HALO 3C First Impressions Underscore Power Of Situational Awareness.
HALO 3C First Impressions – When SEN first heard about the HALO 3C multisensor we were keen to learn more. The idea of a single sensor point able to deliver security managers profound situational awareness across multiple layers of threat is very appealing.
Given this sensor’s potential, we were excited when distributor BGW Technologies agreed to fire a HALO 3C device over to the SEN office for review. The only concern we have is whether the environments at our disposal are tough enough to stretch HALO’s legs.
Just what can HALO 3C do? A heck of a lot, including gunshot detection, noise alerts, and emergency key word alerting, push notifications of any alert, panic button, 2-way audio comms, indoor air quality, emergency escape indication, alert lighting, motion detection and people counting.
The sensor and its software also provide critical automated reports that allow building owners and administrators to demonstrate they are providing a healthy indoor environment and/or validate that facility improvements are needed.
LED coloured lighting options can be programmed to show escape routes for safety, such as a red, yellow, and green pattern, or can show different colours for different alerts, such as purple for air quality alerts, or blue for health alerts. The sensor can also monitor chemicals like ozone, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitrogen dioxide, as well as PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles.
Whenever a new device turns up at SEN, we always wonder how difficult it’s going to be get operating, but thanks to a HALO Quick Start Guide sent over by BGW Technologies’ Graham Clark, all the scary questions melted away and the device was found on the network by the lightweight software and stood up on its browser in no time.
Having done a quick steer through of the reporting possibilities, it’s obvious there’s fun to be had tailoring this sensor to meet site requirements but first impressions are of operational simplicity that belies the breadth of information available from this device.
Build quality is high, cabling is easy – it’s just PoE in (there’s also RJ45 out in case you want to daisy-chain), and from that point you’re into the browser tweaking software settings.
This is a compact sensor, too. HALO 3C blends in with the smoke detectors on the ceiling in a way that makes it very discreet – no one is going to have a clue just how wildly capable this neat little device truly is.
“HALO 3C First Impressions Underscore Power Of Situational Awareness.”