The LightGard products can be used to protect anything that one can run an 1/8 inch Fiber Optic Loop through. There are many obvious applications for LightGard such as to deter the possible theft of guns, valuable artwork, computers, printers, expensive microscopes, balance scales, fax machines electronic sound equipment, leather jackets, and all types of retail display equipment. The system can be used outdoors to help protect lawn mowers and snow blowers in front of hardware stores, tires and antifreeze or window-wiper fluid on display in front of gas stations, golf carts at country clubs, or expensive roof-top air conditioning units. Some examples of protection are shown below:
It can also be used, as a deterrent, to protect valuable race horses in their stalls at race tracks as well as to protect valuable navigation gear and motors on boats at resorts. It can be buried in concrete to form a high security wall, or used to detect removal of newly planted trees or shrubs used in landscaping, or as an 170 degree continuous heat detector in fire alarm systems. It can be added to alarm systems in motor homes to protect camping gear, or to automobile alarms to protect skis or bicycles or ladders on roof racks of cars and trucks. It can even be used to detect the attempted theft of musical instruments and sound equipment of "Rock Bands" when the musicians go on break! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Why and how LightGard works:
We have designed our system to go into alarm from lack of light, steady light, or light that is pulsed at the wrong frequency, and even if someone pulses light at the right frequency, they have to have the correct start and stop time. In other words, if someone cuts the cable or tries to compromise the system it will go into alarm.
When the system detects an alarm situation, the siren will blow if you have not selected the silent mode, and within seconds the automatic dialer will call and report the incident to a Central Station monitoring facility or your security office. It can also dial and report to an alpha numeric pager if you wish.
Our system can withstand a lot of twisting and bending of the Fiber Optic cable since we do not monitor the amplitude of the light pulse. This eliminates false alarms from bumping and bending the cables as the users make minor adjustments in the positions of the protected equipment. A patented service indicator light visually warns of too much fiber cable lengths, bad fiber optic splices, and/or too many sharp bends in the fiber cable.
The cable that we use is plastic Fiber Optic Cable that is much stronger and more durable and much easier to work with than glass Fiber Optic Cable. Glass Fiber Optic Cable normally is the size of human hair whereas the cable that we use is about one millimeter in diameter and is covered with a strong and durable outer jacket. The fiber can be used indoor or outdoor in temperatures from minus 31 degrees F to plus 176 degrees F and even unskilled installers can make perfect splices in a minute or two without using elaborate equipment.
Each of our LightGard control boxes, either the "Wireless" or "Hardwire" versions, can operate with up to 500 feet of Fiber Optic Cable without any splices, or up to 150 feet of cable with up to six pull apart splice points, or up to 100 feet of cable with up to 10 pull apart splice points when using the new miniature Fiber Optic connectors. This means that each protection loop of Fiber Optic Cable can protect numerous devices such as Laptop Computers, Desktop Computers, monitors, printers, musical instruments, surge suppressor AC power strips, tool boxes, outboard motors, guns in a gun rack, bicycles or almost anything else that happens to be in the vicinity of where the protection loop is run.
The "WIRELESS" version of LightGard is normally used in conjunction with the "Supervised Wireless" alarm equipment supplied by Interactive Technologies, Inc.
The "Hardwire" version of LightGard can be used with any 12 volt DC Alarm Control Panel. It can also be used as an alarm point on most HVAC or Access Control Systems, Automobile Alarms, RV Alarms and Boat Alarm Systems.
We have a number of patented and patent pending attachment devices which are used to attach the Fiber Optic Cable to the things that need to be protected. See pictures on "Security Products" page.
The patented Carrie Nut (TM) which is used to attach the Fiber Optic Cable to what ever we wish to protect is only used when we can utilize an existing strong metal screw which is threaded into the metal chassis of the device to be protected. Normally, the Carrie Nut which is made with hardened steel, is positioned so that it will prevent a thief from taking the entire protected item or from opening it to steal internal parts, without having to first cut the Fiber Optic Cable - thus setting off the alarm.
The patented "Mouse Trap" (TM) and its larger companions ("Rat Trap", "Squirrel Trap", and "Cat Trap") are used to protect devices that are attached to a computer via various sizes of cable. They only are recommended when the device to be protected, such as a computer mouse, is securely attached to the cable (soldered), and at the other end have a securely attached (soldered) connector that is substantially larger than the diameter of the cable. When properly attached to the communication cable of the device to be protected, a thief will have to either cut the Fiber Optic Cable, thus setting off the alarm, or cut the communication cable of the protected device thus leaving the protected item useless without the difficult job of re-splicing all of the tiny wires of the communication cable back together again.
The LightGard "Noose Trap" can effectively be used to protect a Laptop computer, microscope, or any other device that has a base and top that is larger than the mid section of the device to be protected. The Fiber loop is attached around the smaller part of the device to be protected such as the hinge of a Laptop computer or the mid area of a microscope. The cable is designed so that it's length, after both ends are plugged into a quad female splice point (two splices), or two "Moon Trap" sets, is too small to be removed from the protected piece without unplugging one of the Fiber cable's ends from the splice point, thus setting off an alarm. The "Noose Trap" can also be used to secure file cabinets, tool boxes, guns, bicycles, trees, outboard motors and navigation gear as well as other valuable items. It is also ideal for securing a Laptop Computer to its Docking Station so that an alarm will sound if any unauthorized person tries to remove the Laptop Computer from the Docking Station.
The new patented "Computer Trap" with metal plate can be used to protect Laptop computers while they are not being used. The metal plate is simply inserted into any available slot of the computer such as the 3 1/2" or 2 1/2" floppy drive. A proper length of fiber cable is then threaded through the hole in the plate and then wrapped around the computer and connected to a quad female connector in a manner that will cause an alarm if anyone tries to open the computer.
The new "Computer Trap" can also be used to protect desktop computers by placing the plate or a hollow plastic restraint inside of the computer, then threading the Fiber Optic Cable through the hole in the metal plate, and then around the outside of the computer and into the unique quad splice point or two sets of the new "Moon Trap". A thief now can not open the computer to get to the valuable internal parts without setting off the alarm, but authorized individuals can easily access the interior computer parts after temporarily disarming or by passing that specific 24 hour LightGard zone of protection and opening the computer.
The patented "Moon Trap" (TM) is a splice point that is "super-glued" onto a device such as a computer harddrive, pentium chip, or other small but valuable part that can not otherwise be protected. For someone to steal the protected part he will have to break both halves of the splice point off simultaneously while then perfectly maintaining their relative position to one another, or the alarm will sound. Another use of the trap is to place the two half splice points on either side of a door and its frame so that the two parts will come apart if the door is opened, thus setting off the alarm. This method is ideal for the small trap door that covers the expensive RAM chips in a Laptop computer.
Hatch Switch: New anti-terrorist defense
The new "Hatch Switch" has been designed as a secure way to monitor the opening and closing of the typical hatch doors which are commonly used by water treatment facilities. Direct burial fiber optic cable facilitates installing the cable and switch beneath the hatch door so that no fiber cable is exposed above the ground. Splice points do not have to be manually opened and closed to trip an alarm for it is all done automatically when the hatch door opens.
The "Moon Trap" can also be used in explosive environments as a safe switch since there are not any electrical parts to cause a spark, only a pulsing beam of light. It can also be used to protect valuable display items in retail stores to protect the items from shoplifters and/or employee theft.
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