Answers to your most common questions:
How does vaping detection work?
The FS275 has internal sensor technology to detect if vaping is occurring in a specific location. When detection occurs, a real-time silent message (email and/or text) is sent to one or more subscribers – i.e., a superintendent, assistant principal, security director, faculty member, or designated on-duty official.
2. What is the typical coverage area for vaping?
In general, each FS275 will cover a 10’ x 10’ area.
3. What about ceiling height?
Our qualification testing has focused on 9’ ceilings. Generally, as the ceiling height increases, the effectiveness of the detector will decrease.
4. What are the factors that will impact vaping detection?
Bathroom layout, room ventilation, air flow, and location of the device are key factors. Detection is going to be degraded when vaping is done close to open windows or active ventilation such as exhaust fans. An HVAC system could impact the ability to properly detect vape. Also, if they are aware of the detector, some individuals may use countermeasures to avoid system detection – such exhaling vape inside a jacket or coat.
5. What percentage of vaping incidents can I reasonably expect to detect?
This is difficult to quantify. If vaping occurs within the coverage area prescribed, the majority of incidents should be detected with the following qualifiers: active ventilation that redirects the air can degrade vaping detection; intentional countermeasures such as exhaling vape into a coat to prevent vaping from reaching the sensor will likely compromise vaping detection performance.
6. How can you detect incidents such as bullying without a camera or a microphone?
Each FS275 continuously measures current sound levels and detects elevated sound, or noise anomalies, that suggest that something is amiss – such as bullying, fighting, or screaming – that should be investigated. When a decibel-level threshold (set by the system administrator) is crossed, a real-time alert is sent to designated school officials. Providing real-time situational awareness allows school officials to address potential harmful or dangerous behavior. Prevention starts with detection. The FS275 can detect and deter bullying when coupled with elevated sound.
7. What is the typical coverage area for bullying?
Provided there are no walls or barriers in between the sound source and the sensor, sound waves generally propagate well. We recommend an area of 20’ x 20’ per FS275. However, the coverage area for vape detection is smaller, and the number of FS275 units will generally be driven by the coverage requirement for vape detection.
8. What about ceiling height?
9. What percentage of incidents such as bullying can I reasonably expect to detect?
It is extremely difficult to quantify this. It is possible that some elevated sound incidents may not be due to bullying or fighting. Conversely, it is possible that a bullying incident goes undetected because students are trying to avoid detection by not making much noise. What we can say is that the FS275 will consistently and accurately detect elevated sound incidents that suggest something is amiss that requires attention.
10. Can elevated sound detection be disabled?
11. Do I need a professional / licensed installer to install the FS275?
12. What are the installation Guidelines?
13. Beside the FS275 itself, what parts/equipment are needed to install the FS275?
In addition to the FS275 itself, common parts and tools – not provided with the unit – are required for mounting. The FS275 has two mounting holes for a bolt/screw to hold the device onto the ceiling. For sheetrock ceilings where there are no studs, a hollow wall anchor and screw can be used. For ceiling tiles, a toggle bolt with anchor can be used. The installer must ensure that the device is held strongly in place to avoid the device falling off.
14. How many units are required per typical bathroom?
Our starter recommendation is one (1) FS275 device within a 10 X 10 area per bathroom for vape detection. We recommend locating the devices directly over the stalls. Our engineering team is available to perform an assessment to determine if more devices are required. This feedback will be based on the structure of the space, air flow, and room ventilation, as well as the results of live testing.
15. Can I use Wi-Fi for data connectivity?
16. What interfaces are supported on the FS275?
17. What type of data cables should be used?
18. How do I add or remove subscribers for alert notifications?
At any time, you can log into the cloud-based FlySense™ dashboard to monitor active deployed sensors and manage the list of authorized subscribers for alert notifications. Contact your integration partner or Soter Technologies if you need assistance with this.
19. Can the FS275 be integrated with 3rd party security or management platforms?
Yes. There is a published API that allows for such 3rd party integration.
Basic Operation / General
20. What exactly happens when a vaping or elevated sound alert is triggered?
When a sensor detects sound decibel level anomalies or chemicals from vaping, it sends an immediate, location-specific notification to the devices of designated school officials.
21. Does the FS275 incorporate a camera or microphone?
No, it does not. This allows the FS275 to be effectively deployed in problematic areas such as bathrooms and locker rooms, where privacy precludes the use of cameras and microphones.
22. Can you configure the software to disable alerts for specific times of day – for example, if someone does not want to receive any alerts between 9:00pm and 7:00am?
Yes. With the custom scheduling feature, administrators can select specific days and time blocks for subscribers to receive alerts. The system default for subscribers is currently Monday-Friday from 7:00am-4:00pm for all registered devices. You may add, update, and/or edit subscriber schedules within the subscribers tab.
23. What if the school is only interested in vaping detection?
The sound sensor for each detector can easily be disabled via the portal.