The advantages of advanced detection technologies

April 22, 2024


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Takex’s Dan Bateman considers the advantages of advanced detection technologies in an ever-changing security landscape.

The security landscape is constantly evolving, demanding innovative solutions to address increasingly sophisticated intrusion attempts.

Advancements in technology present compelling alternatives for both installers and end-users, offering more reliable and efficient detection solutions.

Let’s take a look at the transformative impact of advanced sensor technologies… 

Beyond the Basics: Rewriting the PIR Playbook 

Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors have been the workhorse of security systems for decades, detecting heat signatures associated with movement.

However, their limitations, such as susceptibility to nuisance alarms triggered by pets or environmental changes, are well documented. 

The pioneering dual-zone detection system, introduced with the TAKEX MS-12FE, ushered a new standard in reliability.

This detection principle incorporates horizontal and downward zones, requiring simultaneous activation to trigger an alarm.

This simple but creative solution significantly reduces nuisance alarms caused by pets and small animals, addressing a longstanding challenge in the industry.

The success of the MS-12FE model paved the way for the expansion of the Dual-zone series, offering both wired and wireless options to cater to diverse installation needs. 

Infrared Beams: See through the noise 

Active infrared beams are used to detect intrusions between two points; they work by sending an invisible light signal from one point to another.

Imagine the beam from a flashlight shining in the dark, but instead of visible light, it uses infrared light that we can’t see. 

On the other side, a receiver picks up this light signal. If something, like a person walking through the beam, blocks the signal, the receiver knows something is wrong and triggers an alarm.  

However, other light sources, like sunlight or even vehicle headlights, can interfere with the signal and cause nuisance alarms.

To prevent this, TAKEX adds a special double modulated pattern to the signal, like a secret handshake, making it easier for the receiver to identify. 

Before checking the signal, the receiver cleans it up, like removing static from a radio.

It then checks to make sure the signal has the correct handshake and adjusts itself for optimal performance. 

Creating an impenetrable line of invisible protection, infrared beams can be deployed as standalone perimeter intruder detection systems, or to compliment CCTV as part of a layered security system, providing first-line, real-time event signalling regardless of weather conditions or time of day. 

Beyond the initial cost: Investing in long-Term value 

Don’t let the allure of a lower price tag blind you to the true cost of security.

While budget-friendly sensors may seem tempting, they often lead to hidden costs when it comes to reliability and lifespan. 

High-quality sensors play a pivotal role in security systems by providing reliable detection capabilities, essential for safeguarding assets, people, and property.

This extends beyond just physical durability; it encompasses their ability to consistently perform under various environmental conditions while maintaining high levels of accuracy and sensitivity. 

Key to reliable detection is efficient operation; these sensors are designed to function optimally for extended periods without experiencing performance degradation.

By leveraging advanced technologies and high-quality components, they can maintain their effectiveness over time, minimising the need for frequent adjustments, recalibrations, or replacements. 

Unlike less reliable alternatives, which may require constant monitoring and troubleshooting, they operate smoothly and with minimal intervention.

This not only saves time and resources but also ensures continuous surveillance and detection capabilities, enhancing overall security readiness. 

False alarms pose significant challenges for security systems, often leading to wasted resources, loss of credibility, and unnecessary disruptions.

Using sophisticated algorithms and advanced signal processing techniques such as Dual-zone detection and double modulation, TAKEX sensors can accurately distinguish between genuine threats and benign activities, enhancing the effectiveness of security operations while minimising false alarm fatigue among installers and end-users. 

While sensors with lower upfront costs might seem attractive, it’s worth remembering the adage “you get what you pay for.” 

Leading the Charge Towards a Sustainable Future 

In a world increasingly concerned with energy conservation and sustainability, the development of next-generation detectors reflects a commitment to efficiency without compromising on performance.

Significant reductions in energy consumption set new standards for sustainability in security technology. 

In conclusion, the evolving security landscape demands innovative solutions to stay ahead of sophisticated threats.

Advanced detection technologies offer superior reliability and reduced false alarms compared to traditional methods.

By investing in quality sensors, users gain long-term value through sustained performance, minimised maintenance, and enhanced security.

As technology continues to progress, we can expect even more efficient and sustainable security solutions to emerge, shaping a more secure future for all. 

This article was originally published in the April Edition of Security Journal United Kingdom. To read your FREE digital edition, click here.

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