The DSC PG9944 Outdoor Wireless PIR Motion Detector with Built-In Camera is an excellent device for monitoring an outdoor area on one's property. Upon detecting motion, the integrated camera will produce a quick snapshot of the area. The image will then be stored on the panel for viewing.
Having the ability to produce images is what separates the PowerG PG9944 from most other motion sensors. There are many situations where a motion sensor will activate, but the user will have no idea what caused the device to activate. This can lead to much confusion and questioning as to whether or not the device was set up properly. But being able to produce an immediate image will eliminate this confusion. The user can simply check the image on the panel to learn the cause of the motion.
The motion sensing capabilities of the PG9944 are also highly advanced. The device uses 8 separate PIR sensors, with each individual sensor set up with a quad detection configuration. This Octa-Quad technology is remarkably innovative, making this motion sensor truly one of the best. Each individual sensor also uses true motion recognition (TMR) processing for accurate motion detection. These features help ensure reliable motion detection, while also greatly reducing the possibility of false alarms.
Other features for the PG9944 include advanced obsidian black mirror optics to reduce light interference and smart anti-masking capabilities to distinguish between masking spray and rain. The device features pet-immunity for small animals weighing up to 40 pounds. This can be particularly important for outdoor environments that may occasionally have animals in the area. If the alarm system is set up with an interactive service platform, the user can receive an alert once the motion sensor has been activated so that they can immediately learn of any potentially unwanted activity.
Like any PowerG Sensor, the PG9944 offers excellent wireless communication capabilities. The sensor can communicate from up to 2 kilometers away from the security system, making it one of the most powerful wireless security devices available on the market today. A user will have no problem installing the device outside a barn or garage for outdoor motion detection. And with its 128-bit AES encryption technology, the PG9944 is almost impossible to hack or take over.
By communicating at a frequency of 915 MHz, the device will work with any DSC PowerSeries NEO Panel or any Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus with PowerG Daughtercard. Please note that an IQ2+ System must be running firmware version 2.3.0 or higher to support the PG9944. Only then can it be used successfully with the IQ2+ and Alarm.com.
For installation, a mounting height of 8 feet is generally optimal, but the device can be mounted between 5 and 10 feet for adjusting the detection range. As an outdoor sensor, the PG9944 is designed to withstand rain, heavy sunlight, wind, dust and small insects. An LED light indicating link quality helps users choose an optimal location for ensuring proper communication with the panel.
Note: The PG9944 Image Sensor will send one image to Alarm.com upon activation. The image will be listed under "Panel Camera", and the Panel Camera Images feature must be enabled from Alarm.com for it to work.
NOTE: The maximum range for a PowerG Sensor when used with an IQ Panel 2 Plus System is only 2,000 feet in open air. This is considerably less than the advertised 2km range. The 2km range refers to when a PowerG Sensor is used with a DSC PowerSeries NEO System.