What Is A HALO IOT Smart Sensor
HALO IOT Smart Sensors, by IPVideo Corporation, are a best in class, awarding winning multi sensor used for real time vape detection, sound detection, air quality monitoring, and chemical detection. It boasts 12 unique detection sensors that all work in conjunction with each other. They have become increasing popular for use in schools where vape detection, gunshot detection and bully detection are becoming increasingly important.
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What is IoT
IoT is commonly referred to as the Internet of Things. At a basic level it is a system of interrelated computing devices with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring either a person to person interaction or a person to computer interaction. An IoT system is composed of web enabled smart devices that collect, send, and act on data in their environments, making for a powerful solution.
The Importance of Vape Detection
Vape detection, especially in schools has become a hot topic as the problem continues to grow. Vaping among youth continues t
o skyrocket with the use of JUUL and other highly ad
dictive e-cigarettes. In 2017 it was estimated that around 2.1 million middle and high school students were e-cigarette users. The FDA indicated they were seeing clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reach an epidemic proportion prompting concern with teachers, health professionals and parents. Vape detectors such as the HALO devices help provide a solution for battling the inappropriate use of vaping. Monitoring vaping can be a challenge because it leaves little odor, is easy to hide and use discretely. Vaping is not limited to nicotine and is often used for vaping marijuana or THC.
Full Integration To Vigilance Software Emergency Notification System
HALO IOT Smart Sensors can be fully integrated into the Vigilance Software Emergency Notification System. When a sensor alert is tripped you can have all the flexibility of a full blown notification system to help your organization respond. Learn more about this integration.
HALO Multi Sensor Overview
Below is a general overview of the category and types of sensors the HALO IOT Smart Sensor included:
The audio analytics sensors are used for abnormal noise level detection such as gunshot detection, glass breaking, shouting, excessive banging, occupancy, and bullying
The air quality sensors are use for vape detection, THC detection, smoke detection, formaldehyde, benzene, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
The chemical sensors are used to detect the presence of ammonia, oxidizers, methane, propane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and glues
Light sensors are used to determine occupancy and light sensitivity levels
Environmental sensors track temperature, humidity, pressure, and device tampering
Where Are HALO IOT Smart Sensors used
As mentioned previously, the smart sensors are used in educational settings, but their use and value extends to healthcare, hospitality, property management, manufacturing, food processing, commercial buildings, growing facilities, and more.
How are they used
- Smart sensors are used in educational settings for vape detection in classrooms, locker rooms, bathrooms and more. Smart sensors help fill the security gap for those areas such as locker rooms, bathrooms where traditional security devices such as cameras would not be appropriate. They are also appropriate for dorm rooms, hospital rooms and hotels rooms.
- Bullying is a real concern in schools. HALO IOT smart sensors use sound detection for aggressive behavior and bullying detection
- Sound detection is used for monitoring abnormal sounds associated with gunshots or glass breaking through buildings
- Chemical storage and spill monitoring
- Environmental monitoring for areas that need to be controlled for temperature, humidity, moisture
- Noise pollution monitoring in industrial environments to adhere to OSHA guidelines
- Detection and alerting of smoking or vaping for the hospitality industry to prevent smoking and vaping in hotel rooms
- Monitor for natural gas leaks
- Monitor public restrooms in commercial buildings for smoking and vaping
- Food processing monitoring for chemical level detection and ammonia levels from refrigeration systems
- Detection of toxic or combustible gasses and VOCs levels for confined spaces
Recent Industry Awards For HALO IOT Smart Sensors
HALO IOT Smart Sensors have made quite a stir recently by winning several industry awards. The are proving themselves to be leaders in smart sensor technology. Below are a few awards they have won:
- Security Today: 2019 New Product of The Year – Internet of Things – Winner
- Security Today: 2019 New Product of The Year – Monitoring Solutions – Winner
- Best Campus Safety: 2019 Winner – Inspection and Detection Equipment
- Best Campus Safety: 209 Winner – Emergency Communication Safety and Security Applications
- 2019 ISC West: Winner – Best New Product
- 2019 ISC West: Winner – Environmental Monitoring Systems
Setting Up A HALO IOT Smart Sensor
Each device is designed to cover a 144 square foot area or 12 x 12 room and required a wired network connection. The network connection must be a PoE (Power over Ethernet) in order for the unit to function. Installing requires a Phillips screwdriver, a T10 wrench which is provided with the unit, and a 5″ mounting hole.
The device should be located on a ceiling or high on the way. You should also avoid HVAC exhausts, return ducts and fans. Staying away from doors between rooms is also suggested. Avoid areas that have considerable background noise or vibration.
Network Requirements to Setup The Devices
HALO devices are connected to a standard Ethernet network for set up. The network must be able to provide DHCP for configuration. If you plan on assigning static IP addresses to your devices, make sure you have all the information related to the subnet mask, gateway address, and DNS.
Setup is done using a Windows 10 device connected to the same network. HALO provides a setup tool executable. A Chrome web browser is also required. Running the setup tool program will discover and list the HALO devices found on your network which will allow you to configure each device.
Connecting And Configuring Through A Web Browser
You can connect to your HALO IOT Smart Sensor through a Chrome web browser using the IP address. The IP address may be dynamically assigned through DHCP or using a static IP address, which you would assigned during the initial setup. It will require a user name and password to login to the device.
Once logged in you will see the Live Tab, which is displayed by default. The live view will show you all the current values detected by each of the HALO sensors in real-time so you know their state.
The system allows you to configure the mjpeg to include the refresh rate and max clients. You can also set the width and height of the canvas to display on the screen. Graphs can be set with min and max values, along with colors for different sensors. You can also choose whether or not you want a particular sensor to show on the graph.
The sensors tab displays the real-time activity of the sensors on the HALO Smart Sensors. This view is only the raw sensors with plan text data. It does not display the advanced event calculations or show events which are over the thresholds set on the sensor.
Events measure and then allow actions based on thresholds being crossed on the HALO sensors. As a threshold is crossed, it causes the corresponding event to trigger. Available data sources for events include: temperature (C & F), relative humidity, visible light, TVOC, CO2eq, TVOC (filtered), CO2eq (filtered), small particulates, medium particulates, large particulates, small particulates (ROC), medium Particulates (ROC), large Particulates (ROC), ammonia, NO2, carbon monoxide, noise level, noise level left, noise level right, orientation (X & Y) and move.
HALO Smart Sensors come with a default set of pre-programmed events although the threshold can be changed for each of them to match the local environment. HALO allows for additional events to be manually programmed. Advanced conditions will allow for filtering and combining values. Filtering and numeric operations must be defined for the original data source first, and then additional data sources and events can be added.
Actions allow you to choose what you want to occur when when the threshold of an event is triggered. Actions can generate notifications via email, text or VMS to bring attention to the environment changes that triggered the HALO Smart Sensor. Each defined event can have multiple actions including email, text, VMS, trigger relay 1 on or off, trigger relay 2 on or off, LED color, pattern, priority, and play audible notification.
The HALO device provides built-in placeholders that can automatically insert device data to be used in the subject and body fields. Placeholder fields include:
- NAME: Device name as specified in the device settings
- IP: IP address assigned to HALO Smart Sensor device
- EID: The event id as specified on the event tab
- THR: The numerical threshold of the event that was surpassed
- VAL: The sensor value
- DATE: Current date of the event
- TIME: Local time of the event
HALO Smart Sensor Integration and Alerting
HALO comes standard with with alarm notification through VMS (video management system) Event Integration, email/text notification and IO triggers. They can supply any VMS with a video stream of its Live View sensor status. The MJPEG steam will show the current status/reading of all its sensors. The stream is provided via a standard HTTP request. Each sensor in the system has the ability to set a alarm notification threshold point. Milestone XProtect is supported by HALO and their event manager integration is able to discern the cause of the alarm and whether it is a set or reset of an alarm condition.
Emergency Notification System Integration
A more complete alerting solution can be achieved by integrating your HALO IOT Smart Sensors directly with the Vigilance Software Emergency Notification System where each sensors alerts can be fed into the emergency notification system. The customized alerting allows you to determine ahead of time exactly which group of people will be alerted, how they will be alerted (desktop notifications, mobile push notifications, text, email, robo calling, etc) and additional system integration to access control, security, sip communication and more.