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Tech Talk Series by Jim Flick

With Over 40 Years Experience In The Security Industry, RadiusVision's Jim Flick Offers Tips And Advice For Getting The Most From Your Videofied Alarm System, While Avoiding Common Mistakes And Misconceptions.

Moving Your Videofied System? – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #21

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 ca... Read more »

Turning Off the Central Station Communicator – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #20

Turning off the central station communicator is required when shutting down a system to suspend the monitoring billing. Here are the steps:Wake up the keypad, then press the right arrow and go to Access Level 1. Press OK, then press the right arrow until it says Access Level... Read more »

IR Illumination Considerations – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #19

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 closes... Read more »

Smartphone Access to Videofied – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #18

Did you know your existing system can be connected to broadband and AC power? Most site deployments are done 100% wireless and on battery power, however you can optionally connect your head-end control communicator to power and broadband (Internet service) to add a redundant... Read more »

Bypassing Cameras – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #17

If you ever want to arm your system with a camera turned off here is how to do it.With the system disarmed, press and hold the #2 key (labeled Bypass) until it says Badge Or Code then enter your 4-digit code and press OK or present your prox tag to the reader. The keypad wil... Read more »

Watch Out for Sabotage – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #16

A word of common-sense advice: Someone could take a paper bag and slip it over a camera without triggering the camera tamper accelerometer, blinding the PIR and rendering that camera useless for detecting an intruder. Same goes for a carefully placed sheet of plywood ... Read more »

Camera Tamper Activations – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #15

Built into each Videofied camera is an accelerometer which monitors the position of the camera, similar to what we have in our smartphones. If a camera were to be moved by an intruder or strong winds or struck by a falling tree branch enough to cause it to alter its position... Read more »

Opening the Keypad – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #14

It can be a puzzle figuring out how to open the alpha keypad for the first time when replacing the batteries. It is a bit delicate being made with thin plastic materials too.The first thing to notice is the lock and unlock icons located on the left and right sides along with... Read more »

Video Clips While on Test – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #13

Video clip emails are not stopped when your account is placed on test. So, if the Videofied system is armed and a camera is triggered you will still receive the video clip email. If you have ever placed your account on test and then armed it to test your site, you may have n... Read more »

Reducing Nuisance Alarms – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #12

Did you know I program your system to automatically reduce repeat nuisance alarms? I do this to help keep your monthly video alarm activations as low as possible so you are not back-charged for excessive alarms. It’s called “swinger suppression” and it works like this:... Read more »

Alternating Daily Timer Tests – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #11

If your Videofied system is wired to power and broadband, then it has been programmed to alternate the daily timer test report – one day using the cellular pathway and the next day using the Ethernet broadband pathway. If one of the communication pathways is down, you will... Read more »

Missed Timer Test – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #10

If you get an email notice or a phone call of a Missed Timer Test, your head-end control panel might be dead, rendering the site unprotected!All systems are programmed to send a daily timer test at 2:15 am. When the central station has not received this signal by 3:15 am it ... Read more »

Reviving A Dead Panel – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #9

If you get an email notice or a phone call of a Low Battery, Panel from the central station, that panel will be dead within 24 hours turning your entire security system into a wheel chock. Emergently, you can replace them with (4) readily available D size Alkaline 1.5 volt b... Read more »

Testing the Siren/Strobe – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #8

It’s a good idea to occasionally test the siren/strobe to ensure it is working. The following test WILL NOT send a signal to the central station, so you do not have to contact them before performing this test. Should this test fail to activate the siren/strobe it could be ... Read more »

PIR Basics – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #7

A very important part of each Videofied camera is the PIR (Passive Infrared Motion) detector. It is this detector that triggers the camera to record the 10 second video so let’s talk about PIR characteristics that we can take advantage of and also avoid when placing each c... Read more »

Getting the Best RF Coverage – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #6

The nominal RF range that I have experienced for the vast majority of Videofied system deployments is 400 to 800 feet but as we all know actual RF range varies due to influences such as conflicting radio frequencies, terrain, man made obstructions, metal objects, trees, and ... Read more »

Mounting the Siren/Strobe – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #5

For those of you who have the outdoor siren/strobe I would like to pass along a mounting tip that could save you from having to purchase a replacement siren/strobe.Of the four screw holes located on the mounting base, the lower left hole has a dual function that you need to ... Read more »

Functional Test Devices – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #4

You can place your system into a “Walk Test” mode to see the detection coverage of each camera. By going into Maintenance Mode then using the right arrow key, stop at Functional Test Devices and press OK. This sends a signal to ALL cameras turning on the walk test featur... Read more »

System Status – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #3

Did you know there’s a quick way to look at the health of your Videofied system? Using the alpha keypad with the system disarmed, press and hold the OK key for 5 seconds, the LCD display will indicate if there are any current problems. If no problems are present it will sa... Read more »

Defaulting the Panel – Video Verified Alarm Tech Talk #2

This Videofied Tech Talk was inspired by a customer this week who inadvertently factory defaulted his panel while replacing the batteries. To prevent this from happening to another customer let’s talk about how this happened. The photo below shows where the programming/res... Read more »

Tech Talk #1 by Jim Flick

Subject: Automated email for Opening/Closing, Low Battery, RF Supervisory, and Missed Timer TestYou may have noticed new emails showing up over the past few weeks. I’m hoping you appreciate the additional information they contain. With a goal of informing you about import... Read more »
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