Check Out the Sensor That Protects Valuables From Intruders Already Inside a Home

The Art Guard is already being used by museums, but they can also protect assets inside your customers’ home.

Integrators’ clients have a a wide range of valuables they want to secure in their home, from original paintings done by Renaissance masters to multi-million dollar statues to special family heirloom vases or urns with ashes of their loved ones.

But once the thieves get into the home, what can you do to keep them from these valued items? Conventional intrusion security is only a first step in what should be a layered approach to protection.

Already used by museums, Art Guard is a system using a patented wireless sensor called Magnetic Asset Protection (MAP) now aimed for home use that protects nearly any individual stationary object, no matter the size.

The MAP system consists of a wireless sensor that detects the movement of a tiny rare earth magnet, that can be attached in, on or under the object, whether seated or hanging.

Magnets come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and power to accommodate nearly any configuration or situation and can be affixed to an object with a harmless adhesive like museum wax. Both sensor and magnet are completely hidden from view. The sensor never touches the asset, eliminating any chance of damage from leaking batteries.

The Art Guard

Once the MAP sensor recognizes the magnet and is enrolled in a control panel with a unique digital ID, any movement of either the magnet or the sensor triggers an alert to the panel and a customized response, whether an alarm, a call to the police or a cell phone, or a text to a mobile device. MAP transmits over 400 ft. to the control panel and this can be extended with inexpensive repeaters. Once MAP is enrolled in the system, trying to fool it by bringing another magnet into range will also trigger an alert.

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MAP will work with a number of popular security control panels and systems, including Tyco (DSC, Qolsys), Honeywell, Interlogix (GE), Nortek Linear (2GIG), and Elk Products. Art Guard has also introduced its own MAP Wi-Fi system that can be managed completely from a mobile device. MAP sensors can be integrated into large facility access control systems, as well.

For integrators with clients seeking that added layer of security for valued items, this could be a strong potential add-on sale.

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About the Author


Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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