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When you have a perimeter, which is longer than 600 meters, more than one field processor can be used to achieve detection over these long distances. In this case you can manage multiple field processors using the AcoustAlert front end software which has a graphic user interface and alarm reporting.
First use the AcoustAlert setup tool to test and set up your detection levels and naming convention.
The AcoustAlert Set Up Tool
This is a simple but amazing tool designed to quickly setup the AcoustAlert field processor in situ. This utility or software tool can be simply installed onto your windows 10 laptop. It is not resource hungry so any entry level laptop will suffice. This tool enables you to connect directly to the field processor with your laptop and do the necessary setup and sensitivity level settings according to your physical fence detection requirements.
The laptop is connected to the AcoustAlert field processor with a straight LAN jumper cable (RJ45 to RJ45). Please refer to the manual on how to set up the field processor.
This setup process can be done for applications of AcoustAlert in “stand-alone” and “networked” installations.
AcoustAlert Configuration > Network settings
Since the AcoustAlert field processor is a networkable device, establish your network between devices using standard LAN networking principals as you would for an IP CCTV system, for example. You will need a PC with screen and entry level graphics capabilities. This too needs to be set up on the
AcoustAlert LAN network and given a fixed IP address.
Once you have achieved this the AcoustAlert control and graphics software can be loaded, refer to the installation manual for this. Select the AcoustAlert Configuration tab and below this the network settings tab. From here you can select the network adaptor on the PC for connectivity to the AcoustAlert network.
AcoustAlert Configuration > Device Configuration
Each AcoustAlert field processor has a unique MAC Address and can be discovered on the network by its MAC address. When you get your AcoustAlert field processor you will find this MAC address on a label on the bottom side of the device.
In your packaging box you may also find one or two similar stickers with the MAC details, this is for you to stick near to the field processor mounting or into your site documentation for ease of reference.
Once it has been discovered it can be assigned an IP address (192.168.10.59 for example) and name, then communications with the field processor is established. You can use any IP address and give the device a name like “North Boundary”.Once you have set up your IP and name you can save this information to the field processor.
AcoustAlert Configuration > Input Configuration
Under Device Configuration above, the AcoustAlert field processor is given a name. So in a system you may have a number of field processors and you should give them specific names so you can identify them under this section. In the example the name “Zone 1” is used.
You can select this field processor from the drop-down box which will show all the names of field processors on your network. Once you select “Zone 1” field processor you can then set up input one and input 2 of this field processor.
AcoustAlert Configuration > Zone Configuration
On this page you can set up the performance of each of the many AcoustAlert zones you may have in the system.
- The sensitivity, in a similar way the sensitivity is adjusted with the stand-alone tool
- The position of the zone name on the imported site graphic.
- A zone pre-alarm level. So, each zone can be set up with 2 sensitivity levels,
- one for the alarm condition
- second for a pre-alarm notification as if someone were tampering with the fence, this is normally a more sensitive setting to the actual alarm condition, it’s like an early warning.
- Automatic time out for alarm acknowledgement.
If unselected then it is imperative the control room operator needs to acknowledge the alarm with a reason.
If it is selected then the alarm will automatically reset after a pre-determined time out.