DSC BV-501

Bravo® 5 360 Degrees Ceiling-Mount PIR Motion Detector w/ Tamper

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The DSC BV-501 is the version of the Bravo 5 Ceiling-Mount PIR Sensor that is Form A (normally closed wiring only) and features a tamper switch. This hardwired device will accurately detect any motion that occurs below it. Purchase the DSC BV-501 Bravo 5 Sensor from the Alarm Grid site.
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The DSC BV-501 Bravo 5 Sensor is a passive infrared (PIR) motion detector that is mounted on the ceiling. The hardwired sensor will actively look below for any motion that is present. The device features advanced sensing capabilities that specifically look for motion caused by humans.

The BV-501 operates in a manner similar to virtually any passive infrared motion sensor. When motion occurs, it causes a change in infrared energy. A PIR sensor is designed to recognize this change and alert the system. The system will then perform the programmed response for that zone. Overall, this process works great for detecting motion and alerting the system.

The Bravo 5 Sensor uses multi-level signal processing (MLSP) to properly distinguish between different IR energy signatures. The sensor can recognize the difference between the energy signature of a human and the energy signature of a pet or an inanimate object. And with temperature compensation, the sensor can pick up motion when the ambient temperature is close to the temperature of the human body. And with digital signal analysis, the Bravo 5 can provide consistent and steady detection across the complete area of coverage.

Please note that the BV-501 is the Bravo 5 Sensor that is Form A (normally closed wiring only), and it includes a tamper switch. The BV-500 is the exact same sensor, but without the tamper switch. The BV-502 is also the same sensor with a tamper switch, but it is Form C (normally closed or normally open wiring). Additionally, DSC produces an identical sensor that includes glass break detection in addition to its PIR sensor.

Brand: DSC

Nice Ceiling-Mount Motion Sensor
Submitted on 04/23/2020 Alarm Grid

The DSC BV-501 is a hardwired ceiling-mount PIR motion sensor. This type of motion sensor has a 360-degree coverage area, and it is designed to look down directly below. The DSC BV-501 is a reliable and dependable hardwired motion sensor for virtually any hardwired system. It is certainly an option for anyone who needs a wired ceiling-mount motion sensor. For that reason, we give the DSC BV-501 Hardwired Ceiling-Mount Motion Sensor a 5 Star rating.

There are many things we like about the DSC BV-501. As a 360-degree ceiling-mount motion sensor it will detect movement in a very specific spot, while ignoring movement that occurs elsewhere in the area. This makes it a good option if you want your system to be alerted to very specific activity, such as someone entering or exiting a room, but not respond to activity in the non-immediate area. The sensor is extremely versatile, and it will work nicely with most wired systems and wired to wireless converter modules. We also like the fact that this sensor uses multi-level signal processing to prevent false alarms from occurring.

But there are some minor downsides to the DSC BV-501 that should be considered as well. Since this is a ceiling-mount motion sensor, you will be restricted based on how high the ceiling is. The mounting height for a ceiling-mount motion sensor determines its coverage diameter, with a taller height resulting in a larger coverage area. But if you mount it too high, then it won't properly detect activity below. Check your ceiling-height and make sure the sensor is suitable. Also, the sensor is Form A meaning that NO wiring cannot be used. Fortunately, these downsides are fairly minor, and they do not stop us from giving the DSC BV-501 a 5 Star score.

Good: Detects Movement in Specific Spot, Versatile, Multi-Level Signal Processing

Bad: Install is Restricted by Ceiling Height, Form A

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

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