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Moving Your Videofied System? – Tech Talk #21 by Jim Flick

Moving Your Videofied System? – Tech Talk #21 by Jim Flick

When you’re ready to shut down and move your system, first turn off the central station communicator (see Tech Talk #20 on how to do this) or you can remove the batteries from the head-end so the system will stop sending the daily timer test. Call, text or email me so I can suspend your central station account which will stop the monthly monitoring billing.

When you’re ready to redeploy the system at the new location, call, text or email me and I will reactivate your central station account and email you a blank Central Station Information form to fill out and send back to me so I can update the central station with the new site information, contact list and email addresses.

You may want to consider redeploying the system with fresh batteries if the existing batteries are over a year old. You can order batteries from us or source them yourself, but purchase only the SAFT brand.

Have a technical Videofied question?
Contact Jim Flick:
Jim@RadiusVision.com
206-300-9954

Turning Off the Central Station Communicator – Tech Talk #20 by Jim Flick

Turning Off the Central Station Communicator – Tech Talk #20 by Jim Flick

Turning off the central station communicator is required when shutting down a system to suspend the monitoring billing.

Here are the steps:

  1. Wake up the keypad, then press the right arrow and go to Access Level 1.
  2. Press OK, then press the right arrow until it says Access Level: 4 then press OK and enter 9747 then OK.
  3. Press the right arrow key to go to Configuration and press OK to go to General Parameters.
  4. Left arrow to Central Station Configuration then press OK to go to Frontel Security Parameters then press OK to go to Frontel Security Enabled.
  5. Press OK again and the display will say Frontel Security: Enabled.
  6. Press the right arrow to change it to Frontel Security: Disabled, then press OK and it will say Frontel Security Disabled (the colon disappears).
  7. The central station communicator is now disabled.
  8. Press and hold (for 5 seconds) the ESC/NO key to go all the way back to the Date, Time, Disarmed window and you are done.

Follow the same steps to turn the central station communicator back on to Enabled.

Have a technical Videofied question?
Contact Jim Flick:
Jim@RadiusVision.com
206-300-9954

IR Illumination Considerations – Tech Talk #19 by Jim Flick

IR Illumination Considerations – Tech Talk #19 by Jim Flick

In this example, the camera needs to be aimed away from the mounting surface so none of that surface will be seen by the camera.

Be careful when mounting and aiming your cameras not to have the mounting surface included in the view of the camera. In total darkness the IR illuminators will bathe the surface close to the camera with intense IR light, causing overexposure of the foreground surface closest to the camera. Since all cameras employ light averaging, the overexposed bright foreground surface causes the area beyond to darken to the point that an intruder can’t be seen!

Remember too that the effective range of the IR illumination in total darkness is about 35 feet and the maximum trigger distance of the PIR for a single human can be up to 50 feet if mounted looking parallel with the ground so it is possible under these conditions to trigger the camera but not be able to see the intruder!

A good rule of thumb on sites without artificial light is to mount the cameras with a slight (10 degree) downward tilt so the PIR will trigger within the effective IR illumination range, allowing our dispatchers to see the intruder in total darkness and dispatch the police to a video verified crime in progress.

If your site does have artificial lighting at night, you can mount your cameras parallel with the ground to achieve the maximum detection range.

Have a technical Videofied question?
Contact Jim Flick:
Jim@RadiusVision.com
206-300-9954

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