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Temperature Guard Remote Monitors for Temperature, Humidity & Power Now Need No Land Lines!

by Barbara 5. November 2013 12:25

Q: "I need to know if power fails or the temperature or humidity changes in my home in Connecticut in the winter or in our motor home when we travel in the summer. We winter in Florida and take our animals with us. I live in a safe neighborhood so I am not worried about break-ins. What do you suggest?" Thanks. Calvin

Answer: I suggest you purchase the new CM712 TemperatureGuard Self-Contained Remote Monitor. Microtechnologies introduced the CM712 in late summer 2013. This replaces the VM-500-3 and VM-500-3HT units that required a land line. This is an easily set up unit suitable for computer rooms, homes, motorhomes, boats and more. You may choose to purchase two units, one for your permanent home and one for your on-the-go home. For example, if the 120VAC power in your motor home park fails or your air conditioner stops cooling, you'll know if you are shopping, etc.

The initial cost is about $600. Remember you won't have to pay for a land line. You will need a SIM card, available on a monthly basis from Microtechnologies.com, the manufacturer. Or you can get one from ATT, etc.  Alerts go via the cell network. The three sensors for temperature, power and humidity are built in. If you want you can add a dry contact door sensor. In an RV park, you probably won't need that. The "tweets" are sent right to your cell phone or computer. An internal battery back-up means alerts continue if power fails.

Text Message Alarm Notices Include:

Temperature or humidity goes out of limits

  • A door is opened  (if you have that sensor installed)
  • Water is detected. (if you have that sensor installed)
  • When the alarm condition is corrected.
  • If an alarm condition is not corrected.
  • Power outage
  • Low internal or external battery.

Dual power operation:

120vac with its included wall mount power supply.
12vdc source for use in cars, trucks, campers, boats. Requires 12 Adapter Not Included.

SIM Plan Details:

A SIM card plan is required for the CM712 to connect to the cell network. Two options are: purchase a T-Mobile SIM card through TemperatureGuard.com (Curent cost in 2013 $150 per year or $12.50 per month with an automatic renewal). Or purchase a SIM from AT&T™ or from any GSM cell service provider worldwide. No SIM card is included with the TemperatureGuard unit.

CM712 Features:

  • Quad-band EGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Works on the AT&T™and T-Mobile™ cell networks.
  • Program up to four cell phone numbers to send alarm text messages to.
  • Program an ID text so if you have more than one CM712 you'll know which one is in alarm.
  • Programmable high and low temperature limits for each sensor
  • Programmable alarm time delay for each sensor.
  • Handy reminder feature will send additional text messages if an alarm condition continues.
  • Internal rechargeable battery backup. Approximately 6 hours.
  • Ability to connect external battery for even longer life when power is out
  • Wall mount enclosure.


Specifications:

One internal temperature sensor

Measuring range -4°F to 154°F
Accuracy: +-.4 degrees
Resolution: 1 degree

One internal humidity sensor
Measuring range: 0 to 100% RH
Accuracy: +- 3%
Resolution: 1%

Antenna bulkhead fitting: SMA FemaleCM712

Operating Temperature Range: 32°F to 125°F
Enclosure Dimensions: 5.625" x 3.250" x 1.375"
Plug-in wall transformer included

Facts and Questions:

Q: What is the minimum I need to buy to have a basic monitoring system?
A: One CM712 and a SIM plan.

Q: What type of SIM card does the CM712 use?
A: 1.8V or 3.0V SIM card and complies with the Phase 2 GSM 11.14 standard

Thank you for your question. Please contact us for further information.

Sincerely, Barbara

Reasons to Install Sensaphone Remote Monitors Instead of Typical Security Systems

by Barbara 6. January 2012 07:13

Question about advantages of Sensaphone Remote Monitoring Systems over security systems by national or local alarm and security companies.

Q: "We are building a new data center. Our choices are between a national or local alarm and security company with monthly monitoring fees or a Sensaphone system. We want to monitor power, temperature and humidity. We are also concerned about possible water leaks onto the flooring and being able to lower the thermostat in the room if one of the units begins to overheat. Which system do you recommend? Thanks. Bill."

Answer: For a data center, we would recommend the Sensaphone IMS-1000 Internet Remote Monitor, IMS-1002 or Sensaphone IMS-4000 PowerGate2 Outlet Switcher IMS-4302IMS-4000 unit over the Sensaphone Web600 Web-Monitor Alarm, No Land Line Needed. The WEB600 is a great starter solution with accessories like a battery back up, a temperature probe, a zone water detector and a humidity transmitter.  However, when you are talking a larger computer room or data center, you are talking about tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment that keep your business operational 24/7.

Sensaphone Systems offer these advantages:

  • No Monthly Monitoring Fees: you buy the product and programs it to notify directly any employee or employees you choose without the cost of a central service that runs at least several hundred dollars annually.
  • Real Sensor Values: Universal inputs read actual temperature values and more.
  • Battery Backup: Either included or an inexpensive option.
  • Maximum Flexibility: Notifications using custom voice phone calls, emails, faxes, text messages, SNMP traps, etc. Communication is via land phone lines, cell phones, Ethernet or satellite.
  • Remote Access: You can program remotely whether a phone line product, a web-based products or a satellite product.
  • No Dependencies: stand alone solutions mean you get direct communication without a central service, computer or server in the middle.
  • Field Proven in Sensitive Applications: Proven reliability and validity in emergency response materials, military weapons systems, medicines, Homeland security, etc.
  • Innovation: In-house engineering. Three US patents for unique technologies. Constantly working to make products more powerful and easier to use.
  • Easy to Use: Simple, clear set up and maintenance. You don't have to be an electronics genius! Some products like the IMS series even automatically detect the sensor you've connected and configure it for you. The owners manuals are extensive and clear to follow. Telephone technical support is there, unlimited and toll free.
  • Made in the USA:  Yes! Sensaphone is made in Pennsylvania. All engineering design, manufacturing, servicing, testing and support are here in the USA.

For your data center, Safe Home recommends you choose the IMS-1002 model and then choose from the 9 sensors listed:

If a sensor is disconnected, you will get an alert. Each sensor is continuously monitored by the IMS parent unit. Cat-5 jacks and cables make it easier to connect to remote sensors using existing structured cabling.

The data logging includes a time stamped collection of input values that can be viewed and graphed. Plus you will get a detailed event history of user logins, telephone calles, etc. It is possible to add video integration to have an image sent of the condition that tripped the alarm. This is web-based monitoring with a traditional phone line, too.

You can place the IMS-1000 or IMS-4000 into your server rack. There are no moving parts in the IMS-1000 series units: each is complately standalone with its own internal battery back up.

Please contact us if you have additional questions. Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

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

 

NEMA-4X Enclosure on Sensaphone Remote Monitors for Business Use

by Barbara 14. October 2011 08:33

Question about the Sensaphone 2000 Data Log Remote Monitor, Nema-4X Enclosure, Sensaphone CELL682 Remote Monitor Control System NEMA-4X Solid Door and Sensaphone 1400 Remote Monitor NEMA4X Enclosure Clear Door

Q: What is a NEMA4X enclosure? Do I need it on a Sensaphone remote monitor for my business? I see it listed on these Sensaphone units that I saw on your website.Thanks. Steve."

Answer: According to Nema.org, "Type 4X Enclosures constructed for either indoor or outdoor use to provide a degree of protection to personnel against access to hazardous parts; to provide a degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of solid foreign objects (windblown dust); to provide a degree of protection with respect to harmful effects on the equipment due to the ingress of water (rain, sleet, snow, splashing water, and hose directed water); that provides an additional level of protection against corrosion; and that will be undamaged by the external formation of ice on the enclosure."

Sensaphone offers these enclosures on most of their remote monitors because many remote monitors are located in dusty or potentially corrosive industrial settings. Sensaphone monitors can be mounted inside buildings or outside. Those mounted in greenhouses are exposed to high humidity levels and water sprays as plants are watered. So purchase one with a NEMA4X enclosure if your situation requires it.

Choose a Sensaphone remote monitor according to the number of inputs you need and the complexity of your situation. For example the Sensaphone 2000 is a data logging monitor with 8 inputs and can contact up to 32 persons while the Sensaphone 1400 can monitor only 4 sensors for humidity, temperature, etc.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

What do the Product Numbers Mean on Sensaphone Remote Monitors?

by Barbara 10. July 2011 13:23

Question about the Sensaphone Remote Monitoring Systems.

Q: "I need a remote monitor but am confused by what differentiates one model from another. Can you give me a simple explanation? I don't know if I want a 1400, 800, etc. for my green house needs. Thanks. Steve."

Answer: The numbers actually refer to the number of inputs available to you. If you have a small greenhouse set-up, one of the smaller, less expensive basic units would be a good choice. Also consider if you have a cell phone or land line in the building.

Here is some information about the basic units:

  • Sensaphone Web600 Web-Monitor Alarm6 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. A screwdriver is even included.
  • Sensaphone Model 800 Desktop Monitoring System: 8 inputs and 1 output contact. Monitor 8 conditions, plus power failure and sound level.Notify 8 people with custom voice phone calls.Control a thermostat or other device automatically, manually, even remotely.
  • Sensaphone 1400 With Solid Door has built-in Power Failure, Sound Level, Temperature Inputs 4-contact or temperature, 4-20mA Outputs 1 Relay (manual or automatic control)Notification 8 custom voice phone calls No monthly fee.
  • Solid Door Sensaphone 1800 Remote Monitor Monitor up to 8 conditions, plus power failure and sound level. Notify up to 8 people with custom voice phone calls or text messages. Review alarm history and who acknowledged the alarm event. Control a device automatically, manually, even remotely. Sends a text message and alpha page alarms.
  • Sensaphone 2800 Wireless Monitoring System lets you use up to four Sensaphone wireless sensors with the 2800. A variety of wireless sensors types are available to choose from, including:Temperature,Humidity,Power Failure,Motion Detector,Water on Floor.Wireless sensors. Two Wireless Interface modules. These allow you to connect to existing equipment or sensors and transmit their status back to the 2800 wirelessly. There is a Dry Contact wireless module and a 4-20mA wireless module. The 4-20mA wireless module even provides battery backed 24 VDC loop power for your transducer. Built-in Power failure, Sound level. Inputs 4 hard wired universal, 4 wirelesses inputs, Outputs 1 relay (manual or automatic control)Notification 8 custom voice phone calls.

There are numerous sensors available for the inputs. There are some larger units available that can take extra slot cards allowing a larger number of sensor inputs.

Please give us more information about your situation and we'll help you choose.

Thanks for your question.

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