What happens if the power to the sensors gets turned off?
A: The control panel as well as the sensors contain a back up battery and circuitry that will alarm if power is turned off. System stays fully functional for a 30 minute period, giving time for power to be restored.
What happens if the connection cable between the sensor and the control alarm panel gets cut?
A: The cable used is armor‐shielded and contains both the power and communication cabling. If the cable should be cut each sensor has its own backup battery and Bluetooth communication device which will automatically switch over and maintain the sensor zone until repairs are made.
What happens if a sensor gets broken off or damaged and no longer works? How does that affect the rest of the system?
A: Each sensor is designed to be its own zone therefore a missing or broken sensor will not affect the rest of the system.
If a sensor gets broken off or damaged does that leave that area of the ship vulnerable?
A: The ranges of the sensors are approximately 50 meters each. We recommend a sensor every 20 meters apart. If one sensor gets broken the next one in line will cover the broken sensor’s 20 meter zone.
What effect will birds have on the sensor?
A: The sensor circuitry is such that an object must pass the beam for a full second; a bird in motion is too fast to trip the sensor.
What effect do the elements such as extreme cold, fog, or rain have on the sensor?
A: The sensor housing has built‐in heaters with sensors to turn on and off in conditions where moisture is present. The sensors are designed for extreme conditions.
What happens to the system if a control panel gets disabled?
A: The system is designed with a minimum of three panels. Normally, there is a panel on the bridge, engine control room and the crew lounge. Each panel is independent of the other and therefore one missing from the system will not affect the systems operation.
Is a wireless control panel available for a security watch officer to carry?
A: Yes, we offer a 6” wireless panel that can be carried. It contains the full functionality of the system.
Can a zone be disabled to allow for authorized loading but leaving the rest of the ship protected?
A: Yes, the operator has the ability to turn off and on separate zones from the control panel, leaving the rest of the vessel protected.
Once a zone breach is detected what occurs to protect the cargo and crew from harm?
A: Once a zone is breached the sensor automatically starts its own strobe and siren at the zone sensor itself. The breached zone transmits to the control panel setting off the bridge panel, deck siren and ship’s horn. The system has the ability to send out a distress signal to the appropriate authorities and/or company office.
Can the system be disabled by pirates once they have boarded the vessel? Can it be hacked into and remotely disabled before they board?
A: To deactivate the system requires both a key and access code, the concept being that once the zone is breached it gives the crew the time to take evasive maneuvers as per the ship’s security plan.
Since some piracy jobs involve an inside person on the crew what measures does the system have to protect against this unfortunate security possibility?
A: As per the above the system requires an access code and key to deactivate. Each panel uses a different code and key therefore minimizing the opportunity for crew to turn off the system. If power is turned off the system has a battery backup that will alarm the panels and therefore advise the appropriate personnel.
What would stop the system from sending out a false attack broadcast from a failed sensor?
A: Sensor failure or cable failure is designed to give a trouble alarm in the panel, with a sensor notification LED on the panel. The alarm, horn and broadcasting will only happen if the sensor beam is broken.
As a vessel owner/operator can we monitor the system from an office and be kept aware of real‐time status and alerts?
A: As an option we can offer ship owners panel system access through satellite communication terminal and internet access. We can also offer camera access.
What assurances do we have that the system is proven effective against pirates as a deterrent and protective system?
A: The system is designed to allow for early detection prior to the pirates gaining access, giving the ships crew more time to take evasive action as per the ship’s security plan. Since pirates rely on stealth to gain access, once the sensors are breached and all the sirens, lights, horns, strobes activate, the stealth advantage has been removed.