Glass Break Simulators
In this video, Joe discusses glass break simulators and how they are used. A glass break simulator is used to test a glass break sensor for proper operation. This device will produce a sound that mimics that of breaking glass. This sound will activate any glass break sensors in the area for testing.
With a glass break sensor, you want to ensure that it is actively picking up sound and alerting the system as it should. While you can test signal transmissions using the device's tamper cover, this will not allow you to test the device for proper sound activation. The only way to truly test a glass break detector is to produce the sound of breaking glass. Of course, you don't want to actually break glass. Breaking real glass is wasteful, dangerous and requires excessive cleanup. That is why we have glass break simulators.
A glass break simulator will mimic the actual sound of breaking glass. This allows users to test their glass break simulators without destroying their property. Some glass break simulators produce sounds that seem rather unusual. However, they are specifically tuned to activate glass break sensors. Most modern glass break sensors are finely tuned devices that can actively distinguish between true glass break events and other high-pitched sounds.
When purchasing a glass break simulator, it is best to choose a device that is produced by the same manufacturer as your glass break sensors if possible. Each glass break simulator is designed to activate glass break sensors by the same manufacturer. In other words, a glass break simulators produced by Honeywell may not work as well with glass break sensors produced from DSC. If you have DSC glass break sensors, then you should get a DSC glass break simulator.
Glass break simulators also tend to work more effectively than mobile apps designed to produce glass break sounds. When performing a test using a glass break simulator, make sure to activate the device from multiple angles and areas of the room. Check and see if the glass break sensor responds to the sound coming from different locations. You want to make sure the glass break sensor can pick up sounds throughout its coverage area.
Hi, DIYers, Joe from Alarm Grid. And today, we're going to talk about glass break simulators. Glass break simulators are devices that are used to test glass break devices. Each manufacturer is going to have their own recommended glass break simulator to use with their glass break devices to test them. Basically, what these devices do is they simulate the sound of breaking glass. This is very useful because glass break devices are kind of tricky to test. You may have wondered, how do I test this actual device? A glass break device, it's a security device. Usually, you're going to have it programmed into your system as a perimeter device. And it's going to listen for the sounds of breaking glass. Each glass break detector is going to have its own recommended installation for its optimal use. So you're going to want to check the manuals before you install it, because there's going to be a certain distance that it has to be from the glass. But essentially, what they do is that if you have a detector here, you have a pane of glass here-- such as a window, and then glass smashes-- that noise is going to trigger the detector, and the alarm system will go off. Now, after you install these detectors, there's a good chance that you're going to want to test them just to make sure that they are working, and that everything is going to work as expected. As I said before, each manufacturer, they're going to have a different recommended glass break detector to use. We have found also in a pinch, you can sometimes go online and get the sounds of breaking glass. And that sometimes will trigger the detector. But it's not really recommended because it's not simulating the exact sound that's recommended by the manufacturer to test the device. So really, getting the recommended glass break simulator is the best and most secure way to make sure that your glass break detector is working properly, and that it's going to do what it's supposed to do. Honeywell is kind of unique, as they have something called Flex technology, and the glass break simulator, and the detector. Basically, what this does is that their glass break detectors are listening for a low thud and a high crash-- so a low-pitched thud, and a high-pitched crash. On the simulator, when you go to use it, you're actually going to put it into the test mode and then make a thud noise, either by tapping the window, or hitting something. When it hears that, it's going to make the high-pitch crash afterwards which will trigger the glass break, if it's made by Honeywell, and if it's looking for that. Before you do do any testing on your glass break detectors or using your glass break simulators, one thing that you're going to want to make sure is that the batteries in the simulator are good, and that the batteries in the detector are not dead. Because that's going to give you some trouble when you go to try to test. Now, on the DSC side of things, there's the AFT-100. It pretty much does the same thing as the Honeywell FG701, except it doesn't have that Flex technology that Honeywell uses. But if you do have DSC glass break detectors, the DSC AFT-100 is going to be the simulator that you're going to want to use to test those with. And also, there's the Interlogix 5709C-W. Just like the other devices, this will test glass break detectors that are made by Interlogix. Each of these has some features pertinent to the manufacturer of the devices. So if you head over to the product pages, you'll be able to check out and see what each one does. But essentially, all of these devices are used to test the glass break detectors. So if you have Honeywell glass break detectors, the FG701 is what you're going to want to use. We have Interlogix glass break detectors, the Interlogix 5709C-W is going to be the device that you want to use. And if you have DSC glass break detectors, to AFT-100 is going to be the glass break simulator that you do want to use. If you have any questions about glass break simulators, glass break detectors, or how to test them, feel free to give us a call at 888-818-7728. You can head over to our website, www.alarmgrid.com, or send us an email to email@example.com. Did you enjoy the video? Feel free to subscribe. And if you want to be notified when we post future videos, hit the notification button below, and we'll send you an update when we do so. Thanks for watching, and have a great day.