Voice Alert System-6 System
Security and monitoring devices are fairly common, but few products offer much in terms of features. Cross Point Industries has introduced a clever new product that uses voice recordings to alert users of movement detected by remote sensors. This wireless system is designed such that any number of transmitting sensors can be used, with up to six unique zones identified by the base unit. The system can be set up in a variety of applications where wiring a sensor may be difficult. The base unit has a built-in microphone for recording a six-second message for each of the six unique zones identified by the user. There's also a missed message indicator in the event the user was not present when the corresponding sensor detected motion. Four form "C" type relays are built into the unit for triggering other devices, including alarm systems.
The user can also set the beam pattern sensitivity of the IR sensor using the Flexible Pattern adjusting inserts that are provided. Either horizontal or vertical fan patterns can be used to limit the beam pattern. This works well in places that may have areas that can falsely trigger the detector. We installed the all-weather PIR (Passive Infrared) sensor above our garage facing downward to detect the arrival of guests. The sensing unit mounts with just two screws on the top and bottom of the mounting plate. Cross Point includes a mounting template to help during installation. The largest detection pattern is achieved (40 feet x 40 feet) when the unit is mounted 7-1/2 feet above the ground according to the literature. Once mounted, the user can adjust the position of the multiple-beam-pattern sensor for optimal detection of motion. If the voice alert feature is used, the user must record a message for each zone being used.
The base unit has useful features that include the ability to learn sensor codes, recording up to six alert messages, and an indicator for missed messages. The top of the unit has a power switch, microphone, and indicator lights (Power/Message, Setup and Low Battery). The front panel has a Playback button, Volume control, three-position slider switch (Run/Record/Program) and six individual buttons for each of the monitored zones. To record a message the user simply slides the switch to Record and holds the corresponding zone button while speaking into the microphone. To hear any of the recorded messages, the user simply slides the switch back to Run and presses the corresponding zone button.
The unit comes factory set with the current sensor code preprogrammed to Zone #1. However, it is easy to change this or add another zone to the base unit. To program a new code into the base, slide the switch to Program and set the sensor LED to On; Trigger the sensor (watch for the LED to come on) and push the corresponding zone button on the base unit; The Setup LED on the base unit will flash indicating that it has learned the new code. Now the base station is setup to properly respond to that zone. It's that easy.
When motion is detected from one of the PIR sensors, an RF signal that uniquely identifies the zone is received by the base unit. The corresponding zone message is then played back. Due to the design of this system it's possible to have multiple sensors in a given zone with the same code settings. For example, if you have a large area to cover or if the area is difficult to cover with just a single sensor, two or more can be used for full coverage. Each sensor (using the same DIP switch setting) will send the same message to the base unit when motion is detected. This gives the user flexibility in configuring the system. The signal is said to work up to 1000 feet in open space or up to 300 feet through walls. We cannot verify these claims, but our system that is located through several walls at a distance of about 100 feet worked just fine. The system can also use a single transmitting/sensor to trigger mutiple base units. For example, one might be in the kitchen while the other is in the master bedroom. Since each transmitter and receiver can be independently programmed, each base unit can be configured to respond to a different set of sensors installed in the overall system.
The base unit also includes four form "C" type relays (SPDT), making
it compatible with security systems and other devices. In addition, each of the
four relays, which correspond to the first four zones, can be individually programmed
(Off, 1 sec, 5 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec, or continuous). Some may not use this feature,
but it's a very powerful one should they decide to incorporate it into their system.
- Kevin Nakano
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Cross Point Industries
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