This is a system that combines the use of door contacts and a Passive Infra-Red (PIR) and is most frequently used to indicate that someone has gone out of their front door.
A PIR is attached to the wall by the front door so that the infra-red beam is triggered as someone walks towards the front door. Door contacts are fitted to the door and door frame which when separated identify that the door has been opened.
The system can be programmed to work all the time (day and night) or just during certain hours – usually at night. A programmable box is also fixed to the wall nearby along with a key operated switch that can be used to turn the system on or off.
Who is it for?
The Property Exit Monitor is designed to monitor the safety of individuals with cognitive impairment or those who may be prone to leaving their property at inappropriate times or for extended periods of time, putting themselves at risk. It can also detect if a front door to a property has been left open, putting the user at a security risk.
How does it work?
This equipment can;
pick up if someone has gone out of the door
pick up if someone has gone out of the door and not come back in
be programmed to give the person time to stand a short while, if appropriate, on the door step before triggering an alert
pick up if someone has come back into their house and left their front door open – potentially leaving themselves vulnerable.
In some circumstances the availability and speed of the response an individual requires can be particularly important with this equipment. Having friends or family nearby, who are willing to respond, can be very helpful. You may consider coupling the equipment with a GPS tracking device to enable you to locate the wearer should they leave the property.