I wish to investigate the possibility of an Alarm system for a Driveway - Induct

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I wish to investigate the possibility of an Alarm system for a Driveway -
Inductive type seems best to accommodate those needs. (Infer-red or motion
detector applications doesn't monitor the ingress & egress traffic flow.)

Criteria: To detect vehicles transporting people and deliveries only. Not lawn
mowers, animals, people, blowing trash, rain, snow, fog, or grass fire smoke.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:
2 separate Systems (A & B) seem necessary:

SYSTEM (A) includes:
1), Magnetic loop sensor capable of being place in PVC pipe 12" below earth
surface with 100' underground wiring also put in PVC from sensor to transmitter.
 
2), Transmitter with a Range of 875', wireless, encased in metal enclosure with
metal pole, capable of sending signal with some Line of sight obstructions -
Shop building & shrubs.  
3), System powered with batteries & backed up by a small solar panel capable of
being encased in metal enclosure and mounted on metal pole.  
4), Receiver: See Merging of Systems below.

SYSTEM (B) includes:
1), [Same as System A-1]
(Magnetic loop sensor capable of being place in PVC pipe 12" below earth surface
with 100' underground wiring also put in PVC from sensor to transmitter.)
2), [Same as System A-2 except Range of 280' - NO Line of sight obstructions]
 (Transmitter with a Range of 280', wireless, encased in metal enclosure with
metal pole, capable of sending signal with no line-of-sight obstructions.)
3), [Same as System A-3]
 (System powered with batteries & backed up by a small solar panel capable of
being encased in metal enclosure and mounted on metal pole.)
4), Receiver: See Merging of Systems below.

Merging of Systems A & B to operate on 3 individual Receivers:
(2 locations in Residence) both are to receive signal from Transmitters A & B
with two distinct & different sounds "normal volume adjustable" for each system.

(1 location in Shop) to receive signal from Transmitters A & B with two distinct
different sounds "loud, adjustable volume" for System A  & "normal volume,
adjustable" for System B.

Reason for metal incasement requirements of exposed elements was wild animals
(rats, raccoons, & others) tend to eat, chew & gnaw on the exposed plastic boxes
& pipes.

Had a photo cell system that lasted less than a week after its installation.

Re: I wish to investigate the possibility of an Alarm system for a Driveway - Induct
On 5/20/2015 11:38 PM, Philip Hatfield wrote:
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I used PIR and it was a disaster. It would detect cool air coming from  
the top of the mountain and everything else. I'm now using an IR system  
with a source on one side with the detector on the other side. It works  
pretty good, however, it does detect people, deer and bears.  In my case  
I'm ok with this because I like to know when someone walks in and we do  
like to see the wild life. I use an X10 send device (PowerFlash module)  
to send when there is a detection. I use the information back in the  
house to determine what to do; ring a signal, turn on floods, etc. This  
is done with a extinct (I have 2 of them, just in case) 1132CU  
programmable module. I also have a 5 minute timer on the detect line to  
keep from retriggering if we are just doing yard work and walking back  
and forth. The PowerFlash modules, (I have 2) all seem to suffer from  
some kind of laziness. Sometimes they just don't send. They also seem to  
overheat when this happens. I haven't figured out what's what. I am  
planning on changing to a different X10 sending unit, one of the wall  
switches than normally is used to turn on or off stuff via X10.

BTW, I live in a gated subdivision which has one of the magnetic  
detectors to open the gates from inside when a guest leaves. You really  
have to drive close to the edge of the road to trip it. I've gotten many  
calls from people that "cannot get out". Now I tell visitors to huge the  
right side and it will open.

For Halloween, to kick off some animation. Again, I've been using PIR  
with lots of false triggers. This year I'm going to get a unit that has  
the IR light source and detector on one side, with a reflector on the  
other side (neighbor's property).

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