The successful installation of a fiber optic security system is achieved by a thorough understanding of the security needs of the site to be protected as well as proper deployment of the sensor cable. The application note and drawing schematics contained in this Tech Tip will help the reader understand proper installation techniques.
One of the most useful features of the Fiber Defender Alarm Processor Unit (APU) is its ability to provide valuable diagnostics to the user. This information can be used to document system performance, and if the system is detecting poorly or if it spontaneously generates an alarm, corrective actions can often be deduced from the diagnostics.
The cleanliness of optical connectors used in conjunction with the Fiber SenSys Alarm Processor Units (APU's) is absolutely critical. All optical connectors must be cleaned immediately prior to insertion into the ports on the alarm processor. Failure to do so may result in damage to internal components.
For a fence mounted Fiber SenSys installation to achieve its highest operational potential, there are several important details ranging from fence quality to the sensor installation techniques that must be considered.
This document will cover the most effective way to fasten sensing cable (in conduit) to chain link fences using stainless steel wire ties.
Some of the factors that influence how well wire ties are installed include the manner in which the ties are routed as well as the frequency and placement of ties along the run of sensing cable in conduit. First and foremost, it is important to install the sensor to the inside of the protected barrier in all cases. This document will first outline the preferred method for applying wire ties and then discuss the recommended frequency and placement for the wire ties.
Stainless steel wire ties offer the highest security method for attaching the FSI conduit to chain link fences because of their extreme durability. Some of our competitors recommend using plastic ties but we have found that synthetic materials tend to degrade over time due to UV radiation exposure. The simplest process for attaching a wire tie is as follows:
Logically, one would assume that the best way to apply wire ties to a horizontal run of conduit would be to route the ties vertically between adjacent fence diamonds. However, the highest security method of routing ties on both vertical and horizontal conduit runs is by routing the tie through horizontally adjacent fence diamonds. When ties are routed through horizontally adjacent diamonds, the ties burrow tightly within the framework of the fence (see Figure 1). If the ties are strung through vertically they do not conform to the fence, which leaves small gaps that can be cut from the non-secure side of the fence (see Figure 2).
The disadvantages associated with not adding the proper amount of ties include increased ease of sensor removal and various aesthetic drawbacks. For the best results, add ties every 12 inches (30cm) and as close-fitting as possible on either side of each fence post. Removing the sensor undetected becomes nearly impossible if enough ties are added and attached in a high security fashion. Additionally, adding the correct amount of ties and applying approximately 25lb (11Kg) of tension to the conduit during install helps to prevent hot and cold expansion, which results from the conduit expanding during higher temperatures. The tail end of the twist ties may either be left pointing horizontally or bent in a direction of the installer's choosing.
Fiber SenSys has exhaustively tested countless wire ties and application techniques for installing our perimeter security products and give our recommendations based on proven test data. Incorrectly installed wire ties are a very common mistake found in the field. Fastening stainless steel wire ties correctly goes a long way towards making an installation more secure and aesthetically pleasing. We recommend that you meet with your installation team and go over these simple, yet important details before every installation.
Fiber SenSys intrusion detection systems offer an extremely wide range of features and customization options that allows our products to integrate well with a variety of fencing styles. Our alarm processors are designed to be used with mesh style fences, and are capable of being implemented with many other fence styles and other applications.
This document outlines the processes of measuring zone lengths, calculating cable lengths, dividing the cable lengths into SC3-C spools, and assigning the spools to zones.