Q: What is a point-to-point beam?
A: The security beam comprises an infrared beam emitter at one end
of the beam and a beam receiver / transmitter at the other. The beam
invisible infrared beam travels from the emitter to the receiver /
Q: If the beam is solar
powered, how does it work at night?
A: The security beam emitter and transmitter are each powered by a long
life nickel-metal hydride battery pack which is constantly re-charged by
the attached solar panel during the day.
Q: Can the batteries run low of power?
A: It's very unlikely the batteries could run low of power. Even
with the solar panels disconnected the batteries would have sufficient
power to work for approximately 2 weeks.
Can the driveway alert security beam be seen?
A: No, the infrared security beam is totally invisible.
Q: How noticeable are the security beam enclosures
and solar panels?
A: There are many ways to conceal the beam units. The best way
to conceal them is to utilize the huge beam length which can stretch up
to 50 meters. Other ways are to paint the enclosures to match the
background or box them in using materials sympathetic to the
Q: Why is a point-to-point beam better than a single PIR sensor:
A: In outdoor situations, the PIR (passive infrared) is not
reliable because it's open ended field of vision will cause it to
trigger when seeing peripheral movement such as trees and bushes moving
in a breeze, animals and birds and adverse weather.
Parabeam's point-to-point beam will only trigger when something solid
breaks the beam and is immune to false alarms due to the above.
Q: Is Parabeam better than a normal wired
A: In many cases it is better because you are able to
intruder BEFORE they reach your property allowing you time to react to the
If a normal house alarm is triggered during the night that means the
intruder is already in the house! Obviously this would be a very scary
Q: Can a Parabeam system help in
a home invasion scenario?
A: Absolutely. Because you get an early warning it gives you
valuable time to be able to sight an intruder and if necessary, contact the
Police or activate a deterrent device.
Q: Can Parabeam be used for perimeter security?
Yes, the wireless infrared beam stretches up to 50 meters and
with 3 or 4 beams you can achieve full perimeter protection.
Q: If I move could I take the Parabeam
alert system with me?
Yes, the security beam set is as easy to remove as it is to install and
once you've put it in it's new position it will be working just the same.
Q: I have CCTV which I can view over the
but never know when I need to check the cameras. Can your system help?
A: Yes, that's just one thing that limits expensive
Parabeam driveway alarm system would alert you either wirelessly by the Base
Receiver or by a
module to up to 8 mobile phone numbers.
Q: What does the receiver alert sound like?
A: When an alert is received, the receiver gives a sequence of
beeps. The beeper tone is adjustable using the rocker switch on the
receiver front panel. A choice of high volume / pitch and low volume / low
pitch allows the perfect alert level required in any room.
Q: How many security beams can be added to the main
A: A total of six beams can be coded to the Parabeam 600-S
Q: How can you tell which beam is transmitting an
A: Each zone has it's own sequence
of alert beeps. For example, zone 1 has one long beep followed by one
short beep. This sequence is then repeated one more time. Zone 2 has one
long beep followed by 2 short beeps and so on...
Q: How does the text module communicate with the main receiver?
A: The module comes ready to simply plug into the base receiver
and is powered by the receiver, no need for additional power supply.
Q: What will the text alert message say?
A: Each text message can be customized to suite specific
applications. For example an alert from zone 1 could read as 'driveway'
and zone 2 could read 'stables'.
Q: Can I add a
Alert Module at a later stage?
A: Yes, the module can be configured before sending to you and then
it's as simple as inserting the SIM card, plugging it into the main
receiver and it's up and running.