Frequently Asked Questions Ironclad Fence Sensor
Where can I buy the Ironclad?
The Ironclad is available at:
USA - ADI, Tri-Ed, Anixter and Alarmax.
Canada - ADI, Tri-Ed and Anixter
South Africa - it's available at ADI.
In other parts of the world, It can be purchased directly from RBtec or trusted dealers.
What does the kit include?
The Ironclad Kit includes At least one spool of sensor cable in the length of choice, End line resistor pre-installed on the cable and LPU304 (The analyzer/processor) in a weatherproof enclosure.
Stainless steel ties, Weather station, Gate connector, Gate kit and other accessories are optional and needed to be added seperatly.
Where to do I connect the Ironclad system?
Each analyzer has 2 dry contact relay outputs NO/NC, those outputs can be connected to ANY alarm system, CCTV system or any other system that can accept dry contact input such as sirens, strobe lights and even fire alarms.
How much fence can I cover with the Ironclad?
The Ironclad sensor cable comes in spools of 250ft (75m), 500ft (150m) and 1000ft (300m). Each Analyzer can monitor up to 2 zones which mean the largest perimeter that can be covered with 1 kit is 2000ft (600m). In order to cover larger perimeter kits can be combined to cover the whole fence line.
Can the sensitivity of the sensor be adjusted?
Sure! The system has 22 levels of sensitivity that can be adjusted easily with dip switches. No need for tools, software, laptop or any knowledge.
Does the system need any calibration before I can use it?
No, the Ironclad system self-calibrated. The system is a plug and play system, it requires power, sensor inputs and relay outputs and it’s working!
Does wind or rain can cause false alarms?
The way the Ironclad system works: It detects only sharp frequency vibrations that are generated by cutting, climbing or jumping the fence. Vibration cause by the wind, rain and small animals are usually long wave vibrations that would not be picked up by the system.
It's the difference between tapping/shaking the fence which will get detected to pushing on the fence like the wind that won't.
On top of that, we have an optional weather station that is able to feed the analyzer with real-time information about the weather around it and compensate for the wind and rain to give an even higher level of assurance of filtering out false alarms.
Does the weather compensation unit lower the sensitivity to avoid false alarms?
No, the weather station adds another variable into the algorithm of detection that helps the system ignore wind noise better. It does NOT lower the sensitivity to avoid false alarms.
Can the cable be shortened/cut/spliced?
Yes! The cable can be cut to size. From the factory one end of the cable comes with the end of line unit installed on but on the other it's open and can be cut to fit the fence length.
Can the cable be installed on Sliding gate or Swing gate?
On swing gates there are 2 options:
1. Using gate connector (sold separately), the connector will be connected to the cable at the opening point to allow the gate to be opened or closed. It's not recommended to use this connected on often used gates.
2. Looping the cable on each side of the gate and bypassing under it in a conduit. (see below option 2 drawing)
On sliding gates you can:
1. Bypass the gate and put motion sensor accross the gate
2. Use RBtec sliding gate kit in the end of the zone or in the middle.
Do we need to change to another cable to bypass a gate?
If you would like to by pass the gate completely and not using RBtec gate connector then it's recommended to use direct burial RG6 as a non sensitive in the conduit..
If the cable got cut can it repaired?
Yes! Repairing the cable is a 30 second process, RBtec offers a repair kit that bridges the cut in a weatherproof method to maintain the system performance.
The repair box is installed at the cut point, the sensor cable connects into screw terminals on both sides of the repair box and the system is back up and running.
Have any other questions? please contact us at Info@rbtec.com