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Sensaphone Monitors and Temperatures Sensors for Refrigerators, Cold Storage and Freezers

by Barbara 17. October 2011 07:55

Question about which Sensaphone monitor will closely monitor commercial and medical freezers and refrigerators in our facility.

Q: "We need to monitor 8 different refrigerators and freezers where we keep medical supplies. Which Sensaphone units will meet our needs? Thanks. Sue."

Answer: With the limited information you gave, I will do my best to offer you choices to meet your needs.

Sensaphone has two low temperature sensor models

The FGD-0107 is a unique 2.8K Temperature Sensor with Glass Bead Vial. This unit ideal for cold storage temperature monitoring. The glass bead filled vial buffers any momentary fluctuations that may cause a preliminary alarm dial out, such as defrost cycles, opening of doors, and fans circulating air. The glass beads will slow the response time of the sensor allowing normal daily operations to occur without having an alarm initiated. This is a highly recommended sensor for every cold storage application.


The Temperature Range that can be monitored depends upon which Sensaphone controller unit is being used:

  • 400, 800: -20° to 150°F (-30° to 65°C)
  • 1400, 1800, 2800, WEB600: -109° to 115°F (-85° to 57°C)
  • 2000: -125° to 124°F (-87° to 51°C)
  • Express II: -85° to 200°F (-65° to 93°C)

The IMS-4814 Ultra Low Temperature Sensor is designed to connect to the Sensaphone IMS product line (i.e. the IMS-1000 and the IMS-4000) and monitor temperatures in refrigerators or freezers. The electrical connection between the sensor and IMS unit is made via the attached RJ-45 patch cable. The package contains the 1) Ultra Low Temperature Sensor (1) Attached 7’ Patch Cable and (1) Attached 12’ of cable with weatherproof probe. The sensor probe may be secured inside equipment using the included clamp or it may be hung using tie wraps. Do not install the black plastic enclosure inside of a refrigerator or freezer. It is available with an optional NIST temperature certification. (IMS-4814-NIST) The Ultra Low Temperature Sensor comes with an attached 7’ cable with an RJ-45 plug on the end and a weatherproof probe with 12’ of cable. If the sensor installation is close to the IMS unit, you can plug it directly into an IMS environmental input. If the cable is too short you can use the included RJ-45 adaptor and a longer patch cable to extend the length. For applications where the sensor may be far from the IMS unit, you may utilize your existing network wiring infrastructure. For example, the sensor may be installed in another room or another floor. Connect the sensor to your structured wiring network via an RJ-45 jack. At the other end, connect a patch cable from your structured wiring patch panel directly to the Host or Node environment input.

  • Temp Range: -122° to 53°F (-86° to 12°C)
  • Humidity: 5–90% RH
  • Sensor type: Sealed thermistor probe
  • Accuracy: ± 3°F
  • Connector: 7’ Cable with RJ-45
  • Housing: Black plastic
  • Compatibility: IMS-4000, IMS-4000 Node, IMS-1000

So next you need to determine which IMS (Internet Monitoring System) unit you need to handle your monitoring issues. The Sensaphone IMS-1000 has 8 sensor inputs. Configuration is easy: all IMS Solution sensors are auto-configured when you plug them into the IMS-1000. The Ultra Low Temperature Sensor will identify itself as a 4-20mA transducer. On the Properties screen for this sensor you must select the sensor type: either Low Temperature (Deg F) or Low Temperature (Deg C). When a sensor is removed, or the connection is disrupted, the configuration data remains intact but the sensor will go into trouble status and generate a trouble alarm. When the sensor is plugged in again, or the connection is re-established,configuration data remains unchanged and the sensor returns to normal operating condition.

The Sensaphone IMS-4000 in combination with the IMS-4000 node can monitor up to 64 sensors.

Please look at our webpages and decide which features you need. There are cross references on the pages to most sensors and to the IMS-4000.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

NextBolt Keyless Biometric Deadbolt Locks for Home Security and Business Security.

by Barbara 15. October 2011 05:22

Question about whether to buy the NextBolt NX3 EZ-Mount Biometric Deadbolt Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze, NextBolt Biometric Deadbolt NX4 Secure Mount Oil Rubbed Bronze or the NextBolt NX5 High Security Polished Brass Deadbolt.

Q: "Which Actuator Systems deadbolt lock should I buy for my home and for my business? I don't see Bioaxxis locks for sale anymore. These fingerprint dealbolts appear similar. I want a replacement for my front door deadbolt at home. That way my wife, my children and I won't have to bother with carrying keys.  I prefer the oil rubbed bronzoe. And with many new employees, I would like to do away with giving out keys at my business.  Please help me decide. Thanks. Tom."

Answer; The best way to help you decide is to tell you the differences between the three types of deadbolt locks that use keyless fingerprint recognition technology. I will also explain about the lever handle door lock that Actuator Systems makes for higher security.

NextBolt NX3 EZ-Mount Biometric Deadbolt Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze, The fastest, easiest substitute deadbolt lock for your home outside doors. This units operates in temperatures from -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Direct replacement for current deadbolt lock. Just remove the old one and install this one.
  • Five-pin tumbler rekeyable keyway
  • 99 maximum users
  • Dimensions ( L x W x D )  6'' x 3'' x 1.4''
  • Operates for thousands of openings on one set of 4 AA batteries.

NextBolt Biometric Deadbolt NX4 Secure Mount Oil Rubbed Bronze : Operation temperatures: -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Secure mount: two screws go through two holes connecting the front and back plates of the lock: Requires a drill to make holes in door.
  • Other wise, same features as above.

NextBolt NX5 High Security Polished Brass Deadbolt: Operation temperatures: -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Eight-pin tumbler re-keyable key way 
  • Other wise, same features as above.

Features Common to All Three Deadbolt Locks:

  • Deadbolt opens in less than a second
  • Impact Alarm:a high-pitched alarm sounds if intruder attempts to enter. Product Warranty Period - Two (2) Years
  • Includes three nickel plated brass keys
  • Solid brass cylinder plug
  • One inch brass deadbolt with case-hardened steel roller pin
  • 2 3/8'' (60mm) & 2 3/4'' (70mm); 2 3/8'' (60mm) or 2 3/4'' (70mm) individual backset optional
  • ANSI Grade deadbolt
  • Weatherproof - Fully resistant to rain, snow, temperature extremes, humidity, UV and dust.
  • Up to 99 users.
  • Add and delete users individually
  • Elegant and contemporary appearance.
  • Non-Handed - will fit any left or right handed door up to 2 ¼” thick.
  • Sliding weather cover triggers sensor to power on automatically.
  • Sliding weather cover also triggers deadbolt to re-engage (no tricky buttons to push or PIN Codes to recall).
  • Power: 4 AA batteries
  • Battery operation with low battery alert - non-volatile memory will not delete stored fingerprints (even if batteries expire)
  • UL, CE, ANSI & FCC approved.
  • Product Warranty Period - Two (2) Years

The lever handle door lock is more sophisticated. The ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome features fingerprint lock technology, User ID, PIN technology and key technology. This commercial type lock has been tested for over two million cycles. Use with fingerprint only or with PIN only or with a combination of two identification types. Depending upon how many employees you have, this might be a great solution for your front and back doors to your business. The other deadbolt locks would limit access not only to your home but also to a computer room, your private office, a storage room, etc.  Many people use the NX3 for gun closet security.

ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome Features and Specifications :Operating Temperature Range : -40F to 150 F

  • 3rd Generation Biometric Lock for Residential/Commercial applications
  • Finish : Satin Chrome
  • Fingerprint Scanning : CMOS Optical Sensor or Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor Sensor.
  • Verification Type :1 to N (PIN or fingerprint only), 1 to 1 (User ID + FP or PIN), Scanning Time : <1 second
  • Recognition Time : <1 second/user
  • False Accept Rate (FAR): < .001%
  • False Reject Rate (FRR): < .01%
  • Dimensions : 1.5" D x 3" W x 9.5" L
  • Weight : 11 lbs
  • Door Thickness : 1 1/2" ~ 2"
  • Cylinder : Removable commercial grade 6-pin rim cylinder
  • Keyway : SC4 keyway (3 keys included)
  • Clutch Design : Free-wheeling
  • Backlight : Night view backlit PIN keypad for easy use
  • Access Time : 5 seconds access time before door re-locks
  • Adjustable Backset : 2 3/8 inches and 2 3/4 inches
  • Operating Temperature Range : -40F to 150 F
  • 100% Weatherproof : This lock can be placed in adverse weather without the fear of damage caused by moisture, snow, dust, UV, or humidity
  • Power Supply : Four (4) AA batteries to operate. Lithium-AA batteries are recommended for longest life.
  • Estimated battery life is 12,000 to 21,000 cycles
  • Has Low battery alert
  • Power Supply Option : Lock can also be hardwired to run full-time on AC by standard 12V DC power supply
  • Non-volatile memory :  When batteries are removed or replaced, memory will not be lost, meaning users need not be re-enrolled.
  • Impact Alarm Feature : A screeching alarm will sound, If lock is attacked and loses contact with the door  Non-handed design,
  • Heavy Duty components : Rated to over 2 Million cycles
  • UL-Listed, ANSI Grade 2 tubular latch with 3-hour UL fire-rating
  • ADA and HIPAA compliant
  • User: Up to 1,000 PIN code users (any PIN-code length per user), or up to 1,000 fingerprint users
  • Each user can be set up with any of several access methods, per user, per lock
  • Easy to delete or register individual users
  • Access Modes : Fast Touch and Go 1:N Mode (1 to Many),  High-Security Access (1:1), User ID+PIN,   User ID+Fingerprint,  PIN only
  • Access Control features : Open Mode, Timed Lock Access, Timed User Access, Import Records, Export Records
  • Two program methods: at the lock using the LCD or at a PC using the PCMU (not included)
  • Optional PC Management Upgrade lets you program all locks and all users at a PC with a high resolution fingerprint scanner (not included) so One (1) GB flashdrive can be used to program all the lockds and download audit trail records so you know where, when and who accessed the door or building.
  • Warranty: 2 Years.

Thank you for your question. Unless you are in a very dangerous neighborhood, either the Nextbolt NX4 o4 NX3 would be great choices. These come in satin nickel, oil rubbed brass or polished brass, For your office situation, you may want to install either of these locks on interior room doors where you want access limited. For the building doors of your business, either the NX4 or the NX5 is a great choice. If you have many employees or contractors, have valuable data and/or materials  and want more control, then choose the ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome. Models in other finishes should be available in the near future.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Sensaphone Web600 Remote Monitor Uses Internet

by Barbara 4. April 2009 10:25

Question about Sensaphone remote temperature monitors that do not need hard wired telephone lines.

Q: "I've looked at your Temperature Guard Monitor for several years. I am now free to travel since I retired. I want to protect my home from furnace or air conditioner failures. But that monitor requires a land-based phone line and I don't have that anymore. (I discontinued my telephone land line and now use a VOIP,voice over internet phone.)Do you have a remote temperature monitor that does not need a land telephone line? I have high speed internet access." Thanks. Tom

Answer: Sensaphone just released a new product,the Sensaphone Web600. This is a compact web-based remote monitor that has an optional battery back-up for when power fails.

The Web600's compact case measures 4.5 inches by 3.25 inches by 1.5 inches. There are 6 available zone inputs. A battery back-up unit (not included) plugs into the left side of the unit. Also there is an ethernet connection and a input for the 5V DC power adapter. There are two lights, a power and an alarm light on the top of the unit.

Besides temperature monitoring, the Web600 can also read values from humidity sensors, air quality sensors, water leak detection sensors and much more. For example, if you are worried about your sump pump failing, install the Sensaphone Compatible Water Detection Sensor.

Thanks for your question. Enjoy your travels and let the Sensaphone contact you or a neighbor or friend if something goes amiss at home.

Sincerely, Barbara

Sensaphone Magnetic Reed Switch Monitors Doors and Windows

by Barbara 10. September 2008 07:29

Question about the Product: FGD-0006 Magnetic Reed Switch

Q: "I own several convenience stores that accept delivery at the rear of the store. I want to install these switches on the rear doors and on the front doors into each store so that my clerks know when the doors are opened. Is this switch normally closed? Or normally open? Does the magnet hold it open? Thanks, Basil"

Answer: Yes, this switch will meet your needs for monitoring doors. In combination with a Sensaphone system, you'd have all the monitoring capabilities you'd even need without paying for an alarm monitoring service.  The magnetic reed switch may be used with all Sensaphone models to detect any unauthorized entry or intrusion. They are usually installed on doors and windows to detect their opening and closing. Several magnetic reed switches may be wired in series.

My Sensaphone sales rep sent me this response. "The magnetic reed switch monitors the opening and closing of doors. So, this sensor can be configured as normally open or normally closed dependent upon whether the customer wants to monitor the door opening or closing."

From the spec sheet, I also gleaned the following.
Description: The magnetic reed switch may be used with all Sensaphone models to detect any unauthorized entry or intrusion. They are usually installed on doors and windows to detect their opening and closing. Several magnetic reed switches may be
wired in series.

Each FGD-006 package contains:
(1) Sensor
(1) Spacer
(1) Sensor Casing
(1) Magnet
(4) Mounting Screws
(1) Installation Instructions

Dimensions:
Part w/ screw terminals: 2.5 inches x .75 inches x .5 inches
Part w/ magnet: 2.5 inches x .75 inches x about .75 inches
Housing: White plastic

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara