Bravo® 5 360 Degrees Ceiling-Mount PIR Motion & Glassbreak Detector

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The DSC BV-500GB Bravo 5 is a dual-purpose ceiling-mount motion sensor and glass break detector. This version of the hardwired sensor is Form A for the motion and Form C of the glass break. The device does not have a tamper switch. Buy the DSC BV-500GB Bravo 5 Sensor from Alarm Grid.
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The DSC BV-500GB Bravo 5 is a ceiling-mounted hardwired sensor that is used for detecting both motion and the sound of breaking glass. The device is one of the few sensors that offers this type of multipurpose functionality. The device has 360 degree coverage to detect any problem below.

The motion detector is a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that looks for changes in infrared energy caused by movement. The quad element PIR sensor uses multi-level signal processing (MLSP), to always actively distinguish between human intruders and other possible sources of motion. Temperature compensation will allow the motion detector to function in any environment, even when the temperature is identical to that of the human body. The sensor can be adjusted for high and low sensitivity.

The glass break sensor is based around a micro-controller that uses digital signal processing technology. With Dynamic Signal Processing, the sensor can accurately detect the breaking of plate, laminated, wired and tempered glass. Meanwhile, it will ignore any "bell" or "ringing" sounds that occur at similar frequencies. This is great for preventing any false alarms that would otherwise occur. A "white noise" rejection mechanism will be prevent the sensor from being activated by irrelevant background noises.

For best results, the BV-500GB should be mounted on the ceiling, with a direct line of sight to any glass that it is monitoring. The motion sensor will look downward and detect any motion that is present. Ideally, the sensor should not be facing any reflective surfaces, heavy air flow, moisture, sunlight or obstructions. It is also wise to not place the sensor directly next to any noise-making devices. Following these guidelines will allow the sensor to function well as both a glass break sensor and as a motion sensor.

Please note that this version of the Bravo 5 uses Form A wiring (normally closed only) for the motion and Form C wiring (normally open or normally closed) for the glass break sensor. The device does not include a tamper switch. DSC also produces a version of the same sensor that does include a tamper switch (BV-501GB). There's also the BV-502GB, which is Form C for both the motion and the glass break, and it also includes a tamper switch. DSC also produces these same three sensors with only a ceiling-mount PIR motion and no glass break (BV-500, BV-501 and BV-502).

Brand: DSC

Nice Two-In-One Sensor!
Submitted on 06/09/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC BV-500GB is a ceiling-mounted hardwired two-in-one sensor that offers both glass break detection and motion detection. While it is a single sensor with dual functions, the DSC BV-500GB will need to be used with two (2) different hardwired zones on the system in order to provide both functions. Still, it can be convenient to have both of these functions included in a single device. Both the glass break sensor and the motion have some nice features that make them very good in their own right. Overall, we think this is a great device, and we give it a perfect 5 Star rating.

There are many positive aspects regarding the DSC BV-500GB. The fact that it is two-in-one is in itself a positive aspect. The motion sensor is a quad-element PIR and uses multi-level signal processing capabilities. This basically means that it is super accurate and not prone to causing false alarms. The motion sensor also offers temperature compensation and allows for sensitivity adjustments. Meanwhile, the glass break sensor uses dynamic signal processing and works with multiple types of glass. It is truly an effective glass break sensor that you can count on.

There are some downsides to the DSC BV-500GB that should be taken into consideration. In order for the sensor to work as both a ceiling-mounted motion sensor and as a glass break detector, you will need to position it very carefully. It should be able to detect the movement that occurs below, and it should have a direct line of sight to any glass being monitored. The motion sensor is Form A, meaning that it must use a Normally Closed (NC) wiring configuration. And remember that two separate zones are required for motion detection and glass break detection. But overall, these downsides are relatively minor, and they do not stop us from giving the DSC BV-500GB a 5 Star rating.

Good: Two-In-One, Quad-Element PIR, Multi-Level Signal Processing, Temperature Compensation, Sensitivity Adjustments, Dynamic Signal Processing, Compatible w/ Multiple Types of Glass

Bad: Must be Positioned Carefully, Motion is Form A, Requires Two Separate Zones

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

I figured, Was just surprised the its not said in the instructions that you can make it work with a single 4 conductor wire.
Ah sure, yes zone doubling should work to have each of the features be seen as individual zones on the system.
But should i be able to zone double with the resistors at the sensor itself. The sensor has two common connectors that can share a wire and then i can zone double at the sensor and send two zones back on the one wire. the last two wires being for power?
Yes, you should be able to connect both the motion and glass break functionality to the same zone. The downside to this is that you won't know whether the motion or glass break was triggered in the event of an alarm as the system will see them both as the same.
I was just going to install a 360 motion but ended up ordering this. Can I just zone double with the resistors inside the housing of this sensor and be able to get both glass and motion through a single 4 conductor wire? I would just connect both common terminals to the same wire inside the sensor right?
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