Sonitrol Releases UL-/ULC-Approved Glass-Break Analytics

Sonitrol’s technology partner, 3xLOGIC, developed the glass-break algorithm that is utilized in a newly released product.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sonitrol has released a UL-/ULC-approved product that uses a reprogrammable software glass-break analytic algorithm to initiate alarms, which the company says is the first of its kind in the marketplace.

The new product incorporates glass-break detection algorithms in its firmware on the host panel (FlexIP), and the audio module (Audio-8 PRO) uses a lower-cost audio sensor as the detection device. The new release, incorporating advanced glass-break functionality, significantly increases Sonitrol’s value proposition, according to the company.

The technology is said to include:

  • Advanced audio analytic behavior algorithms to identify glass sounds, as opposed to utilizing hardware components
  • Distributed analytics that reside both on the host panel and the audio module
  • Advanced discrimination of breaking glass during business hours as part of a 24-hour security level
  • Built-in diagnostics to efficiently test an audio sensor’s ability to detect glass-break alarms during installation and service
  • Self-calibration, minimizing technician installation and service time

As the security landscape continues to evolve, the use of analytics allows systems to become more intelligent and responsive, which ultimately improves alarm-response times, according to Sonitrol.

“For 52 years, Sonitrol has been a pioneer in the art of verified audio alarm detection,” says Jeremy Morton, vice president of business development, STANLEY Security, which acquired Sonitrol in 2008. “Ground-breaking innovation such as this, paves the way for Sonitrol to further our ability to accurately verify alarm events and respond accordingly, ultimately resulting in more criminal apprehensions and elevated protection for our users.”

Sonitrol’s technology partner, 3xLOGIC, developed the glass-break algorithm. The company’s engineering team broke hundreds of panes of various types of glass, allowing them to ascertain an extensive knowledge base in audio analytics, according to a press release.

“The possibility to introduce further sound analytics opens the door to a number of other opportunities in the future, to respond to users growing security needs,” says Charlie Erickson, executive vice president of product management, 3xLOGIC. “The Sonitrol FlexIP design platform is uniquely positioned to provide future enhanced analytic possibilities by merely downloading a new algorithm to previously installed hardware.”

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