Monitor Your Loved Ones


      As any family caregiver knows, your commitment to your loved one is beyond question. But sometimes you can't be with them 24/7. Create peace of mind with ELK's Two-Way Wireless Products, Two-Way Listen in Products, and other solutions to care for your loved ones. Below are a few examples on how to use the M1 to monitor those inside your home: 

      ELK-6011 Two-Way Wireless Panic Button

      For any elderly person, a single press panic button that is worn like a necklace or bracelet is recommended in case they fall when alone or other emergencies. ELK's new Panic Button is a great new product out on the market. Compatible with the M1 Two-Way Wireless Transceiver, this panic button features a single press and hold button and red LED feedback indicator. The typical application for this sensor is for activating a panic or emergency alarm. Once the button is pressed, emergency personnel can be notified, but also a text/email/call can be sent to you about the alarm so you are aware at all times what is happening to your loved one.

    How to Use Door Contacts and Motion Detectors with Two-Way Listen In Products: 

    If the system is armed to stay mode, each time a door is opened or a motion sensor is tripped, a timer is set to a certain amount of time.  The timer is reset each time a zone is tripped.  If the timer counts down to zero, the M1 calls a loved one, neighbor, or caretaker to check in on the elderly loved one.

    In the following rule, when the bathroom door is opened, an unused output (output 200 in this example) is turned on for 2 hours, if the system is armed in stay mode.  The timer on that output will be restarted if the bathroom door is opened again.

    WHENEVER Bathroom Door (Zn 15) BECOMES NOT SECURE
         AND Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED STAY
              THEN TURN Output 200 ON FOR 2 HRS, RESTART TIMER IF RUNNING

    The next rule will turn the unused output on for 2 hours, if the kitchen motion sensor is tripped and the system is armed to stay mode.  The same unused output is used and the timer will be restarted if the motion sensor is tripped again.

    WHENEVER Kitchen Motion (Zn 14) BECOMES NOT SECURE
         AND Area 1 (Area 1) IS ARMED STAY
              THEN TURN Output 200 ON FOR 2 HRS, RESTART TIMER IF RUNNING

    Write a similar rule for each zone you wish to monitor, using the same unused output.  By using the same unused output and restarting the timer each time a zone is tripped, the normal daily activities of the loved one will keep the timer going.  If the timer expires, the M1 will dial the phone number of the person to be notified and announce a message.  The telephone number is programmed on the telephones screen in ElkRP2 and must be set to format 5.  The message is programmed as a miscellaneous voice message on the voice screen under automation in ElkRP.  You can record a custom message using keypad menu 8 and the house telephone.  In this example the M1 will dial the neighbor and announce “Check on Mrs. Smith.”

    WHENEVER Output 200 STATE IS TURNED OFF
              THEN DIAL Neighbor (5555555) AND ANNOUNCE Miscellaneous 1 (vm239)

    How to Disable Monitoring During the Night:


    To disable monitoring while the loved one is sleeping (therefore not active), an unused output (output 201 in this example) is turned on at 9:00 pm and back off at 5:30 am (adjust these times to meet your customer’s needs).

    WHENEVER THE TIME IS 9:00 PM
              THEN TURN Output 201 ON

    WHENEVER THE TIME IS 5:30 AM
              THEN TURN Output 201 OFF

    With the modifications shown in bold, the M1 will only dial and announce the message when output 201 is off, preventing the system from calling the neighbor in the middle of the night.

    WHENEVER Output 200 STATE IS TURNED OFF
         AND Output 201 STATE IS OFF
              THEN DIAL Neighbor (5555555) AND ANNOUNCE Miscellaneous 1 (vm239)

    With the addition of the Two Way Interface board (ELK -M1TWI) the M1 can accommodate up to 3 zones of listen in and talk back.  Each zone can have up to 4 microphones for a total of 12 listen in points.  A listen in session can be triggered by a user during a telephone remote control session using phone menu 7.  This is a great feature when monitoring elderly loved ones.  For more information on the two way listen in components, visit http://www.elkproducts.com/m1_two_way_listen-in.html


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