August 24, 2017
It seems like there is always something new on the technology front, be it a new phone or even a new app that makes life easier. As technology advances, many of our daily worries are resolved or made just a little simpler
Security is one form of technology that has definitely come a long way. The gadgets out there now provide even greater possibilities to those they protect. Below is a look at some of the newest developments in detection and sensor technology.
Glass-Break Detection Protection
The only time door and window detectors get activated is when a door or window is opened. However, this kind of detection technology is quickly being overtaken by glass-break sensors. The thing about the glass-break sensors is they are activated by sound as compared to the common detection methods which require movement to be tripped. Given that the glass-break sensors are sound-based, it presents a big challenge for burglars.
If there isn’t a glass-break sensor in place, then all a thief needs to do is smash the window to gain access into your home. In such a situation, a door or window sensor wouldn’t do much given that it only requires the separation of the two pieces to be tripped. Also, motion sensors are unhelpful unless the bugler stumbles into your home without checking for one. Glass-break sensors, however, are designed to detect the frequency of the breaking glass. This means that when a bugler smashes the window, a signal is sent to the control panel.
Glass-break sensors are also cost effective given that they can cover an area of up to 20 feet in all directions. This is great since it can protect large rooms that feature multiple sliding glass doors and windows, and this is more affordable compared to paying for different door and window sensors.
Motion Sensor Improvements
Motion sensors are still a critical component in any alarm system, but many people tend to think that they perform the same function as the glass-break sensors. However, these two sensors have different functions, and the motion sensor isn’t an adequate replacement for the glass-break sensor. Glass-break detection and sensors are activated when the glass breaks and this can scare off buglers where as the motion sensor won’t go off when the glass breaks.
Today’s home security systems are usually compatible online and can be accessed through home security mobile apps. This convenience means you can control aspects of your home remotely such as your thermostat and door locks. You’ll have peace of mind if you have a wireless security system in place, especially one that comes with a wide range of sensors. The kind of sensors to be installed in any home will depend on the layout of the home, but the common sensors that are purchased by most homeowners are motion and window or door detectors.
Glass-break sensors are usually more effective if they are used with other sensors, and you shouldn’t neglect to add sensors to the second story windows, especially if they are near trees or where there is an access point. Your installation company will probably have a few recommendations based on your home, location, and nearby environment.
You will hardly find a situation where a glass break sensor isn’t necessary. In fact, glass-break sensors are unique and offer a level of protection that isn’t comparable to motion detectors. Additionally, they can detect an intruder before they can cause massive damage. What’s more, if you consider installing the sensor in your home, it could be the last piece you ever need to have an optimum home security system.
Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.