Better outdoor intrusion detection: Southwest Microwave

While video systems often seem to be the  first choice for outdoor protection, some experienced intruders know how to exploit camera vulnerabilities.

Southwest has reliable perimeter intrusion detection (PIDAS) sensors, all of which perform in the conditions where camera systems sometimes fall short. Southwest sensors detect in rain, snow, fog, and in heavy shadows, and when used with your video system provides an excellent layered defense.

Southwest Microwave Background

Southwest Microwave’s analog microwave sensors have been the gold standard for over 40 years. We regularly see sensors – even complicated deployments using reflectors – installed back in the 1980’s still in operation at some of the most secure facilities in the world.

Southwest’s new digital microwaves improve false and nuisance alarms to rates never thought possible.

Southwest Microwave’s family of intelligent perimeter security solutions also includes the INTREPID™ Micropoint™ Single Platform Detection Systems feature field-proven detection technologies, made even smarter with single-platform networking convenience. While factory training is advisable or may be mandatory depending upon your site, these cable installation and calibration videos provide background information to help your installation go smoothly.

Micropoint Cable Handling

Micropoint Calibration

The Age of Voice and our new Zenitel Multimedia Portal

Zenitel USA’s president Jim Hoffpauir’s article “The Age of Voice”  in September’s issue of Security Today outlines the genesis of communications in the world of Security.

The Age of Voice

Zenitel’s  multimedia portal provides the latest informational and technical videos  from Vingtor Stentofon.

Vingtor Stentofon Multimedia

All Stentofon systems excel in areas with acoustic challenges. Intelligibility is the product of specially designed hardware, software, and mechanics.

  • Acoustic echo cancellation is especially effective in stairwells and vestibules.
  • Active noise reduction means responders hear conversations even if there is background noise from machinery, vehicles, or crowds.

  • A special anechoic speaker design and rigid stable mount complements the Stentofon Turbine station’s 10W amplifier. With a wide audio bandwidth and 105 dB output, users can hear and understand even over the sound of an operating diesel engine.
  • Automatic gain control ensures that both soft voices and loud voices are heard and understood equally well by a responder.

Critical Communications on One Platform

New City elevator code has driven many intercom system updates. Some Stentofon systems were installed over twenty years ago, and yet we are able to reuse some of the original equipment and infrastructure in order to ensure secure and reliable building communications for twenty more years.

Clients are relieved to learn they can consolidate building critical communications to a common reliable  platform. It’s common to see buildings with separate elevator intercoms; video intercoms; emergency call intercoms (in garages; and Area of Rescue/Refuge system. Stentofon can with its AlphaCom server bring these together in a high performance fault-tolerant system.