VibraTek® Plus is a fourth generation vibration-sensitive linear sensor specifically designed to provide high-performance intruder detection capability when deployed on fences or other barriers used to define the perimeter of a secure site. More than 500 km of VibraTek sensor effectively secure hundreds of sites worldwide.
The development of VibraTek® Plus draws on knowledge gained over more than 25 years operational experience of intrusion detection system design, and in particular, from the highly specialised external perimeter market sector where vibration sensing technology applied to fence structures constitutes by far the most widely used and cost-effective method of intrusion detection.
VibraTek® Plus is a sophisticated, yet easy to install sensing device, based on well-established engineering principles carefully chosen to ensure maximum detection performance allied with an enviably low false alarm rate. Considerable design effort has been expended to ensure that the mechanical characteristics of the sensor cable closely match that of the range of fences it is designed to protect, thereby ensuring optimum performance.
VibraTek® Plus is manufactured as a cable form allowing easy installation and commissioning by any competent electrical technician and can be supplied to site ensuring maximum utilisation and minimum wastage during the installation process.
The VibraTek® Plus sensor is designed to operate in conjunction with Detection Technologies range of signal analysers which fully exploit its unique features to provide a wide range of system configurations capable of meeting the requirements of any perimeter security system design.
VibraTek® Plus is directly attached to fences or other perimeter barriers using cable ties, cable clips, or by installation in conduit attached to such barriers so that mechanical vibration generated as a result of hostile activity is coupled into the sensor device and converted to representative electrical signals.
Theory of Operation
The VibraTek® Plus sensor operates as a linear induction generator whereby precision made concentric conductors within the sensor are arranged to vibrate within a static magnetic field generated by flexible ceramic magnetic profiles. Mechanical vibrations resulting from intrusion activity are coupled into the sensor through direct contact between the sensor and the protected structure (fence, wall, railing, etc). The mechanical energy of vibration is converted to an electrical signal by the sensor by induction of electrical currents into the active conductors within the sensor.
VibraTek® Plus differs from other linear magnetic sensors in that it incorporates mechanical damping designed to eliminate spurious responses that occur with undamped sensors of similar design. This key difference in the design of the sensor is fundamental in achieving significant improvement in detection performance without degrading the inherent resilience of the sensor to environmentally generated alarms. The electrical signal created by the sensor is an accurate representation of the mechanical energy which created the signal. This enables the signal analyser module to which the sensor is connected to reliably classify the signals as either hostile, intrusion-related signals, or non-hostile signals such as those caused by wind, rain, hail, or other environmentally related activity.
Applicable to virtually all fence constructions
- Welded mesh fence
- Expanded Metal Fence
- Chain link fence
- Palisade fence
- Walls, floors & ceilings
- Doors, gates
Unsurpassed Signal to Noise Performance
The smallest intrusion-related mechanical activity detected by the sensor will generate a signal level typically 1250 times greater than the background electrical noise level generated by the sensor itself. This unsurpassed audio performance ensures that minute levels of intrusion related activity can be easily extracted and identified by Detection Technologies signal analyser systems without risk of losing such critical information within the high background noise levels that characterise many low-performance sensors.
Unaffected by moisture penetration
The low impedance design characteristics of the sensor ensure that the performance of the sensor is unaffected by water ingress resulting from cable sheath damage or poorly sealed terminations or joints.
Immune To Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
The sensor is configured as a twisted pair of conductors which are balanced with respect to ground thereby ensuring rejection of externally generated electromagnetic interference sources.
Resilient To Lightning Induced Damage
The sensor cable design allows electrical isolation of the sensor from the signal analyser system using custom-made transformers to ensure maximum resilience to lightning strikes in the vicinity of the sensor.
Simple Termination & Repair Procedures
Since the sensor relies on only two copper wires for its operation, terminating and splicing the cable is a simple task readily accomplished by any competent electrical service technician using readily available, non-specialist tools. A typical Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) figure of 15 minutes is easily achievable.
Ultra-High Quality Audio Signal
The low impedance design of the sensor ensures high-quality audio signals which, in turn, allows accurate and unambiguous verification of hostile activity by security personnel.
UV Resistant Sheathing Material
The sensor cable is sheathed in a low-density polyethylene polymer which is heavily loaded with carbon powder to provide the highest possible protection against sheath degradation by the ultra-violet radiation present in sunlight.
The sensor cable components are carefully chosen to ensure the highest reliability possible so that a typical Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) figure in excess of 80,000 hours is achievable. Subject to correct installation, the performance of the sensor will not degrade over time, even in extremes of heat and cold.