How to monitor doors

This guide will show you how to install sensors to measure the activity and open/closed state of a hinged door.

What you need

To monitor door activity you need either a  Wireless Proximity Sensor or a Wireless Counting Proximity Sensor.

What sensor should I use?

Use the Wireless Proximity Sensor if you need real-time monitoring of when a door is opened or closed or if you need the exact time for when the door was opened or closed. 

To monitor the traffic of a door with frequent use, we recommend using the wireless Counting Proximity Sensor to preserve the battery life of the sensor.

Steps

1. Install the sensor in the door frame

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Place the sensor in the top part of the door frame on the opposite side of the hinge.

This placement ensures minimal dust build-up on the sensor and allows the sensor to detect slight door openings.

If the door frame is built of metal, make sure that the sensor is placed on the edge of the frame to optimize the radio signal strength.

 


2. Verify the detection distance

The sensor can robustly detect objects up to 5 mm from the surface of the sensor. If the gap is too wide, you can use a spacer underneath the sensor.

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Metal doors

mceclip3.png Place the sensor on the edge of the door frame when the door or the frame is made out of metal to optimize the radio signal strength.

Avoid the buildup of condensation and ice

Avoid the buildup of condensation and ice on the sensor as this may trigger false detections. Also, avoid placement where dust and dirt will set on the surface.