Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the Sensor/Transmitter waterproof?
The Sensor/Transmitters can be used indoors and outside. They are designed to withstand weather including rain and snow but are not designed to be submerged in water. When installed outside the Sensor/Transmitters do best when in a covered area and not in direct sunlight.
- How does the Sensor/Transmitter work?
The Sensor/Transmitter is a passive infrared receiver (PIR). It detects movement by a change in background temperature and transmits a radio signal to the Receiver/Speaker that movement has been detected. You may find it helpful to review the How Voice Alert Works document.
- How far will the Sensor/Transmitter send a signal to the Receiver/Speaker?
The Sensor/Transmitters will transmit a signal in an open area up to 1000 feet to the Receiver/Speaker. Through walls the Sensor/Transmitters will transmit a signal to the Receiver/Speaker up to 300 feet.
- How large of an area do the Sensor/Transmitters monitor?
The Sensor/Transmitters come set from the factory with a downward fan pattern and are designed to monitor a 40-foot by 40-foot area when they are installed at 7 1/2 feet above the ground and there are no obstructions. Additional information on this topic can be found in Section IX of the Operating Instructions.
- How should I mount the Sensor/Transmitter if I want to detect vehicles coming up my driveway?
For best results when installing to monitor vehicle activity, mount the sensor at 30 to 34 inches above the ground and angle it toward an oncoming car's radiator. Since the sensor uses infrared technology to detect activity, aiming the sensor to the hottest part of the car will insure maximum results.
- Will birds or dogs or cats trigger a false signal?
The Sensor/Transmitters are designed to ignore small animals under 40 Lbs. To reduce the possibility for a false trigger caused by movement of a small animal it is recommended that the Sensor/Transmitters be mounted at a height of 7 1/2 feet above the ground. The lower the Sensor/Transmitters are mounted the greater the chance of picking up a small animal.
- Will tree branches trigger a false signal?
It is possible for branches to cause a false trigger. The best location to install the Sensor/Transmitter in an area where tree branches and bushes will not be blown by a wind in the detection zone of the Sensor/Transmitters.
- How often will the Sensor/Transmitter send a signal?
The Sensor/Transmitter has two modes for sensing movement and sending a signal. The (setup) mode that is set at the factory identifies all movement and transmits each detected movement to the Receiver/Speaker. The battery saver mode has an adjustable timer that will detect movement after the time delay setting and then transmit to the Receiver/Speaker.
- Will the system work through walls of my home?
The system is designed to function through the interior walls of a home and exterior walls of a home. The Sensor/Transmitters have difficulty transmitting a signal through aluminum siding or metal surfaces and are best located on a window in that situation.
- How many Sensor/Transmitters will the system recognize?
There is no limit to the number of Sensor/Transmitters that can be installed with a system. There are 6 voice messages (that you record in your own voice depending on application) that are available for the Sensor/Transmitters to activate.
- Is there a way to get more range between the Sensor/Transmitters and the Receiver/Speaker?
Range from the furthest Sensor/Transmitter to the Receiver/Speaker can be improved significantly by using a Receiver/Speaker and a Transmitter as a repeater. The furthest Sensor/Transmitter sends a signal to a Receiver/Speaker and the "C" relay triggers another Transmitter to send its signal to a further Receiver/Speaker. This solution can be expanded indefinitely as long as there is power available at the site of the repeater station.
- Can a Sensor trigger more than one Receiver/Speaker (Base Unit)?
Yes. A Sensor can be programmed to trigger recorded messages from one or more Receiver/Speakers (Base Units).
For example, suppose you were a Retailer and placed 1 Sensor by the front door.
When the Sensor is triggered, you could use one Receiver/Speaker to play a message such as "Welcome to my store. Let us know how we can help you."
The same Sensor triggers a second Receiver/Speaker in the back office, notifying staff someone is in the store with the message "A customer is out front."
See Secton VI in our Operating Instructions for the simple steps required to program a Sensor to a Receiver.
- Will the Sensor/Transmitter recognize a small child?
The Sensor/Transmitter is intended to identify children of about 40 Lbs or larger when the Sensor/Transmitter is installed at a height of 7 1/2 feet above the ground. If it is desired to identify smaller children then the Sensor/Transmitter will need to be installed lower to the ground. When animals are present they may create a false trigger.
- Will the Sensor/Transmitter work in the dark?
Yes, the Sensor/Transmitter will work in the dark or in full light.
- How long will the battery last in the Sensor/Transmitter?
The battery in the Sensor/Transmitter can last up to 1 year depending on if the Sensor/Transmitter is set to battery saver mode. Temperature can also affect the life of any battery. Operating a battery at cold temperature will reduce its life.
- How do I use the dry contacts on the bottom of the Receiver/Speaker to activate an external device?
There are four "C" relays (aka terminal outputs) on the bottom of the VA-6000S Base Unit.
When a Sensor is triggered, you have the option of activating an external device hooked up to one of these dry contacts (in addition to playing the message alert).
The four terminal outputs (labeled NO.1 -> NO.4) correlate to message Zone #1 -> Zone #4 on the Speaker/Receiver.
Note: These "C" relays do not provide power but function as a switch. It is assumed that the device to be activated has it's own power supply.
If you look at the contacts, you will notice that each zone has three screw outputs.
- The one on the left is NO (normally open)
- The middle is a common ground
- The one on the right is NC (normally closed)
Let's say you wanted to activate a desk lamp when the Sensor for Zone #1 detects movement.
- There are 2 wires going from the power supply (the plug) to the device (desk lamp).
- Cut one of the wires.
- Connect one end of the newly cut wire into the center screw of the NO.1 "C" relay.
- Depending on the behavior you are after, the other end of the newly cut wire goes into either the screw directly to the left or right of the center screw.
Electrical circuits are always either open (OFF) or closed (ON).
- If you plug the other end of the newly cut wire into the left (NO) screw, triggering of the sensor forces the circuit open, breaking the circuit. In the desk lamp scenario, this would turn the lamp off.
- If you plug the other end of the newly cut wire into the right (NC) screw, triggering of the sensor forces the contacts together, initiating a circuit. In the desk lamp scenario, this would turn the lamp on.
In Section XII of the Operating Instructions we mention how you can program the length of the output duration. In the desk lamp example, turning the lamp on (or off) for 1, 5, 30, 60 seconds, or continuous. There are some restrictions as to the voltage / amps of the external device you are triggering. As a reminder the terminal outputs do not power a device. The contacts simply open or close a circuit to the external device.
- What are the features of the VA-6000T Sensor/Transmitter?
The VA-6000T Sensor / Transmitter is really a 2-in-1 device that can can be triggered by:
- PIR (motion sensor) OR
- Triggered by an external device
The contact block, J1 (item "D" in the diagram), enables the unit to function as a wireless transmitter when triggered by other devices such as magnetic door contacts, smoke alarms, pressure mats, or any other normally-open device.
The SW2 switch (item "C" in the diagram) comes set from the factory in the ON position. With the switch in the ON position, the Sensor / Transmitter is triggered by the PIR motion sensor.
When the SW2 switch is in the OFF position the PIR motion sensor is deactivated. The only way to trigger the transmitter is through an external device connected to contact block J1 (item "D" in the diagram).
Voice Alert's VA-6000T is the only Sensor/Transmitter that offers this level of functionality.
- There is an extra set of 3 dip switches in the upper right corner of the sensors I received. What are these switches and how do I use them? They are not documented in the Operating Instructions.
We added these extra dip switches for additional functionality down the road. Please set these switches to Off if you are "mixing" newer style sensors with older sensors on the same system (that do not have the extra bank of switches).
- Where can I get additional Sensor/Transmitters?
Additional Sensor/Transmitters are available at the store where you bought your Voice Alert VA-6000S system. Individual Sensors are sold under the model number VA-6000T.
- Records six separate user recorded voice messages, ~6.0 seconds each.
- Supports an unlimited number of Sensor/Transmitters.
- Volume Control knob allows you to set the message volume to suit your needs.
- Message playback buttons allow you to test each recorded message.
- Digital recording chip allows you to change voice messages easily.
- Missed message indicator alerts you of activity that occurred in your absence.
- Low battery indicator and message identifies sensors that have a low battery.
- Solid-state construction.
- Powerful 433.92 MHz receiver.
- Magnetically shielded speaker.
- FCC Part 15 approved.
- Receiver Stability: Crystal
- Receiver sensitivity: -100dBm
- Monitored range: 40 X 40 feet when installed at 7 1/2 feet above the ground.
- Passive infrared (heat) motion detection technology.
- Installation kit includes double stick mounting tape and screws.
- Lightweight all-weather construction for use indoors or outside.
- 9V alkaline battery lasts up to 1 year.
- Transmits up to 1000 feet to Receiver/Speaker in open space and up to 300 feet through walls.
- LED transmit display when motion is detected (on/off switch selectable).
- Powerful 433.92 MHz transmitter.
- FCC Part 15 approved.
Cross Point Industries, Inc. warrants to the purchaser that this product shall be free from defects in materials or workmanship for a period of one year from original purchase date. Proof of purchase is required. Please retain your receipt. The warranty registration card should also be filled out completely and immediately returned to Cross Point Industries, Inc.
During the warranty period, if this product is found to be defective under normal use and service, Cross Point Industries, Inc. shall at its option repair or replace it with new or reconditioned product.
This warranty does not cover defects resulting from accidents, abuse, misuse, or unauthorized service. This warranty gives you specific rights, You may have other legal rights which vary from state to state.
To obtain warranty service, return the product with shipping prepaid to Cross Point Industries, Inc. Cross Point Industries, Inc. reserves the right to replace any discontinued product with one of equal value.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION RADIO AND TELEVISION INTERFERENCE STATEMENT FOR A CLASS 'B' DEVICE
If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and then on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into a different outlet so that the equipment and receiver are on different branch circuits.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Cross Point Industries could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
NOTE: This product was FCC certified under test conditions that included the use of shielded I/O cables and connectors between the system components. To be in compliance with FCC regulations, the user must use shielded cables and connectors and install them properly
Voice AlertTM is not intended to be a LIFE SAVING instrument as it may false trigger or miss a trigger. Atmospheric conditions, sun spot activities, local transmitters, or receiver nulls may prevent triggering or cause false triggering. It is the users responsibility to take this into consideration.