blog at http://www.burnsandmcbrideblog.com. Just as Smartphones are adding applications and changing every day so to with the technology behind our Smart, Safe home system. Our blog explains some of the constantly changing things that are happening in the industry and we hope that you find it informative.

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