Honeywell 5800 Glass Break Detectors
Glass break detectors typically use one of two methods in order to determine when glass has been broken. Most modern glass break detectors use a method of sound-based protection. This involves actively listening for both the high-pitched sound of glass shattering and the low-pitched thud of an object striking against the glass. Unless both of these sounds are detected, the sound-based glass break sensor will not activate. This method is great for preventing false alarms, but it still allows for very accurate detection of breaking glass. These devices will detect the sound of breaking glass from several feet away, and they can be installed near the glass that needs to be monitored. Of the two usual detection methods, this is generally the recommended type. The Honeywell 5800 Glass Break Detector that uses this type of detection method is the Honeywell 5853 Glass Break Detector.
The other way that a glass break detector can operate is known as shock sensing. Devices that use this detection method are appropriately named shock sensors. These devices are installed directly upon the glass surface that is being monitored. If the glass is broken, it will create shockwaves that will be detected by the shock sensor. This will cause the shock sensor to activate and send an alert to the system. The system will then perform the programmed Response Type for that zone. However, there are two main problems with shock sensors. Since they are installed directly on the glass surface, it is possible that they could become physically damaged when the glass is broken. Also, it's possible that an object tapping against the glass and creating small vibrations could cause the sensor to activate. But still, many people use shock sensors to monitor their glass structures.
Glass break detectors are most commonly used to monitor windows. They will alert the system if an intruder breaks the window in an attempt to access the property. However, they can also be used to monitor other glass structures. Many people use glass break detectors to monitor protective glass casings and glass valuables. Many establishments such as jewelry stores and gun shops use glass break detectors for this very purpose. This can be helpful if an intruder tries to destroy any glass casings so that they can steal the valuables. People also use glass break detectors inside their homes to monitoring things like trophy cases and framed artwork. For small-sized rooms, it may be possible to use a single glass break sensor to monitor all of the glass in the area. However, larger rooms will typically require multiple devices in order to achieve full coverage if there are several glass structures.
Like most Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors, these devices can operate from a maximum distance of 200 feet away from a wireless receiver. They will interface with any Honeywell VISTA Panel (with an added wireless receiver), any LYNX Touch Panel, the Honeywell Lyric Controller and both the GC3 and GC2 from 2GIG. These devices can be auto-enrolled with a security system, allowing users to program them very easily. Once the device is learned-in, the user will need to determine a Response Type for that zone. This will determine what action the system will take when the sensor is activated. This could include requiring a system disarm or immediately alerting a central monitoring station.