Nortech launches new range of vehicle detectors with diagnostic unit and set-up app


Independent UK-based developer of people and vehicle access control systems Nortech Control Systems has designed a new range of enhanced vehicle detectors that can be set up using a smartphone application and can identify the presence of vehicles through an inductive loop buried beneath a road.

Nortech’s latest range of easy-to-install vehicle detectors not only come with many new features to improve performance and reliability, but are backed up with a compact diagnostic unit that links to a smartphone app to enable quick and easy detector setup and comprehensive loop fault analysis.

The company’s new 7-Series range of detectors are stable and robust, and are all designed to function whether exposed to extremes of temperature or dusty environments. The units are easy to install and have been designed to perform for years while reducing the need for manual intervention due to their automatic frequency selection and anti-locking features.

The enhanced single and dual channel detectors, which make up the 7-Series, are CE tested and approved and come with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty and with a number of benefits and key features. The compact DU700 diagnostic unit simply clicks into place on the front of a 7-Series detector and collects diagnostic data and sends it via a Bluetooth link to the diagnostic app running on a smart device.

The use of automatic frequency selection allows a 7-Series detector to automatically select the best frequency setting to minimize noise and maximize signal strength, avoiding the need to experiment with frequency settings. This saves costs through reduced installation time and increased reliability. A built-in anti-locking feature ensures quick recovery between each vehicle to prevent the detector becoming stuck in the detect stage, avoiding the need for an engineer to carry out a manual reset.

A key benefit of the 7-Series range is their fast recovery time between one vehicle and the next, which enables them to respond quicker to reduce the possibility of tailgating, loss of revenue, and increase the level of security.

The inclusion of a power fail feature ensures that in the event of an interruption in the supply, the detector will return to the detect/undetected state it was in prior to the cut. The simple front panel switch operation allows users to control the automatic frequency select, automatic sensitivity boost, individual loop sensitivity adjustment (4 levels), A-B logic (PD270), normally open/normally closed output relay contact, individually selectable pulse or presence relay operation, and permanent presence option.

The DU700 is a hands-free low-energy Bluetooth diagnostic unit that is compatible with the 7-Series parking detectors and provides engineers with feedback from the detector loop installation and the detector configuration setup. The DU700 attaches to the front of any of the 7-Series parking detectors and acquires data via an optic link.

The DU Diagnostics App supplied free for Apple or Android devices is used to communicate with the DU700 and display the acquired data, such as: loop excitation frequency, loop frequency drift, minimum and maximum level detection, and detector DIP switch configuration.

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