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Microwave Sensors

Microwave sensors use microwave frequency to detect movement in an area by emitting microwave pulses and then measuring the reflection off a moving object. They work on the principle of the Doppler effect. When the emitted microwave frequency encounters a moving object in its detection field, the returning frequency gets altered, thus indicating motion.

Types of Microwave Sensors:

  1. Continuous Wave (CW) Radar: This type of sensor emits continuous microwave signals. It detects any change in the reflection pattern, typically caused by a moving object, to trigger an alert.
  2. Pulse Radar: Unlike CW radar, this emits microwave pulses rather than a continuous signal. It measures the time it takes for a pulse to be reflected off an object and returned to the sensor, determining the object’s distance.
  3. Doppler Radar: This type uses the Doppler effect to detect movement. When a wave encounters a moving object, the returning wave’s frequency is changed. A Doppler radar measures this change to detect motion.
  4. Bistatic Microwave Sensors: These use two separate units for transmitting and receiving. The transmitter emits the microwave signal, and the receiver detects its reflection. The separation between these two can help detect more accurately and reduce false alarms.
  5. Monostatic Microwave Sensors: These combine the transmitter and receiver into a single unit. They emit and receive signals from the same location and are more compact than bistatic sensors.

Importance in Perimeter Security:

  1. Wide Area Coverage: Microwave sensors can cover large areas, making them suitable for safeguarding vast perimeters like industrial compounds, airports, or military bases.
  2. Less Prone to False Alarms: Properly tuned and calibrated microwave sensors can differentiate between small animals or tree movements and human intruders, reducing false alarms.
  3. Works in Adverse Weather: Unlike other security devices, microwave sensors can function efficiently in fog, rain, or snow, ensuring continuous security.
  4. Pairs with Other Systems: Microwave sensors can be paired with CCTV systems for an enhanced security setup. When motion is detected, cameras can be activated to record or relay live footage.
  5. Hard to Evade: It’s difficult for intruders to detect and avoid a microwave detection field, making these sensors an effective deterrent.
  6. Unobtrusive: These sensors are not visually intrusive, ensuring that aesthetic aspects of a property aren’t compromised.
  7. Versatility: They can be used standalone or integrated with other security systems to create a multi-layered defence strategy.

Microwave sensors are pivotal in advanced perimeter security solutions. They provide a reliable, effective, and proactive approach to detect potential intrusions and safeguard properties and assets.

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