The Latest Home Security Innovations
Home security has become more and more innovative and impressive over the past decade, severely stacking the odds in favour of homeowners who have the right protection. While most high end products were once extremely expense and only used by the rich, this is now changing as technology prices falling rapidly meaning that this technology is now affordable for everyone. Photoelectric (PE) beam systems are fast becoming the standard in high-end luxury home security systems. The following is a brief look at PE beams.
What are they?
Photoelectric beams work by transmitting a number of sets of twin infrared light beams across an area, creating a wall of sensors that trigger the alarm if a beam is obstructed in any way — for example, by a person crossing it. (made famous in the movie mission impossible)
How are they used?
They are best employed in a multiple use format and by staggering their position. Naturally, the greater the number of beams, the more impenetrable the security. They also have the huge advantage of being essentially invisible, and architects and home designers are extremely excited to no longer have their creations obstructed by security features. Systems can be adjusted to distinguish between inconsequential items such as leaves breaking the beam and actual intruders, making it easier to tell whether an alarm needs to be raised and helping to reduce the amount of false alarms. The infrared beams have a range of five metres outdoors and eight metres indoors, and can operate in direct sunlight.
By creating a wall of sensors by way of the layers of PE beams, it really is next to impossible to get past a security system like this. It’s also for the most part invisible, allowing you to focus on the look of your home separately from your security needs; this can help avoid those unfortunate situations where you cover a beautiful window with a huge grate.
Who uses them?
Photoelectric beams form an important part of security systems for places like prisons, nuclear facilities, military bases, banks and so on, though they are also starting to be seen in private residences. With the cost of PE beam security slowly coming down, it’s starting to appeal to individuals who want the best possible security for themselves, their homes and their families.
You can have your PE beam security network linked up to your overall home security system, so that if there is a disturbance somewhere in one of your sensor walls, your lights and CCTV will be activated at the same time and place.
They may still be a little out of the average person’s price range for now, but PE beams really are an incredible way to keep something or someone extremely safe. Even if you can see the beams, there is very little you can do to get past them — unless of course you can contort your body fantastically well! PE beams are one of the most effective alarm systems money can buy.