Door Contact Sensors: Which One is Right for my Business?

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Let’s get down to business: the security of your business.

A high-quality security system puts business owners’ minds at ease. Choosing the right type for your protection can be puzzling, especially regarding door sensors. How do you choose the perfect door contact sensors to secure your location?

How Door Contact Sensors Work

Door sensors provide the first layer of defense against intruders when that’s their point of entry into your establishment. During business hours, they help you monitor the comings and goings of the building. A local alert is activated when a protected door opens after the security system is armed, and an alarm signal notifies the responding parties. Commercial facilities have a plethora of contact sensor choices in the marketplace. If you’re looking for something a little more high-tech, it’s definitely available, and a few of our favorites are listed below. 

Infrared Sensors

Infrared sensors are electronic devices that measure and detect infrared radiation in the surrounding area. Active sensors emit and detect infrared radiation. Passive infrared sensors only detect radiation. Passive sensors are what you’ll find in home and business security systems, and here’s how they work:

  • Two pyroelectric sensors
  • An infrared filter to block other light wavelengths
  • A Fresnel lens that collects light from several angles into a single point
  • A housing unit that protects the sensors from humidity, etc. 

When something enters the sensing range of the detector, the sensors measure the difference in infrared levels. The sensor sends an electronic signal to trigger an alarm to the business owner, manager, law enforcement, or security contractor. 

Laser Sensors

If you love a good spy movie, then you’ve seen this one before. In real life, laser sensors are used in security systems, yet there are no red beams to dodge or crawl under, sadly. Lasers do offer a level of security perfect for some businesses and consist of three main components: 

  • A pump source that supplies energy to the system
  • The laser medium filters the power and decides the wavelength of light the laser emits
  • The optical resonator––or optical cavity––consists of two mirrors that concentrate the light energy by reflecting it to the medium, then amplifying the laser’s whole light. 

The door sensors in a laser system track the opening and closing motion of the doors and play a critical part in preventing burglaries. 

Microwave Sensors

Microwave sensors use high-frequency radio waves that operate at 360 degrees. This is a go-to selection for industrial warehouses because of the depth and breadth of the area they cover. What are their perks?

  • Intrinsically safe to use 
  • Can operate without having direct contact with objects.
  • Rugged and reliable, meaning no moving components or parts that break
  • Depending on size, antenna, design, and microwave ability, coverage can reach 25mm to 4500mm or more
  • Environmentally reliable in the hottest and chilliest of internal climate conditions

Which one is right for your business? 

Hands down, a Next Generation Security Concepts favorite is the Halo Smart Sensor. It provides the security you need within your complex and is an all-in-one health and safety device. Here’s why we think it should be a front-runner choice from commercial institutions to school corporations.

  • The device features 12 unique detection sensors that work in conjunction to take a multitude of measurements while scanning for safety. 
  • In addition to securing your entire location, the unit can pick up harmful chemicals in the air. 
  • From air quality and vaping sensors to device tampering detection and sensing safety issues, its multiple sensors and advanced analytics maximize its effectiveness: one device for comprehensive safety. 

Contact Next Generation Security Concepts and get a free security assessment to learn how adding top-notch door contact sensors for businesses, along with monitoring,  enhances security for everyone and gives you peace of mind when you lock up at the end of the day. 

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