Security technology used to be only something that businesses and wealthy homeowners could afford. This type of technology has been known to deter criminal and intrusive activities, as well as provide peace of mind to its user.
Now days, security technology has become more accessible for those who are not considered wealthy, but still wish for added home protection. These advancements have made it cheaper to own intruder detection equipment, and the most common of which is the motion sensor.
However, most believe that a motion sensor only activates a mechanism that turns on an outdoor light. While this is still a deterrent, it may not be enough. Did you know that a driveway sensor could be added to your intruder detection capabilities?
A driveway sensor system’s main purpose is to notify the user that a car or object has crossed into the driveway. This gives the user an amazing buffer between the property line and the home, which can feel like miles to an intruder if he or she knows that they’ve been detected.
The Added Comfort of Protection
The most prevalent reason why many use a driveway sensor is because the driveway is the “bottleneck” point where nearly everyone enters and exits the property. Almost everyone entering the property will set foot on the driveway, dramatically increasing the system’s ability to pick up a higher percentage of traffic.
When objects are detected by the driveway sensor it relays a signal to a “chiming device”, which warns those who are inside the house that the sensor has been tripped. This has several advantages to the people inside the house.
First, its main function is to provide notification of a possible intruder.
This second advantage is that deliveries and visits from friendly parties are not missed. A driveway sensor could add extra seconds before the doorbell is rung.
Last, it provides peace of mind with the knowledge that the sensor will always provide a buffer zone, between the property line and the house itself.
There are other options that will allow the user of the security system to have additional protection. For instance, higher-end systems will have a function that can call or text the user when the sensor has been tripped.
Also, the chime can even activate a real time video (provided that surveillance cameras are in use), which lets the user know exactly whom is entering the property. If it is an intruder, the user can immediately call the authorities without ever having contact with the individual. In addition to that, this provides an automatic collection of evidence for the prosecution process.
At a Glance
Driveway sensor systems are not expensive, provided that a basic one is all that is necessary for adequate protection. Using a driveway sensor can add peace of mind to all that are in the house. You will never have to worry about missing deliveries or friendly visitors, as this will give you enough time to get to the door to greet them.
A wireless driveway alarm system may only seem like an effective security option for when someone is in the building equipped with the system. However, since the driveway sensors are wireless with a long effective range, users can give the remote alarm unit to a neighbor to keep an eye on their house while away from home, such as on vacation. The driveway alarm unit is equipped to receive the transmitter signal from the sensors on the driveway even from relatively far distances, so a neighbor can check on a user’s house should the alarm go off while he or she is absent.
Hearing the user-customizable alert tone for the movement detection security system could mean anything from a guest arriving to an animal going through the garbage cans to an intruder approaching the house. There is the possibility for false alerts, such as someone going for a walk, but nearly everyone can attest to being a little nervous after thinking one heard a strange noise or saw a glimpse of something outside a window. However, one has no way of knowing whether it was actually a threat or just a figment of imagination, unless he or she decides to investigate outside, which could put one in danger of being attacked if an intruder is actually present. With the security of a portable driveway movement detection alarm system, one has the knowledge of whether someone or something is lurking outside and can take the proper precautions.
The battery-operated, wireless alarm unit also makes for a comforting bedside companion. This can come in handy for parents when their son or daughter is returning from a late night out with friends, so they can rest easy knowing that their child made it back home ok without staying up all night waiting for him or her to get back. This news will also likely come as a relief to adolescents everywhere the system is equipped, so they do not have to explain where they have been until 3 a.m. (at least not until the morning, speaking from personal experience).
Peace of mind goes a long way, no matter who is concerned, and the driveway movement detection alarm system provides that and more, so that users will wonder how they could have done without the system equipped. The possibilities are endless and the entire driveway security alert system can come at a fraction of the cost of a full-house security system, which can be too much protection for too high of a price for many users.
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering a wireless driveway alarm, but it can provide an elegant alternative to a traditional doorbell. Guests will wonder where the doorbell is at, but you can be alerted in any way you like when they pass the driveway sensors, which can be placed at the most opportune location for people to cross, thanks to customizable alerts. A driveway alarm provides the option to choose from one of the pre-loaded ringers, from the traditional doorbell ding-dong to an alarm buzzer that will wake you when you in-laws make an unexpected visit at seven in the morning. In addition, you can record your own alerts, so when someone walks up you will hear your favorite song. Why not express your individuality by being the talk of all your friends for having that “sweet doorbell”!
The entire security system is also wireless, so you only have to put some batteries in every so often and keep the antenna up. The alarm receiver unit is also small enough to keep in your pocket, so you know when someone is at the door, while strolling around your mansion (wink, wink)! Furthermore, the driveway movement detection security system is a comparably affordable solution to a home security system, which can run into the thousands of dollars to equip your home. A few sets of weather-proof sensors installed on the sides of the house and the alarm will let everyone inside know when there might be an intruder lurking outside because even the safest neighborhoods can have residents be victims of home invasion, which anyone who has been a victim of burglary will tell you that it is a terrible feeling.
In addition, a call to your insurance agent could end up reducing the cost of your policy by letting him or her know that your house is equipped with a driveway movement detection security system. Whether you choose to hide the sensors or leave them in plain sight, they can immediately let you know when to check that suspicious sound outside or serve as a deterrent to would-be intruders. Combined with other easy-to-implement physical security systems, you and your family can have added peace of mind, which goes a long way towards feeling safe and comfortable in your home. Your home is your castle and the driveway security system is the next best thing to digging a moat!
If you’re an animal lover or a parent or grandparent with young kids roaming the house, the wireless driveway alarm can be your wireless indoor alarm! As I was growing up, my parents had to constantly tell me to stay away from the stairs to avoid falling or to “get out of that fancy dining room before you break something!” Well with driveway sensors in front of that room you don’t want the pets or kids entering or in front of the stairs they might accidentally fall down, you will have enough time to run over and set them straight before they go breaking your great grandmother’s irreplaceable china set or having you make an unexpected trip to the hospital at 11 p.m.
In addition, if you are a parent with small children and an in-ground pool in your background, the alarm sensors can make for an alternative to buying an expensive fence to surround the pool. You may tell your kids a hundred times not to go by the pool when you are not there, but kids do not always like to listen. However, you can rest easy while the kids are playing in the yard with the portable alarm in your pocket, so you can go outside to give them a time-out before they end up in a dangerous situation. But even if you do not have young children around the house, the movement detection sensors can let you know when the neighbors try jumping in your pool or hot tub without permission, so you do not have the unpleasant surprise of walking outside to find a pool party happening without you there.
The majority of the driveway movement detection sensors feature durable housing that is weather-proof, so you can be sure that they will last. The only thing to maintain is changing the batteries every so often and making sure the antenna is upright. Plus, the small size of the transmitters means that you can keep the sensors out of sight, so wherever you put them no one will be the wiser (except for you)! In fact, you might even be able to convince your guests that you have extrasensory perception!
The options of what to do with your driveway movement detection security system are only limited by the extent of your imagination. If you are a hunter, you can even use the sensors to alert you when that big buck is approaching and since the volume and tone of the alarm is adjustable, you can make it quiet enough not to scare off your meal!
Even if you are not particularly security conscious, a wireless driveway alarm can make a great investment for your home. When guests arrive at your home, the driveway sensors will detect their vehicle entering your driveway, or even if they park on the street, the sensors will still detect your guests walking towards the door, giving you an “extra” doorbell to prepare to meet them at the door. No one likes to be kept waiting at the front door, and with the driveway alarm installed, your guests won’t have to wait! You can be at the front door with a welcoming smile as they are still walking up the path, as they will certainly pleasantly surprised that you were “waiting” to greet them.
The driveway movement detection system is particularly useful if you have a long driveway, since you will have that extra bit of notice to finish preparing before your guests arrive at the door. That extra time can make a big difference, especially if you are like me and are rushing to get the final hors d’oeuvres out on the table, so you have time to pay attention to your guests without still preparing the appetizers as they wait. Another possibility is to keep the alarm in the bathroom as you shower before guests arrive, so that you can have the front door unlocked while knowing that your guests have arrived, instead of being surprised as you leave the bathroom or having the guests wait outside.
In addition, no matter the neighborhood that you live in, be it the suburbs, the city, or the country, home invasions can happen. As the saying goes, you never expect it to occur, until it happens to you. Thus, the driveway security system can grant you and your family members a little more peace of mind knowing when someone is approaching your home. It may not sound like much, but a little added prior knowledge of an arrival goes a long way to making you feel more comfortable while you are lounging at home. Plus, it is a good way to dodge those bill collectors (wink, wink).
Furthermore, nearly every neighborhood has pesky stray animals or wild ones who enjoy rummaging through garbage or tearing up holes in yards and gardens. With the driveway motion detectors installed, you can beat them to the punch, by going outside and chasing them off (preferably to that bad neighbor’s yard). So even if you’re not a security buff, the driveway alert system offers something to everyone!
Wireless driveway alarm systems are an important purchase to consider beforehand because, ultimately, they are protecting the residents as well as the assets of a property, by notifying the user when a potential intruder crosses into the perimeter of a property. When considering a security system, it is worthwhile to look into the capabilities of driveway sensors. There are a multitude of detection methods available; therefore, a user should consider his or her security needs when selecting the sensors as well as the driveway alarm that a system uses.
A major factor to consider is the false alarm rate. One can run themselves ragged, by constantly monitoring an alarm that is activated each time a vehicle enters the driveway, if vehicles consistently use the driveway as a turn-around point or if the property is frequented by visitors. One solution to this problem for a property is to disable the alarm during periods when visitors are expected, such as for a business during periods when employees are coming and going often or for a household during the day, enabling the alarm only at night when a user may not be as vigilant or when visibility is low.
Another consideration is the range of the wireless sensors and alarm units. If a user is planning on having the sensors at the end of a driveway and the alarm unit in a study on the second floor, he or she should first determine the distance between the units and compare that distance to the manufacturer’s listed specifications, to ensure that signals from the sensors will be received. The frequency of the driveway movement detection security system is also significant, since it may conflict with other wireless devices within the building, thus limiting the alarm’s effectiveness. The frequency is generally listed in the device’s specifications and the frequencies of other existing devices within the building are often available on the device itself or can be checked via the accompanying manual or the device manufacturer’s website.
Research is important for any purchase, but users should definitely make it a priority when purchasing a security system, simply for the device’s purpose, which is protection. Ultimately, when deciding on a security purchase, it all comes down to the user’s specific needs, depending on their particular concern for security, which is affected by the location of the property and the assets contained within. Too much security can be unnecessary and not enough security can turn into a potentially hazardous situation.
Driveway sensors can either be hidden, so that intruders are not aware of their presence or will be caught off-guard by a swift response from the security system’s user or they can be put in plain view as a deterrent to potential intruders. The driveway alarm will sound so long as the intruder’s movement is detected within the monitored area, so if the sensors are easily noticeable, it is important to place them carefully and even have multiple sensors to prevent intruders from passing by them unnoticed. Although, a wireless driveway alarm is a key element in a security system, it should not be relied upon as the only method of security for a property wherein residents are particularly concerned about security.
Physical security is an important factor to consider for the security-conscious users of a driveway movement detection alarm system. Users may decide to plant fake sensors along a driveway to disguise the location of the true sensors or to use multiple sensors, with some in plain sight and other hidden. Other possibilities when considering physical security are the use of spiked fencing, warning signs, tall barriers, and even barbed wire for users that are particularly concerned. However, even spiked bushes along a building can deter or frustrate a potential intruder. The best situation is to completely deter a would-be attacker, but frustrating intruders’ efforts can be quite effective, as it allows the residents additional time to contact the authorities or to defend themselves.
The next layer after perimeter security, under which a driveway security system would fall when positioned at the end of a driveway, is mechanical security, consisting of gates and locks. An alternative is electronic security, which is more effective when there are a large number of people using the secured facility. In both cases, however, gates and doors must be considered for their ability to withstand brute force attacks, such as breaking down or kicking open a door, as well as the number of locks and their complexity and durability, in order to repel attempts to pick or cut them.
Intrusion detection alarms, which can be as simple as employing the same sensors on a driveway within a house, can be very useful at detecting intruders if they have gained access to the property. However, this method poses the problem of false alarms, so security-conscious users must be vigilant to determine the cause of each alarm. And, finally, video monitoring can be used as a deterrent, but is used primarily for verification and analysis of an incident, following the intrusion.
Wireless communications is defined by Wikipedia to be “the transfer of information over a distance without the use of enhanced electrical conductors or ‘wires’.” A wireless driveway alarm falls under the category of radio communications, which operates by the transmission of signals via frequency modulation of electromagnetic waves with low frequencies, below that of visible light, allowing them to pass by humans without notice until employing a transmitter or receiver of some sort. Driveway sensors serve as the detection method for the security system, as well as the transmitters, in order to trigger the alarm and notifying the user of an intrusion. As you might have guessed, the driveway alarm unit works as the receiver for the alarm system, setting off the audible alert upon reception of a transmission from the sensors, signaling a disturbance.
The term “wireless” has become a mainstay of modern speech, but it was not always that way. Although, the term is so common nowadays, many people remain unfamiliar with how the technology functions. Essentially, the transmitter consists of an electrical energy source (or batteries for the sensors uses in driveway movement detection security systems) that produces a current that alternates the oscillation of the frequency. To modulate (or change) the signal, thereby communicating information, one of the signal’s properties must be changed, which can entail turning the energy on and off or altering the frequency, amplitude, phase, or a combination of the properties. The best way to visualize this process is to think of waves of a string secured at one end while the other is moved up and down by someone’s hand; and thus, how fast the end is moved and how far it is moved in each direction represents data being transferred.
The electromagnetic waves from the transmitter travel through an antenna into space, but the waves are limited by distance, as they will begin to dissipate the farther they go, and they may become interfered with by conflicting waves operating at the same frequency. The receiver captures the waves from the transmitter that are travelling through the air and returns the waves to the oscillating current, demodulating it into the original information. In order to capture the “correct” waves, the receiver’s antenna is tuned to the frequency, at which the transmitter is operating. In terms of a wireless security system, the sensors transmit a radio signal through the air when an intruder is detected, which is then received by the alarm unit and ultimately sounding an alert.
Wireless driveway alarm systems are weather-proof and designed to be used at the end of a driveway to secure the perimeter of a property; however, there are many alternate uses to be explored. Because the driveway sensors are completely wireless, they can be placed anywhere, not only at the end of a driveway. Likewise, the driveway alarm unit can be positioned anywhere a user desires, even carried around as a portable detection option, small enough to be carried in a user’s pocket.
As a result of the versatility of this security solution, users are only limited by their imaginations, as for the applications of the alarm system. For instance, the sensors can be placed around a home garden, for an elegant solution to pests, like rabbits, rodents, or even wild boars, which may eat or trample the plants that users have worked so hard to maintain. In this particular application, when the alarm sounds, a user can go outside to chase off or decide to make a meal out of the wild animals seeking to destroy his or her hard work. Another possibility is to use the system as a wireless fence to keep tabs on pets who may wander off an unfenced yard, particularly if a home is near a busy street, where the pet may be in danger of being struck by a vehicle. Similarly, the sensor can be placed by a door, to notify the pets’ owners when their pet comes and goes through a pet door or when their pet needs to go outside to use the bathroom, rather than finding that their pet has soiled the floor inside the house.
Parents of young children may also find a wireless movement detection system to be useful in ensuring the safety of a child from wandering from a yard or getting to close to a home’s in-ground pool, particularly if the property is not fenced. Anyone can become distracted while monitoring their child, and an alarm guarantees that the child’s parents will be immediately notified if their child is in danger.
Although, wireless movement detection security systems are intended for outdoor use, they can just as easily be installed and moved within a household to satisfy its residents’ needs. Therefore, if a certain area is off limits to certain people or pets, the security system’s user will be notified the moment an intrusion is detected, which can go a long way to keep one’s sanity.
A wireless driveway alarm system can provide peace of mind and restful nights of sleep for its users. These systems are the results of advancements made by security professionals who have constantly made innovations to their systems throughout recent years. A driveway alarm is best employed by homeowners and business owners who are concerned about the security of their property and will be within range of a wireless alarm unit placed within the premises. The alarm is triggered by driveway sensors, which utilize a variety of methods to detect an intrusion in the monitored area, by sending a radio signal to the alarm unit to notify the residents that a visitor has crossed the perimeter. Common types of sensors used are ultrasonic detectors and passive infrared detectors, but they may instead employ microwave detectors or photo-electric beams (or break-beam sensors). However, these types of sensors are of the wireless variety, whereas other types of security systems run wires to generate electric, magnetic, microwave, or microphonic fields, to list only some of the options; but, these can take more work to install on a premises.
Maintenance is important for a wireless alarm system for driveway monitoring. Since the devices are completely wireless, they run off of batteries for power to avoid running power cords, which can alert intruders to their presence. However, as a result, if the batteries are allowed to drain completely, the security system can be compromised. Therefore, it is important to regularly monitor the battery levels of both the sensors and the alarm units, in order to be notified when an intrusion is detected. But this is not to say that the alarm system is power hungry, as quality batteries should power the system for quite some time. Although the system is set up to ensure the security of the residents of a property, and a user will surely regret changing the batteries if there should be an intrusion that goes undetected due to dead batteries in either the sensors or alarm units.
Security is invaluable in this day and age. While once utilized only by businesses with large security interests, like banks, common citizens are now seeking home security systems and business security systems, of which driveway movement detection systems are an essential element. For the relatively low price of a modest security system, potentially large amounts of assets can be protected from burglary, the most important, of course, being the well-being of the buildings’ residents.