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The Parabeam® 700-FSK Driveway Alert System monitors your driveway around the clock, alerting you whenever a vehicle or person enters the property, ensuring peace of mind and security.
The Parabeam® 700-FSK Driveway Alert System utilises a point-to-point infrared detection beam. Whenever this beam is broken, a radio signal is immediately sent to the Base Receiver, triggering a loud beeping sound. The Base Receiver can be situated up to 1km away from the Beam-set, making it the perfect solution for large properties and long distance applications.
The maximum beam length is 40m.
The beam is created by two small Beam-units (referred to as a Beam-set). These small units are installed opposite each other and support the precise photo-electric beam. This beam is not visible, but can be imagined as being similar to a laser.
The Base Receiver can support up to two Beam-sets, which can operate on different zones.
The Base Receiver has the ability to activate compatible outdoor security lights, sirens, external beepers/pagers, and alarm panels. Any devices (eg: lights) needing additional timers and mains-rated switching interfaces are not supplied by Paratronics Developments Ltd.
Alerts can also be forwarded as SMS text messages to any mobile phone (optional extras).
The Beam-set beam utilises a 1/6th-of-a-second beam interruption timer to avoid false activations by birds, falling leaves or rain, while alerting to larger objects, including fast-moving vehicles.
The length of the detection beam may be altered to suit the installation.
When installing the beam over a driveway the reduced beam length means more accurate detection of persons or vehicles crossing the beam.
When installing the beam over open ground, a lengthened beam will reduce false alarms.
On the Beam Emitter circuit board there are two pairs of headers. See DIAGRAMS 1 and 2. Fit the supplied jumpers if a longer beam length is required.
The default factory setting is Maximum 10m (no jumpers) as 99% of Parabeam® systems sold are installed to monitor driveways.
Identifying the Beam Emitter Jumper Terminals
Beam Emitter Jumper Options
The Parabeam® 700-FSK Driveway Alert System introduces two-way connectivity – ensuring for a more robust radio link. Whenever any installed Beam-set transmits data to the Base Receiver, the Base Receiver responds, sending out a short confirmation message. If ever the Beam-set does not receive confirmation from the Base Receiver, it will re-send the data. The Beam-set will do this up to four times before ‘giving up’.
Parabeam® has not been designed to be installed indoors.
If you wish to test a Parabeam® system indoors, use a large room and ensure the two Beam Units are placed at least 3 metres apart. In smaller spaces the Beam-set is difficult to test as the IR signal tends to reflect off the walls, entering the Beam Communicator from many different angles.
If you are testing two Beam-sets indoors at the same time, ensure each Beam-set is at least 10m apart to avoid cross-talk.
The Parabeam® 700-FSK Driveway Alert System is supported by a 3 Year Warranty, protecting against defects in materials and workmanship for three years.
The Beam-set is made up of two Beam Units – a Beam Emitter and a Beam Communicator; and two solar panels.
The Beam Emitter emits a photo-electric beam, which is detected by the Beam Communicator. Whenever the beam is broken, the Beam Communicator transmits a wireless RF signal to the Base Receiver.
The maximum distance between the two Beam Units is 40m.
The Beam Communicator also sends diagnostics information to the Base Receiver, informing of any faults or issues with the Beam-set.
The Beam Communicator is easily identified as the unit with the antenna protruding from it.
To install the Beam-set, select two suitable mounting points for the Beam-set and solar panels – one on either side of the area being monitored. The Beam-set needs to be installed so that each Beam Unit directly faces the other.
For maximum connectivity range with the Base Receiver, avoid installing the Beam Communicator next to metal surfaces as these can interfere with the signal, drastically reducing the range.
Ensure that nothing is likely to cause false activations by interfering with the detection beam, and that low-angle sunlight will not enter the eye of the Beam Communicator.
The optimum height for Beam-set installation is about 800mm above ground level. The Beam-set should be high enough to avoid being activated by cats and other animals, but low enough so that the body of a standard automobile will pass through the beam.
Begin by taking each Beam Unit and attach one of the smaller U shaped brackets using the supplied philips screws and Nylok® nuts, as in DIAGRAM 3.
Attaching Brackets To Beam Unit
Mount the units about 800mm above ground-level and align visually.
TIP: Use a socket set with an extender and an 8mm socket for fastening the brackets with the supplied hex screw fasteners.
Stretch out the black Antenna Boost wire, coiled up on the underside of the Beam Communicator. When stretched out it will hang straight down below the Beam Unit.
Beam Units Installed
Because our solar panels are treated with a UV-blocking coating to prevent premature degradation from sunlight, please take care when handling them.
Attach the larger U shaped brackets to the solar panels. Mount the panels, using the supplied hex screw fasteners.
Aim each solar panel towards the sky (DIAGRAM 5). If the solar panels are being installed in partial shade, tilt the panels for maximum winter sun exposure.
Install the solar panel at least 100mm away from the Beam Communicator antenna.
Installing A Solar Panel
Remove the front covers from the Beam Units using a flat-head screwdriver.
Plug the battery connectors into the small white connectors on each Beam Unit circuit board. Note that the connector can only be inserted one way.
ENSURE THAT THE BATTERIES ARE SEATED FLAT ON THE LEDGES OF THE ENCLOSURE, OR THEY WILL BLOCK THE BEAM.
Cut the wires to the correct length on each solar panel. Strip solar panel wires (as shown in DIAGRAM 6).
Preparing Solar Panel Wire
Feed a solar panel cable through the black cable gland on the underside of each Beam Unit.
Connect the black and red wires to the correct terminals inside each enclosure (DIAGRAM 7) and tighten each of the two screws with a small flat-head screwdriver.
Connecting The Solar Panel Wires Inside the Beam Units
Arrange the internal wires so they sit clear of the IR beam window on the front covers. See DIAGRAM 8.
Beam Unit Wiring
Gently tighten the large plastic nut on the cable gland to seal the Beam Unit and to relieve pressure on the cable; avoiding stress on delicate circuit board.
Checking first that the solar panel wires are well away from the beam windows, re-attach the front covers on both Beam Units, making sure that the correct cover is attached to each Unit. See DIAGRAM 9.
THE FRONT COVERS ON THE TWO BEAM UNITS ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE.The Beam Communicator front cover has a small round window above the main rectangular window.
Beam Unit Front Covers
Fasten the cables using the nail-in clips provided.
The Base Receiver receives alerts from any installed Beam-set, whenever a beam is broken. The Base Receiver also receives diagnostic messages from the installed Beam-set(s), including Low Battery and Beam Blocked alerts.
The Two-zone Base Receiver supports up to two Beam-sets. Each Beam-set activates a different beeping sequence from the Base Receiver so it maybe easity identified.
Whenever the Base Receiver receives communication of any kind from the Beam-Set, it responds with an acknowledgment / confirmation signal. See COMMUNICATOR AMBER LIGHT INDICATIONS, below, for more information.
Fasten the antenna to base receiver – noting the correct terminal (DIAGRAM 10). Connect power.
Installing the Supplied Antenna
Locate the Base Receiver away from cordless telephones and any device that may radiate interference. This includes the supplied plug pack.
Whenever the beam is activated, it takes 8 seconds for it to reset itself – from the last beam interruption. If two objects break the beam in less than 8 seconds of one another, the Base Receiver will only sound an alert for the first object. The 8 second reset countdown will begin once the second object has passed through the beam.
If the beam is interrupted within the 8 second time frame for more than 20 continuous seconds, the Base Receiver will show Beam Blocked (a solid amber light).
Once the beam has been cleared for at least 8 seconds, the Base Receiver will again show Enrolled and Operating Normally (a solid green light).
For example; a moving tree branch interrupting the beam every few seconds will stop the beam from resetting, causing a Beam Blocked indication to appear on the Base Receiver.
Whenever the Beam-set is activated the Beam Communicator amber LED light will flash twice (within half a second) – once to indicate the outgoing transmission, and once to indicate an acknowledgement / confirmation signal from the Base Receiver.
If the Beam-set is activated and the amber LED light flashes steadily up to four times, it has not received an acknowledgement / confirmation signal from the Base Receiver. If this happens the Beam Communicator and Base Receiver are not communcating with one another.
Ensure base Receiver is installed and powered-up.
Check the alignment of the Beam Units by gradually blocking off the Beam Communicator window with thick card. See DIAGRAMS 11 & 12.
Slide the card across the window slowly, first from left to right. As the card covers the window you will see the amber light of the beam communicator quickly blink twice. Only a small portion (one or two millimeters) of window should be still exposed when the amber light blinks twice. This means the IR beam is strong.
Let the beam communicator reset by removing the card for at least 8 seconds.
Now repeat the test, this time sliding the card across from left to right. Again, only a small portion of window should be still exposed when the amber light blinks twice. If needed, adjust the brackets on both beam units to achieve this result.
NOTE: If this procedure is not done you may experience regular false activations.
If you do not observe the amber light quickly blink twice whenever the beam communicator is activated and instead observe it blink slowly four times, it means it is not communicating with the base receiver.
Beam-Set Alignment – Step 1
Beam-Set Alignment – Step 2
The Base Receiver receives a number of messages and alerts from the installed Beam-sets. The table below lists all messages and alerts.
|SOUND||INDICATOR LIGHT||MESSAGE / ALERT|
|None||Zone 1 no light||Zone 1 not enrolled|
|None||Zone 2 no light||Zone 2 not enrolled|
|None||Zone 1 light solid green||Zone 1 enrolled and operating normally|
|None||Zone 2 light solid green||Zone 2 enrolled and operating normally|
|1 long beep, 1 short beep; repeated once||Zone 1 light blinking green (for 20 seconds)||Zone 1 activated. The Zone 1 Beam-set has been triggered|
|1 long beep, 2 short beeps; repeated once||Zone 2 light blinking green (for 20 seconds)||Zone 2 activated. The Zone 1 Beam-set has been triggered|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 1 light solid amber (continuous)||Zone 1 beam is blocked. Something is blocking the beam|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 2 light solid amber (continuous)||Zone 2 beam is blocked. Something is blocking the beam|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 1 light blinking amber (continuous)||Zone 1 no connectivity; not receiving a signal from the Zone 1 Beam-set|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 2 light blinking amber (continuous)||Zone 2 no connectivity; not receiving a signal from the Zone 2 Beam-set|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 1 light solid red (continuous)||Zone 1 Beam Communicator (side with antenna) battery is low|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 2 light solid red (continuous)||Zone 2 Beam Communicator (side with antenna) battery is low|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 1 light blinking red (continuous)||Zone 1 Beam Emitter battery is low|
|2 short beeps, repeated three times||Zone 2 light blinking red (continuous)||Zone 2 Beam Emitter battery is low|
NOTE: In the rare event that both batteries test low at the same time, the Base Receiver will only indicate the Beam Emitter side as Low Battery (with a blinking red light).
If the Beam Communicator battery still tests low once the Emitter side is corrected, the Base Receiver will then display a solid red light, indicating Low Battery in the Beam Communicator.
Every Base Receiver comes programmed with a unique four character Site Code, (eg: 9C5A). This code is printed on the label, found on the underside of the Base Receiver.
This Site Code is a unique code to every Parabeam® 700-FSK Driveway Alert System. The Site Code enables several neighbouring Parabeam® systems to operate without interferring.
The Site Code also allows for the introduction of Slave Base Receivers to a Parabeam® system.
The Master Base Receiver communicates directly with every installed Beam-set. It then passes on information, wirelessly, to any installed Slave Base Receiver. This relaying feature allows any Slave Base Receiver to be located up to 1km away from the Master Base Receiver.
A Slave Base Receiver looks identical to the Master Base Receiver and is programmed at the factory or by your supplier before being dispatched from the factory.
A Slave Base Receiver is programmed with your unique Site Code before being sent to you.
Simply fasten the antenna to base receiver – noting the correct terminal (DIAGRAM 10), and connect power.
The Slave Base Receiver may take up to an hour to update with the same information being shown on the Master Base Receiver. However, this can be sped up by activating the installed Beam-sets.
To enroll a second Beam-set, the first step is to program the Beam-set from your Base Receiver so they share the same unique Site Code.
Before mounting the Beam-set outside, take the Beam Communicator (the unit with the antenna) and remove the front cover.
Locate the miniature tact switch, as indicated in DIAGRAM 13.
Beam Communicator TACT Switch
Connect the battery. Wait 30 seconds.
Press the tact switch, keeping pressed for three seconds, until the amber LED is permanently lit. The beam Communicator is now set to Enrolment Mode.
On the underside of the Base Receiver is a small recessed button, located towards the front and centre. Press this button with a pointed object for three seconds. When both zone lights stop blinking alternately, release the button.
Shortly after the button is released the Zone 1 light will blink green.
If you wish the Beam-set to be programmed to Zone 1, wait 5 seconds. The Base Receiver will emit five short chirps, the Zone 1 light will cease blinking and the amber light on the Beam Communicator will switch off. The Beam-set will now be programmed to Zone 1.
This will be confirmed by the Base Receiver sounding a Zone 1 alert (1 long beep; 1 short beep – x2).
If you wish the Beam-set to be programmed to Zone 2, briefly press the recessed button on the underside of the Base Receiver once more. Now the Zone 2 light will be blinking green. Wait 5 seconds. The Zone 2 light will cease blinking and the Beam-set will now be programmed to Zone 2.
This will be confirmed by the Base Receiver sounding a zone 2 alert (1 long beep; 2 short beeps – x2).
If anything goes wrong during this process, simply disconnect and reconnect the batteries and Base Receiver plug pack and go through the process again.
Once the Beam-set has been programmed, install it outside as per the instructions earlier in the manual.
There are a number of things to be aware of when installing a Parabeam® Driveway Alert System.
The Parabeam® Driveway Alert System allows for a number of alert options and accessories.
Alerts can be sent to a pocket beeper, POCSAG pager, or as text messages to your mobile phone (sold seperately).
Parabeam® will trigger timed outdoor lights and sirens, and has the ablilty to interface with your alarm panel.
All alert accessories connect to the small terminal blocks located on the rear of the Base Receiver.
Although the following Diagrams only show how to connect the Pocket Beeper, it is possible to expand your Parabeam® system with other devices. Please contact us directly for more information regarding our POCSAG Pagers and cellular/text message devices.
TECHNICAL NOTE: When connecting any external device to the Base Receiver using the ZONE 1 / ZONE 2 terminals, the maximum current is 800mA.
Connecting A Pocket Beeper To Receive Zone 1 Alerts
Connecting A Pocket Beeper To Receive Zone 2 Alerts
Connecting A Pocket Beeper To Receive Alerts When Both Zone 1 & 2 Are Activated
|IR DETECTION BEAM WIDTH | SEE DIAGRAMS 1 & 2|
|Minimum (No Jumpers)||10m|
|Maximum (J1 & J2)||40m|
|RADIO CONNECTIVITY RANGE|
|Typical rural settings||800m|
|With the use of MegaBeam||2.5km|
* An extreme environment might consist of a heavily wooded forest, other large obstacles or variances in topography.
|Modulation Type||Frequency Shift Keying (FSK)|
|Operating Frequency||458MHz Band (Country Specific)|
|Power Output||Maximum 80mW|
Beam-set Normal Operating Voltage Range: 3.9 to 4.3V.
Weather Resistance: Enclosures are IP66 rated. Designed for years of use under harsh UV sunlight and heavy rain. Tested submerged in shallow water.
The Base Receiver may be interfaced with an alarm panel. The alarm panel maybe configured with connections for zone sharing, or single EOL resistor per zone input.
DIAGRAM 17 shows the Base Receiver being powered by the alarm panel configured with connections for zone sharing.
Base Receiver Interfaced With An Alarm Panel Wired for Zone Sharing
Relays are not required if you are interfacing the Base Receiver to an alarm panel that has a single EOL resistor per zone input (as opposed to zone sharing where two different EOL resistors are used to identify the sensors connected to the shared zone input).
Simply connect the Base Receivers zone outputs to the alarm panels zone inputs via a low-value resistor (eg: 220R).
You may need to program the alarm panel Zone Options to have the Base Receiver interface correctly. Below is a table showing the correct alarm panel selection options, depending on how the Zone Common is configured.
|Alarm On Open||Yes|
|Alarm On Short||Yes|
|Alarm On Open or Alarm On Short||Yes|
DIAGRAM 18 shows the base receiver being powered by the alarm panel and both zones connected to separate zone inputs.
Base Receiver Interfaced With An Alarm Panel Wird for Single EOL Resistor Per Zone Input