Case studies of work undertaken by Heritage Electrical Automation
CCTV and alarm panels for business
Here is an example of a recent job completed for a salon re-opening after the Covid lockdown. The cabling for the CCTV and alarm has been run in decorative copper pipe, as opposed to galvanised conduit. Below the video you’ll find a bit more detail on the installation process, and why as a business owner you might need to consider a security installation such as this.
We have used a Texecom alarm system, and a Hikvision CCTV system: both these allow for remote access to monitor from a remote location. They are rock-solid systems designed for commercial use, but can also work fantastically well in a domestic property. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss something similar for your business or home.
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Alarm panel wiring
Installing CCTV hard drive
CCTV hard drive installation
Making CAT6 RJ45 leads
The HIK Vision NVR unit under the reception desk
The HIK Vision turret-style camera
There are several reasons why you might need to consider this as a business owner. CCTV systems such as the Hikvision example used here allow you to:
• Monitor customer transactions. Should you need to review a transaction this is easily done remotely via the Hikvision app or with the NVR unit.
• Monitor stock. Unfortunately for this salon owner, there was a problem of stock displayed on the shop floor going missing: having CCTV there not only acts as a deterrent, but allows for footage review after the fact if something goes missing.
We have used a commercial 8 channel NVR here, complete with a 4TB hard drive and a 4 camera setup. More often than not, a consumer-grade NVR might only have 4 channels, and come pre-loaded with a 1TB hard drive: this might only provide a few days recording for 4 cameras. A commercial unit allows for the installation of a custom HD. We used an 8-channel unit to allow for potential expandability in the future – minimal extra cost for the larger unit at the time of installation.
The Texecom panel used here allows us to set up several ‘zones’ to arm either independently from one another, or as a whole. In this case, the business owner lets out a flat above the business premises; therefore just the one Texecom system can be used to cover the entire building.
There are a wide range of different sensors available for doors, windows, shock sensors etc. The Smartcom addition pictured on the left allows the owner to see a log of who has set/unet the alarm and allows the system to be accessed remotely. The system is aimed at commercial premises and can be expanded at any time.
Both these systems can also be accessed by a Heritage engineer remotely, should you require assistance with setup or customisations after our installation visit.
Network or analogue camera?
This installation uses network (or IP) cameras as opposed to analogue. IP cameras require less cabling: picture signal and power are delivered over a single CAT6 cable (see slideshow above), rather than having to run power and video separately as with a traditional analogue camera. Further options are available with digital cameras, for example:
• Setting specific zones for motion detection
• Facial recognition
• Human/vehicle/animal recognition
For example being able to omit vehicles from a motion detection to avoid taking up needless space on your NVR hard drive.
Although wireless cameras are simpler to install, hard-wired systems such as this are much more reliable. Wi-fi cameras can potentially have their signals jammed by criminals resulting in drop-outs – something which a hard-wired system is not susceptible to.
The NVR itself requires a hard-wired connection to your router to allow for remote access via the app, however please note that the system works stand-alone system without a connection to the internet.
Due to the very high picture quality of these cameras, footage is best reviewed on a 4k monitor connected to the NVR. It is entirely possible to make out small detail such as a number plate, or distinct facial detail.
Making the wiring a feature
In keeping with the rustic feel of the salon, any cabling required for these systems has been run in copper pipe. Although this incurs a slightly higher cost than simply clipping cables to a surface, it keeps the install neat and tidy and turns it into an attractive feature.
You are not limited to running just alarm and CCTV wiring: lighting and power can also be run in containment such as this, in short, anything is possible!
This is an example of one of an assisted living automation installation we have recently done for a disabled gentleman.
We have used a LUTRON RA 2 system.
The video is a brief look at what the equipment, installation and function example using the app and amazons alexa.
The full description is below the video
The System we have used is a LUTRON RA 2 SELECT system.
Lutron are one of the world leaders in lighting and power control.
Lutron have another system called HOMEWORKS. The HOMEWORKS system is hard wired and for larger residential or commercial installations and is a considerably more expensive installation. Another market leader in home automation is CONTROL 4.
If you do not have the budget for a HOMEWORKS or CONTROL 4 SYETEM The RA 2 SELECT system we have installed here is an affordable way to fully automate a smaller residential and commercial projects. (roughly up to 6 bedroom house or 5 storey office block)
If you have a larger installation we use a fully wired system by Hamilton. This is a more advanced system with unlimited capacity and still is a fraction of the cost of HOMEWORKS or CONTROL 4 Systems.
RA 2 SELECT can be used as a retro fit system on an existing installation or in new build installations.
The retro fit installation is good for people who want to automate their home with minimal damage as the house is fully decorated and there is no way to install new cables.
There are 3 ranges for PICO switches (light switches)
- On off
- On off dim up and down
If you have 4 different lighting zones you want top switch in a kitchen example
- Island pendants
- Under cabinet lights
- Dining table pendants
- Spot lights
You can either have 4 dim PICOS which will give you a way of switching and diming all the circuits individually
Or have a scene PICO which gives you the ability to program a number of circuits to come on together at what ever lighting level you like at the push of 1 button. Scene buttons are much better when you have multiple lighting zones you need to control in 1 room and less light switches on the wall.
The system can also be controlled by voice using amazons Alexa Google or Apple.
The PICOS are completely wireless so that can be wall mounted or fixed to a pedestal on desks or bedside table. Battery life for PICOS is 10 years depending on use.
Example of 3 scenes
Full range of devices
- In line switch
- In line dimmer switch
- 16 amp switch
- Ceiling mount PIR
- Wall mount PIR
This particular assisted living installation we have controlled the immersion heater in the event of a boiler breakdown which can be voice activated.
We have also controlled his Velux roof lights so he can open and close them by voice too.
Installation of the switch modules
As this was a full rewire we could choose where we wanted to fit the switch modules. We installed all the modules in an under stairs cupboard on a neat back board we fitted. We did this for future additions, maintenance and testing.
You can fit the switch modules at each light point you want to control for the retro fit solution. The switch modules fit through a spot light cut out. We use 67mm cut outs which it fits through easily.
In the bathroom there is a PIR which activates the lights and extractor fan. We have used PIRS as much as we can for this installation so as the gentleman moves through the house on his wheel chair the lights are automatic.
We have shown you an example of controlling the bathroom lights using Alexa and the app.
Wheel chair charging
The customers electric wheel charger units do not have an automatic cut off when they are charged. If they were not manually unplugged in time this could ruin the batteries.
We have used 16 amp switches to solve this problem. He is now able to use his IPAD to charge the wheelchairs and schedule a start charge and stop charge time.
External security lighting
We have installed 7 security lights around the perimeter of the property. These can work automatically on the external PIRS or can be overridden with the smart control.
The system has an astronomical clock built in. This mean it knows when sunset and sunrise is in your location.
This is a valuable tool as normally we would have to use external daylight sensors to keep up with the seasons changing.
The security lights can be scheduled to come on at dusk then turn off at what ever time you would like.
We have also programmed an Alexa voice command “ALEXA ALL FLOODS ON”. This is useful for practical and security reasons.
If you have any questions about your assisted living projects please follow the link to contact us.