Halo Smart Sensor: monitoring challenging situationsHalo Smart Sensor: monitoring challenging situations

Smart Sensor

The HALO smart sensor from IPVideo Corporation provides you with a three-in-one health, safety and vape detection device. It discretely detects threats such as vaping; harmful gases or aggressive language so you can take action to protect others.

A solution to keep you safe and protected

  • Worried about vaping among young people within your school?
  • Do you think there are people vaping or smoking marijuana in your hotel?
  • Are you concerned about the risk of airborne disease?
  • Concerned about the health effects of poor indoor air quality?
  • Looking for a way to deal with bullying or other aggressive behaviour among students?
  • Unsure about the effectiveness of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system?

Impacts of Vaping, Poor Air Quality and Aggressive Behaviour

Risks of Vaping

In the UK the selling of vaping products to anyone aged under 18 and buying vaping products for anyone under 18 are prohibited. However, there are worries that the UK could follow the US where vaping among young people has been described as an ‘epidemic’ and the health impact of vaping, including of secondhand aerosol, is of concern. Therefore the importance of monitoring this, particularly in places where there is a duty of care for children, is growing. The US-based children’s health advocacy group, Kids Health, suggests that vaping could contribute to the slow brain development in kids and teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood. Meanwhile the US campaigning group, the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, stated that the secondhand aerosol from vaping contains nicotine, ultrafine particles and low levels of toxins that are known to cause cancer. While nicotine levels are more tightly regulated in the UK there is a danger of addiction from this product.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution is dust, dirt, or gases in the air inside buildings such as your home or workplace that could be harmful to breathe in. Mismanagement of indoor air quality can have physical short and long-term consequences. Short-term effects include coughing; eye irritation; headaches and allergic reactions. Additionally, poor indoor air quality has been linked to lung diseases like asthmaCOPD and lung cancer, as well as increased risk of heart disease and stroke, according to UK charity Asthma + Lung UK.  The charity says that children are particularly vulnerable to poor indoor air quality as their lungs are still developing. Children’s airways are smaller, so inflammation caused by indoor and outdoor air pollution can cause them to narrow more easily than in older people.

Aggressive Behaviour

Bullying and fighting within schools can effect children’s mental health and as well as cause actual physical harm. In hospitality venues and hotels, there can be a risk of aggressive behaviour if there is excessive alcohol consumption. Therefore monitoring in certain situations would help staff take action and protect children and others.

The benefits of the Halo Smart Sensor

  • Vape and THC detection: The HALO detects vaping and will detect tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is found in cannabis. THC could be smoked or can, like nicotine, be vaped but in either case this would be illegal in the UK. Detection of vaping and THC means you can take swift action to deal with the situation, including disciplinary or law enforcement action if considered necessary, and ensure that rooms can be cleared appropriately.
  • Health Monitoring: The HALO can detect a range of factors such as CO₂ which could mean a high level of airborne diseases. You can prevent the spread of infectious disease by taking extra steps when cleaning rooms and making certain the air is properly filtered .
  • Air Quality Monitoring: Dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide can be detected by the HALO sensor which means you can take action in necessary to improve your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as required to ensure people are kept safe.
  • Monitoring Aggression and calls for help: The HALO can learn to detect abnormal noise levels. Therefore it can be used to monitor staff so you can deal with incidents such as bullying by colleagues, between school pupils, or signs of aggression by customers. The HALO device also comes preloaded with five spoken keyword phrases related to calls for help giving people added protection.
  • Chemical and Gas Detection: You can monitor for gas or chemical spills or leaks which means people can be protected against industrial accidents or malfunctions within gas supplies to homes.

HALO supports a range of sectors

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Education

Managing a school or college means protecting and safeguarding all pupils. The HALO can help you do this as it can be used discretely in private areas where CCTV is inappropriate although it can be also be used as an additional tool where cameras are fitted.

  • Vape Detection: The HALO can be installed in private areas such as changing rooms and toilets where students may feel able to vape. This is to protect the health of all students and to maintain discipline within the school.
  • Aggression Detection and Calls for Help: This will support teachers and school management to take action in cases of bullying and fighting.
  • Air Quality Monitoring: You can protect the health of pupils and ensure they have a good environment for learning by taking action to improve your air conditioning or ventilation systems if problems are detected.
  • Chemical and Gas Detection: Gas or chemical spills or leaks could happen in science labs or from machinery within secondary schools or colleges so this will protect pupils and staff.
  • Prevent the spread of infectious diseases: pupils and staff can be protected when high levels of CO2 detected by having classrooms thoroughly cleaned and ensuring air is properly filtered throughout the building.
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Hospitality

If you manage a hotel or holiday park you want your guests to have stay in a clean and healthy environment. At the same time you want them to treat the space, other guests and your staff, with respect. This is also true if you run a bar, restaurant or nightclub.

  • Vape and THC detection: If vaping or THC is detected you can take swift action to deal with the situation and ensure that you any rooms or the bathrooms can be cleared appropriately, staff will be protected from harmful secondhand smoke and you will not be implicated in any illegal actively.
  • Health Monitoring: You can ensure your guests and staff are safe from them and  prevent the spread of infectious disease by taking extra steps when cleaning rooms and making certain the air is properly filtered .
  • Air Quality Monitoring: Dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide can be detected by the HALO sensor which means you can take action in necessary to improve your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as required to ensure guests and staff are kept safe.
  • Monitoring Aggression and calls for help: You can monitor staff so you can deal with incidents such as bullying by colleagues but also can be used to detect if guests are acting aggressively against staff or against other guests within their rooms or other private areas where your CCTV is not installed. The pre-loaded call for help key words also give staff and guests added protection.
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Commercial

Whether you are managing a shop, offices, operating a sports stadium, concert hall or theatre you will be aiming to protect your staff, contractors, customers, or other visitors.

  • Vape and THC detection: If the HALO detects vaping and/or THC in private areas such as washrooms, toilets, fitting or changing rooms you can take swift action to deal with the situation. This is likely to be gathering evidence about the incident, dealing with the possible staff involved and ensuring the areas are properly cleaned so others are kept safe.
  • Health Monitoring: You can ensure staff, customers and visitors are safe from airborne diseases by ensuring the air is properly filtered throughout your building or leisure venue.
  • Air Quality Monitoring: You can ensure your HVAC systems are keeping your air filtered protecting staff , customers and visitors.
  • Monitoring Aggression and calls for help: By detecting loud noises bullying or aggressive behaviour can be picked up which means you can deal with challenging situations between staff.
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Healthcare/ Residential care

If you are operating a hospital or residential care home you need to ensure that staff, patients, residents and visitors are kept safe and are not behaving in a way that could harm other people.

  • Vape and THC detection: If the HALO detects vaping and/or THC in private areas such as resident rooms, bathrooms or staff rooms, and common areas you can take firm action to deal with the situation. This is likely to be gathering evidence about the incident, dealing with the possible people involved and ensuring the areas are properly cleaned so others are kept safe.
  • Health Monitoring: You can ensure staff, patients or residents and visitors are safe from airborne diseases by ensuring the air is properly filtered throughout your building.
  • Air Quality Monitoring: You can ensure your HVAC systems are keeping your air filtered protecting staff , customers and visitors.
  • Monitoring Aggression and calls for help: By detecting loud noises bullying or aggressive behaviour against staff, patients or residents can be picked up which means you can deal with challenging situations effectively.

Managing notifications and alerts

HALO Cloud

When we install the HALO sensor we can connect you to HALO Cloud. This will provide an online dashboard where you can manage multiple devices, receive real-time Health Index and air quality alerts and reporting, and see alerts and historical data, that allows you to document your building’s health status and trouble areas.

HALO Cloud includes:

  • Dashboard
  • Live View
  • Device Health
  • Analytics
  • Reports
  • Logging
  • Maintenance

Alerts and real-time notifications and alerts

HALO is always monitoring each space 24/7, with no delay in event notifications and alerts. This gives you the peace of mind to know you can protect residents and patients at all times of day and will be notified in real-time if an incident occurs. You can choose how you would like to receive your notifications whether this is via third party integrations, SMS (text message) and/or email, or via an action message within the dashboard. You can also customise who is notified during different events and alerts as well as being about to adjust a subscriber’s notification schedule.

Integration

HALO can support any 3rd party system, including VMS platforms, with a video stream of its Live View sensor status. HALO provides a MJPEG or RTSP stream which can show the current status/readings of its sensors. The stream is provided via a standard HTTP/HTTPS request. Each sensor in the system has the ability to set its alarm notification points.

If you have Avigilon CCTV cameras the HALO can provide an additional level of protection and can be integrated with the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software. Users will receive an alarm in the ACC 7 focus of attention interface once the smart sensor senses a threat. At that point, Radio Alert will be able to notify security personnel or administrators through a text message, a voice-to-text alert, or both, when an alarm is triggered, enabling them to quickly respond and apprehend the situation. Additionally, ACC users can receive alerts via the ACC Mobile 3 App.

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Frequently asked Questions

What can the HALO Smart Sensor actually detect?

HALO has a host of sensors to perform multiple detections. 12 sensors to be exact. The hundreds of combinations it detects expands its capabilities to be able to differentiate between substances as well.  For instance, HALO can distinguish between a person vaping and a person vaping with a substance laced with THC. The things HALO can detect include:

  • Particulate matter
  • Humidity that produces mold and other Fungi
  • VOCs
    • Trichloroethylene
    • Xylene
  • Ammonia
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Vape
  • THC
  • Smoke
  • Light
  • Vibration
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Sound Abnormalities

Where can you use the HALO Smart Sensor?

The HALO Smart Sensor can be placed in a range of locations where you need vape detection or you looking to protect students, staff, visitors or guests. The sensors can be installed in a range of private areas, such as washrooms, changing rooms, staff rooms or guest bedrooms. Therefore they are ideal for buildings such as hotels, schools, colleges, commercial offices, hospitals, manufacturing plants or residential care homes.

Do I need HALO cloud for the Smart Sensor to work?

The HALO is an intelligent sensor and can be used as a standalone device. Therefore, the HALO Cloud is optional.

Who manufactures the HALO Smart Sensor?

The HALO Smart Sensor is the newest product manufactured in the USA by IPVideo Corporation. This company harnesses the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to deliver a range of open platform physical security, sensor and audio/visual solutions. It aims to design and manufacture solutions for a smarter and safer world! IPVideo Corporation is a subsidiary of Advance Convergence Group.

Does the HALO Smart Sensor come with a warranty?

IPVideo Corporation provides a two-year warranty. If you encounter any problems with the HALO smart sensor you need to inform us as soon as possible and we will either arrange a repair of the HALO Smart Senor or a replacement of the product will be offered. Multi-year extended warranties are sold separately.

Who can install the HALO Smart Sensor?

The HALO Smart Sensor is a new product in the UK market and the Ecl-ips team is one of the few trained installers. As an experienced security systems specialist we can not only install the HALO Smart Sensor but can also integrate the sensor to the rest of your security system and ensure it is installed in the proper location.

Will the HALO Smart Sensor work out of the box?

HALO does work right out of the box since its recent firmware update (version 1.32). Ecl-ips will take care of setting up the HALO Smart Sensor for you, including ensuring the latest firmware is always up to date and that all your requirements for detection are set up correctly. Once HALO is powered on, it requires 24 hours for the sensors to self-calibrate.

Would I need a camera licence when I install a HALO Smart Sensor?

HALO should not require a camera license in most cases if it is used only to send event messages to the video management software. If the end user wished to record HALO’S MJPEG sensor screen, then a camera license would be required.