Frequently Asked Questions

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IIDAS® (Integrated Impact Detection Alarm System)

Q: What kind of protection does IIDAS® offer?

A: IIDAS® is an anti-tamper, anti-abuse security system, and also offers protection against unauthorized intrusion and theft.

Q: How does IIDAS® work?

A: Whenever a protected machine is excessively rocked, shaken, kicked, or otherwise abused, the IIDAS® impact/abuse sensor will activate an alarm output for 30 seconds. Normally, the alarm output activates an audible siren, but IIDAS® will also activate phone dialers, modems, still frame CCTV and IP cameras, and other devices.

Q: Does the alarm output shut off automatically?

A: Yes. After 30 seconds the alarm output will stop (reset). However, whenever the impact/abuse sensor in the IIDAS® controller is activated again (by excessive rocking, shaking, kicking, or other abuse) the alarm cycle will continue for another 30 seconds.

Q: Can the impact/abuse threshold be adjusted?

A: Yes. There is a window on top of each IIDAS® controller through which an adjustment screw can be reached. Using a small flathead screwdriver the sensitivity level can be adjusted to whatever impact threshold is deemed appropriate. BRW can also customize the impact/abuse sensor to change the sensitivity threshold, and make it more or less sensitive.

Q: Suppose I need a shorter or longer alarm timeout than 30 seconds?

A: BRW can shorten or lengthen the IIDAS® controller’s alarm cycle at its factory. Just let us know when your order is placed.

Q: How does IIDAS® protect against unauthorized intrusion?

A: Using either an on-off tubular switch lock (KA system only), or a small reset switch (1050 system only), IIDAS® can also protect against unauthorized intrusion (i.e., door protection). The on-off tubular switch lock (which is drilled into the protected equipment) is simply turned off before the protected service door is opened, and then turned back on when the machine has been serviced. If drilling a hole for the tubular switch lock assembly presents a problem, a push-button reset switch can be used inside the machine (1050 MAXIMUM system) to arm and disarm the system. The operator has five seconds after opening the protected door to locate and push the concealed reset switch, before the alarm is activated. After servicing the machine, and closing the access door, the IIDAS® 1050 MAXIMUM system will “chirp” to confirm that the system has automatically rearmed.

Q: What is included in the IIDAS® security system?

A: Every IIDAS® security system includes the security controller (1020 or 1050), a 12VDC battery pack, battery connectors, 130db piezo siren, wire nuts, cable ties, quick splices, door contact switches, spacers, tie mounts, L-brackets, installation instructions, and warning label.

Q: What powers the IIDAS® security system?

A: Normally, IIDAS® security systems are powered by a 12VDC battery pack. This means that IIDAS® can operate independently of the protected machine’s own power supply. However, IIDAS® security systems will also operate with power sources ranging form 5VDC (TTL) to 15VDC.

Q: How long will the 12V battery pack last?

A: In a normal monitoring mode, BRW’s 12V battery pack should last at least 2-3 years, because there is virtually no current drain until IIDAS® is activated. However, if an IIDAS® security system is exceptionally active, with many alarm cycles every month, the battery’s service life will naturally be shortened.

Q: Could I use the electrical supply of the protected machine to power IIDAS®?

A: Yes, that may be possible. However, the ideal power supply for IIDAS® is 12VDC. IIDAS® will not operate on 110V AC or 220V DC power unless the power supply is stepped down and converted to 12VDC.

Q: Could I use a rechargeable battery pack to power the IIDAS® security system?

A: Yes. However, BRW does not carry a rechargeable power system in its list of accessories because in most IIDAS® applications rechargeable batteries are more expensive and inconvenient to use than BRW’s 12V battery pack.

Q: How long does it take to install an IIDAS® security system?

A: Typically, the first installation will take approximately 20-25 minutes. Thereafter, probably no more than 15 minutes. Every IIDAS® security system includes complete step-by-step installation instructions, with a wiring diagram, and suggested placement for each component (see the wiring diagrams on the various product pages).

Q: How loud is the siren?

A: The standard siren that comes with all IIDAS® security systems is rated at 130db at one meter. This is equivalent to a car alarm siren. Of course, when placed inside the protected equipment the siren’s sound will be somewhat muffled. BRW can substitute other sirens to meet the requirements of individual customers.

Q: What is the cost of an IIDAS® security system?

A: There are several IIDAS® security systems for various types of coin operated and publicly accessible equipment (e.g., vending, coin amusement and video, self-serve ticket machines, ATMs, kiosks, smart/debit/added value/calling card machines, etc.) For questions about which system is most appropriate for particular situations, please contact BRW.

Q: Can IIDAS® security systems be modified?

A: Yes. Certain operators and OEMs have particular requirements that might not be satisfied with a standard IIDAS® security system. BRW can modify the features of its’ IIDAS® controllers, or substitute a variety of components from its accessory list, to meet those individual needs.

Q: Can BRW’s Tip Alarms be integrated with an IIDAS® security system?

A: Yes. If tip protection is needed, in addition to the impact/abuse and door protection offered by IIDAS®, BRW can supply a suitable tip controller to accomplish that result (see description of Tip Alarms, below).

TIP Alarm Systems

Q: How do BRW’s TIP Alarms work?

A: Whenever the protected equipment is tilted, in any direction, beyond the degree indicated on the TIP controller (10, 15, 25 or 45 degrees), the TIP Alarm System will sound an audible siren until the equipment is returned to a level position. However, unlike IIDAS® security systems, BRW’s TIP Alarms do not have an automatic timeout that shuts the siren off after a certain period of time.

Q: How can I determine which TIP module is most suitable for my situation?

A: Large and heavy equipment, such as full size vending machines, should probably use either a TIP 10 or TIP 15 module. Less weighty equipment, such as crane machines or large gumball machines, should probably use a TIP 25 module. The TIP 45 module is generally suitable only for small or light weight machines, such as bulk vending equipment, which can easily be picked up or knocked over.

Q: Should I use a TIP Maxi or TIP Mini system?

A: Aside from price, the main difference between the Maxi and Mini systems is the amount of noise that each generates. The Maxi system normally includes a 130db piezo siren; and the Mini system includes a 108db piezo siren. Piezo sirens are electronic, and typically have a higher pitch than horn sirens. For indoor locations where loud sirens would not be acceptable, the Mini system would probably be adequate for most customers. For outdoor locations, or situations where a loud siren is necessary, the Maxi system would be preferable. Remember, when placed inside the protected equipment any siren will be muffled. BRW can substitute various sirens from its’ accessories pages.

Q: What is included in the TIP Alarm Maxi and TIP Alarm Mini systems?
A: Both systems include a TIP controller (10, 15, 25 or 45 degrees). The Mini system also includes a 9V battery holder, battery wire connectors, wire nuts, a 108db piezo siren, instructions and a warning label. The Maxi system includes the TIP controller (10, 15, 25 or 45 degrees), a 12VDC battery pack, battery harness, wire nuts, a 130db piezo siren, instructions and a warning label.

Q: How difficult is it to install a TIP Alarm System?

A: It’s simple. The instructions are easy to follow and include a wiring diagram and suggested placement for the components. Installation should not take more than 5 minutes.

Q: Will TIP Alarms work with all types of coin operated equipment?

A: Generally speaking, yes. But they will work best with full-size vending or coin amusement games that weigh several hundred pounds.

Q: What about coin equipment that weighs less, such as small bulk vending machines or sticker machines? Will BRW’s TIP Alarms work as well in that type of equipment?

A: That depends. Protected equipment weighing less than 100lbs. or standing upon a pedestal often have a tendency to shake or rock in normal operation, which can produce audible siren flutter. BRW has designed an accessory component, the “Flutter Filter”, which will suppress siren flutter caused by normal shaking or rocking, but will not override the TIP Alarm system when the protected equipment is tilted beyond the degree (10, 15, 25, or 45 degrees) indicated on the tip module. For more information about the Flutter Filter click here.