Driveway Monitor Alert
A driveway monitor alert can be installed in any home driveway – large or small. These simple but effective systems send alert signals each time a vehicle or a person enters your driveway. This can be beneficial not only for security purposes, but for simple monitoring of people entering your property. If you’re waiting for a package or expecting a guest, your alert system will let you know when the person has arrived. Before you purchase a driveway monitor, you should first understand what the system includes and how this type of alert works.
What a Driveway Monitor Alert System Includes
When you purchase your alert system, you’ll receive everything you need to get started. Depending on the system you choose, there will be two main components: a base station and a sensor.
For the most part, base stations are the same. They have one primary purpose: to receive a signal from the sensor.
Sensors will vary depending on the type of system you purchase. The three basic types of sensors are:
Driveway monitor alert systems may be wired or wireless, but the wireless versions are the most popular choice because they’re easy to install. In this case, the sensors are powered by batteries and a wireless signal is sent to the base station whenever activity is detected.
- Motion – These sensors detect motion from vehicles or people. Motion sensors are ideal for home security, but false alarms can be an issue if small animals pass by the sensor.
- Magnetic – These detect only vehicles. Magnetic sensors are buried in the ground or under the driveway. Whenever a vehicle passes over or by the sensor, an alert is sent to the base station.
- Rubber hose – These sensors are also ideal for detecting vehicles – not people or animals. The sensor itself is a rubber hose that is run along the length of the driveway. When a vehicle drives over the hose, the pressure from the tires triggers the alarm and sends a signal to the base station.
How a Driveway Monitor Alert Works
Setting up a driveway alert is simple and straightforward. The sensor is placed in the area where you want to detect activity (in this case, the driveway), and the base station is placed in your home. The sensor needs to be within range of the station (typically 1/2 mile) in order for the base station to receive a signal.
The type of sensor you choose will determine where it is placed.
When the sensor sends a signal to the base station, it will emit a buzz, beep or chime to alert you of the activity. Now, each time someone enters your property, you will be alerted and prepared to take action.
- Motion sensors can be placed just about anywhere, providing the sensor is mounted at least three feet off of the ground.
- Rubber hose sensors need to be ran across the driveway, or along the length of the driveway. The placement of the hose can be tricky simply because you need to make sure that the vehicle drives over the hose when they enter the driveway.
- Metallic probe sensors need to be buried in the ground and away from other metal objects. These work best if they are not placed near the road as this can cause false alarms. Probes can be buried beside the driveway, or underneath the driveway.