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Sun, May 4, 2014 3:29 AM

Digital Life - motion detection and pets?

We just had digital life installed but they talked me out of the motion detection because we have 3 cats...I've had a security system for 10 years and never had trouble so I found it odd that this brand new thing can't handle the pets...does anyone have the motion and have problems with pets?

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RansZ28

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7 years ago

On the back of the motion sensor you can set it to "heavy".  I have a 50lb dog and the motion does not detect her.  I am not sure about 3 pets as to if it "see's" multiple moving objects, it might detect them.  I would suggest to get the motion and install it with the heavy setting.  Have DL put the system in a test mode and see if the motion see's your pets.  If so, then you could always return the motion or swap it for another piece of equipment.

Computer-Joe

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7 years ago


@KittyMeow@  wrote:

We just had digital life installed but they talked me out of the motion detection because we have 3 cats...I've had a security system for 10 years and never had trouble so I found it odd that this brand new thing can't handle the pets...does anyone have the motion and have problems with pets?


 

 

Who talked you out of it, the sales people or the installer.

 

Usually, if installed correctly, pets and motion detection can coincide peacefully. When the sensors are installed, they should be placed and/or configured to ignore the first 2 to 3 feet above the floor, which should eliminate most all false positives from pets. If your cats are climbers (furniture, walls, counters) there might be some issues though. As well the sensors (or system) should be able to self eliminate most false positives either by the target size or the duration of the detection.

 

Normally you would use multiple sensor types, like motion detectors, sonic glass breakage detectors, and door/window entry sensors to ensure all areas of your home are covered by some type of detection.

 

 

 

 

 




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6 years ago

The installer told us the sensor will ignore pets under 35 lbs. If your three cats did a group hug in front of the sensor you might have an issue, but I wouldn't be too concerned.

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6 years ago

'Theoretically' the problem here is the speed at which the beams are cut. When your pet is moving at a slower speed, the weight settings discount the action, when multiple beams are cut in a very brief period, such as when a cat or dog jumps onto the back of your couch, this confuses the motion detector and triggers a false alarm. I have ' heard a rumor" that the motion detector can be positioned in a fashion as to allow for this phenomena, but It has it "pros and cons" as does any " Pet Alley" configuration. Digital Life needs different lenses options that can account for and set up 'Pet Alley' scenarios such as other PIR manufacturers do. But these have their pros and cons also which I will discuss for security reasons.

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6 years ago

We have two cats and they keep setting off the motion detector in the foyer. We've already set it to the 50lb setting (comes like that by default). I even took the motion detector out of the original wall mount and pointed it so that it could only see the front door and not the stairway. Still get a false alarm about once a week. So far this has cost me $100 in fines with my local police department's "False Alarm Prevention Program" .

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5 years ago

My cats set mine off too.  Granted, my cats are gigantic but not 50lbs across the two of them. 

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There was always a problem with this, even when I used Best Price Cloud Star Dog Dog Food, they still managed to detect movement. I think everything needs to be redone so that everything works efficiently and correctly.

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